Saturday Wire: Couch Happy, White Unhappy

Today's newswire focuses on Tim Couch, who is happy and hopes to have a long Browns career, and Jamel White, who feels let down by the team.

Today's newswire is highlighted by two stories which form one polar opposite: Tim Couch's surprising happiness in Cleveland, and Jamel White's irritation with the team.

Couch, who has been vilified by some in the media and the stands, has had a challenging time in Cleveland since being thrust into the starting role in the second game of his rookie season. Still, according to local reports, Couch is interested in staying in town and being a long-time resident. "I don't want to move on at the end of the year," Couch told local reporters. "I'd like to have things work out and play here for a long time."

The quarterback's comments were in response to Browns President Carmen Policy's statement that Couch still has a future with the team.

The turnaround comes after Couch has enjoyed two straight good performances after replacing injured starter Kelly Holcomb as the Browns quarterback. Couch's quarterback rating is 102, which would be second in the league. Unfortunately, Couch has not played enough to qualify for league-wide standings.

More on Couch's resurgence and renewed desired to remain a Cleveland Brown long term can be found in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and San Francisco Chronicle.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, running back Jamel White is not feeling any love from the Browns coaching staff.

The quick and elusive runner has been used sparingly by the Browns in his fourth year with the team, which is unexpected after the team set expectations higher while negotiating with White for a contract extension.

White fell behind 2000 third-round draft choice James Jackson during training camp when White suffered from a series of injuries. "I didn't know you could lose your job due to an injury.", White told reporters yesterday.

More on Jamel White's situation with the Browns can be found in the Lake County News-Herald and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

- AB

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