Tim Couch has a lot in common with Jared Goff. They were both No. 1 overall picks, they both played for Sonny Dykes in college, and they’re both playing for awful teams as rookies.
While Couch made his NFL debut in Week 2 of the 1999 season, Goff is yet to see the field for the Rams. In fact, he didn’t even dress for Week 1.
“I’m sure he’s frustrated,” Couch said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “It is a transition coming from that system and trying to learn an NFL system. The plan was for me to sit behind Ty Detmer my rookie season. We were an expansion team. The last thing they wanted to do was throw a young quarterback right to the wolves. But that was the plan – to sit behind Ty.”
The Browns, however, got blown out by the Steelers, 43-0, in Week 1. Couch started Week 2 against Tennessee. He was sacked 56 times as a rookie, and the Browns finished 2-14.
“It was a tough situation,” Couch said. “I got beat up a lot. It’s a tough thing to do to a young quarterback, to kind of throw him out there when you don’t have the supporting cast in place to go out and be successful. That may be what they’re doing with Jared Goff a little bit. I’m sure some of it has to do with his development. But I think some of it has to do with they realize they’re not very good offensively right now. They haven’t scored a touchdown in the first two weeks of the season. So I think they’re trying to bring him along slowly, not put him in there where he gets beat up and sacked a lot and try to put him in in a situation where he can come out and have a little bit of success and they don’t break his confidence too early.”
Carson Wentz, the No. 2 pick in the draft, has looked great in each of his first two starts. He’s thrown for 468 yards and three touchdowns, is yet to turn the ball over and has helped the Eagles to wins over the Browns and Bears.
“Doug Pederson was a teammate of mine in Cleveland and Green Bay, and obviously Frank Reich is the offensive coordinator,” Couch said. “He’s got two quarterbacks that have been in live action in the NFL and they can teach this young quarterback what it’s all about and what he needs to know. They can also put him in situations where he can go out and be successful. Obviously the kid is really talented. He’s picking up the system really quickly. He’s got a big arm. He’s very calm and poised for a young player. I think a lot of that has to do with his head coach and his offensive coordinator being former NFL quarterbacks. So that’s a great situation for him. It is all about the supporting cast. I think you can ask any quarterback who’s ever played in the league what’s the biggest thing that you need in place to have success at that level, and they’ll say the supporting cast. It’s about offensive line. Having a good running back is huge, as Tiki knows. You’ve got to have that running back who can take that pressure off of a young player, keep him in manageable situations, get positive yardage on first and second down, and then obviously you got to have someone in the backfield you can trust on third down and to pick up blitzes and you can dump it off to him on check-downs and those things. So the supporting cast for a young player – or any quarterback, in my opinion – is critical if you want to have long-term success at that level.”