JMazzulo920: Well, it appears that this one just won't go away.....In light of the rumor that the Browns phones have been ringing on a weekly basis from teams about TCs availabilty. Do you think that if offered a 1st round pick on draft day Butch will pull the trigger and trade Couch? Do you think that the rumor is true, I personally do b/c I could see plenty of teams being interested if he could be had for a bargain deal. Insiders your thoughts?
ArtBtz: The source of that rumor, unfortunately, has been wrong just about every time. Everything indicates that the Browns would have to be blown away with a "Herschel Walker" level of deal to pull the trigger.
Lane: The latest rumor is that Couch will be dealt to the Manitoba Moose for a box of Eskimo Pies, some frozen trout, and a 12-pack of Busch Light.
Dave: Tim Couch will not be traded. At least not this year. Like I've said all offseason, Couch will be given every opportunity to prove he is the No. 1 quarterback and win the job in the preseason. If he falters this year, he could be dealt next season. But not before then. Davis always preaches that teams have to have two quarterbacks capable of starting, and they have that in Holcomb and Couch. They will not deal either this season.
GregTNG: Lots of Center types visiting town recently... Is Fowler behind the curve? Or is he OK and the Browns want to keep O'Hara working at OG instead of C?
Mike McLain: I will be curious to see what Melvin Fowler looks like when the Browns stage their May minicamp. Most players at the strength positions make their biggest leaps in size and power from the end of their rookie seasons to the beginning of their second seasons.
Fowler needs to shed some baby fat and add muscle mass. Even without accomplishing that goal, he's bigger than Dave Wohlabaugh.
I think Butch Davis is covering his bases in looking at centers. He's high on Fowler's future, but there's expected caution in dealing with a second-year player that saw little action as a rookie.
Prosecutor: Mike, do you really think William Joseph is the most likely player t be the Browns first pick?
OK, he's a good player, he went to Miami, and we're trying to improve our run defense. No argument there. But where is Joseph going to play? ...
Sorry, I just think we're in good shape at DT, especially if Warren gets in shape and gets motivated, and all indications are positive as far as that is concerned. We have areas of far greater need than defensive tackle. I don't have a guess as to who the Browns will draft, but I'd be shocked if it was Joseph.
Mike McLain: Let me say this. I threw out Joseph's name as someone I "think" the Browns might pick. I'm not saying I would endorse his selection.
I made that prediction knowing Butch Davis' obvious infatuation with Miami players and his consistent comments during the offseason that improving run defense is a high priority.
If the Browns would select Joseph, I don't think it would create a problem. Orpheus Roye had a good season last year, but he isn't a dominant defender by any means. He's quick off the snap and fills lanes in a hurry, but he's not the brute Davis is looking for inside.
Joseh also isn't a mauler, but he would be another quality tackle to put into the mix and ease the work load of others (you need four tackles in a rotation). I hope the Browns look elsewhere, but it wouldn't shock me if Joseph is the pick.
Jmazzulo920: Insiders I may be wrong but I don't believe we are going to have a prototypical SSLB in the defense we plan on running.
I think if we draft a Boss Bailey or a Nick Barnett type of LB we will pair him with Kevin bentley as our outside LBs, neither will really on strength at the point of attack but rather speed. Which from what I have been reading all off season is what we want from our back seven. Our front four we want as big and strong as possible to:
1. Stop the run
2. Generate its own pass rush
3. Allow our LBs to roam and make plays
I have a feeling that I am either exactly right, or way way off, Insiders could you please give me any input as to where my thoughts stand with the reality of what the team plans to do? Thanks
Mike McLain: Butch Davis is infatuated with speed, especially when it comes to linebackers. One reason he never fully embraced Jamir Miller is that he doesn't like Miller's lack of great speed.
That love of speed also includes the front four, but I think Butch is more willing to bend when it comes to that area. If there's a 300-plus pound tackle with decent speed but can maul people on the inside, I don't think Davis would hesitate to pick him.
In other words, I think you're right on with your analysis.
BowWowWow(etc): Which of his rumors this offseason are more ridiculous--the Browns trading Tim Couch for Brian Urlacher or the Browns outright releasing Tim Couch after 6/1?
Lane: Despite all the talk, there are those in the organization that would not have an issue in releasing Couch on or after June 1st. I haven't been told by anyone that has a definitive voice that they would 'seriously' consider that option, but it does exist.
Lumpy: Mike in your article you mention that the Browns make use the 21st pick on a MLB like EJ Hendersen. Given that we have 3 MLB's on our roster; Andra Davis, Brant Boyer and Barry Gardner-my own thoughts were contradictory. Does this mean that Gardner may have been in to bring extra support to the Wil or Sam spots? Or is it more the fact that if Hendersen/Pierce are still there at 21 and Kwame Harris, Eric Steinbach and all the good corners are gone as well as DT's we will go with bpa?
Lane: Gardner was brought here to compete at the MLB spot, to add a very good special teams presence. I do not see him as being valuable as the Will or Sam, his skills and physical abilities are questionable for these positions.
Mike: I agree wih Lane that Gardner was signed to help on special teams and to contend at MLB. While saying that, I don't think Gardner is the long-term answer at MLB. I'