Couch just sitting there

Quarterback Tim Couch didn't look like the same player in his two workouts for the Bears that he had been in Green Bay when he was so bad that he got cut.

As a result, if the Bears decide to sign him it is likely to occur today.

"He looked better," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said of Couch. "We had seen the Green Bay film from preseason and he definitely looked considerably better than he did then."

Angelo said the only real concern was the strength of Couch's shoulder and that was addressed by having him come back for a second workout the morning after the first.

"The were concerned about his arm strength and the condition of the shoulder so we had him stay and work out Saturday after he had worked out Friday," Angelo said, adding there was soreness, but "nothing major."

"We wanted to take a good look at him not with the idea that we would be signing him to a deal right away, but we explained to him that it would be something possibly after the game, Monday and possibly even in the near future," Angelo said.

Couch spent five seasons with the Cleveland Browns, starting 59 of 62 games with 64 touchdowns and 67 interceptions.

The Browns released Couch in the off-season after signing Jeff Garcia to be their starter and not being able to workout a trade for his services. He eventually signed with the Packers, but he failed to make the 53-man roster because of rotator-cuff tendonitis in his right arm, which decreased his velocity.

Even if the six-foot-4, 225-pound Couch is healthy, his immediate impact would be limited without knowing Terry Shea's offense.

Meaning, Craig Krenzel is likely to get a start Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.


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