The Browns have been burning through quarterbacks since their hapless return to the NFL in 1999. Tim Couch was the Browns first selection as an expansion team in ’99, this was the last time the Browns used a top 10 pick on a quarterback. Keep in mind that 1999 was fifteen years ago, a whole Peyton Manning career ago.
Since drafting Couch, the Browns have looked high and low to find someone to play quarterback. They’ve tried a plethora of veterans (Ty Detmer, Trent Dilfer, Jason Campbell), perennial backups (Kelly Holcomb, Doug Pederson, Seneca Wallace, Derek Anderson) mid round draft picks (Charlie Frye, Colt McCoy, Luke McCown), free agent acquisitions (Jeff Garcia, Jake Delhomme) , long shots playing only because of injury (Spergon Wynn, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski, Thad Lewis)and even spent late first round draft picks (Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden) trying to find a potential franchise quarterback. The jury is still out on which category Brian Hoyer will fall into. Continue reading