Ranking The Cleveland Browns’ Starting QBs Since 1999

Ranking The Cleveland Browns' Starting QBs Since 1999

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In less than a month, the Cleveland Browns will have tough decisions to make pertaining to their future. The Browns will almost certainly be selecting a quarterback this year — a position that has been dreadful since their return in 1999. Cleveland has started 20 different quarterbacks with virtually the same losing results. Here is a ranking of the 20 different quarterbacks to don a Browns uniform since 1999.

20. Bruce Gradkowski, 2008

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20. Bruce Gradkowski, 2008

Bruce Gradkowski
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To be fair to Gradkowski, multiple QBs could be named the “worst quarterback” since the Browns returned in 1999. He also only started one game in Week 17 of the 2008 season, but Gradkowski’s miserable statistics landed him the No. 20 ranking. No need to discuss, just look below:

Browns stats: 0-1 record, completed 33%, 26 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs, 2.8 QBR

19. Ken Dorsey, 2008

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19. Ken Dorsey, 2008

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Dorsey could easily be the 20th-ranked quarterback on this list. He “led” the Browns to three losses in his three starts in 2008, amassing a whopping 19 points. Dorsey’s performances were so bad that they forced then-coach Romeo Crennel to sign free agent Bruce Gradkowski for their Week 17 game.

Browns stats: 0-3 record, completed 47%, 370 yards, 0 TDs, 7 INTs, 26.4 QBR

18. Doug Pederson, 2000

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18. Doug Pederson, 2000

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An NFL vet, Pederson was brought in to back up young quarterback Tim Couch. However, he was thrown into the mix when Couch went down with injuries. He would start eight games, only winning one.

Browns stats: 1-7 record, completed 55.7%, 1,047 yards, 2 TDs, 8 INTs, 56.6 QBR

17. Spergon Wynn, 2000

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17. Spergon Wynn, 2000

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Wynn was famous for being the last quarterback drafted before Tom Brady in the 2000 draft. Wynn would play in seven games for the Browns in 2000, including one start. He lost the lone game he started, throwing an interception.

Browns stats: 0-1 record, completed 40.7%, 167 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 41.2 QBR

16. Luke McCown, 2004

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16. Luke McCown, 2004

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McCown was drafted by the Browns in the fourth round of the 2004 draft. He started four games that season, failing to win a game. McCown was then traded to Tampa Bay after the 2004 season.

Browns stats: 0-4 record, completed 49%, 608 yards, 4 TDs, 7 INTs, 52.6 QBR

15. Ty Detmer, 1999

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15. Ty Detmer, 1999

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Ty Detmer was the first quarterback to start for the Cleveland Browns in the new era. In 1999, Detmer started the first and last game of the season, including a 43-0 loss to the Steelers in the Browns' first game back in the league. The performance would a foreshadowing of Cleveland’s future quarterback play.

Browns stats: 0-2 record, completed 51.6%, 548 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs, 75.7 QBR

14. Thad Lewis, 2012

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14. Thad Lewis, 2012

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A one-game starter for Cleveland, Lewis played well against the Steelers in Week 17 of the 2012 season. It was the only game he played in a Browns uniform. Lewis would go onto start five games for the Bills in 2013, posting a 2-3 record.

Browns stats: 0-1 record, completed 68.8%, 204 yards, 1 TDs, 1 INTs, 83.3 QBR

13. Seneca Wallace, 2010-2011

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13. Seneca Wallace, 2010-2011

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Wanting another veteran on the roster in 2010, the Browns decided to sign the longtime Seahawks player. Wallace started four games in 2010 and three in 2011, winning just one of those games.

Browns stats: 1-6 record, completed 57.2%, 1,261 yards, 6 TDs, 4 INTs, 76.6 QBR

12. Jason Campbell, 2013

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12. Jason Campbell, 2013

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Jason Campbell was part of the quarterback circus in during the 2013 season. He started in eight games, winning one. His tenure showed promise, but the offense was unable to put together consistent performances under his leadership.

Browns stats: 1-7 record, completed 56.8%, 2,015 yards, 11 TDs, 8 INTs, 76.9 QBR

11. Jake Delhomme, 2010

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11. Jake Delhomme, 2010

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Like Wallace, Delhomme was brought in after Cleveland decided to not retain its previous QBs on the roster. He started only four games in a Browns uniform, and relied heavily on the running game. He would later give way to rookie Colt McCoy.

Browns stats: 2-2 record, completed 62.4%, 872 yards, 2 TDs, 7 INTs, 63.4 QBR

10. Brady Quinn, 2008-2009

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10. Brady Quinn, 2008-2009

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Cleveland reached for Quinn when they traded up for him in the 2007 draft. That was made evident by his stint in Cleveland in which he started 12 games. Quinn was stuck behind surprising quarterback play on the Browns’ depth chart during most his tenure, and was unable to make the most of his opportunities.

Browns stats: 3-9 record, completed 52.1%, 1,902 yards, 10 TDs, 9 INTs, 66.8 QBR

9. Trent Dilfer, 2005

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9. Trent Dilfer, 2005

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Bringing in the Super Bowl-winning Trent Dilfer for veteran leadership was thought to be a smart move, but Dilfer made little difference in Cleveland. He created animosity during the season after he disagreed with the direction the Browns wanted to take the QB position that season. He started the first 11 games.

Browns stats: 4-7 record, completed 60%, 2,321 yards, 11 TDs, 12 INTs, 76.9 QBR

8. Brandon Weeden, 2012-2013

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8. Brandon Weeden, 2012-2013

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When Weeden was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 draft, he was the oldest player ever drafted in the first round. After starting 15 games his rookie season, Weeden was given the starting job in 2013, but was injured in Week 2. He reclaimed the role four weeks later but performed poorly and was replaced. He was released after the 2013 season.

Browns stats: 5-15 record, completed 55.9%, 5,116 yards, 23 TDs, 26 INTs, 71.8 QBR

7. Charlie Frye, 2005-2007

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7. Charlie Frye, 2005-2007

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Charlie Frye was a second-round pick in the 2005 draft. Frye showed promise during his rookie season when he threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns in Week 13 and started the remaining games that season. Frye started 13 games in 2006 and eventually lost the starting job after Week 1 of 2007.

Browns stats: 5-13 record, completed 63%, 3,490 yards, 14 TDs, 23 INTs, 71.2 QBR

6. Jeff Garcia, 2004

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6. Jeff Garcia, 2004

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Jeff Garcia was brought in for the 2004 season and started 10 games for the Browns; however, he was unable to recreate his 49er success. He split time with rookie Luke McCown and Cleveland mainstay Kelly Holcomb.

Browns stats: 3-7 record, completed 57%, 1,731 yards, 10 TDs, 9 INTs, 76.7 QBR

5. Colt McCoy, 2010-2011

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5. Colt McCoy, 2010-2011

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Colt McCoy was the all-time winningest QB in FBS history coming out of Texas. He was given the chance to start in 2010 and 2011, but wasn’t able to accumulate positive results. After playing in only one game in 2012, McCoy was traded to the 49ers prior to the 2013 season.

Browns stats: 6-15 record, completed 58.3%, 4,388 yards, 21 TDs, 20 INTs, 74.8 QBR

4. Brian Hoyer, 2013

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4. Brian Hoyer, 2013

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Hoyer’s ranking is incomplete, but his early success puts him near the top of this list. Starting out 3-0 in 2013 before a season-ending injury, Hoyer showed he is capable of being the Browns’ franchise quarterback. It appears that Hoyer will be able to continue starting for the Browns in 2014 and attempt to get the franchise on the right track.

Browns stats: 3-0 record, completed 59.4%, 615 yards, 5 TDs, 3 INTs, 82.6 QBR

3. Tim Couch, 1999-2003

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3. Tim Couch, 1999-2003

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Couch was the first draft pick for the Browns’ new era. With a roster of expansion draft players, Couch was never given a fair shot. He famously cried in the locker room following a game in which fans cheered when he left the game with an injury. In his five seasons with the Browns, Couch battled injuries as a result of an inexperienced line.

Browns stats: 22-37 record, completed 60%, 11,131 yards, 64 TDs, 67 INTs, 75.1 QBR

2. Kelly Holcomb, 2002-2004

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2. Kelly Holcomb, 2002-2004

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Holcomb took over for an injured Tim Couch in 2002 and led the Browns in a losing, but admirable, playoff performance. Holcomb is the only Browns QB to play in a playoff game since the team's return in 1999.

Browns stats: 4-9 record (0-1 playoffs), completed 64%, 3,438 yards, 26 TDs, 21 INTs, 83.3 QBR

1. Derek Anderson, 2006-2009

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1. Derek Anderson, 2006-2009

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Anderson finds himself at No. 1 on this list mainly by default. In 2007, DA became the only Browns quarterback since 1999 to be named to the Pro Bowl when he started 15 games and threw 29 touchdown passes. Unfortunately, Anderson only threw 46 touchdowns in 34 total games for the Browns.

Browns stats: 16-18 record, completed 53%, 7,083 yards, 46 TDs, 45 INTs, 70 QBR


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