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Tim Couch on Browns QB controversy
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Tim Couch and Jared Lorenzen talk about Patrick Towles being named UK's starting QB
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Tim Couch vs Florida 1998
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Browns Epic Comeback Against Titans - 2002
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Kentucky Wildcats TV: Tim Couch and Drew Barker 1 on 1 Pre-National Signing Day
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Tim Couch vs Tennessee 1998
Published: 2011/07/27
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Published: 2012/04/13
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Published: 2012/12/02
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Tim Couch vs Indiana 1997
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Published: 2015/07/19
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DAWGS on the Run: Tim Couch talks about rookie QB challenges, pt 1
Published: 2014/09/08
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Tim Couch vs South Carolina 1998
Published: 2011/07/27
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Tim Couch vs Vanderbilt 1998
Published: 2011/07/28
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Published: 2008/06/25
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Published: 2016/08/28
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Tim Couch Syndrome: Eagles vs Browns Week 1 Recap
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Published: 2011/07/27
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Published: 2007/10/04
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Published: 2006/08/17
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Published: 2010/11/23
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Tim Couch vs NE Louisiana 1997
Published: 2011/07/27
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Published: 2012/04/24
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TIM COUCH CAREER | MADDEN 18 | EP 3 "4TH QUARTER MAGIC!" (Xbox One) | TiedsHD
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Tim Couch
No. 2
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1977-07-31) July 31, 1977 (age 40)
Hyden, Kentucky, U.S.
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school: Hyden (KY) Leslie County
College: Kentucky
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts: 1,714
Pass completions: 1,025
Completion percentage: 59.8
TDINT: 64–67
Passing yards: 11,131
Passer rating: 75.1
Player stats at NFL.com

Timothy Scott Couch (born July 31, 1977) is a former American college and professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons. He played college football for the University of Kentucky and earned All-America honors. He was selected first overall by the reactivated Cleveland Browns in the 1999 NFL Draft.

Couch threw for over 11,000 passing yards during his NFL career and helped the Browns qualify for the postseason for the first time since their return to the NFL as an expansion team, but he was unable to duplicate his college success, and his playing career ended after five injury-plagued seasons.

Early years[edit]

Couch was born in Hyden, Kentucky. As a prep quarterback at Leslie County High School in Leslie County, he set a number of national high school records: most pass completions (872), passing yardage (12,104), touchdown passes (132), and passing percentage for a season (75.1).[1] After his senior season in 1995, he was the recipient of Kentucky's "Mr. Football" award. ESPN ranked Couch as the sixth-best high school athlete ever.[1] Couch also starred on the Leslie County High School basketball varsity team. He scored 35 points per game as a junior, which was the highest average in the state.[2] Couch finished his high school career with 3,023 points.[2]

College career[edit]

Couch attended the University of Kentucky, where he played for the Kentucky Wildcats football team from 1996 to 1998. During his 1996 freshman year under head coach Bill Curry, he split time as the starting quarterback with Billy Jack Haskins. Curry was fired after a 1-6 start that season, and replacement Hal Mumme announced early that Couch would be the starter in his new pass-oriented air raid offense.[3] In 1997, Couch set several school records as the previously anemic Kentucky offense topped national offensive rankings and finished 5-6 on the season, including a win over #20 Alabama.[4] During the 1998 season, Couch led Kentucky to seven wins (including a win on the road at #21 LSU)[5] and a spot in the Outback Bowl (in which Couch completed 30 of 48 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns, though Kentucky lost to Penn State 26-14).[6] Following his junior season in 1998, Couch announced he would leave Kentucky to enter the NFL Draft early.

Couch's career totals at Kentucky included completing 795 of 1,184 passes (0.671 completion rate) for 8,435 yards (including 4,275 passing yards during the 1998 season alone) and 74 touchdowns (including a 97-yard touchdown pass to Craig Yeast against Florida on September 26, 1998). Couch still holds the NCAA record for completion percentage in one game (minimum of 40 completions) at 83.0% against Vanderbilt (44 of 53) in 1998 and for completions per game (36.4, 400 in 11 games) that same season. He also left Kentucky holding NCAA records for most completions in a season (400 in 1998), most completions in a two-year period (793 in 1997–1998), most completions per game in a two-year period (34.7, 1997–1998) and career completion percentage (67.1%). His 1998 record of 4,151 offensive yards in a season stood for nine years as a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record until Florida quarterback Tim Tebow broke it with 4,181 yards in 2007.[7] As of 2016, his 1998 record of 4,275 passing yards is still an SEC record.[8]

Statistics[edit]

Season Passing[9] Rushing[9]
Comp Att Yards Comp% TD INT Carries Yards TD
1996 32 84 276 38.1 1 1 24 26 0
1997 363 547 3,884 66.4 37 19 67 134 3
1998 400 553 4,275 72.3 36 15 74 116 1
Career Total 795 1184 8,435 67.1 74 35 165 276 4

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Second-team All-SEC (1997)
  • First-team All-SEC (1998)
  • First-team All-American (1998)
  • SEC Player of the Year (1998)
  • Heisman Trophy finalist (1998)

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
225 lb
(102 kg)
9 78 in
(0.25 m)
5.08 s 1.73 s 2.85 s 4.34 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
22
All values from NFL combine

Couch's college success culminated in his selection as the number one overall selection in the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, who were returning to the NFL as an expansion team in 1999 following the original team's 1996 relocation to Baltimore. Couch took over for Ty Detmer as the team's starting quarterback in the second game of his rookie season. He spent five seasons as a starting quarterback for Cleveland, eventually facing competition from journeyman backup Kelly Holcomb during his final two seasons.

Couch's tenure in Cleveland ranged from leading the team to a playoff appearance, to boos and inconsistent play, which was partially a result of being constantly plagued by injuries. Couch's tenure with the team often included playing behind an offensive line hampered by injury.[10] He missed the final nine games of the 2000 season with a broken thumb. The high point of Couch's career came in 2002, when he threw for 2,842 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading the upstart Browns to a 9–7 record and a playoff appearance.[11] However, he suffered a broken leg in the final game of the regular season and was forced to watch as Holcomb threw for over 400 yards in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. This was the beginning of a quarterback controversy in Cleveland that would not be resolved until a year later when head coach Butch Davis tapped Holcomb as his starter. By the end of the 2003 season, after exhausting both quarterbacks with the rotation,[12] it became clear that Davis, struggling with a 5–11 football team, would never give Couch the opportunity to start again.[13] Couch is considered by Fox Sports to be one of the NFL's biggest draft busts in its history after being taken #1 with high expectations only to falter through most of his career.[14] However, Couch's career has also been defended by former Browns offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.[15]

Statistics[edit]

Season Passing Rushing
Games Starts Comp Att Yards Comp% TD INT Rating Carries Yards TD
1999 15 14 223 399 2,447 55.9 15 13 73.2 40 267 1
2000 7 7 137 215 1,483 63.7 7 9 77.3 12 45 0
2001 16 16 272 454 3,040 59.9 17 21 73.1 38 128 0
2002 14 14 273 443 2,842 61.6 18 18 76.8 23 77 0
2003 10 8 120 203 1,319 59.1 7 6 77.6 11 39 1
Career Total 62 59 1,025 1,714 11,131 59.8 64 67 75.1 124 556 2

Notable moments and achievements[edit]

Hail Mary passes[edit]

Couch had several notable moments for the Browns, including two "Hail Mary" passes. In 1999 against the New Orleans Saints, his last-second touchdown pass to Kevin Johnson gave the Browns their first win.[16] Three seasons later, in Jacksonville he tossed a game-winning pass on the last play of the game to Quincy Morgan.[17] Couch holds the distinction of being the only quarterback in NFL history to throw two game-winning passes of 50 yards or more with 0:00 left on the clock.[18]

2002 season[edit]

The Browns' 2002 campaign was a special one. Although the 2001 Browns raised eyebrows with their defense, having recorded 43 sacks and a league-best 33 interceptions, the offense was once again moribund. The run game was pitiful and the offensive line was porous. At the start of the 2002 preseason, star linebacker Jamir Miller went down with a career-ending Achilles tendon injury. However, the reincarnated "Kardiac Kids", led by Couch, won 9 games, including five in the final two minutes and seven by 10 points or less, and made a wildcard playoff spot.[19] Those thrillers included a 31-28 overtime win over Tennessee in which Couch threw for 326 yards and 3 TDs, a last minute TD and two-point conversion passes from Couch to Dennis Northcutt against the Jets, the "Hail Mary" against the Jaguars, and a final-minute drive against Baltimore where Couch threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mark Campbell after being pinned inside his own 5-yard line with 0 timeouts and 1:30 left in regulation.

All-time ranks[edit]

Couch is the Browns' all-time leader in pass completion percentage at 59.8%.[20] He also ranks 7th all-time in touchdown passes (64), 6th in QB rating (75.1), 4th in passing attempts (1,741), 3rd in completions (1,025), 5th in passing yards (11,131). Couch still holds the franchise single-game record for pass completions (36 against Tennessee in 2002) and the rookie single-season record for passing touchdowns (15). His rookie records for pass attempts (399), pass completions (223), passing yards (2,447), and QB rating (73.2) were broken by Colt McCoy in 2010 and Brandon Weeden in 2012. He was the Browns' leading passer from 1999 to 2002.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • NFL Rookie of the Month (October, 1999)
  • AFC Offensive Player of the Week (9/22/02)

Attempted comebacks[edit]

After the Browns released Couch in 2004, Couch signed as a free agent with the Green Bay Packers. Couch went on to have a disappointing training camp, and was booed off the field by the Lambeau Field crowd during his limited preseason appearances.[21] Couch struggled with a rotator cuff injury, that would eventually require surgery, and was sidelined for the entire year.

Couch was released by the Packers during their final cutdown to 53 players prior to the season. Couch filed a grievance with the NFL Players Union against the Packers because they failed to attempt an injury settlement prior to his release.

After undergoing shoulder surgery in February 2005, Couch auditioned for the Chicago Bears midway through the 2005 season and the Cincinnati Bengals in December 2005. The Bears observed that his arm was not back to NFL shape during their workout and did not sign him. The Bengals did not pursue Couch, although Jon Kitna was not re-signed after his contract expired in early 2006.

Couch participated in tryouts with the Tennessee Titans in January 2006. He also had workouts with the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Houston Texans. All three teams stated that despite good workouts, they were not interested in pursuing him. Couch ended up missing the entire 2006 season due to another shoulder surgery, late June 2006.[22]

ESPN reported on July 20, 2007, that Couch had contacted all 32 NFL teams to see if any teams were interested in him for the 2007–2008 season. On July 29, 2007, Couch agreed to a two-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Couch was brought in to compete for the third-string quarterback position with Quinn Gray and Lester Ricard. He played in one preseason game against the Miami Dolphins and was 2-of-4 for 11 yards. On August 18, Couch failed to make the third string and was released. The next week, the Jaguars released former starter Byron Leftwich and Lester Ricard, leaving them without a third-string quarterback.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Couch currently works for Fox Sports South as an analyst on the weekly show SEC Gridiron Live.[20] He also serves as the color analyst for the SEC Regional Network football package, typically found on Fox Sports Net affiliates in most SEC territories. Current affiliates include Sun Sports, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest Plus, Fox Sports Houston, Fox Sports Midwest Plus, Fox Sports North Plus, and Fox Sports San Diego.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ESPN - The List: Best high school athletes ever". Espn.go.com. 2003-05-20. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b Kentucky high school boys' basketball records (PDF). KHSAA. Retrieved on April 9, 2010.
  3. ^ van Valkenburg, Kevin (September 29, 2014). "Why Nick Saban and college football are afraid of Hal Mumme". ESPN. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ The Associated Press (October 5, 1997). "College Football; After 75 Years, Kentucky Knocks Off Alabama". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Kentucky vs LSU (Oct 17, 1998)". lsusports.net. October 17, 1998. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  6. ^ "College Football: Outback Bowl; Penn State Finds Ways to Confuse Couch". The New York Times. January 2, 1999. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  7. ^ "Southeastern Conference Single Season Total Yards Leaders". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Southeastern Conference Single Season Passing Yards Leaders". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  9. ^ a b "Tim Couch". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  10. ^ "Couch now free to sign with any team - NFL - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2004-06-09. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  11. ^ "Tim Couch Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 1977-07-31. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  12. ^ "ProFootballWeekly.com". ProFootballWeekly.com. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  13. ^ "Browns Pick Holcomb as Starter". AP. 18 August 2003 – via The New York Times. 
  14. ^ Sports, Fox. "Top 10 NFL draft busts". 
  15. ^ Grayshock, Rick. "Bruce Arians defends former Brown Tim Couch: 'Tim was no bust'". 
  16. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1011/hail.mary.finishes/content.5.html
  17. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1011/hail.mary.finishes/content.3.html
  18. ^ Kuharsky, Paul. "Further examining Jags' Hail Mary winner - AFC South Blog - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  19. ^ Press, From Associated (9 December 2002). "A Hail Mary by Couch Is Well-Met by Morgan" – via LA Times. 
  20. ^ a b Sports, Fox. "South". 
  21. ^ "Green Bay Packers news | News, sports, features, blogs, photos and forums about the Green Bay Packers". packersnews.com. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  22. ^ "Couch Already Out for 2006". TheLedger.com. 2006-07-03. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 

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