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Browns rookies frustrate Saints fan

By Marla Published: October 26, 2010

Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy may have been merely a game manager in Sunday's 30-17 upset of the New Orleans Saints in the Louisiana Superdome.  McCoy's biggest accomplishment may have been in not turning the ball over as he completed 9 of 16 for 74 yards.

But the Browns have won 4 of the last 5 games against the Saints. At least one fan in the Big Easy doesn't want to see another Browns rookie quarterback any time soon.

A New Orleans cab driver may have fumbled for his name, but he clearly remembered what Tim Couch did to the Saints in the 'Dome on Oct. 31, 1999. Couch beat the Saints 21-16 on a 56-yard Hail Mary to Kevin Johnson. It was the third TD pass of the day for Couch, who completed 11 of 19 for 193 yards, as the Browns won their first game as an expansion franchise. It was one of only two victories that season. 

''He had his way with us,'' the cabbie lamented Monday of Couch.

Couch frustrated the Saints fans in the Superdome again in 2002, when the Browns won 24-15. That day, Couch completed 12 of 21 for 182 yards and a TD with two interceptions.

The Browns may not have gotten in the heads of the Saints, the defending Super Bowl champions. Defensive end Alex Brown dissed the Browns after the game, saying, ''There's nothing positive about this team losing to that team. We have a much better team (Pittsburgh) coming in here next week and we have to put a much better team out on that field.''

The Saints may have left the 'Dome Sunday feeling superior. But Saints fans may be happy they don't see the Browns again until at least 2012.

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