the morning newswire features Davis' point of view. At the same time, though, Couch's teammates were 90 minutes away by car talking about trades...."> the morning newswire features Davis' point of view. At the same time, though, Couch's teammates were 90 minutes away by car talking about trades....">

Davis: Who? Us? Trade Couch?

Butch Davis spoke at a local community center last evening, and offered that he's happy with the quarterback situation, thank you very much. That will not stop newspapers, web sites, and talk shows from starting rumors, of course, but <A HREF="http://www.brownstng.com/browns/news/btng_newswire.asp">the morning newswire</A> features Davis' point of view. At the same time, though, Couch's teammates were 90 minutes away by car talking about trades....

In Cleveland, as covered by Pat McManamon and Steve Doershuck, Butch Davis was speaking at the Shaw Jewish Community Center and spending his time painting the picture of a late summer quarterback competition and a team blessed with two terrific quarterbacks.

In Erie, Browns players were telling the media there that Tim would want to be a starter if he doesn't win that competition. That means trouble in Plum City, and that's spelled T-R-A-D-E.

In newsrooms and basements around the country, individuals sitting in the glow of computer monitors were writing about how Couch is able to be dealt to the Saskatchewan Blue Otters of the CFL for fourteen miniature Warren Moon bobbleheads and a case of Molsen.

Meanwhile, what the heck is Pat Barnes doing here, anyway?

I'll tell you what I think, if you care, which you shouldn't.

I'll keep saying what I've been saying all along. Off all the teams in the NFL, only the Arizona Cardinals are stupid enough - and need a quarterback enough - to take Couch with his current conract. Bidwell is likely too busy trying to build stadiums in airport landing paths to care yet, or he's playing Scrabble again. In either event,  they're probably out as well.

Until I hear Couch re-do his deal, or we get closer to the draft, all the talk is just that - talk. The Browns don't have to deal Couch and they're in a position to be able to sit back and wait to see if someone gives them an offer that can't be turned down. The draft and free agency is where the action is right now.

You see how this is being played in the press, of course. Teams like the Bears let trial balloons fly that they don't think Couch is worth a high pick. The Browns let the world know that they're not seeking to deal him. This type of public posturing usually indicates that nothing concrete is happening.

It's when teams clam up that our radar should start to pick up signals.

Enough of my rambling. Wire's done... have a great day, Dawgs!

- AB

 


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