Cleveland Browns Quarterbacks Through the Years

The Cleveland Browns have had a laundry list of quarterbacks throughout their long history, especially in recent years. How many of these starters do you recognize?

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    Otto Graham

    Otto Graham
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    Otto Graham is the Browns' "winningest" quarterback. A graduate of Northwestern University, Graham was drafted in 1946 as the fourth pick in the first round of the National Football League (NFL) Draft. He earned the starting position in the middle of his first season and never looked back.

    Graham played from 1946 to 1955, leading the Browns to the league championship game each year of his career, winning a total of seven championships. The Browns overall record with Graham as the quarterback was 114 wins, 20 losses, and four ties in the regular season and 9-3 in the playoffs. As of 2018, Graham still holds the NFL record of yards gained per pass attempt (YPA), with 8.98. His number (#14) was retired by the Browns.

    After he left the Browns in 1955, Graham coached for the United States Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut for six seasons before coaching the Washington Redskins from 1966-1968. He returned to the Coast Guard Academy from 1974 to 1975. Graham passed away in his home in Sarasota, Florida in 2003 at the age of 82.

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    Mike Phipps

    Mike Phipps
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    Mike Phipps, an Indiana native, played for the Browns from 1970 to 1976. Phipps played college football at Purdue University, where he replaced Bob Griese. Despite an ankle injury in his junior year, Phipps had a very successful college career, finishing second in the voting for the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 1969.

    Phipps was picked third in the 1970 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, who traded him to Cleveland in exchange for wide receiver Paul Warfield. His record with the Browns was marked by extreme highs and lows, and after a shoulder injury in 1976, he lost his starting position to Brian Sipe. Phipps was traded to the Chicago Bears in 1977 and released in 1982.

    Phipps was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He currently lives in Florida with his wife and five children.

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    Brian Sipe

    Brian Sipe
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    Brian Sipe played for the Browns from 1974 to 1982 and is, arguably, the most exciting quarterback to play in Cleveland. A native of San Diego, he was drafted by the Browns in 1972 in the 13th round of the NFL Draft. He spent his first two years on the bench before starting in 1974. During his career with the Browns, he became the leader of the "Kardiac Kids," so named for the 8 come-backs and 11 game-winning drives in the 4th quarter or overtime during the 1979 and 1980 seasons.

    In 1980, Sipe was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player (MVP) and earned a spot on the Pro Bowl team. Despite those honors, the Browns lost in the first game of the playoffs that year to the Oakland Raiders in a last-second interception. Sipe's career never recovered and he left Cleveland to play in the now-defunct United States Football League (USFL) from 1982 to 1985.

    Sipe Sipe was hired in 2009 as the quarterback's coach for his alma mater San Diego State University and retired in 2014.

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    Bernie Kosar

    Bernie Kosar
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    Bernard "Bernie" Kosar Jr. is one of Cleveland's most popular quarterbacks. Kosar, who grew up in Boardman near Youngstown, attended the University of Miami, leading the school to its first national championship in 1983. He was also named the Orange Bowl MVP that year and finished fourth in the Heisman Memorial Trophy voting.

    Kosar was drafted by the Browns in 1985 and played for the Browns from 1985 to 1993. The 1987 season was his strongest, earning him a Pro Bowl selection and a spot on the All-Pro team.

    After being let go by the Browns, Kosar played for the Dallas Cowboys in 1993, earning a Super Bowl ring as their backup quarterback, and moved the Miami Dolphins in 1993 until 1996.

    Kosar was hired as a commentator for the Browns game broadcasts in 2006 until becoming a consultant for the team in 2009, a position he still holds today.

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    Tim Couch

    Tim Couch
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    Tim Couch attended the University of Kentucky and was a Heisman Memorial Trophy finalist in 1998. Couch was the first pick in the first round of the NFL Draft when the Browns drafted him in 1999.

    Couch played five seasons for the Browns with mixed results. He was plagued by injuries until his retirement in 2003. 

    Couch is currently employed by Fox Sports South as an analyst on SEC Gridiron Live.

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    Charlie Frye

    Charlie Frye
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    A native of Norwalk, Ohio, and a graduate of Willard High School in Willard, Ohio, Charlie Frye played for the University of Akron before being drafted by the Browns in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

    Frye played for the Browns from 2005 to 2007. After playing in Cleveland, he was a part of the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders organizations and is currently coaching high school football in Orlando, Florida.

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    Derek Anderson

    Derek Anderson
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    Derek Anderson, a native of Oregon, came to the Browns in 2005. He started at Oregon State, leading the school to a win at the Insight Bowl his senior year against Brady Quinn of Notre Dame.

    Anderson was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft but waivered before the season began. The Browns picked him up the following day.

    Anderson played for four seasons (2005-2009) with mixed results and several injuries. He was released by the Browns in 2010 and signed with the Arizona Cardinals. In 2011, he joined the Carolina Panthers organization and is still playing for them today.

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    Brady Quinn

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    Brady Quinn, a runner-up for the 2006 Heisman Memorial Trophy (behind Ohio State's Troy Smith), was drafted by the Browns in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

    The Notre Dame graduate swapped the starting assignment with Derek Anderson off and on during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons, playing in 14 games for the Browns. He was traded to several different teams starting in 2010 including the New York Jets and St. Louis Rams until retiring in 2013.

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    Jake Delhomme

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    Jake Delhomme, a native of Louisiana, was drafted in 1997 by the New Orleans Saints and played three seasons with them until 2002, when he was traded to the Carolina Panthers. Delhomme led the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2003 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2005.

    The Browns signed him in 2010 and he started five games that season. After Cleveland, Delhomme went to the Houston Texans for one year until his retirement in 2011.

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    Colt McCoy

    Colt McCoy
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    Daniel "Colt" McCoy, a Texas native and graduate of the University of Texas was the drafted by the Browns in 2010 in the third round. The Heisman Memorial Trophy runner-up became an alternating start with Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace during the 2010 season, before being named the Browns starting quarterback for the 2011 season.

    After a so-so season that ended with a concussion, McCoy was named as a backup quarterback at the start of the 2012 season behind Brandon Weeden. He is currently playing for the Washington Redskins.

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    Brandon Weeden

    Brandon Weeden #3 and center Alex Mack #55 of the Cleveland Browns laugh on the field while warming up prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    Oklahoma native Brandon Weeden is a former Major League Baseball player who spent four years playing for New York Yankees' minor league team before setting aside his pitcher's mitt to attend Oklahoma State University.

    Weeden led the Oklahoma State Cowboys to an 11-1 season and a #3 BCS ranking his senior year. Weeden was drafted in the first round by the Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft, making him one of the oldest players ever drafted in the first round at 28 years of age.

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    Brian Hoyer

    Brian Hoyer #6 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 7, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    A Lakewood, Ohio native and graduate of St. Ignatius High School, Hoyer came to the Cleveland Browns in 2013. He signed a two-year deal and was named the starting quarterback in mid-September.

    In his first three games, he completed 59% of his passes and helped the Browns to lead their division. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the game against Buffalo on October 4, 2013.

    Before playing for the Browns, Hoyer, a graduate of Michigan State University, played for the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

     

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    Johnny Manziel

    Johnny Manziel is answers questions during a press conference at the Browns training facility on May 9, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Manziel was selected in the first round with the 22nd pick.
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    Johnny Manziel was drafted by the Browns in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Texas A&M star, dubbed "Johnny Football," earned numerous awards during his college career, including the Heisman Memorial Trophy and the "Associated Press" Player of the Year Award.

    His first season in the NFL was plagued with incidents. In August, he was fined $12,000 for giving an inappropriate hand gesture to the opposing team. That move also cost him his starting position.

    He suffered a hamstring injury late in the season and was replaced again by Hoyer.

    Manziel announced in early February ​2015 that he was entering an undisclosed rehabilitation facility and is currently a free agent.

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    Jason Campbell

    Jason Campbell
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    A native of Laurel, Mississippi, Jason Campbell came to the Cleveland Browns in 2013 from the Chicago Bears on a two-year contract. Campbell, who played at Auburn University, was drafted in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He also played for the Oakland Raiders.

    Campbell got his start in Cleveland on October 23, 2013, after both Brian Hoyer and Brandon Weeden were injured.

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    Conner Shaw

    Conner Shaw
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    Conner Shaw played college football at the University of South Carolina, where he started as a quarterback during the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons. Shaw went undrafted in the 2014 NFL draft. He was later signed by the Cleveland Browns and assigned to the practice squad.

    After both Hoyer and Manziel were injured late in the 2014 season, Shaw was called up and started against the Ravens in the final game of the season.