François La Rochefoucauld has been credited with saying “the only thing constant in life is change” and that statement couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to the Cleveland Browns QB situation. This year is no different with Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel competing for the position. Let’s take a look back at some of the better QB competitions since the Browns made their return in 1999.
1999: Tim Couch vs. Ty Detmer
Detmer, the Heisman winning, veteran QB was brought in to lead the team until Tim Couch was ready to take over. Apparently the coaches felt Couch was ready earlier than expected and Detmer lost the starting role in the 2nd game of the season. Couch was hold that position until 2002.
2002 & 2003: Tim Couch vs. Kelly Holcomb
In 2001 season, Kelly Holcomb was brought in to compete with Couch for the starting QB position. He showed flashes of being a capable QB, even leading the team in their only playoff appearance since returning to the league in 1999
2005: Trent Dilfer vs. Charlie Frye
The Browns traded for Super Bowl winning QB Trent Dilfer to help mentor rookie Charlie Frye. That plan didn’t workout very well, Dilfer wanted out of Cleveland after a dispute with OC Maurice Carthon. He was traded after the season.
2006 & 2007: Charlie Frye vs. Derek Anderson
Charlie Frye was going to be the next local kid to lead the team to greatness, but after a sub-par 2006 season, Anderson was given the starting role and lead the team to a 10-6 record in 2007, just missing the playoffs.
2008 & 2009: Derek Anderson vs. Brady Quinn
Once again, the Browns put their chips on an Ohio kid to lead the team. Once again, the Browns (and their fans) were disappointed in the results.
2012: Brandon Weeden vs. Colt McCoy
I guess we can call it a competition since the coaching staff told us there was one, but McCoy never took any reps with the first team.
2013: Brandon Weeden vs. Jason Campbell
Campbell was brought in to provide some veteran leadership as well as a chance to complete for the starting role. Weeden won the position out of camp, but lost it after an injury.
Let’s hope we don’t have to add any more names
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