Browns have changed quarterbacks 20 times in last 43 games

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Breaking news: The Browns can’t find a quarterback.

Today’s announcement that Cleveland will go back to DeShone Kizer after a one-week experiment with Kevin Hogan means the Browns have now changed quarterbacks 20 times in their last 43 games.

Those 20 changes have involved nine different quarterbacks. Here’s the full list of Browns starters going back to the 13th game of the 2014 season:

Brian Hoyer for Game 13 of 2014
Johnny Manziel for Games 14 and 15 of 2014
Connor Shaw for Game 16 of 2014
Josh McCown for Game 1 of 2015
Johnny Manziel for Game 2 of 2015
Josh McCown for Games 3-8 of 2015
Johnny Manziel for Games 9 and 10 of 2015
Austin Davis for Game 11 of 2015
Josh McCown for Game 12 of 2015
Johnny Manziel for Games 13-15 of 2015
Austin Davis for Game 16 of 2015
Robert Griffin III for Game 1 of 2016
Josh McCown for Game 2 of 2016
Cody Kessler for Games 3-7 of 2016
Josh McCown for Game 8 of 2016
Cody Kessler for Games 9-11 of 2016
Josh McCown for Game 12 of 2016
Robert Griffin III for Games 13-16 of 2016
DeShone Kizer for Games 1-5 of 2017
Kevin Hogan for Game 6 of 2017
DeShone Kizer for Game 7 of 2017

The Browns are changing quarterbacks, on average, almost every other week. We’ll see how long Kizer’s second stint lasts.

46 responses to “Browns have changed quarterbacks 20 times in last 43 games

  1. I think this regime is in a complete rebuild of a rebuild with one full year, plus a few games this year where they have lots of new people in the system this year. They aren’t going anywhere this year and for the long term, they can change QB’s as much as they want. It hasn’t seemed to matter anyway with all their NEW players. The Texans have changed QB’s about as much as well. But, they have a solid established team FIRST!!!!! Cleveland should keep building their defense and offensive lines which will happen over this year. And turn off any social media they have because everybody on social media have the answer even though they have never been in a single meeting.

  2. Most recently they Passed on:
    – Carson Wentz
    – Jared Goff
    – DeShaun Watson

    The decision makers need to explain that. Wentz and Watson look legit, and they had a need.

    If the answer is we are waiting for Rosen/Darnoll, then they better take one of those guys.

  3. The Browns troubles start at the top. The owner doesn’t seem to know what type of organization he wants to have, and may not be capable of running one in any event? They seem to make ill-advised coaching hires, and don’t give anyone a real chance in any case, though Hue Jackson seems in over his head.
    You have to kind of feel for a great player like Joe Thomas, who will very likely play out his entire distinguished career without ever even sniffing the playoffs, as well as the long-suffering Browns fans, who should get an award of their own for supporting this pathetic operation.

  4. This management is worse than the Chargers fiasco. Why did the Browns ‘can’ Osweiler and keep his salary? Amazingly stupid. Osweiler would have won “some” games. Would you believe the San Antonio Browns…… after the Utah Bills. A race to leave fans after repeated UN-competitiveness.

  5. Kizer needed another year of college ball. The Browns are lost, they miss on all their high picks.

  6. It was dumb of them to bench Kizer – even for a game or a few series. He might not be the pinnacle right now, but if you think he’s your future, you don’t play games with his confidence like that.

  7. 41 million under the cap last season, a whopping 63 mil under this season. Haslam is scamming you Cleveland fans. He has zero intention of ever putting a competitive product on the field. He needed a con to replace his Pilot FlyingJ one and you’re it.

  8. Do the Browns stay way under cap every year in order to pay out old executives and coaches? How many times are we going to have to endure this. We are worse than the Saints (ain’ts) in the 70s and 80s. Seriously, a knowledgeable fan off the streets could not do worse. Haslam is 15-55 since he took over. Most of those wins are because of what was in place before he arrived (and that wasn’t acceptable either). 1 win the last two years. Ugh!!!!

  9. tommyribs says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:35 am
    Most recently they Passed on:
    – Carson Wentz
    – Jared Goff
    – DeShaun Watson

    The decision makers need to explain that. Wentz and Watson look legit, and they had a need.

    If the answer is we are waiting for Rosen/Darnoll, then they better take one of those guys

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    If you are going to weigh in and try to bash on the Browns for passing on QB after QB acquiring the ever so coveted draft pick, at least get it right. Browns did not pass on Goff. Goff went #1 overall to the Rams with the Browns holding the #2 pick. They did not have the opportunity to draft him, so you cannot use that against them.

  10. its so easy to say “they should have taken this or that guy, he´s having success in his team” the fact of the matter is that no one knows how a watson or a wentz would have worked with what the browns have rosterwise.

    This a great historic franchise and the NFL will be better when this guys start getting those W´s

  11. It’s weird how some organizations are just buried in awfulness. And, in many instances, new ownership doesn’t make things better as they simply hire their own worthless stiffs to make lousy decisions…….

  12. The Browns have missed on most of their top picks this century so I can see why they keep trading back. Look at all the free agents they can sign with that 63 mil carry over. Maybe they can bring in another baseball man to help run the front office. Do da do da , it’s the Browns. Isn’t it time to fire the coach as he’s been there going on 2 years. LOL

  13. This is what happens when you have:
    a) an incompetent meddling crook of an owner
    b) let a homeless guy pick your QB and ignoring a $100k evaluation report
    c) let a baseball analytics stat-obsessed guy run the organization

    Also, remember the GM, Ray Farmer, who texted plays to the coach during games? LOL.

  14. After that headline thought the next line would be” so why haven’t they called Kaepernick?”.

  15. Someone mentioned the cap numbers above. This is a problem, but by no means the biggest. They should tie the revenue sharing to the cap space. For every dollar you are under the cap, you lose a dollar of revenue share. It would remove any incentive to profit by dumping salary, but also doesn’t promote spending the money just to spend it. It would make contract decisions strictly about football instead of about the owners pockets.

  16. “They should tie the revenue sharing to the cap space. ”

    Actually they should tie the sharing to wins. If they split half the TV money up into 256 shares for each of the 256 regular season games, then you would see every team make a real effort to be competitive.

    The TV contracts are the worst thing to happen to the fans in NFL history. There are at least a dozen owners that care nothing about wins only cashing those huge TV checks. Its human nature that if you have no incentive to do something to take the most possible profit without doing so. The owners know they could have a team that goes 0-16 multiple years in a row and it doesn’t effect their TV money. They laugh all the way to the bank while the fans get screwed.

  17. The QB situation was/is a mess…right now they just need to stay focused on what they are trying to do…some of the signings this year looked good on paper…..they spent a ton on OL and it doesn’t look nearly as good as it looked in July. Obviously jury is still out on the last draft-a ton of picks in the future drafts. Need to get a good evaluation of Kizer to determine if he is or he isn’t–leave him be for the rest of the season regardless of what happens…Manning completed 56% of his passes as a rookie, 28 int and 71 QB rating…not that Kizer will ever be Manning but have got to see if he is going to progress

  18. thesteelhurtin says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:22 am
    That’s more than some Browns fans change their underwear.

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    Hence the team name.

  19. HarrisonHits- the problem with that is two things. First for someone like the Browns, they are going to lose all of their revenue share, which makes it hard to spend and maintain profits the next year, which just snowballs. The “rich” get richer and the poor have to spend a ton to possibly gain a share. Second, while the Browns are in perpetual rebuild, you don’t want to really punish a legit rebuild. You would have teams that can never win it all that are going to perpetually be 8-8 so they don’t lose the money instead of a few years of sub .500 football for the legit shot at a super bowl. I think most fans would rather endure the struggles for the ring rather than have mediocrity.

  20. Gotta keep Kizer in there. The team obviously isn’t going anywhere this year. Gotta see what the kids got.

  21. The curse of Art Modell continues. Cleveland took it in the shorts in 1996. I see no recovery in sight. It looks like the team has regressed to its 1999 form.

  22. steelerdeathstar says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:42 am
    The Browns troubles start at the top. The owner doesn’t seem to know what type of organization he wants to have, and may not be capable of running one in any event? They seem to make ill-advised coaching hires, and don’t give anyone a real chance in any case, though Hue Jackson seems in over his head.
    You have to kind of feel for a great player like Joe Thomas, who will very likely play out his entire distinguished career without ever even sniffing the playoffs, as well as the long-suffering Browns fans, who should get an award of their own for supporting this pathetic operation.
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    THIS IS A NEW REGIME, PEOPLE!!!!! They are not doing things the same old way and that is why the results are quite different. Generally, keeping many vets in place you can compete and win 3 to 5 games EASILY!!! They are building a very strong foundation that is build on being able to afford (cap wise) and keep the same core of players together for four to five years minimum (that is the philosophy of building a consistent winner). What they are doing is making the wisest decisions for the LONG TERM. Unfortunately, the NFL puts pressure on you to win now while you are doing it. BROWNS, STICK WITH YOUR PLAN!!! STICK WITH YOUR PLAN! And ownership-STICK WITH YOUR PLAN, STICK WITH YOUR PLAN! Fans, BE PATIENT. If they are not winning after the completion of year 4-then you have every right to force change.
    Nothing short of time will make this work. An offensive line REQUIRES three years minimum of playing together to be a force to be retconned with. Fans, not ownership and front office is the problem right now in Cleveland. Small minds just don’t get what (the Steve Jobs) of the world are trying to do-but once the vision is realized-EVERYBODY’S HAPPY! So, Browns fans who are ALWAYS complaining-have a seat, sit down, and shut up!!! You are wrong on this one. The problem with the Browns is they are not built to win now!!! And your complaining only makes it worse for your guys! Cheer them on and support what they are trying to do.

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