Browns have started 24 quarterbacks during Eli Manning’s streak

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On Sunday, Giants quarterback Eli Manning will end a streak of 210 consecutive starts, after coach Ben McAdoo decided to replace Manning with Geno Smith. During that extraordinary streak, every other team has had to replace its quarterback at least twice.

But when we talk about stability at the quarterback position, the most ridiculous comparison is always to the Browns, who never can find a quarterback and stick with him. And while the Giants have started just one quarterback over the last 210 games of regular-season football, the Browns have started a preposterous 24.

Manning’s streak began on November 21, 2004, when he was called upon to start in place of the struggling Kurt Warner. On that day the Browns started Jeff Garcia at quarterback in a 10-7 loss to the Jets. Garcia was hurt in that game and replaced by Kelly Holcomb, who would start the next week. Holcomb himself started only one week before he was replaced by Luke McCown. So just three games into Manning’s streak, the Browns had already started three different quarterbacks.

It didn’t get much better after that. Here’s the full list of quarterbacks who have started for the Browns during the same time that the Giants have started only one quarterback: Jeff Garcia, Kelly Holcomb, 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.

On Sunday, Kizer will make his sixth consecutive start, while Smith will start his first game for a Giants team that also plans to give rookie Davis Webb some playing time this year, and may go shopping for a new quarterback next year. Finally, the Browns and Giants are on similar footing at the quarterback position.

43 responses to “Browns have started 24 quarterbacks during Eli Manning’s streak

  1. And they thought that Wentz would never be a top 20 qb, and the people that made that decision are still in charge of picking the players.

  2. And the Browns attempted to fix this by hiring a baseball scout. Hard knocks should forget about following a team around, and go inside the Browns headquarters and show us what the heck goes on inside that building. The Browns would probably set up Hard Knocks’ operating station inside the big empty room. That empty room used to say “Football Scouts” on the door.

  3. Contract the Browns!! Continued mediocrity should not be rewarded with a franchise. Let another city have a chance at professional football. I hear San Diego and St. Louis want teams. Detroit and Chicago do too!

  4. jimnaizeeum says:
    December 2, 2017 at 4:02 pm
    And they thought that Wentz would never be a top 20 qb, and the people that made that decision are still in charge of picking the players.

    ….I’m not an Eagles fan, but I am a Wentz fan and I’m glad he didnt end up in the factory of sadness. Takes a lot of fortitude to be a Browns fan though

  5. The Browns quarterback problem is really a symptom of the disease: bad ownership. Haslam nor Lerner have made very good front office decisions, consistently hiring unproven if not unqualified football personnel.

    While it’s true they haven’t had a franchise quarterback since Al Sr. died, they also haven’t had a football operations director with a successful track record. Nor one that has hired a qualified GM who, in turn, was given an opportunity to make a quality coaching hire. The list of regimes that have come through Cleveland is even more pathetic than the list of quarterbacks. It’s no wonder there’s so much turnover.

  6. If anyone recalls, Tim Couch wasn’t half bad. Had zero offensive help and awful coaching. They got a little better and moved on from Couch (stupid) they rode Kelly Holcomb into the playoffs. Browns fans deserve better.

  7. Cleveland here! We passed on Watson. All we had to do was walk up to the podium and hand in the card. I heard Mrs. Haslam is running the Browns now because Jimmy is going to jail. I HOPE SO !

  8. Born in Pittsburgh, moved to NY, became a Giants fan at age 10 in 1968.

    My mother has been all over the US and 1/2 the world and her favorite place was Cleveland.
    I never asked her why and now it’s too late. I think she worked at Lake Erie and she snuck over to Cleveland, so it’s a teenage memory thing.

    All I know is when Ben retires, the Steelers will be my 2nd favorite team again. The Giants will now go through 5 to 8 QB’s in the next ten years. Whatever the league average is.

    They got lucky with Eli. They should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done.

    The Browns are the biggest what ifs ever. Best assembly of future coaches in football history, during a coming together season and Modell wants to move to Baltimore. I’d rather be poor in Cleveland than rich in Baltimore. I’d actually even prefer Philly and that’s hard to fathom…

  9. 7 0 Rate This
    deuce22222 says:
    December 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm
    Kaepernick want to know why he didn’t get a call.


  10. And not one of those QBs was a top or even middle tier QB with another team after they left the Browns. Seems like they have a problem with judging talent at the position…Also RGlll had a chance but like others he got hurt also…tons of injuries making think the replacement was the answer way too many times.

  11. The Giants are almost guaranteed a top 3 pick. Its highly unlikely that they arent getting at least a good NFL QB come next draft. I just hope that Reese isnt the guy making the pick for the Giants.

    To the guy that said the Giants got lucky with Eli….they did as far as durability, but as far as drafting a franchise QB that plays for the better part of a decade or so….lots of teams do that; its not that big of a deal if you have competent management.

  12. Browns front office assessing a Qb ; can he run for his life, can he throw to a WR that doesn’t exist, we can draft a talent just as good with one of our 10 fifth round picks ( my personal favorite ) ,we have an all pro LT what else do we need.

  13. endtimesparty says:
    December 2, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    And if Manning had been a Charger …

    Tainted streak.

    No sane person could fault ANYONE for not wanting to work for Spanos.

  14. Browns excuses on passing on Wentz are too funny . You never never pass on a chance to grab a top QB in draft , even more so when you dont have to trade up to do so . The we were not good excuse is biggest cop out ever

  15. The Browns have had opportunities to draft several decent quarterbacks but have seemed to covet the wrong guys or take chances in the hopes the talent in college translates to the NFL while ignoring factors they shouldn’t. Their management and coaching choices have been just as bad. Hue Jackson should be fired but might not just for the sake of bucking the trend. THIS is the guy that should not get to 3 years.

    As for the Giants, Eli is supposed to dress for the game and back up Smith. I foresee a McAdoo * added to Eli’s streak. I can see Geno struggling, getting hurt early and then Eli is forced to come in. He will likely play better than Smith and may even get a win. Then what? Benching Eli seems like a stupid move mid-season but making him active this week would be just as bad.

  16. Have not had a good football mind since Belichick in 1991 and before him PB in 1962. Team has been laundry ever since. Modell’s genius lie in leveraging fan support for stupid personnel moves and for firing successful coaches (Brown, Rutigliano, Schottenheimer, Belichick).

  17. Big Ben was on the board in 2004 when the Browns drafted Kellen Winslow…..because we all know the key to any offense is a pass catching tight end. And besides, the Browns had their franchise QB in Jeff Garcia.

  18. The Browns are popular for all the wrong reasons. They are historically bad in an era of parity which isn’t easy to do. Maybe its the curse of the Bill Belichick, after all they did fire him. You can’t say I didn’t warn you.

  19. I think the search has ended with DeShone Kizer. I don’t care about stats. He looks like an NFL QB and has a big arm and is durable. Hue Jackson and the FO have not done his any favors and yet he has survived and is getting better, For Kizer to fully emerge he needs a better coach and players around him.

    The core problem is Jimmy Haslam. Everything he touches turns bad (Pilot,Tennesse football, Browns). Perhaps Dee Haslam will be better but then again she had a big part in their hideous uniform makeover.

  20. And if Manning had been a Charger …

    Tainted streak.
    As a Chargers fan I have always wondered how Rivers would have done as a Giant or how Manning would have done as a Charger.

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