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Bernie Kosar doesn't apologize for criticism of Rams

If you thought Bernie Kosar would plead for forgiveness over his harsh on-air comments about the St. Louis Rams last week, well, you don't know Bernie Kosar.

The quarterback-turned-Cleveland Browns television analyst addressed his criticism of St. Louis backup signal-caller Kellen Clemens and the Rams' wide receivers before the Browns' Thursday matchup against the Detroit Lions.

"I love the game so much and there's no way I'd want to disrespect or hurt or make fun of any players or coaches," Kosar said, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. "That being said, the way I look at the game and the way I like to analyze it from a football perspective, it is what it is.

"Again, I don't want to disrespect or hurt any of the players or coaches in the league. But I do like the way I look at the game, and I have strong feelings about how the game is played."

Kosar disparaged Clemens during last week's Rams-Browns preseason telecast, saying, "I can't stand watching him play."

When Browns play-by-play man Jim Donovan relayed an anecdote about Clemens giving an autograph to Pope Benedict XVI, Kosar quipped: "Bless me father for I have sinned. I have to watch him the whole fourth quarter."

Kosar went on to call rookie Tavon Austin and the Rams' receivers "horrible," while suggesting their parents "would be embarrassed" if they were watching the game.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said last Saturday he had lost a lot of respect for Kosar, and he was disappointed Kosar would target Clemens.

The Browns said the following day that Kosar called Fisher to apologize. Kosar didn't sound like a man with regrets Thursday night.

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