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Postby slowkidz » Tue Jul 29, 2003 2:15 pm

No Couch potato
By STEVE KING

Staff Writer

BEREA - Deciding this Browns quarterback battle
between Tim Couch and Kelly Holcomb will be a
long, slow, tedious process. Things will ebb and
flow back and forth for over three weeks.

So the best way to win it? With quickness,
according to Couch.

That was the theme of his offseason preparation
as he got ready for a training camp that rolled
on with two more practices Monday.

"After last season, I did some self-evaluation
and I realized there were some areas where I
needed some work," Couch said after the morning
practice. "I knew that with this quarterback
competition, I had to be quicker with everything.
I knew I had to speed up everything."

He started with his body. Couch looks like he's
trying to get ready to join his former Playboy
Playmate of the Year girlfriend, Heather Kozar,
as one of the couples to be photographed together
in next year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

Couch is buffed. Really. He worked out like a
fiend in the offseason, and it shows.

The slight stomach he had last year as he beefed
up to take the physical pounding better is gone.
He's down to a very slim-, yet muscular-looking
220 pounds.

Couch's body fat content is a scant 9 percent,
down from as much as 14 percent the last couple
of years.

"When I played at about 225 to 230 last


year, I just felt like I was too heavy," Couch
said. "I knew I needed to lose a little weight.
Now, I'm lighter than I was a year ago and as a
result I'm also quicker. But with the weight work
with the dumbbells, I'm stronger, too.

"I feel like I've added another dimension to my
game with the quickness. Now when it's third and
7 or third and 8, I can take off and run for the
first down. It just gives the defense another
thing to worry about."

Couch admits, "I'm never going to be Michael Vick
or anything like that," but in the short time
that camp has been conducted thus far, he has
been much more willing to tuck the ball under his
arm and take off when a pass play breaks down.

He looks a lot more like the guy who, as a rookie
in 1999, was really the team's most reliable
rusher with 40 carries for 267 yards (6.7),
including a 40-yarder.

That rushing average - and length of the
long-gainer - have gradually dropped the last
three years, to 3.8 and 31, respectively in 2000,
3.4 and 15 in 2001 and 3.3 and 14 last year.

And Couch has not had a rushing TD since 1999. In
fact, more than half of his 519 career rushing
yards were gained in that rookie season.

But there was more to Couch's offseason personal
improvement plan than just his body makeup.

"I also wanted to get quicker in the pocket with
my reads and my release," he said. "I watched
tape in the offseason of guys like (Dan) Marino
who had real quick releases to see if I could
pick up anything. I also worked with Carl Smith
(Browns quarterbacks coach).

"The reads and release are important, because
just a fraction of a second can make the
difference between the ball getting in there or
not getting in there.

"I'm doing better with those things now.
Hopefully, I'll be even quicker by the time the
season starts."

If Couch can continue to make strides in those
two areas, then it would greatly increase his
chances to win the starting job.

Couch has tended at times in the past to hold
onto the ball too long, a problem that comes from
not making quick enough reads and not getting rid
of the ball quickly enough.

The fact he is in his third year with this
offense and coordinator, Bruce Arians, has
enabled Couch to just about master the scheme.

"Now when I come to the line of scrimmage with a
play, I know pretty much what to expect - what
the defense will do and who will be open," Couch
said. "The first year with this offense, I'd come
up to the line with a play I had never run
before. So I wasn't sure what was going to
happen."

Part of the problem, especially last season, was
that Couch was experiencing pain in his arm. Not
immense pain, mind you, but enough to keep him
from having quite as much zip on the ball.

It came to a head in the next-to-last preseason
game in 2002 when he tore scar tissue in his
throwing elbow and incurred tendinitis, causing
him to miss three weeks of action.

But all that is behind him now.

"This is the best my arm has felt in a long
time," Couch said. "My arm feels good. I feel a
lot better. I have a lot more confidence in my
arm now."

In fact, Couch seems much more confident about
everything, on and off the field, that has
anything to do with the game. He has thrown the
ball extremely well to this point. His passes are
accurate. They are arriving quickly, and at the
right time, when the receivers are open.

But don't read too much into that. As Couch and
Holcomb both know, there can be no rush to
judgment in this process.
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Postby DUKE » Tue Jul 29, 2003 4:35 pm

Couch may have Slow thinking....."Kelly who?"
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Postby slowkidz » Tue Jul 29, 2003 4:44 pm

ummmmm....NO!

but it is kinda funny how all of the sudden timm-mmmaayyyy starts thinking, "Gee Cooter...I think maybe I should lose some weight, get in shape and learn how to throw that pigskin, huh?"



the dumbass... :-t
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Postby DUKE » Tue Jul 29, 2003 7:25 pm

Figured I'd hear from you on that one.


You'll be sporting a Couch Jersey before you know it :-D
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