Kevin Hogan will be Browns’ 28th starting quarterback since 1999

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The Browns will turn to Kevin Hogan as their starting quarterback on Sunday, showing once again that there’s no place for quarterback turnover — and turnovers — like Cleveland.

With DeShone Kizer leading the NFL in interceptions, he’ll take a seat on Sunday against the Texans after five games as the starter. That means it’s time for Hogan, who has played for the Browns as a backup in seven games over the last two years, to get the start. Hogan is the 28th starting quarterback in the 19-year history of the Browns franchise in its current form.

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, Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan.

That’s quite a list, including three Heisman Trophy winners, several failed Browns first-round draft picks, failed first-round picks from other teams who tried to reinvigorate their careers with the Browns, a current NFL head coach, some guys most NFL fans have never heard of, and one current NFL head coach.

Maybe Hogan, a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs last year who went to Cleveland after he didn’t make the roster in Kansas City, will finally be the guy to give the Browns some reason for optimism. Or perhaps the long-term answer for the Browns isn’t on their roster right now, and in 2018 we’ll see quarterback No. 29.

22 responses to “Kevin Hogan will be Browns’ 28th starting quarterback since 1999

  1. Passed on Watson TWICE? (not new news) Cleveland, enjoy another high draft pick.

    Damn, I feel bad for the Browns fans ….

  2. Crystal ball business.

    Who seriously knew Watson would be doing as well as he is (Texans have two more wins than Cleveland, BTW)?

  3. 28 is an incredible number in 18.25 seasons – but it’s even more than 28 really: Couch came and went in spells, as did Quinn, and I’m sure others too, even if only because of injury. So Hogan’s the 28th guy to fill the role, but the number of times there’s been a change at starter for whatever reason is of course even higher.

  4. Sure, if you want to count all the QBs that started due to injury. If you want to go that route, then Tom Brady was the third starting QB for New England in 4 games last year.

  5. Its easy to see why the Browns still suck.

    I mean, if you’re gonna commit to a rookie QB, commit to him. Not every rookie is Deshaun Watson or Dak Prescott. But they arent learning on the bench…they are learning once they start playing. Kizer isnt going to learn a damn thing from watching Kevin Hogan. Even moreso if the Browns continue to can coaches and coordinators.

    Aaron Rodgers was 6-10 in his first year as a starter, including losing 7 of his last 9 starts in 2008. In today’s NFL if that happens, he gets benched before the season ends, enters the next year not starting, or at the very least in a QB competition. This idea that NFL teams have now that all rookie QB’s are good right out of the box – or need to be good – is preposterous, and why so many of the same organizations suck year in, year out. If you’re committing to a rebuilding program by starting a rookie QB, you have to see it through, not just pull the plug after 5 games.

  6. 2017 Preseason Champs!

    Indeed. The 2006 Oakland Raiders also went 4-0 in the preseason. They went on to go 2-14 in the regular season, which goes to show how much preseason means and that would be nothing. Except as yet another stream of revenue for the owners. They would be much better off implementing an actual minor league system like they have for every other major sport. That would give raw players a chance to develop. And don’t say the CFL or Arena Football. The rules for both are very different compared to the NFL and players who go there are rarely ever seen in the NFL again.

  7. bbb82 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Sure, if you want to count all the QBs that started due to injury.

    Even if you threw those out, they would likely still be averaging one a season.

    That ain’t good.

    The other problem is that they have had about half as many different head coaches over that same time span.

  8. If there’s one thing this team can execute better than any other team it’s . . . a protest!!

    Well done Cleveland, Well done!

  9. I am curious. How many QBs on that list actually WON their first start with the browns?

    Would also be interested in finding out how many games they each got to start before getting benched or injured.

    Given the Browns’ recent track record of universal impatience with everyone from players, to coaches, to front office personnel, it would just be another interesting stat to go along with the rest of their dysfunction.

  10. What’s the Over/Under on this for 2017 in Vegas? I think 29 is being kind, I will go for #30 getting a start sometime in December.

  11. An analysis of the Browns QB’s

    Kizer has the arm to make every throw, but lacks the head… ..

    Kessler has the head to make every throw but lacks the arm ….

    Hogan is a mix of both Kessler and Kizer …… enough arm to make the throws and able to make quick reads and throwing decisions

  12. “bbb82 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 2:11 pm
    Sure, if you want to count all the QBs that started due to injury. If you want to go that route, then Tom Brady was the third starting QB for New England in 4 games last year”

    And your point is?

    Are you somehow trying to defend the browns approach to quarterback decisions? I can promise you, that is going to be a losing fight.

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