RG3 will be Browns’ 25th starting quarterback since 1999


When Robert Griffin III takes the field in Week One, he will be the Browns’ 25th starting quarterback since the franchise returned from its three-year hiatus in 1999.

Griffin, who was officially named the Browns’ starter today, joins a long list of starting quarterbacks in Cleveland that includes first-round draft busts, veterans who came to Cleveland at the ends of their careers, young quarterbacks who later had more success elsewhere, and both McCown brothers.

Here’s the full list of Browns quarterbacks since they re-entered the league as an expansion team in 1999: Tim Couch, Ty Detmer, Doug Pederson, Spergon Wynn, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Ken Dorsey, Brady Quinn, Bruce Gradkowski, Colt McCoy, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, Brandon Weeden, Thaddeus Lewis, Jason Campbell, Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw, Josh McCown, Austin Davis, Robert Griffin III.

The Browns aren’t the only team starting a new quarterback in Week One this season. Another team that will have a new quarterback in place in Week One is the Patriots, who will lose Tom Brady to a four-game Deflategate suspension.

Here’s the entire list of Patriots starting quarterbacks since 1999: Drew Bledsoe, Tom Brady, Matt Cassel, Jimmy Garoppolo.

We’ll see if Griffin can be the Browns’ best quarterback since they returned to the NFL. That’s a pretty low bar to clear.

58 responses to “RG3 will be Browns’ 25th starting quarterback since 1999

  1. “RG3 will be Browns’ 25th starting quarterback since 1999”

    I can’t recall another instance in which just the title of the article explained so much about how a franchise has done, and how it has been run.

  2. Who’s he going to throw to though? It doesn’t matter who is under center unless they can get some quality play at the WR position. Who knows what kind of player Gordon will be when he returns.

  3. And yet, somehow, every single one of those guys is better than Cade McNown or Henry Burris, both of whom started for the Bears during that same time frame.

  4. Good for RG3! I rather offer encouragement rather than throw darts from the cheap seats. Who doesn’t want to see him evolve, mature, and turn his professional career around? Some of us forget how immature we were in our 20’s too. Go Cleveland!

  5. WHY NAME YOUR STARTER NOW??? You’ve seen nothing. What? Rg3 has control of the offense in one scrimmage where you can’t get even close to the QB. He looks good in CBA mandated walk throughs where you actually walk. Just wait until week 3 of the preseason. What if Kessler or McCown look great when they have actual defenders in their face and rg3 looks terrible. Now you have to ride it out until he either gets hurt or you pull him. Not saying that’s gonna happen but you put yourself in that position just to have him get all the worthless #1 reps for the next three weeks. I had more hope for hue Jackson than this.

  6. I honestly believe RGIII will last. He’s been hurt and really wasn’t given a REAL shot in Washington after Shanahan was run out of town. He looks healthy now and showed a lot of promise in his rookie season. Its not a guarantee, but all I’m saying is keep your eye on this kid if he gets rolling in Cleveland.

  7. I’m going to jump on the RG3 bandwagon before it popular again… Just so I can say I was there when it wasn’t popular… I believe in the bounce back… Good Luck RG3…

  8. What do you expect from a poorly managed team that has 0 patience and fires their coach every season and switches QB’s ever 2 games?

    How do you ever hope to be competitive when you never give anyone time to figure it out?

    I’m a Seahawks fan and for two years pete carroll went 7-9 in a bad division (that would become the best division not long after) but the FO didn’t meddle and let him do his thing, flush the roster, reboot it with patience. Result – four trips to the playoffs, two SB appearances, and a ring.

    But if this were the browns, that wouldn’t have happened because Wilson would have been benched after he didn’t win his first game, pete would have already been fired after two losing seasons, and the rest of the roster would have been completely unmotivated because of the way the org is run.

    I have no idea how an organization is allowed to be run so ineptly.

  9. Browns fans, just be glad you’re not a Chargers fan.

    Why? If the Chargers suck at least you’re in California. Have you ever been to Cleveland? It’s a dump!

    To quote D Tosh. “If you’ve never been to Cleveland, congratulations! if Isis flew over Cleveland they would ask, what can we do to help down there”!!!

  10. “What do you expect from a poorly managed team that has 0 patience and fires their coach every season and switches QB’s ever 2 games?

    How do you ever hope to be competitive when you never give anyone time to figure it out?”

    Anyone and everyone indeed has figured it out…..Browns QB’s and coaches have all sucked something horrible.

  11. I hope the kid bounces back. He fell off something horrid the last three seasons in DC. A multitude of reasons – his and the team. Hopefully he can mature into a decent QB.

  12. @flash1287

    Never heard of D Tosh. Is that some type of ointment? By the way, you’ve never been to Cleveland.

  13. As an Eagles fan I just don’t understand why they didn’t keep their #2 pick and pick Wentz. To me it just doesn’t make any sense.

  14. Yes. RG3 and Hue!!!!

    Btw. I think it’s stupid to label 1 start as a “starter”

    Browns will be back soon!!! Look ahead. Not backwards.

  15. browncapsule says:
    Aug 8, 2016 4:06 PM

    Never heard of D Tosh. Is that some type of ointment? By the way, you’ve never been to Cleveland.

    I’ve been to Cleveland, that’s how I know it’s dump!

    Daniel Tosh. it’s called Google,use it.

  16. To be fair, half of those guys started because of injury. Not because anybody thought they were very good…

  17. The Browns are checking with the league to see if RG3 can wear the red jersey this season. The backup QB should prepare for each game as if he’s the starter. RG3 is too reckless to stay healthy, but it’s his threat to run that makes him an affective QB. Take away the threat to run and he’s mediocre. Allow him to run and he’s on IR.

  18. The Browns compulsively dumped QBs until the owner threw up his hands and sold, now the new owner compulsively dumps QBs. Gotta be the town.

  19. I can’t stop laughing at the Cleveland Dog Piles.

    You have four years of history on this jerk and you fall for the old trap without learning.

    The Dog Piles deserve the Great Gimmick.

    Just remember in his last 19 games that he managed to show up and then to finish the game, the Great Gimmick has lost 15 of those games.

    And just remember that the Washington Redskins’ offensive line loved this jerk so much that they allowed him to be pulverized in the preseason so they could end his year right there. They have had enough of his four second passing delivery and wanted no more of it.

  20. Hawknballs says:
    Aug 8, 2016 3:07 PM

    I have no idea how an organization is allowed to be run so ineptly.

    It’s pretty easy to understand when you realize that the league office is run like that.

  21. And this is why I was ok with the texans paying Brock so much. It sucks when your qb is garbage year after year. I feel your pain cleveland.

  22. Lol title should have been –

    “RG3 will be Browns 25th 25th starting QB since 1999 to fail”

  23. as a raider fan, I know this all to well after Gannon got hurt in 2002….You need a QB in the nfl.

  24. ubepunkedagain says:
    Aug 8, 2016 7:30 PM
    The AFC North is the best division in Football Hawks Fan and it’s not even close. NFC West is one of the weaker divisions.
    Good joke. Worst division in the NFL, probably weaker than the NFC East even was last season

  25. flash1287 says:

    Why? If the Chargers suck at least you’re in California. Have you ever been to Cleveland? It’s a dump!

    Cali is a dump.

  26. The only group of quarterbacks that make Doug Flutie, Rob Johnson, Alex Van Pelt, Drew Bledsoe, JP Losman, Kelly Holcomb, Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Brohm, EJ Manuel, Thaddeus Lewis, Jeff Tuel, Kyle Orton, and Tyrod Taylor look like a Murderer’s Row of QBs by comparison.

  27. Unless RG3 will run the offense the Redskins ran in 2012 he will not succeed. In 2013 they went back to the 2012 offense and won 3 out of 5 after losing the first 3 with the new 2013 offense. He has talent but thinking he was Aaron Rodgers was a mistake. His injuries had nothing to do with his play. John Elway lost his ACL in high school and did alright through his career!

  28. Look at the bright side. Cleveland didn’t have to blow another number one pick on a lousy QB…they can use someone else’s lousy pick. Things are getting better all the time.

  29. As a lifelong Skins fan… this guy is for real. The Browns stole a pro bowler if he’s healthy.

  30. I thought Couch was the real deal coming out. Changed my thought process.
    Seeing Spurgeon taken before Brady is all it tells you about the mistake by the lake, or factory of sadness.
    Just re-locate them again, they have had 2 chances… give another city at least one.

  31. RG3, Browns ineptitude, and Deflategate in one story is about the best comment bait recipe ever. You totally missed the chance to say Washington and/or Redskins tho and take it too a whole new level.

  32. In 2012, Griffin had a better season than any of the other 24 ever had in their careers. Sadly (but optimistically), even a somewhat diminished RGIII is an upgrade from what Cleveland has had at QB since 1999.

    Maybe Denver is on to something, though- build such an overwhelming pass rush that opposing QBs can’t function and win a championship with below-average QB play.

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