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Tim Couch Says He Would Still Be With Browns, If Not For 2002 Injury

The highlight of this sports week is Thursday night's NFL Draft, when the Browns will likely add a major piece with the fourth overall pick. But if history is any indication, the odds are against whoever's taken No. 4 making an impact in Cleveland. Since the franchise's return in 1999, the Browns have made a litany of mistakes at the top of the draft. For many, it started with new franchise's very first pick, Tim Couch.

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The Kentucky legend recently gave some time to Pat McManamon for an interview, and came off as grateful for his career in Cleveland and thinks things could, and should have gone differently. He was particularly tough on Butch Davis, stating the coach was "jerking around" he and Kelly Holcomb in the competition of 2003. Couch, however, still thinks he would be with the team if he had not been injured in the playoff-clinching season finale against the Falcons in 2002:

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"If that didn't happen," he said, "if that one play didn't happen, I think I would still be playing with the Browns."

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Now, that might seem like crazy talk -- and it is -- but the interview is actually really gracious, and Couch otherwise professes his appreciation for his time in Cleveland. It's worth the read during this draft week.

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