Monday, August 12, 2013
Jeff Fisher says Bernie Kosar issue 'dead'
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said what he wanted to say in regards to comments made by Cleveland Browns color analyst Bernie Kosar on Saturday when he let it be known he was disappointed in Kosar’s pointed words for Fisher’s players and coaching staff.
When asked about the incident again Monday, Fisher acknowledged that he received a call from Kosar, who apologized for his words. Most of Kosar’s ire was directed at the Rams’ receiver corps and, especially backup quarterback Kellen Clemens.
Fisher had nothing more to offer on the subject Monday afternoon.
“It’s a dead issue,” Fisher said. “It’s all behind us.”
On Saturday, Fisher made it clear that he didn’t care much for Kosar’s idea of commentary. Browns CEO Joe Banner issued a statement Sunday reprimanding Kosar for his comments and issuing an apology to Fisher and the Rams.
“We don't condone the personal and unprofessional approach that Bernie took with some of his comments during the broadcast Thursday night,” Banner said in the statement. “We’ve spoken to Bernie, he understands that, and we would expect the situation is resolved moving forward. We’ve also reached out to the Rams organization and have shared those same sentiments."
Clemens, who took most of the brunt of Kosar’s words didn’t have much to add to the mix when he was asked about it Monday.
“After five years in New York, it wasn’t that big of a deal,” Clemens said.
Clemens played for the Jets from 2006 to 2010 and was often the target of criticism there. Clemens said he and Kosar had no history together that Clemens could recall.
Monday Practice Notes
• Missouri governor Jay Nixon attended the first half hour of practice or so before rain chased him and his entourage off. Nixon is expected to have a hand in helping the state work toward a deal to help keep the Rams in St. Louis.
Monday’s visit to the practice field had nothing to do with that, however. Nixon and Fisher conversed for a bit before practice as Fisher joked that Nixon offered some tips.
“He had a lot of good ideas,” Fisher said. “It’s not out of the realm of possibility that he’ll make a few calls for us at some point. In the preseason.”
• Rookie receiver Stedman Bailey had another strong practice in what is now turning into a long line of them. He was essentially perfect in one-on-one drills and continued to get open and catch everything thrown his way in team drills. It remains to be seen if he can do it against the top corners but he’s having his way with the backups on a regular basis.
• To balance out Bailey’s success, Rams safety Rodney McLeod had a strong practice. He got beat early in one-on-one drills but bounced back with textbook coverage on his next three repetitions. He capped it off with in an interception in 7-on-7 work.
• The busiest man in Rams training camp right now? Offensive lineman Chris Williams. With tackles Rodger Saffold (shoulder) and Sean Hooey (ankle) not practicing, Williams' role has expanded beyond taking repetitions with the first team at left guard. He is working behind Joe Barksdale as a backup at right tackle and even got some reps with the first team at left tackle to help spell starter Jake Long on Monday. Barrett Jones also continues to get work as Barksdale’s understudy at right tackle.
• Safety Matt Giordano, Hooey, Saffold, tight end Lance Kendricks, defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo and defensive ends Eugene Sims and Sammy Brown did not participate. Brown watched practice with his left foot in a walking boot after he attempted to get back into the practice mix on Saturday.
• Defensive back Quinton Pointer did not finish practice.
• Running backs Terrance Ganaway and Zac Stacy both returned to the practice field in pads but in different roles. Stacy did work in most of the day’s drills while Ganaway seemed to stick to just working on the side.
• With so much attrition at offensive tackle, the Rams brought in another player Monday in D.J. Young, a second-year player out of Michigan State.