Baker Mayfield will be the Browns’ 30th starting quarterback since 1999

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Officially, the Browns have not named Baker Mayfield their new starting quarterback. Realistically, everyone knows Mayfield will start next week after taking over for an injured Tyrod Taylor on Thursday night and leading Cleveland to its first win since 2016.

When Mayfield does become the starter officially, he’ll be the 30th starting quarterback for the Browns since they re-entered the league in 1999.

Here’s the full list of Browns quarterbacks since they re-entered the NFL 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, Tyrod Taylor.

Over the same period of time, the Patriots have had only five starting quarterbacks: Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady, as well as Matt Cassel in the year Brady missed with a knee injury, and Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett during Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension. Time will tell if the 23-year-old Mayfield can hold the starting job long enough that he’s still Cleveland’s starter when the 41-year-old Brady is done in New England.

88 responses to “Baker Mayfield will be the Browns’ 30th starting quarterback since 1999

  1. “When Mayfield does become the starter officially, he’ll be the 30th starting quarterback for the Browns since they re-entered the league in 1999.”

    That’s an amazing number, no doubt about it, but a new era has begun and stats like that will become old and useless soon enough.

    Go Brownies!

  2. The kid throws a beautiful ball! Tight spiral, looked accurate. Couldn’t care less about the Browns, but he looks legit. Why on Earth would they put Tyrod back in?

  3. “Everyone knows Mayfield will start next week”

    Yes, everyone but Hue Jackson. John Dorsey knows though and this is the reason Baker will start. John is Hue’s boss. Browns fans thank god for that.

  4. The guy plays 1 great half of football and everybody as Dennis green said ‘are crowning his ass’. They were crowning Sam darnold when the jets whipped the lions. Once defensive coordinators see more tape on baker the browns will be looking 4 starter #31.

  5. The HC has to start Mayfield, Taylor was winless and completing 52% of his passes before the concussion. They should be 3-0 if they would have put the ball in the end zone instead of leaving to many missed opportunities to the kicker…

  6. Why did you pick the Patriots? Since 1992 the Packers have had 4 starting QB’s And 2 of those only started due to injury and garbage time. That’s way cooler to say.

  7. The kid looked really good yesterday. It was like watching a whole different game and team when he came in. They turned the usual Thursday night snooze-fest into something watchable. It was great to see Cleveland fans have real hope.

  8. Mayfield couldn’t have looked more different than Taylor when he came in. Decisive, Accurate, in control of the offense. It was amazing. Also, there are many veteran QBs that are considered good that wouldn’t have been able to take the points they were given and claw back into that game. Also, he fought through 2 bad drops and a big penalty that cost them a TD and still scored the TD anyway. Pretty amazing.

    Seeing that difference between Taylor and Mayfield, which is a rookie QBs first start, it makes you realize the difference between a QB like Brady, Rodgers, Brees and the average QB. It’s completely night and day.

  9. Patrick Mahomes is much better than Mayfield.
    In fact, Mayfield will prove to be just an average QB.
    Other fact, Mahomes is already the best in the league. Yes, already better than Rogers, Brady, and Brees.
    In fact, Mahomes will eventually go into the HOF as the G.O.A.T.

  10. People forget they have a fairly good team. The glaring weakness was the QB. Then LT became a new issue.

    But he’s not going to get killed like David Carr, Luck or more than likely, Josh Allen.

  11. This guy is the real deal. I know it’s only one game but he’s going to be a good one and can easily imagine a great one. Patriot nation is happy for the Cleveland fan base. They’re in for a very entertaining season and future. We know what being bad year after year is like and then coming out of the darkness and into the light. It’s Baker Mayfield time!

  12. Tommy Kramer, Wade Wilson, Rich Gannon, Sean Salisbury, Jim Mchamon, Warren Moon, Brad Johnson, Randall Cunningham, Todd Bouman, Gus Freotte, Jeff George, Dante Cullpepper, Kelly Holcombe, Brooks Bollinger, Christian Ponder, Brett Favre, Tavaris Jackonson, Matt Whatshisface, Sage Rosenfells, Joe Webb, Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, who else am I missing?

  13. And he’ll be the 18th to get the job due to an injury to the previous starting QB.

    Browns have only officially had 9 on purpose starters since 1999. They have an un earned reputation of drafting bad QB’s when their real reputation should be the fact that they get over the hill free agent QB’s killed. Tyrod is just the latest.

  14. Did anyone else see the fan who was wearing a Tim Couch jersey with miniature nameplates sewn on for every one of the 28 QBs that followed him? He was holding up the one for number 30 to the cameras.

  15. Baker Mayfield earned it. Had he not replaced the very ineffective Taylor than the Browns would’ve lost that game. Glad I picked them in my office pool and parlay but it took me a few minutes of pondering. But, after seeing Mayfield play I can believe the Browns will be at least 6-9-1 this season which considering the last few seasons will be a great advancement.

  16. Looking at this list, the problem with the Browns is that the QB’s who have started were all 2nd-3rd stringers. They weren’t cursed, just laughably bad at scouting QB’s. Mayfield is by far the most talented guy on that last, that’s why the optimism is warranted. His quick release, ability to quickly move his eyes from read to read, his confidence to throw the ball in between the hashmarks, his poise, arm strength and accuracy are impressive as hell. He could have easily posted a 140 passer rating if he threw the 2 td’s instead of them being running plays. It is one game, but the talent is definitely there. The Browns have a much better offensive supporting cast than Jets so Darnold should be cut some slack as well. These 2 will be good.

  17. I remember Spergon Wynn on the The Brady 6 show. He threw more INTs than TDs in college and had a terrible completion %. lmao

  18. Kid throws an absolute fireball. I’m pretty sure the reason the Jets dropped the endzone INT is cause Mayfield put so much heat on it. He also showed good pocket presence and flashes of accuracy, which he’ll improve on over time.

  19. crush22 says:
    September 21, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Patsies* would have only had 4 if Brady wasn’t a cheater.
    ()()()()()()()()
    More like the PEDtriots wouldn’t have any if they didn’t cheat. All thru BB’s history there has been wide-spread cheating, scandals, PED use and game-fixing by the refs who work for Kraft. Not to mention Roger forces new rules to give the refs more power to help the PEDtriots. This year is different tho, their team is so awful and devoid of talent that even cheating refs and Roger can’t save them.

  20. everyone in the USA knows that Cleveland Browns management is so stupid that they will go out an pay kap to play…..

  21. “The guy plays 1 great half of football and everybody as Dennis green said ‘are crowning his ass’. They were crowning Sam darnold when the jets whipped the lions. Once defensive coordinators see more tape on baker the browns will be looking 4 starter #31.”

    Once defensive coordinators realize Mayfield had that performance while never taking practice snaps with the ones, they’ll be praying for #31.

  22. Trump is the G.O.A.T says:
    September 21, 2018 at 10:02 am
    Patrick Mahomes is much better than Mayfield.
    In fact, Mayfield will prove to be just an average QB.
    Other fact, Mahomes is already the best in the league. Yes, already better than Rogers, Brady, and Brees.
    In fact, Mahomes will eventually go into the HOF as the G.O.A.T.

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    I like Mahones a lot and think he looks great. But not sure why you jumped in off topic to shoot down the kudos fir Mayfield. Geez the Browns win one freaking game and they pick up jealous haters that fast.

  23. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 21, 2018 at 10:38 am
    crush22 says:
    September 21, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Patsies* would have only had 4 if Brady wasn’t a cheater.
    ()()()()()()()()
    More like the PEDtriots wouldn’t have any if they didn’t cheat. All thru BB’s history there has been wide-spread cheating, scandals, PED use and game-fixing by the refs who work for Kraft. Not to mention Roger forces new rules to give the refs more power to help the PEDtriots. This year is different tho, their team is so awful and devoid of talent that even cheating refs and Roger can’t save them.
    ——————-

    Oops, my bad. My sister just explained I was thinking if the wrong team. The Patriots are a great team who win fair and square by means of excellence in all areas, however much I might hate that.

  24. That wont be relevant no more because I think he’s the right one, at last. Dude was phenomenal. His confidence, his will to win, the ability he displayed, man that awesome. Baker I hope you dont win your 1st start because its vs my Raiders but heck did you impress me last night.

  25. I saw a lot of positives with Baker last night, Very good pocket presence, sees the field very well, and very accurate with the football. But it was only one game, let’s see how he does when defenses start game planning for him.

  26. dougchillin says:
    September 21, 2018 at 9:40 am
    Don’t put it past Hue to start Tyrod. He is 2-32-1 for a reason.

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    If he does that then the owner should come down onto the field and fire him on the spot in front of the entire stadium

  27. I’m apparently old AF now and I still reember the Browns as fun and awesome with the old dawg pound, Eric Metcalf, Webster Slaughter, Kosar etc. They were always GOOD! And then that tradition of winning and being competitive left and went to Baltimore. That 2000 Ravens team was statistically the most dominant superbowl d ever and that SHOULD HAVE BEEN the Browns, and Clevelands to claim.

  28. Trump is the G.O.A.T says:
    September 21, 2018 at 10:02 am
    Patrick Mahomes is much better than Mayfield.
    In fact, Mayfield will prove to be just an average QB.
    Other fact, Mahomes is already the best in the league. Yes, already better than Rogers, Brady, and Brees.
    In fact, Mahomes will eventually go into the HOF as the G.O.A.T.

    —————

    Great start. We’ll see how he looks after 200 games.

  29. chillyball says:
    September 21, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Tommy Kramer, Wade Wilson, Rich Gannon, Sean Salisbury, Jim Mchamon, Warren Moon, Brad Johnson, Randall Cunningham, Todd Bouman, Gus Freotte, Jeff George, Dante Cullpepper, Kelly Holcombe, Brooks Bollinger, Christian Ponder, Brett Favre, Tavaris Jackonson, Matt Whatshisface, Sage Rosenfells, Joe Webb, Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, who else am I missing?

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    Ummm..I don’t get your post.

    Why are you referencing the QBs the Vikings have had since **1978** when the article was referencing how many the Browns has since 1999?

    What is the relevance or correlation?

  30. magnumpimustache says:
    September 21, 2018 at 10:57 am
    I have never seen such enjoyment and happiness from a fan base at the stadium.

    Im surprised anyone left the stadium.

    You could be 3-0 if you started him

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    635 days without a win and that city still filled their stadium to have a loud cheering crowd on hand for the occasion, and even a possum. I am in full admiration of the city of Cleveland and the fans there.

  31. Trump is the G.O.A.T says:
    September 21, 2018 at 10:02 am
    Patrick Mahomes is much better than Mayfield.
    In fact, Mayfield will prove to be just an average QB.
    Other fact, Mahomes is already the best in the league. Yes, already better than Rogers, Brady, and Brees.
    In fact, Mahomes will eventually go into the HOF as the G.O.A.T.

    ———–

    Those guys have 7 SB wins between them…..Mahommes hasn’t even won 7 games yet!!

  32. I’m really excited for the Browns and their fans…Mayfield gave them the most excitement they’ve had in a long time.

    But….2 things.

    It was the Jets…
    ..and their coach is Hue Jackson.

    I can’t wait for week 4 and seeing the Browns play in Oakland. That will be a little tougher…

  33. That game last night was my favorite of the year so far. Loved seeing the Browns pull it out. Their future looks bright, I’m happy for Browns fans. I’ve never seen a Browns fan with a bag over their head…unlike some team from the south. True fans in Cleveland!

  34. He earned it. Hue Jackson, the Dawg Pound, and those pundits who picked Cleveland to win got lucky when the ineffective Tyrod Taylor got hurt, not because Hue Jackson is a good coach who can tell that Mayfield is the better quarterback of the two. To sit him down would be a sure sign of a bad coach who is more stubborn than a mule and not much smarter.

  35. Trump is the G.O.A.T says:
    September 21, 2018 at 10:02 am
    Patrick Mahomes is much better than Mayfield.
    In fact, Mayfield will prove to be just an average QB.
    Other fact, Mahomes is already the best in the league. Yes, already better than Rogers, Brady, and Brees.
    In fact, Mahomes will eventually go into the HOF as the G.O.A.T.

    His handle should answer his post lmao smh…

  36. shogunassasin30 says:
    September 21, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I’m apparently old AF now and I still reember the Browns as fun and awesome with the old dawg pound, Eric Metcalf, Webster Slaughter, Kosar etc. They were always GOOD!
    ———————–
    Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, Gary Collins, Paul Warfield, Milt Morin, etc. these guys were even better.

  37. Patsies* would have only had 4 if Brady wasn’t a cheater.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    You mean if the NFL realized footballs naturally deflate in cold weather? How else you can explain why 75% of the Colts balls were also under-inflated after starting at a higher PSI? Someone please just explain this to me.

  38. I *am* a lifelong Browns fan. I personally don’t care that they’ve had 30 QBs because they have had different regimes and different owners. This one is spot on, no matter how Mayfield does over the long term. But this team *finally* getting good? That’s just good for the game. Everyone should be rooting for that.

  39. My Bears are right behind you Cleveland…

    Shane Matthews, Cade McNown, Jim Miller, Chris Chandler, Henry Burris, Kordell Stewart, Rex Grossman, Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchinson, Johnathan Quinn, Kyle Orton, Brian Griese, Jay Cutler, Todd Collins, Caleb Hanie, Josh McCown, Jason Campbell, Jimmy Clausen, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky

  40. Cleveland does have great fans. Crowell’s trashy display of disrespect to them was appalling. The fans didn’t vote to let him go! But now I’m so glad he is gone.

  41. I’m not QB Guru but Baker is the first QB that I’ve been confident about since the draft. I’ve had mild doubts to white-hot hate for all of the other QB picks, I haven’t “liked” even one other one. He’ll have his ups and downs but I loved the pick in April and I think everyone is starting to see why he was the rightful #1 pick.

  42. “Since 1992 the Packers have had 4 starting QBs”.

    Incorrect- Favre, AR, Flynn, Wallace, Tolzien, and Hundley. That’s six. Still fantastic, but let’s be accurate please.

  43. He was throwing laser beams all over the field. He looks like the real deal. Tip of the cap to Dorsey and his staff. They knocked it out the park in the draft.

  44. goillini says:
    September 21, 2018 at 1:09 pm
    My Bears are right behind you Cleveland…
    Shane Matthews, Cade McNown, Jim Miller, Chris Chandler, Henry Burris, Kordell Stewart, Rex Grossman, Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchinson, Johnathan Quinn, Kyle Orton, Brian Griese, Jay Cutler, Todd Collins, Caleb Hanie, Josh McCown, Jason Campbell, Jimmy Clausen, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky

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    The last good QB in Chicago was Sid Luckman!

  45. Mahomes, Watson, Mayfield and Darnold all look better than Trubiski 🙁 Why did the Bears trade so many picks to move up one spot.

  46. Keep in mind this was against the Jets for only part of a game. Pump the brakes a little bit. Everyone was raving about Darnold against the Lions week one. How’s that working out now? Expect similar results with Mayfield.

  47. chillyball says:
    September 21, 2018 at 10:13 am
    Tommy Kramer, Wade Wilson, Rich Gannon, Sean Salisbury, Jim Mchamon, Warren Moon, Brad Johnson, Randall Cunningham, Todd Bouman, Gus Freotte, Jeff George, Dante Cullpepper, Kelly Holcombe, Brooks Bollinger, Christian Ponder, Brett Favre, Tavaris Jackonson, Matt Whatshisface, Sage Rosenfells, Joe Webb, Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, who else am I missing?

    Believe it or not, you are missing Spergon Wynn.

  48. kenmasters34 says:
    September 21, 2018 at 1:34 pm
    Mahomes, Watson, Mayfield and Darnold all look better than Trubiski 😦 Why did the Bears trade so many picks to move up one spot.

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    Darnold doesn’t look better than anybody….

  49. How long have they been waiting to print this story. What an observation. This story has been rewritten countless times. Thanks for the awesome insight. oh y the way the browns win streak is at one.

  50. jman967 says:
    September 21, 2018 at 9:59 am
    What in the world does this have to do with the Patriots?
    ==================================

    It’s not a shot at the Patriots, but a compliment as a point of comparison to a successful team with stability at QB.

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