April 3, 1999 |
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.
June 24, 2003 |
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]
October 21, 2000 |
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.
October 19, 1995 |
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.
September 7, 2002 |
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.
September 26, 2003 |
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.
January 5, 2002 |
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.
December 30, 1998 |
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.
January 8, 1999 |
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.
July 30, 2007 |
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.