The Cleveland Browns terrible and well documented history with quarterbacks since returning to Cleveland in 1999 is now officially historically bad.
With Robert Griffin III being placed on injured reserve, veteran Josh McCown will start at quarterback Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at First Energy Stadium for the Browns home opener. With McCown starting, this now means that the Browns are the only team in NFL history to use more than one starting quarterback in 15 consecutive seasons.
Obviously, this isn’t a record that the organization is going to hold their heads up to. This comes after Griffin was running towards the sideline to get out of bounds late in the fourth quarter and ended up busting his shoulder in the process.
Here is the complete list of the Cleveland’s quarterbacks for each year since their return:
- 2001: Tim Couch
- 2002: Tim Couch, Kelly Holcomb
- 2003: Kelly Holcomb, Tim Couch
- 2004: Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown, Kelly Holcomb
- 2005: Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye
- 2006: Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson
- 2007: Derek Anderson, Charlie Frye
- 2008: Derek Anderson, Ken Dorsey, Brady Quinn, Bruce Gradkowski
- 2009: Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson
- 2010: Colt McCoy, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace
- 2011: Colt Mccoy, Seneca Wallace
- 2012: Brandon Weeden, Thaddeus Lewis
- 2013: Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer
- 2014: Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw
- 2015: Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel, Austin Davis
- 2016: Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown
That is an ugly list to look at. Josh McCown was the starter last year at the beginning of the season and during the first drive of the first game of the season against the New York Jets, McCown scrambled and dove for the endzone when her was nailed in the head by a defender and suffered a concussion. He’s been in the league for 17 years so its hard to see McCown being completely healthy for the entire time that Griffin is out.
Cody Kessler better start prepping as soon as possible because if history tells us anything, its that it repeats itself.
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