List of Cleveland Browns starting quarterbacks

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Won/Lost Records[edit]

Quarterbacks who have started for the Cleveland Browns football team from the team's first NFL season of 1950 to present. A player is credited with a win if he started the game and the team won that game, no matter if the player was injured or permanently removed on the second play from scrimmage. Only regular season games included. The Browns' AAFC games from 1946-1949 are not included yet.

(Note: the Browns did not field a team during the years 1996-98.)

Sorted by number of starts. Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in italics and current starter in bold.

QuarterbackUniform No(s)Games StartedWinsLossesTiesWinning Pct.
Sipe, Brian1711257550.509
Kosar, Bernie1910553511.509
Ryan, Frank137652222.697
Graham, Otto60,147157131.810
Couch, Tim25922370.373
Nelsen, Bill165134161.676
Phipps, Mike155124252.490
Plum, Milt165133162.667
Anderson, Derek33416180.471
Testaverde, Vinny123116150.516
McDonald, Paul16218130.381
McCoy, Colt12216150.286
Weeden, Brandon3205150.250
Frye, Charlie9196130.316
O'Connell, Tommy15141031.750
Holcomb, Kelly1012480.333
Quinn, Brady1012390.250
Ninowski, Jim15,1111560.455
Dilfer, Trent811470.364
Garcia, Jeff510370.300
Danielson, Gary188530.625
Tomczak, Mike188440.500
Pederson, Doug188170.125
Campbell, Jason178170.125
Pagel, Mike107250.286
Wallace, Seneca67160.143
Ratterman, George12,165230.400
Philcox, Todd175230.400
Delhomme, Jake174220.500
Mays, Dave104130.250
Zeier, Eric104130.250
McCown, Luke124040.000
Parilli, Babe183120.333
Rypien, Mark113210.667
Dorsey, Ken113030.000
Hoyer, Brian633001.000
Strock, Don1222001.000
Christensen, Jeff112110.500
Detmer, Ty112020.000
Gault, Don1111001.000
Lane, Gary151010.000
Dawson, Len1811001.000
Wynn, Spergon131010.000
Luck, Terry71010.000
Cureton, Will161010.000
Gradkowski, Bruce71010.000
Lewis, Thaddeus91010.000

Starters per season[edit]

List of all Cleveland Browns starting quarterbacks sorted by season. The number of regular-season games they started during the season is listed to the right:

Season(s)Quarterback(s)
2013Jason Campbell (8) / Brandon Weeden (5) / Brian Hoyer (3)
2012Brandon Weeden (15) / Thad Lewis (1)
2011Colt McCoy (13) / Seneca Wallace (3)
2010Colt McCoy (8) / Jake Delhomme (4) / Seneca Wallace (4)
2009Brady Quinn (9) / Derek Anderson (7)
2008Derek Anderson (9) / Brady Quinn (3) / Ken Dorsey (3) / Bruce Gradkowski (1)
2007Derek Anderson (15) / Charlie Frye (1)
2006Charlie Frye (13) / Derek Anderson (3)
2005Trent Dilfer (11) / Charlie Frye (5)
2004Jeff Garcia (10) / Kelly Holcomb (2) / Luke McCown (4)
2003Kelly Holcomb (8) / Tim Couch (8)
2002Tim Couch (14) / Kelly Holcomb (2)
2001Tim Couch (16)
2000Doug Pederson (8) / Tim Couch (7) / Spergon Wynn (1)
1999Tim Couch (14) / Ty Detmer (2)
1996-1998Vacant
1995Vinny Testaverde (12) / Eric Zeier (4)
1994Vinny Testaverde (13) / Mark Rypien (3)
1993Bernie Kosar (7) / Vinny Testaverde (6) / Todd Philcox (3)
1992Bernie Kosar (7) / Mike Tomczak (8) / Todd Philcox (1)
1991Bernie Kosar (16)
1990Bernie Kosar (13) / Mike Pagel (3)
1989Bernie Kosar (16)
1988Bernie Kosar (9) / Mike Pagel (4) / Gary Danielson (1) / Don Strock (2)
1987Jeff Christensen (2) / Bernie Kosar (12) / Gary Danielson (1)
1986Bernie Kosar (16)
1985Gary Danielson (6) / Bernie Kosar (10)
1984Paul McDonald (16)
1983Brian Sipe (14) / Paul McDonald (2)
1982Brian Sipe (6) / Paul McDonald (3)
1981Brian Sipe (16)
1980Brian Sipe (16)
1979Brian Sipe (16)
1978Brian Sipe (16)
1977Brian Sipe (9) / Dave Mays (4) / Terry Luck (1)
1976Mike Phipps (2) / Brian Sipe (14)
1975Mike Phipps (11) / Brian Sipe (2) / Will Cureton (1)
1974Mike Phipps (9) / Brian Sipe (5)
1973Mike Phipps (14)
1972Mike Phipps (13) / Bill Nelsen (1)
1971Bill Nelsen (13) / Mike Phipps (1)
1970Bill Nelsen (12) / Mike Phipps (1) / Don Gault (1)
1969Bill Nelsen (14)
1968Frank Ryan (3) / Bill Nelsen (11)
1967Frank Ryan (13) / Gary Lane (1)
1966Frank Ryan (14)
1965Frank Ryan (12) / Jim Ninowski (2)
1964Frank Ryan (14)
1963Frank Ryan (13) / Jim Ninowski (1)
1962Jim Ninowski (7) / Frank Ryan (7)
1961Milt Plum (13) / Len Dawson (1)
1960Milt Plum (12)
1959Milt Plum (12)
1958Milt Plum (12)
1957Tommy O'Connell (9) /Milt Plum (3)
1956George Ratterman (4) / Babe Parilli (3) / Tommy O'Connell (5)
1955Otto Graham (12)
1954Otto Graham (12)
1953Otto Graham (11) / George Ratterman (1)
1952Otto Graham (12)
1951Otto Graham (12)
1950Otto Graham (12)
1949Otto Graham (11) / Cliff Lewis (1)
1948Otto Graham (14)
1947Otto Graham (9) / Cliff Lewis (5)
1946Otto Graham (11) / Cliff Lewis (3)

Post Season[edit]

Here is a list of Cleveland Browns starting quarterbacks during the post season and the W/L record of games they started.

Season(s)Quarterback(s)Record
2002Kelly Holcomb0-1
1994Vinny Testaverde1-1
1989Bernie Kosar1-1
1988Don Strock0-1
1987Bernie Kosar1-1
1986Bernie Kosar1-1
1985Bernie Kosar0-1
1980Brian Sipe0-1
1972Mike Phipps0-1
1971Bill Nelsen0-1
1969Bill Nelsen1-1
1968Bill Nelsen1-1
1967Frank Ryan0-1
1965Frank Ryan0-1
1964Frank Ryan1-0
1958Milt Plum0-1
1957Tommy O'Connell0-1
1955Otto Graham1-0
1954Otto Graham1-0
1953Otto Graham0-1
1952Otto Graham0-1
1951Otto Graham0-1
1950Otto Graham2-0
1949Otto Graham2-0
1948Otto Graham1-0
1947Otto Graham2-0
1946Otto Graham1-0

Pro Bowl Selections[edit]

Here is a list of Cleveland Browns starting quarterbacks selected to the Pro Bowl.[1]

QuarterbackSeason(s) selected
Otto Graham1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954
Tommy O'Connell1957
Milt Plum1960, 1961
Frank Ryan1964, 1965, 1966
Bill Nelson1969
Bernie Kosar1987
Derek Anderson2007

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