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April 3, 1999 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For months, talk about the Eagles' No. 2 draft pick began with the assumption that Cleveland would take Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch with the first pick. That speculation wasn't just here, either. The Cleveland media ran daily "Couch-O-Meters," keeping track of his doings since the college season ended, and solicited his reaction to the players taken by the Browns in the expansion draft. While the smart money still says the Browns will take Couch on April 17, that's not quite the sure thing it appeared to be two months ago. So the Eagles, preparing as thoroughly as possible, brought Couch to town for a visit yesterday.
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June 24, 2003 | By Mike Bruton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cleveland Browns head coach Butch Davis says he sleeps better at night knowing that he has two capable quarterbacks, but that doesn't help Tim Couch or Kelly Holcomb at bedtime. Couch and Holcomb are still waiting for Davis to decide which of them will be the Browns' starting quarterback this season, and it appears they will be waiting for a few more weeks. "You never know," said Davis, remaining noncommittal. "You really never know. We'll have one when we play Indianapolis [in the season opener]
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October 21, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
His right arm wrapped nearly to the elbow, Tim Couch's heart ached as badly as his broken thumb yesterday while he watched the Cleveland Browns practice without him. Couch fractured a bone at the base of his thumb while throwing a pass on the final play of practice Thursday. He'll have surgery shortly. Yesterday, he was placed on injured reserve, prematurely ending the franchise quarterback's second NFL season after only seven games. "It's very frustrating," Couch said, after spending the morning dressed in street clothes on the sideline.
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October 19, 1995 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In this small town on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains in eastern Kentucky, there are two stoplights, a Dairy Queen, a Subway, the Hyden Diner. There used to be coal mines, but now the school district is the largest employer for those lucky enough to be employed. There is the Frontier Nursing Service and the Richard M. Nixon Recreation Center. And there is Tim Couch, the best darn high school football player in the country. It isn't easy to find Couch. He is 6-foot-5, weighs 217 pounds, wears size 14 shoes, has hands the size of catchers mitts, can run the 40 in 4.7 seconds, averages 39 points and seven rebounds for the basketball team in his off- season, has completed 729 of 1,140 passes for 9,866 yards and 102 touchdowns, and has a mind of his own. "I want to play college football at a program where I can win the national championship with an offense that will prepare me for the pros," Couch said.
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September 7, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Tim Couch probably will not play tomorrow. Coach Butch Davis said yesterday that backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb probably will start against the Kansas City Chiefs. Couch has a sore right arm after tearing scar tissue near his elbow in the preseason. "It could be a few days. It could be a few weeks," Couch said. "It's just basically according to how quickly my body will heal. " Couch, who tore scar tissue near his elbow in the exhibition season, was encouraged following an evaluation Thursday by orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala. Andrews told Couch he needs to throw the ball, rather than rest his arm, to help his recovery.
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September 26, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Tim Couch has been handed back his starting job - at least for 1 week. Couch, demoted to a backup role after four seasons as Cleveland's No. 1 quarterback, will start Sunday against Cincinnati, replacing the injured Kelly Holcomb. "I feel good about it," Couch said. "You always want to play. I hate that it came with Kelly getting injured, you never want to see that. But I've got to take advantage of my opportunity, go in and play well and try and get a win. " Holcomb broke his right fibula during the first quarter of Sunday's comeback win at San Francisco.
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January 5, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Cleveland committed itself to Tim Couch yesterday when the Browns gave him an $8.7 million bonus rather than allow him to become a restricted free agent. "Now is the time to make the move. Everyone was in total agreement. Not only is he our quarterback of the present. He is our quarterback of the future," Browns president Carmen Policy said. The team announced the move less than a week after Couch had one of the best games of his career, a 41-38, come-from-behind victory over Tennessee.
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December 30, 1998 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
Nearly three decades ago, the tiny town of Hyden, Ky., was in the national news when a coal mine explosion killed 38 people. A few years later, the town was again in the news when former president Richard Nixon showed up to dedicate a community center named for him. It was his first public appearance following his resignation. Hyden stayed pretty much out of the news until a young resident named Tim Couch started throwing footballs high and far. Word spread that he was a special one. So, they came to see him throw for Leslie County High.
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January 8, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
The Browns treated Tim Couch to dinner with his boyhood idol, Joe Montana, on Wednesday night. Then Couch announced yesterday in Lexington, Ky., that he will forgo his final year of college eligibility at Kentucky to enter the NFL's April draft. Coincidence? More likely a sign that Eagles fans can stop dreaming that Couch's name will still be on the board when the Birds make the second pick. Texas running back Ricky Williams, the Heisman Trophy winner, is generally considered the only other possible No. 1 pick.
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July 30, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Former No. 1 draft pick Tim Couch signed a 2-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday, getting a chance to revive his career as a backup to quarterback Byron Leftwich. Couch, the No. 1 overall pick by Cleveland in 1999, hasn't played a down in the NFL since the 2004 preseason. The contract, which did not include a signing bonus, will pay Couch the veteran minimum of $595,000 this season if he makes the team. He would earn slightly more in 2008. Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio wanted to take a look at the former Kentucky star, who had shoulder surgery last year.
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April 29, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
It is traditional, right about now, to remark upon all the fine college quarterbacks who crash and burn in the NFL. Matt Barkley, the 98th overall pick of the 2013 draft, seems doubly cursed. He is coming off a disappointing senior year that ended with a shoulder injury, and he is coming from Southern Cal, launching pad for such high-profile crack-ups as Matt Leinart, Todd Marinovich, and Mark Sanchez. One major factor is too often overlooked in these flameouts, though. Everyone talks about the quarterbacks.
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August 29, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Former No. 1 NFL draft pick Tim Couch had doping regimens that called for anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, according to documents obtained by Yahoo.com. Couch, cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars this month, told Yahoo.com he used HGH for about a week, under a doctor's care, in hopes it would help him recover from shoulder surgery. He denied using steroids or any other banned drugs and said he had never seen the documents. Yahoo.com reported yesterday it had obtained documents from an anonymous source with Couch's name printed across the top that called for extensive use of drugs banned by the league.
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July 30, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Former No. 1 draft pick Tim Couch signed a 2-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday, getting a chance to revive his career as a backup to quarterback Byron Leftwich. Couch, the No. 1 overall pick by Cleveland in 1999, hasn't played a down in the NFL since the 2004 preseason. The contract, which did not include a signing bonus, will pay Couch the veteran minimum of $595,000 this season if he makes the team. He would earn slightly more in 2008. Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio wanted to take a look at the former Kentucky star, who had shoulder surgery last year.
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December 11, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Tim Couch is back where he started, and he doesn't want to leave. Cleveland's beleaguered quarterback was given back his starting job - for at least 1 week. Couch now says he's willing to take a pay cut to keep it. Couch, who has been jerked in and out of the starting lineup this season, will start Sunday's game at Denver and expects to be Cleveland's No. 1 QB for the final three games. As for next season, Couch said yesterday for the first time that he would restructure his contract to remain with the Browns.
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September 26, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Tim Couch has been handed back his starting job - at least for 1 week. Couch, demoted to a backup role after four seasons as Cleveland's No. 1 quarterback, will start Sunday against Cincinnati, replacing the injured Kelly Holcomb. "I feel good about it," Couch said. "You always want to play. I hate that it came with Kelly getting injured, you never want to see that. But I've got to take advantage of my opportunity, go in and play well and try and get a win. " Holcomb broke his right fibula during the first quarter of Sunday's comeback win at San Francisco.
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August 18, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Butch Davis trusted his gut. Tim Couch felt as though he got punched there. Surprise - Kelly Holcomb is the new starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Davis ended 8 months of drama yesterday by picking Holcomb as his starter over Couch, the player the Browns coach once said would lead his team to the Super Bowl. "It was a gut feeling," Davis said. "My own personal gut feeling after talking to coaches, looking at them and watching practice for 2 1/2 years. I believe Kelly Holcomb has earned the opportunity.
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June 24, 2003 | By Mike Bruton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cleveland Browns head coach Butch Davis says he sleeps better at night knowing that he has two capable quarterbacks, but that doesn't help Tim Couch or Kelly Holcomb at bedtime. Couch and Holcomb are still waiting for Davis to decide which of them will be the Browns' starting quarterback this season, and it appears they will be waiting for a few more weeks. "You never know," said Davis, remaining noncommittal. "You really never know. We'll have one when we play Indianapolis [in the season opener]
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September 7, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Tim Couch probably will not play tomorrow. Coach Butch Davis said yesterday that backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb probably will start against the Kansas City Chiefs. Couch has a sore right arm after tearing scar tissue near his elbow in the preseason. "It could be a few days. It could be a few weeks," Couch said. "It's just basically according to how quickly my body will heal. " Couch, who tore scar tissue near his elbow in the exhibition season, was encouraged following an evaluation Thursday by orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala. Andrews told Couch he needs to throw the ball, rather than rest his arm, to help his recovery.
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January 5, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Cleveland committed itself to Tim Couch yesterday when the Browns gave him an $8.7 million bonus rather than allow him to become a restricted free agent. "Now is the time to make the move. Everyone was in total agreement. Not only is he our quarterback of the present. He is our quarterback of the future," Browns president Carmen Policy said. The team announced the move less than a week after Couch had one of the best games of his career, a 41-38, come-from-behind victory over Tennessee.
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October 21, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
His right arm wrapped nearly to the elbow, Tim Couch's heart ached as badly as his broken thumb while he watched the Cleveland Browns practice without him. Couch broke a bone at the base of his thumb while throwing a pass on the final play of practice Thursday. He'll have surgery shortly, and yesterday he was placed on injured reserve, prematurely ending the franchise quarterback's second NFL season after only seven games. "It's very frustrating," Couch said, after spending the morning dressed in street clothes on the sideline.
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