Thursday, October 24, 2013
Surprise: Browns' number of QBs leads NFL
By Pat McManamon
The revolving door at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns continues on its trend-setting pace.
No NFL team has had more starting quarterbacks than the Cleveland Browns since 1999, the year the team returned to the field.
Nineteen different players -- some noble, some not so noble -- have taken the first snap. Jason Campbell becomes No. 20 on Sunday.
This season's Browns will have three different starters in the first eight games.
"It's something I'm used to," left tackle Joe Thomas said. "It's not like I've ever played with one quarterback a whole season."
Thomas joined the Browns in 2008. He hasn't missed a play since he was drafted. In that time, the Browns have had 10 starting quarterbacks, with No. 11 set to go in Kansas City on Sunday.
The teams with the fewest starters are not surprisingly among the better and most consistent teams in the league. Teams with talented quarterbacks win, and part of being a dependable player is being reliable. The best play well, and play often.
New England has had three starters -- Drew Bledsoe, Tom Brady and Matt Cassel.
Green Bay has had three -- Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn when the Packers gave Rodgers a couple late-season games off.
Indianapolis has had five -- but three started games in 2011 when Peyton Manning missed a season. One could say that Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky and Kerry Collins were underpaid, because they gave the Colts the chance to go from Manning to Andrew Luck.
On the opposite end, Miami ranks second to the Browns with 18 staters since 1999, and Chicago has had 17.
The average per team is 11.3, which means the Browns will be far above average when they hit 20. Nearly double in fact.
When players shrug off the changes and call it life in the NFL -- which some Browns have done -- it's not really accurate.
It's more life in Cleveland.