It is my personal opinion that you are outside of your mind if you say you can list all Browns starting quarterbacks since ’99. Throw a million bucks in my face as the reward and there isn’t a chance in hell I crack 10. That being said, I thought it best to take a VERY brief look at who’s been with us over the years and where they are now.
I’m not guaranteeing any of this is accurate. I didn’t even count to see if I got all 20.
Oh and unless you’ve been living under a rock, this jersey should be a familiar guide by now:
(Goes without say this list could double over the next year and I’m not entirely convinced the number won’t be up to 21 by the time I’m done writing this tonight.)
Couch. High-school All-American, SEC Player of the Year, hotshot QB from the University of Kentucky. There isn’t a Browns fan over the age of 20 that doesn’t remember the hype about taking this guy with the #1 pick. Looking back I can’t not feel sorry for the guy – we expected him to be an absolute savior and get us back into the glory days right away. My favorite Couch-era moments come from ’99 against the Steelers and London Jaguars:
Prior to Cleveland: University of Kentucky
After Cleveland: Played for Green Bay in ’04 and the Jags in ’07. Currently a broadcaster for Fox Sports South on SEC Gridiron Live.
Prior to Cleveland: College at BYU (Heisman winner). Packers, Eagles, 49ers.
After Cleveland: Lions and Falcons before retiring and working in the financial industry for a couple years – now a high school football coach in Texas.
Doug Pederson (2000)
Prior to Cleveland: Played college ball at Northeast Louisiana and went undrafted in ’91. Played for some World Football league or something I don’t know anything about and don’t care to read on before going through the Dolphins, Packers and Eagles.
After Cleveland: Went back to the Packers and played backup for Favre before retiring in ’04. Currently the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs (clearly doing a pretty decent job).
Spergon Wynn (2000)
Prior to Cleveland: I admit I have zero recollection of this guy. Played college at Southwest Texas State and drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 draft.
After Cleveland: Went to NFL Europe for a year before coming back to play for Minnesota for a couple seasons. Spent a few more years playing in Canada, now works as an energy trader in Texas.
Kelly Holcomb (2001-2004)
Prior to Cleveland: Middle Tennessee State – played for Tampa Bay and backed up Peyton in Indy.
After Cleveland: Bills, Eagles, Vikings. Apparently did/does some broadcasting for his alma mater.
Jeff Garcia (2004)
Was I hallucinating a few weeks ago or did this guy actually hint he wanted the Browns to take a look at him?
Prior to Cleveland: San Jose State. CFL (Calgary Stampeders) and 49ers.
After Cleveland: Seven other teams, I’ll leave it to your imagination – retired with Houston in ’11 and is supposedly on the “advisory board” for the new USFL debuting in 2015.
Luke McCown (2004)
Prior to Cleveland: Louisiana Tech. Picked him up in the 4th round of the ’04 draft.
After Cleveland: Jumped around to a few different teams but currently backing up Brees down in New Orleans.
Trent Dilfer (2005)
Prior to Cleveland: Fresno State. Tampa Bay, Ravens (Super Bowl), Seattle.
After Cleveland: Played a couple years in San Fran before retiring in ’07. Broadcaster.
Charlie Frye (2005 – 2007)
Prior to Cleveland: Drafted him out of Akron in the 3rd round ’04 Draft
After Cleveland: Seahawks, Raiders, now apparently a high school football coach down in Florida.
Derek Anderson (2005 – 2009)
Prior to Cleveland: Oregon State. Late draft pick by the Ravens (never played).
After Cleveland: Cardinals and now Panthers where he’s somewhere on that depth chart.
Brady Quinn (2007 – 2009)
Prior to Cleveland: Notre Dame.
After Cleveland: Denver, Chiefs, Seattle, Jets, Rams
Ken Dorsey (2006-2008)
Prior to Cleveland: The U. 49ers.
After Cleveland: CFL (Toronto), scout for Carolina Panthers, now their QB coach.
Bruce Gradkowsi (2008)
Prior to Cleveland: Another QB I have no memory of. Played in the ’08 season finale against Pittsburgh when our 3 other QB’s decided to get hurt.
After Cleveland: Went through a few teams, now a backup for Pittsburgh.
Colt McCoy (2010 – 2012)
Prior to Cleveland: Texas.
After Cleveland: Currently with the 49ers.
Prior to Cleveland: CFL, Saints, Panthers
After Cleveland: Retired after playing for the Texans for one season in 2011.
Seneca Wallace (2010 – 2012)
Prior to Cleveland: Iowa State. Seahawks.
After Cleveland: Saints, 49ers, now with Green Bay.
Brandon Weeden (2012 – present)
Prior to Cleveland: Oklahoma State
Thad Lewis (2011-2012)
Prior to Cleveland: Duke. Saint Louis Rams.
After Cleveland: Lions. Currently with Buffalo.
Brian Hoyer (2013 – present)
Prior to Cleveland: St. Ignatius. Michigan State. Pats, Steelers, Cardinals.
Jason Campbell (2013 – present)
Prior to Cleveland: Auburn. Washington, Oakland, Chicago