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.

Quarterback Uniform No(s) Games Started Wins Losses Ties Winning Pct.
Sipe, Brian 17 112 57 55 0 .509
Kosar, Bernie 19 105 53 51 1 .509
Ryan, Frank 13 76 52 22 2 .697
Graham, Otto 60,14 71 57 13 1 .810
Couch, Tim 2 59 22 37 0 .373
Nelsen, Bill 16 51 34 16 1 .676
Phipps, Mike 15 51 24 25 2 .490
Plum, Milt 16 51 33 16 2 .667
Anderson, Derek 3 34 16 18 0 .471
Testaverde, Vinny 12 31 16 15 0 .516
McDonald, Paul 16 21 8 13 0 .381
McCoy, Colt 12 21 6 15 0 .286
Weeden, Brandon 3 20 5 15 0 .250
Frye, Charlie 9 19 6 13 0 .316
O'Connell, Tommy 15 14 10 3 1 .750
Holcomb, Kelly 10 12 4 8 0 .333
Quinn, Brady 10 12 3 9 0 .250
Ninowski, Jim 15,11 11 5 6 0 .455
Dilfer, Trent 8 11 4 7 0 .364
Garcia, Jeff 5 10 3 7 0 .300
Danielson, Gary 18 8 5 3 0 .625
Tomczak, Mike 18 8 4 4 0 .500
Pederson, Doug 18 8 1 7 0 .125
Campbell, Jason 17 8 1 7 0 .125
Pagel, Mike 10 7 2 5 0 .286
Wallace, Seneca 6 7 1 6 0 .143
Ratterman, George 12,16 5 2 3 0 .400
Philcox, Todd 17 5 2 3 0 .400
Hoyer, Brian 6 5 4 1 0 .800
Delhomme, Jake 17 4 2 2 0 .500
Mays, Dave 10 4 1 3 0 .250
Zeier, Eric 10 4 1 3 0 .250
McCown, Luke 12 4 0 4 0 .000
Parilli, Babe 18 3 1 2 0 .333
Rypien, Mark 11 3 2 1 0 .667
Dorsey, Ken 11 3 0 3 0 .000
Strock, Don 12 2 2 0 0 1.000
Christensen, Jeff 11 2 1 1 0 .500
Detmer, Ty 11 2 0 2 0 .000
Gault, Don 11 1 1 0 0 1.000
Lane, Gary 15 1 0 1 0 .000
Dawson, Len 18 1 1 0 0 1.000
Wynn, Spergon 13 1 0 1 0 .000
Luck, Terry 7 1 0 1 0 .000
Cureton, Will 16 1 0 1 0 .000
Gradkowski, Bruce 7 1 0 1 0 .000
Lewis, Thaddeus 9 1 0 1 0 .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)
2014 Brian Hoyer (2)
2013 Jason Campbell (8) / Brandon Weeden (5) / Brian Hoyer (3)
2012 Brandon Weeden (15) / Thad Lewis (1)
2011 Colt McCoy (13) / Seneca Wallace (3)
2010 Colt McCoy (8) / Jake Delhomme (4) / Seneca Wallace (4)
2009 Brady Quinn (9) / Derek Anderson (7)
2008 Derek Anderson (9) / Brady Quinn (3) / Ken Dorsey (3) / Bruce Gradkowski (1)
2007 Derek Anderson (15) / Charlie Frye (1)
2006 Charlie Frye (13) / Derek Anderson (3)
2005 Trent Dilfer (11) / Charlie Frye (5)
2004 Jeff Garcia (10) / Kelly Holcomb (2) / Luke McCown (4)
2003 Kelly Holcomb (8) / Tim Couch (8)
2002 Tim Couch (14) / Kelly Holcomb (2)
2001 Tim Couch (16)
2000 Doug Pederson (8) / Tim Couch (7) / Spergon Wynn (1)
1999 Tim Couch (14) / Ty Detmer (2)
1996-1998 Vacant
1995 Vinny Testaverde (12) / Eric Zeier (4)
1994 Vinny Testaverde (13) / Mark Rypien (3)
1993 Bernie Kosar (7) / Vinny Testaverde (6) / Todd Philcox (3)
1992 Bernie Kosar (7) / Mike Tomczak (8) / Todd Philcox (1)
1991 Bernie Kosar (16)
1990 Bernie Kosar (13) / Mike Pagel (3)
1989 Bernie Kosar (16)
1988 Bernie Kosar (9) / Mike Pagel (4) / Gary Danielson (1) / Don Strock (2)
1987 Jeff Christensen (2) / Bernie Kosar (12) / Gary Danielson (1)
1986 Bernie Kosar (16)
1985 Gary Danielson (6) / Bernie Kosar (10)
1984 Paul McDonald (16)
1983 Brian Sipe (14) / Paul McDonald (2)
1982 Brian Sipe (6) / Paul McDonald (3)
1981 Brian Sipe (16)
1980 Brian Sipe (16)
1979 Brian Sipe (16)
1978 Brian Sipe (16)
1977 Brian Sipe (9) / Dave Mays (4) / Terry Luck (1)
1976 Mike Phipps (2) / Brian Sipe (14)
1975 Mike Phipps (11) / Brian Sipe (2) / Will Cureton (1)
1974 Mike Phipps (9) / Brian Sipe (5)
1973 Mike Phipps (14)
1972 Mike Phipps (13) / Bill Nelsen (1)
1971 Bill Nelsen (13) / Mike Phipps (1)
1970 Bill Nelsen (12) / Mike Phipps (1) / Don Gault (1)
1969 Bill Nelsen (14)
1968 Frank Ryan (3) / Bill Nelsen (11)
1967 Frank Ryan (13) / Gary Lane (1)
1966 Frank Ryan (14)
1965 Frank Ryan (12) / Jim Ninowski (2)
1964 Frank Ryan (14)
1963 Frank Ryan (13) / Jim Ninowski (1)
1962 Jim Ninowski (7) / Frank Ryan (7)
1961 Milt Plum (13) / Len Dawson (1)
1960 Milt Plum (12)
1959 Milt Plum (12)
1958 Milt Plum (11) /Larry Driscoll (1)
1957 Tommy O'Connell (9) /Milt Plum (3)
1956 George Ratterman (4) / Babe Parilli (3) / Tommy O'Connell (5)
1955 Otto Graham (12)
1954 Otto Graham (12)
1953 Otto Graham (11) / George Ratterman (1)
1952 Otto Graham (12)
1951 Otto Graham (12)
1950 Otto Graham (12)
1949 Otto Graham (11) / Cliff Lewis (1)
1948 Otto Graham (14)
1947 Otto Graham (9) / Cliff Lewis (5)
1946 Otto 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
2002 Kelly Holcomb 0-1
1994 Vinny Testaverde 1-1
1989 Bernie Kosar 1-1
1988 Don Strock 0-1
1987 Bernie Kosar 1-1
1986 Bernie Kosar 1-1
1985 Bernie Kosar 0-1
1980 Brian Sipe 0-1
1972 Mike Phipps 0-1
1971 Bill Nelsen 0-1
1969 Bill Nelsen 1-1
1968 Bill Nelsen 1-1
1967 Frank Ryan 0-1
1965 Frank Ryan 0-1
1964 Frank Ryan 1-0
1958 Milt Plum 0-1
1957 Tommy O'Connell 0-1
1955 Otto Graham 1-0
1954 Otto Graham 1-0
1953 Otto Graham 0-1
1952 Otto Graham 0-1
1951 Otto Graham 0-1
1950 Otto Graham 2-0
1949 Otto Graham 2-0
1948 Otto Graham 1-0
1947 Otto Graham 2-0
1946 Otto Graham 1-0

Pro Bowl Selections[edit]

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

Quarterback Season(s) selected
Otto Graham 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954
Tommy O'Connell 1957
Milt Plum 1960, 1961
Frank Ryan 1964, 1965, 1966
Bill Nelson 1969
Bernie Kosar 1987
Derek Anderson 2007

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