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Belichick, Kosar move past their split

Posted by Albert Breer  August 15, 2010 09:15 AM

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And if the brass of the new Browns had listened to Kosar, Belichick might have gotten a second shot in Cleveland in 1999.

The story that Kosar put Belichick up for that job has floated around for some time. Here's how it happened, from the horse's mouth ...

"People won't believe this, but when we were talking about coaches for the Browns in 1999, I mentioned hiring Bill to [owner Al] Lerner and [team President] Carmen Policy," Kosar said. "They about laughed me out of the office. They thought I was crazy. I thought Bill would be perfect for a team on a tight timeline because of his incredible organizational skills. We needed a special coach for an expansion team."

Turns out, Kosar was on to something.

As for the good feelings between the two, it looks like all that's mutual now. Pluto sought out Belichick for comment on this story, and got a warm email in response.

It read: "I have always had a lot of respect for Bernie -- his football intelligence and passion for football. I appreciate the support he has shown me through the years. I have always admired his preparation and commitment to the Browns -- before, during and after Bill Belichick. I have enjoyed my communications with Bernie through the years."
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