By this point, the Cleveland Browns ‘ quarterback woes are well documented, from Brandon Weeden to Johnny Manziel . By now, their sad history has been repeated far too many times.
But on Sunday, the Browns will set a new low for quarterbacking, which makes revisiting their woes worthwhile. According to Elias, the Browns will become the first team to use more than one starting quarterback in 15 consecutive seasons.
In Week 2 the Browns will become the first team in NFL history to use multiple starting QB’s in 15 straight seasons, per Elias.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 13, 2016
Clearly, that wasn’t by design. But in the final minutes of their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Robert Griffin III decided not to slide when he scrambling and ended up busting his shoulder. He was then placed on injured reserve, which set the stage for perpetual backup Josh McCown to start against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Here’s the complete list of Cleveland’s starting quarterbacks by year:
- 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: RG3, Josh McCown (so far)
You know it’s bad when the Browns long for the stable days of Tim Couch.
Oddly enough, the New England Patriots own the second-longest streak. According to ESPN, the Patriots used multiple starters in 14 straight seasons, from 1980-93. They definitely rebounded in a decent way after those 14 years, though.
The Browns, however, have no end in sight. RG3 probably isn’t the answer, McCown definitely isn’t, and Cody Kessler is a developmental third-round pick.
Source: CBS Sports / With RG3 on IR, the Browns will set one of the worst NFL records ever in Week 2