Bernie Kosar

Give quarterbacks time, Kosar says

CLEVELAND: One preseason game is not enough.

That's the opinion of former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, now a member of the preseason broadcast team.

Fans and the players involved might be eager for coach Romeo Crennel to name a starting quarterback, but Kosar hopes that doesn't happen this week. Three-year veteran Charlie Frye won the supposed coin flip to start the preseason opener Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, with Derek Anderson playing on alternating possessions.

Frye, a third-round pick out of the University of Akron, has started 18 games in his career, Anderson three. First-round pick Brady Quinn of Notre Dame and five-year veteran Ken Dorsey are also waiting in the wings.

''I think you need two good games for both these guys because it's been that close,'' Kosar said.

Kosar visits Warren, local football camp

WARREN — There may not be a better person to evaluate the Cleveland Browns’ current quarterback situation than former Cleveland quarterback Bernie Kosar.

Kosar certainly can relate to Charlie Frye and Brady Quinn, the top candidates vying for the Browns’ starting quarterback position.

Similar to Quinn and Frye, Kosar was a highly touted college player who made his desire to play in Cleveland known before the NFL draft. A 1981 Boardman High School graduate, Kosar also grew up cheering for the Browns — just like Quinn and Frye.

He’s dealt with the pressure that comes along with being the Browns quarterback, and — unlike most others — he persevered through the stress, leading the Browns to three AFC championship games in his eight seasons (1985-1993) with Cleveland.

And Kosar isn’t hiding his feelings as to who he believes could better shoulder the load as the Browns starter in Week 1 against Pittsburgh.

‘‘People think because me and Charlie (Frye) are friends that’s why I feel like he’s ready,’’ said Kosar after speaking at the Mims-Manoa Football Camp at Mollenkopf Stadium Tuesday. ‘‘But just because I like (Frye) doesn’t make him a good quarterback. There’s no correlation. I just thought he did a great job dealing with all the problems the Browns went through last year.’’

Former Browns QB Kosar to open new restaurant in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) - Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar (KO-zar) has signed on to bring a new restaurant to the city's Flats entertainment district.
Kosar's restaurant is the first announced tenant for a new $$230 million development project.

Randy Ruttenberg is with lead developer Fairmount Properties. He says Kosar's management group has agreed to open a nearly 7,000 square foot restaurant and sports bar that will be similar to the Kosar-branded Bernie's Steakhouse near Miami.

Kosar led the Browns during the late 1980s and early '90s. He keeps a home in south Florida.


Babette vs. Bernie: battling over bucks

Courtroom blitz: Babette Kosar, estranged wife of former University of Miami and NFL star Bernie Kosar, filed more papers in their divorce case. She says he has ''refused to provide temporary support'' for her and their four kids, ages 6 to 15, while blowing big bucks. Babette also alleges Bernie was ''addicted'' to unspecified drugs ''for a six-year period,'' adding she fears she didn't get a fair shake from trial judge Lawrence Korda, based on Korda's recent pot smoking arrest.

Babette, who wed Bernie in 1990, petitioned to end the marriage in '05. Bernie says he gives her plenty of money and has no drug problem.
In the emergency motion for support, filed by attorney Terry Ellen Fixel, Babette, 42, says Bernie, 43, ''has expended many millions of dollars in the last year or so'' and has ''given away monies, corporate interests and other assets.'' Yet, she alleges, he travels by private jet, takes expensive vacations and bought a $4 million house near hers in Weston.

Bernie says he plays fair. ''Just this year alone, in the first three months, I've given her over $100,000 in cash and I've paid over $100,000 in bills.'' He adds: ``My friends think I'm an idiot because I'm so generous.''

Babette says she asked Korda in March '06 to order drug testing for Bernie. Korda ''dismissed the wife's concerns, stating that if [Kosar] looks impaired when he goes to pick up the kids, don't let him drive,'' attorney Jacqueline Valdespino says in a motion to disqualify Korda. Babette claims Korda was ``extremely insensitive.''

As for Babette's drug allegations, people ''create brush fires to deflect from their own issues,'' Bernie says.

Korda, 59, benched himself April 11 -- leave of absence from Broward circuit court. He could not be reached for comment. New judge is Larry Seidlin, ringmaster in the legal dispute over AnnaNicole Smith's body.