29. Kevin Hogan
Kevin Hogan got his lone start during the 2017 season after making a couple appearances as a fifth-round rookie in 2016, and it was another one of those “not quite so bad that it’s funny, but certainly pretty bad” games.
He actually threw a touchdown (but all credit goes to Seth DeValve for the tough catch on the fade. Remember Seth DeValve?) but that doesn’t erase the 20-of-37 passing, 140 yards or 3 interceptions he put up.
This was also the first time Deshaun Watson ever played against the Browns. He got to see first-hand how much we needed him.
28. DeShone Kizer
I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty excited about DeShone Kizer. An exciting young second-round quarterback stepping into an offense with who I thought would be a future star wide receiver in Corey Coleman? And we had Duke Johnson and David Njoku, plus Josh Gordon even played a few games?
Well in retrospect, Kizer's support cast was awful, but that doesn't excuse how he played.
Kizer threw an NFL-leading 22 interceptions to go with just 11 touchdowns, leading the Browns to an 0-15 record in his 15 starts. He missed one game (the Kevin Hogan start), and the Browns finished the year going 0-16.
It's pretty telling that even as a former second-round pick, Kizer wasn't able to stick on any NFL rosters as a long-term backup. The best thing to be said for that season is it got us the No. 1 overall pick.
27. Doug Pederson
The same football mind that has made Doug Pederson a great head coach also made him a valuable backup throughout his 10-year NFL career. That football IQ wasn't enough to shine through when he did get a chance to prove himself on the field though.
The Browns went 1-7 through Pederson’s eight starts in the 2000 season, and while I don’t like to put win-loss records entirely on QBs, he definitely played a big role in that record.
Peterson completed 55.7% of his passes (actually slightly above his career-average of 54.8%), but he averaged just 95.2 yards per game, throwing 2 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
Posting those numbers now may well have put him closer to the bottom of this list, but we do have to account for the fact that it was a different game back then. Eight qualifying passers had interception rates over 4.0% in 2000, for example, compared to zero in the 2022 season.