In news that I think most people have ignored, (and yes I meant to cover this over the weekend but didn’t get a chance to), Tim Couch was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars before their second preseason game. He had been signed to a two-year deal by the Jags in July after his agent had shopped him to any team that would take a meeting, and went 2 for 4 with 2 sacks in the first preseason game. (Which sounds bad, but he has not played in an NFL game since he saw preseason action in 2005 with the Packers.)
It is easy to list Couch as yet another first-round draft pick busts, (he was taken ahead of Donovan McNabb if memory serves me right, but feel free to correct me), but he spent most of his career on his back with a Cleveland team that never provided him with any real protection.
At least he gets to find solace in the arms of his own Barker’s Beauty. (What is it with the Cleveland QBs and Playmates?)
Meanwhile, Old Man River Vinny Testaverde has finalized his one year deal with the Patriots and at 43 is going into his 21 season in the NFL, which is typically they type of career a kicker can expect, not a quarterback.
What is even more shocking is that Vinny has said on many occasions he expect to retire as a Jet, which means he thinks he has at least two more years of football let in him. (Or at least, two more years of carrying around a clipboard and being a good locker room presence.) I’ll always think of Vinny as the guy who was shouldered with being the QB that was around for the Browns move to Baltimore, and the guy that I couldn’t believe went to the Cowboys for a time. If he hadn’t been drafted by theBucs, I don’t think I could stand a single team he’s played on.
Speaking of the Pats, a player that most of the other Ladies love, Tom Brady, is concerned about having time off to be there when his baby is born. (The Bridget Moynahan one, we don’t know how he feels about the other one yet. Depends on how the team’s playoff hopes are looking I would imagine.)
Meanwhile over at Giants camp, Eli Manning has been having to listen to ex-Giant Tiki Barber mock his leadership and play calling ability in the press.
Hey Tiki, not to put too fine of a point on it, but you’re a broadcaster/analyst now. Show a little class and keep those opinions to y0urself until the cameras turn on.
See this? This is how you looked during most of the game on Saturday. That is when you were not scrambling all over, sliding in to get extra yards, and generally scaring the beejezus out of me. I might have even remarked during the game, “Dammit! How can I cover him completely in bubble wrap! DON’T GET HURT YET BEN!”
We all know that you’ve been really not shown much respect this preseason, but this is not the time to prove yourself to world. Not during August. Give it just a few more days. I know you can do it. We forgive you for last season, but will not be so kind if you hurt yourself now.