Another ex-player with prior experience is Tim Couch, the franchise’s number one pick in 1999. Couch’s tenure with Cleveland didn’t go as many hoped, playing just five seasons. His career was cut short due to a shoulder injury that was caused due to constantly getting hit. A torn rotator cuff would ultimately sap his arm strength and despite an attempted comeback attempt with the Packers, Bears, Bengals, Titans, Dolphins, Steelers, and Texans before finally catching on with the Jaguars during the 2007 preseason.
He would ultimately be released and later retired.
His time in Cleveland wasn’t the greatest statistically though he is second-all time to Baker Mayfield in completion percentage for quarterbacks with a minimum of 600 attempts. During his tie with Cleveland, he completed just under 60% of his passes, for 11,131 yards, with 64 touchdowns and 67 interceptions. Since the team returned in 1999, he was also the first and only quarterback to take the Browns to the playoffs until 2020.
Couch, like with Cribbs, also isn’t a stranger to being in front of a camera. He did work for Fox Sports South (now Bally Sports South), as well as a host of other Fox Sports regional broadcasts, as well as SEC Regional Network.
He partnered up with Jay Crawford in 2018 to call Browns’ preseason games, adding to the credentials Couch has for taking over the color commentary for Browns games.