Tim Couch: Browns don't develop quarterbacks
Tim Couch, a No. 1 overall pick, was given five years to succeed in Cleveland.
He led the Browns to a playoff appearance once but had many down moments during his tenure with the organization. That led to the Browns releasing him before he finished out his rookie deal, with the former first-overall selection being labeled a bust. Though Couch admitted his struggles, he agreed with former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar in a recent interview, that the organization hasn't done much since 1999 to help the situation.
"I thought everything he said was right," Couch said in an interview with ESPN.com. "It's been a long 15 years of watching the same thing repeat itself over and over. The biggest that frustrates me is the lack of commitment and loyalty to let a coach see it out and a quarterback play it out."
Couch's best season was in 2002, though he broke his leg in the regular-season finale. After Kelly Holcomb threw 400 yards in a Wild Card Game loss, the Browns started toying with the idea of a quarterback competition. It's moments like this that detail the dysfunction inside the Browns' organization.
In the ESPN inteview, Couch said he expects rookie Johnny Manziel to struggle some now that he's been thrown into the fire late in the season. But he pointed to the Browns' approach at the position, which saw Brian Hoyer falter down the stretch.
"I was totally on board with Hoyer. He made such good decisions for so long," Couch said. "He was accurate. All that changed when the pressure mounted on him. He didn't play well the last month, and you can't get away from that.
"But I think it was the result of other influences creeping in on him."
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