Commentary: Don't give up on Couch

In a world where fast food isn't fast enough, where the reconstruction of Iraq is deemed a failure in some circles and people are exasperated when it takes five seconds for their computer to send off that e-mail, the Tim Couch project has been deemed a disaster.

My goodness, a good number of Packers fans and pundits are howling, the Packers should just release Couch now. He stinks. He has no arm strength. He looks worse than Akili Smith.

Leave it to the Southern drawl of Brett Favre to tell everyone to simmer down.

Without coming right out and saying it, Favre warned people in June to not expect Couch to walk on water from Day One. As Favre has said repeatedly, he didn't completely understand the West Coast offense in even his third season.

Favre credits the great Sterling Sharpe for making him look so good, so early. In the infancy of his career, Favre's modus operandi was to throw it to Sharpe, throw it harder to Sharpe, throw it even harder to Sharpe, or take off running. It's not that he didn't have faith in his other receivers. It's just that on a lot of plays Favre was comfortable with his first read and had no clue what the second, third and fourth reads were.

And that was with a couple of seasons under his belt.

Couch hasn't even been in Green Bay for a month. To expect him to look like Joe Montana is like expecting a teenage driver to navigate through traffic with the proficiency of Jeff Gordon.

"He said, ‘There were several plays I only knew what one guy was doing,'" Favre told reporters Wednesday. "I believe him. That's understandable."

Couch went 2-of-11 vs. Seattle on Monday for 18 yards. He was rattled by the constant pressure. He looked like a quarterback who is lacking confidence, which isn't surprising considering he's a quarterback who is lacking knowledge.

"It's a very difficult offense to learn," Favre said. "You just can't go out there and play. And he knows that."

The remedy, Favre says, is for Couch to go back out there on Saturday against New Orleans and try it again.

"The best way (to learn) is by going out and taking your bumps along the way," Favre said. "Practice is one thing; playing is another."

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