Tim Couch encourages Browns to practice patience with Baker Mayfield


Tim Couch encourages the Browns to do what they didn’t do with him: Practice patience.

Couch, the No. 1 overall pick in 1999, started his rookie season behind Ty Detmer. But a 43-0 loss to the Steelers in the season opener prompted the Browns to press Couch into service.

He took 56 sacks that season and ended up playing only five seasons, making 59 career starts.

The Browns now have used a No. 1 overall pick on Baker Mayfield with plans for him to start the season on the bench behind Tyrod Taylor.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Couch told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I know it’s frustrating for Baker not be starting right away, but it will benefit him long term. Getting a chance to learn behind a veteran that’s had some success in the league is a great thing. Especially coming off a winless season, the last thing they should do is just throw Baker out there and say, ‘This is the No. 1 pick in the draft, and he’s going to turn this whole thing around.’

“That’s a lot of pressure to put on a young QB. I love the decision bring him along slowly and let him get comfortable with NFL game first.”

Couch will analyze the Browns’ preseason games on the team’s local broadcast alongside partner Jay Crawford.

9 responses to “Tim Couch encourages Browns to practice patience with Baker Mayfield

  1. Tom Couch’s legacy is being on that long list of failed NFL QB’s Cleveland has acquired. These guys aren’t medical interns suddenly asked to perform surgery. Couch was a wasted draft pick, doesn’t mean everyone is. Just because failure was your legacy, and now you work for the team as a part analyst is pointless. You failed not the system.

  2. @700levelvet

    Yes, Couch was a bust. But his opinion is relevant because he has more knowledge of the situation Mayfield is in than anyone else in that organization. Knowledge can be gained through success AND failure.

  3. When you have 1 win over a 2 year span, it’s not a bad plan to let Tyrod break that mold and win some games. If he hovers around .500 through mid season, then you can let Mayfield come in and take it to the next level.

  4. Here’s a fun fact…. Mr. Irrelevant in the 1999 draft, played 50 some odd more games than the first pick in the draft, was on a Super Bowl winning team. Not a QB mind you, but I’m pretty sure the odds were stacked way higher than the 1st pick in the draft. But it’s the Cleveland way to make excuses.

  5. Tim Couch was not a bust. He got busted by an historically inept organization. He was a tough SOB who led his team to the playoffs in his 4th year, had the respect of his veteran teammates, and was a pretty good 2 minute QB. I watched every snap of his career and have always believed he would’ve been a much more successful QB if a team that knew what they were doing had drafted him. The fact is, rookie QBs who play almost always have their careers negatively impacted. Ben Roethlisberger, Russel Wilson and Peyton Manning are the exceptions, not the rule. As a matter of fact, the reason you’ve seen so many Tim Couches and David Carrs the last 20 years is because in 1999, Peyton Manning gave an interview in which he said starting as a rookie was instrumental to his 2nd year success, so everyone decided to emulate that for the next decade. I think history has now shown that he was great in his second year because he was Peyton Freaking Manning. Also, if you’re going to start a rookie, you be sure to have a strong running game to keep defenses honest, like Manning, Ben and Wilson all had in their rookie seasons. You know, like the exact opposite of what the Browns did to Deshone Kizer last year, making him throw it 50 times a game and going 0-16.

  6. If the Browns don’t screw him up, either the talking heads or Browns fans will. Remember Manziel? Starting with the draft, talking heads speculating when Browns would put him in as starter. Once the season started, Coach kept saying Manziel wasn’t ready, Browns fans kept chanting and whining about him starting, even though Hoyer was winning. History seems to be repeating itself in Cleveland. Will they ever learn?

  7. Ahh Tim Couch – back in the days when QB’s out of college were so good that a near 60% completion percentage and taking an expansion team to only one playoff where you put up 33 points made you a bust.

    The guy would be considered elite in todays NFL without young legends like Payton Manning and Tom Brady to compare him against.

  8. Who cares what Tim Couch has to say. The real question is will he be bringing Heather Kozar with him when he returns to Cleveland? She’s the real brains behind that operation.

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