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Cleveland Browns Quarterbacks


From Otto Graham to Brandon Weeden to Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns have had more than a dozen starting quarterbacks. Who are your favorites?

Otto Graham

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Otto Graham was the Browns' "winningest" quarterback. A graduate of Northwestern University, Graham was drafted in 1946 as the fourth pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. He earned the starting position in the middle of his first season and never looked back. Graham played from 1946 to 1955, leading the Browns to the league championship game each year and winning seven championships. The Browns overall record with Graham as quarterback was 114-20-4 in the regular season and 9-3 in the playoffs. He still (2012) holds the NFL record for most yards per pass by a quarterback (9.) His number (#14) was retired by the Browns.

After he left the Browns in 1955, Graham coached for the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut for six seasons before coaching the Washington Redskins from 1966-1968. He returned to the Coast Guard Academy from 1974 to 1975. Graham died at his home in Sarasota, Florida in 2003 at the age of 82.

Brian Sipe

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Brian Sipe played for the Browns from 1974 to 1982 and is, arguably, the most exciting quarterback to play in Cleveland. A native of San Diego, he was drafted by the Browns in 1972 in the 13th round of the NFL Draft. He spent his first two years on the bench before starting in 1974. During his career with the Browns, he became the leader of the "Kardiac Kids," so named for the 8 come-backs and 11 game-wining drives in the 4th quarter or overtime during the 1979 and 1980 seasons. In 1980, he was named the League MVP and earned a spot on the Pro Bowl team. Despite those honors, the Browns lost in the first game of the playoffs to the Oakland Raiders in a last-second interception. Sipe's career never recovered and he left Cleveland to play in the USFL from 1982 to 1985.

Today, Sipe is back in San Diego where he is a quarterback coach at his alma mater, San Diego State University.

Bernie Kosar

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Bernard "Bernie" Kosar Jr. was one of Cleveland's most popular quarterbacks. Kosar, who grew up in Boardman near Youngstown, attended the University of Miami, leading that school to its first national championship in 1983. He was also named the Orange Bowl MVP that year and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Kosar was drafted by the Browns in 1985 and played for the Browns from 1985 to 1993. The 1987 season was his strongest, earning him a Pro Bowl selection and a spot on the All-Pro team.

After being let go by the Browns, Kosar played for the Dallas Cowboys in 1993, earning a Super Bowl ring as their back-up quarterback, and for the Miami Dolphins from 1993 to 1996.

Kosar has participated in a number of ventures since retiring from football. He has been a color commentator for the Browns game broadcasts with Jim Donovan since 2006 and he owned a minority interest in the Cleveland Gladiators arena football team. Kosar is currently a consultant for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Couch

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Tim Couch, a stand-off at the University of Kentucky and a 1998 Heisman finalist, was the 1st pick in the 1st round of the NFL Draft when the Browns drafted him in 1999. Couch played five seasons for the Browns with mixed results. He was plagued by injuries, in part from the number of hits he received behind the team's offensive team was still in the process of being rebuilt after the original team moved to Baltimore in 1995.

Couch is currently a broadcaster for Fox Sports.

Charlie Frye

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A native of Norwalk, Ohio and a graduate of Willard High School in Willard, Ohio, Charlie Frye played for the University of Akron before being drafted by the Browns in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played for the Browns from 2005 to 2007. After playing in Cleveland, Frye was a part of the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders organizations. He is currently a free agent.

Derek Anderson

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Derek Anderson, a native of Oregon, came to the Browns in 2005. He started at Oregon State, leading that school to a win at the Insight Bowl his senior year (against Brady Quinn and Notre Dame.) Anderson was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, but waived before the season began. The Browns picked him up the next day.

Anderson played for four seasons (2005-2009) with mixed results and several injuries. He was released by the Browns in 2010 and signed with the Arizona Cardinals. In 2011, he joined the Carolina Panthers organization.

Brady Quinn

Brady Quinn
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Brady Quinn, a runner-up for the 2006 Heisman Award (behind Ohio State's Troy Smith), was drafted by the Browns in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. The Notre Dame graduate swapped the starting assignment with Derek Anderson off and on during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons, playing in 14 games for the Browns. He was traded to the Denver Broncos in 2010 and is currently starting for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jake Delhomme

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Jake Delhomme, a native of Louisiana, was drafted in 1997 by the New Orleans Saints and played three seasons with them between then and 2002, when he was traded to the Carolina Panthers. Delhomme led that team to the Super Bowl in 2003 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2005. The Browns signed him in 2010 and he started five games that season. After Cleveland, Delhomme went to the Houston Texans. He is currently a free agent.

Colt McCoy

Colt McCoy of the Cleveland Browns
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Daniel "Colt" McCoy, a Texas native and graduate of the University of Texas, was the drafted by the Browns in 2010 in the third round. The Heisman runner-up alternating starting with Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace during the 2010 season, before being named the Browns starting quarterback for the 2011 season. After a so-so season that ended for McCoy with a concussion during the week 14 contest against the Steelers, McCoy was named as back-up quarterback at the start of the 2012 season behind Brandon Weeden.

Brandon Weeden

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The Browns starting quarterback, beginning the 2012 season, Oklahoma native Brandon Weeden first tried Major League Baseball, playing four years for NY Yankees minor league teams before setting aside his pitcher's mitt to attend Oklahoma State University. At Oklahoma, Weeden led the Cowboys to an 11-1 season and a #3 BCS ranking his senior year. Weeden was drafted in the first round by the Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft, making him at 28 years old one of the oldest players ever drafted in the first round.

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