Brian Hoyer will become Cleveland’s 19th different starter since the team returned to the NFL.
Looking for a reason the Cleveland Browns are 73-153 since they returned to the NFL as an expansion team in 1999?
Here are 18 of them:
Tim Couch, Ty Detmer, Doug Pederson, Spergon Wynn, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski, Jake Delhomme, Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, Thad Lewis and Brandon Weeden.
Looking for a reason the Browns are expected to lose yet another one when they visit Mall of America Field for the Vikings’ home opener on Sunday?
For the 19th time since 1999, the Browns will have a different starting quarterback when they face the Vikings in a meeting of 0-2 teams. Hoyer had been the Browns’ No. 3 quarterback until Wednesday morning when Browns coach Rob Chudzinski opted for and executed a rare spill-the-beans moment for an NFL coach.
Not only did Chudzinski rule Weeden out of Sunday’s game four days early because of an injured thumb on his throwing hand, but he also announced that Hoyer would leapfrog No. 2 quarterback Jason Campbell for only the second start of his career.
That was welcome news to Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, whose staff had been studying Campbell closely on Monday and Tuesday.
“It’s a lot better than finding out on Sunday at noon, I promise you that,” Frazier said.
Of course, when it comes to the Browns and the decisions they’ve made at quarterback since 1999, one has to wonder if Wednesday’s gift from Chudzinski is even necessary.
With the advantage of hindsight, here’s a what-if look at a Browns team that has had only two winning seasons and one playoff berth since 1999:
• What if the Browns had picked Kurt Warner instead of Scott Milanovich in the 1999 NFL expansion draft?
• What if they had drafted Donovan McNabb No. 1 overall instead of Tim Couch in 1999?
• What if they had used their sixth-round draft pick in 2000 on Tom Brady instead of Spergon Wynn?
• What if they could relive the 2001 draft, when they took defensive tackle Gerard Warren third overall, 29 spots ahead of Drew Brees?
• What if they had signed Tony Romo as an undrafted rookie in 2003?
• What if they hadn’t selected tight end Kellen Winslow II sixth overall, seven spots ahead of Ben Roethlisberger, in 2004?
|Minnesota||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Miami||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Detroit||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Oakland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Atlanta||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Tennessee||12/8/13 3:05 PM|
|St. Louis||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Seattle||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|NY Giants||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Carolina||12/8/13 7:30 PM|
|Dallas||12/9/13 7:40 PM|
|San Diego||12/12/13 7:25 PM|
|Golden State||7:00 PM|
|Oklahoma City||7:00 PM|
|LA Lakers||9:00 PM|
|San Jose||6:00 PM|
|Loyola Marymount||6:00 PM|
|Saint Peters||6:00 PM|
|Arizona State||6:00 PM|
|James Madison||6:00 PM|
|Sam Houston St|
|Open Bible College||6:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin|
|Carroll (MT)||8:05 PM|
|South Carolina||8:30 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|Bowling Green||7:00 PM|
|(16) Northern Ill|
|(15) UCF||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(18) Oklahoma||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|(6) Oklahoma State|
|Marshall||12/7/13 11:00 AM|
|Memphis||12/7/13 12:00 PM|
|(23) Texas||12/7/13 2:30 PM|
|(5) Missouri||12/7/13 3:00 PM|
|So Florida||12/7/13 6:30 PM|
|(7) Stanford||12/7/13 6:45 PM|
|(11) Arizona State|
|(20) Duke||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State|
|Louisiana||12/7/13 7:00 PM|
|(2) Ohio State||12/7/13 7:17 PM|
|(10) Michigan State|
|Utah State||12/7/13 9:00 PM|
|(24) Fresno State|
|Chicago State||3:30 PM|
|Prairie View||5:00 PM|
|Tennessee St||6:00 PM|
|St Johns||6:00 PM|
|Appalachian St||6:30 PM|
|(5) Kentucky||6:30 PM|
|No Dakota State||8:00 PM|
|Portland State||8:00 PM|
|Oregon State||9:00 PM|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon|