Couch is the only quarterback in NFL history to complete two game-winning passes of 50-plus yards with no time remaining on the game clock. He connected with wide receiver Kevin Johnson to give the 1999 Browns their first win over New Orleans and again in 2002 when finding Quincy Morgan to top Jacksonville.
What happened? Injuries that accumulated from being sacked 166 times in 62 career starts along with his failure to fulfill the sky-high expectations that came with his draft position led to Couch’s departure after five seasons. He never played in an NFL game again largely because of shoulder problems.
That is not a misprint. With the defense playing hard and Josh McCown showing calm, the Jets are a winning team so far in 2017. Wherever they finish, they’ve proved the fight is still there.
Smart, the No. 6 pick in the 2014 draft, is entering his fourth NBA season. On a Celtics roster that underwent an unprecedented overhaul this summer, he wears the badge of “longest-tenured Celtic,” even if he finds that notion rather preposterous. Still, as one of just four returning players, Smart is a small slice of familiarity on Boston’s new-look roster.
Smart, too, has a new look. He dropped 20 pounds this summer with help from a private chef and a diet heavy on Mediterranean food (“Dates are great; I love them,” said Smart). He acknowledged that he battled back pain at times during last year’s playoff run when his weight climbed. Smart is noticeably slimmer, and there’s a renewed explosiveness to his game — just watch this video from recent post-practice, one-on-one work when Smart soars for a slam as rookie Jayson Tatum scrambles to defend:
A.J. Green has come alive as the centerpiece of the offense, and the Bengals are back to showing plenty of pulse in a suddenly tight AFC North. Still, there’s nothing playoff team about their profile.