- Pat McManamon, ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter
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The number 20 is special in many circles.
The 20th anniversary means a little more than the 16th, and a young man or woman who turns 20 feels a little more "adult."
So when the Browns name their 20th starting quarterback since 1999 -- the year the team returned from a three-year hiatus -- it's worth taking a trip down memory lane (the screams in the background are from Browns fans whose memories are being jogged ... feel free to offer appropriate sympathies).
Ty Detmer -- The plan to have him hold the fort lasted for one blowout loss, in the season opener against Pittsburgh.
Tim Couch -- The original No. 1 choice, had a couple of good years but not enough.
Spergon Wynn -- Chris Palmer was lobbied to play him by the front office, and he produced two first downs in one game.
Doug Pederson -- Now Kansas City's offensive coordinator, started the Dennis Northcutt/Kevin Johnson quarterback game.
Couch -- The only season when one quarterback started every game.
Kelly Holcomb -- The year of the Dwayne Rudd helmet-removal game and the blown playoff game in Pittsburgh.
Holcomb -- Incurred the "teeny-tiny break of a non-weight bearing bone in his leg."
Couch -- Late this season, Butch Davis told Couch he was his quarterback for years to come; Couch was released in the offseason.
Jeff Garcia -- He never quite fit in, though he thinks he does now.
Luke McCown -- Interim coach Terry Robiskie admitted when McCown played, it was men against boys.
Trent Dilfer -- Good guy, but chewed up by the Cleveland system always looking for the next guy.
Charlie Frye -- Had moments as a rookie until the Christmas Eve massacre against Pittsburgh.
Frye -- The season when Braylon Edwards grabbed him on the sidelines.
Derek Anderson -- Former seventh-round pick of Baltimore
Frye -- Traded after the Browns lost the season opener.
Anderson -- Had the best season of a Browns QB since 1999, won 10 games, but didn't win the game needed to make the playoffs.
Ken Dorsey -- At this point hopes were dimmed.
Bruce Gradkowski -- Signed to start the last game when everyone else was hurt.
Quinn and Anderson -- Yo-yoed back and forth by Eric Mangini.
Jake Delhomme -- Mike Holmgren's interim solution.
Seneca Wallace -- Holmgren's backup solution.
Colt McCoy -- Holmgren's drafted solution.
McCoy -- The year he was put back in the game with a concussion in Pittsburgh.
Brandon Weeden -- Holmgren's first-round draft solution.
Thad Lewis -- Now playing reasonably well for Buffalo.
Brian Hoyer -- Showed promise before unfortunate injury.
Campbell -- Passed over twice, now starting.
The number 20 is special in many circles.The 20th anniversary means a little more than the 16th, and a young man or woman who turns 20 feels a little more "adult.