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Backup Quarterbacks in Cleveland – the Most Beloved Man in Town

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By Dan Gilles

For whatever reason, the backup quarterback is usually the most popular player on the football team.

Especially when it comes to the Cleveland Browns, where fans have been clamoring for backups ever since Tim Couch began the 1999 season as the backup behind Ty Detmer.

Quarterback controversies are a rite of passage here in Cleveland.

Kelly Holcomb comes in and throws three touchdown passes and 400 yards in a loss, and fans are screaming for the career journeyman to replace the guy who was the No. 1 overall pick … until they saw Holcomb take regular snaps as a starter, realized he was a one-trick pony, and began to clamor once again for Couch.

Josh McCown’s younger brother Luke was once embroiled in a quarterback controversy when veterans Jeff Garcia and Holcomb struggled and couldn’t stay healthy.

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Dan Gilles has been a sportswriter in Northeast Ohio for 21 years and been a fan of Cleveland Sports his entire life. He primarily covers high school sports and has also covered collegiate sports, the Lake Erie Crushers and other various pro sports as well. He has written for several newspapers and is currently with The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram. Dan is a 1992 graduate of Admiral King High School in Lorain and also has degrees from Lorain County Community College and Cleveland State University. When he's not writing, he plays the drums for a local metal band, is a Saturday night DJ at a local bar and plays in four fantasy football leagues. You can follow him on Twitter @DanGilles1973.

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