Life as a fan of the Cleveland Browns hasn’t been much fun since the city got an expansion franchise in 1999. The Browns have had but two winning seasons in the 13 seasons since – and somehow managed to miss the playoffs in one of those years, despite sporting a 10-6 record.
Perhaps the revolving door at the quarterback position in the past 13 years highlights best the struggles of the franchise. And it has certainly been revolving, as 16 different QBs have started at least one game since 1999. Several QBs have played decently – including Cleveland’s first pick in the 1999 Draft, Tim Couch – but for most of those years there simply were not enough offensive pieces in place for any kind of success.
Cleveland drafted a QB in the first round in the 2012 Draft, and Brandon Weeden will likely start the season at the top of the depth chart. Perhaps the Browns will even be lucky enough to have a single QB start all 16 games in a season for the first time since 2001.