All 38 Cleveland Browns Starting Quarterbacks Since 1999, Ranked Worst to Best

The good, the bad and the ugly all show up on the rankings of all 38 quarterbacks to have started a game for the Cleveland Browns since the franchise returned for the 1999 season.
Baker Mayfield and the other 37 quarterbacks the Browns have had since 1999, ranked.
Baker Mayfield and the other 37 quarterbacks the Browns have had since 1999, ranked. / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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35. Spergon Wynn

Fans might completely forget Spergon Wynn was ever a Brown if his name didn't sound so cool, and his lone start was certainly one people in Cleveland wanted to forget pretty quickly.

After getting sporadic playing time earlier in the year, Wynn finally drew the start for a 3-10 Browns team in Week 14 of the 2000 season. We were coming off a 44-7 blowout loss to the Ravens and had already scored 7 points or fewer seven times that season. How much worse could things get?

How much worse, indeed. The 48-0 blowout loss remains to this day the biggest losing differential in any game for the Browns since they returned to the NFL in 1999.

Wynn himself was a Gradkowski-esque 5-of-16 for 17 yards. I know a lot of people would put him behind Dorsey for that, but I’m willing to credit him with one saving grace — he didn’t throw any interceptions. It’s not like Travis Pretince or Jamel White had any chance of rushing the Browns to victory, but at least Wynn was able to keep the ball in their hands a little more than a more pick-happy passer would have.

34. Dorian Thompson-Robinson

Dorian Thompson-Robinson could have been a long-time fan favorite if he never actually played a regular season game. The preseason star sent presumed QB2 Josh Dobbs out of Cleveland before the season even started, and fans were hyped to have such a great backup.

The hype train screeched to a halt in Week 4, when he got his first career start and threw for 121 yards with no touchdowns and 3 picks in a 28-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

He ended up getting to make another two starts, and while they weren't quite as bad, he still finished the season with an overall line of 60/112 for 440 yards with 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions. He didn't even look great on the ground like he had in the preseason, adding just 65 yards on 14 carries (4.6 yards per attempt).

33. Luke McCown

Luke McCown ended up having a solid NFL career as a backup, hanging around in the league for 10 seasons. But it was clear in his rookie year that he didn't have it in him to be a starter.

Already 3-8 and on a five-game losing streak, the Browns handed the keys to the offense over to McCown in Week 13 of the 2004 season after Kelly Holcomb broke his ribs in one of the highest-scoring games in NFL history the week before.

Any hope of continued fireworks fizzled under McCown.

His debut ended up being his best game, but even then he only went 20-of-34 for 277 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 picks in a 42-15 blowout loss. It was all downhill from there, and he ended up with a combined stat line of 48/97 passing (49.5%) for 608 yards with 4 touchdowns and 7 picks.

The Browns lost those games by a combined score of 110 to 29, and it would be a decade before Cleveland would allow another McCown to start at quarterback.