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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14. Colt McCoy

Colt McCoy, who has somehow still started games in each of the last five NFL seasons, honestly exceeded expectations as a third-round pick back in 2010.

He made 21 starts in his first two years with the Browns, and while it wasn't pretty it was on par with the performances we were getting from anyone else in that time (I mean, just look one spot ahead for proof of that).

McCoy’s first two seasons saw him throw for a combined 4,309 yards with 20 touchdowns and 20 picks, completing 58.4% of his 586 pass attempts.

It became clear that he didn't have a long-term future as an NFL starter, but he did enough to springboard himself into a nice long career as a backup.

13. Seneca Wallace

Already a five-year vet with 14 NFL starts to his name when he became a Brown, Seneca Wallace was in and out of the lineup through the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Brough to Cleveland to reunite with his former coach in Mike Holmgren, injuries both brought Wallace into the lineup (when Delhomme got hurt) and back out of it.

Despite being a capable scrambler, Wallace only contributed with his arm in his four starts in 2010, throwing for a solid 693 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 63-of-100 passing. The Browns went 1-3 in that stretch though, and an ankle injury forced him out of action.

He found his way back into the starting lineup for the final three games of the 2011 season, doing worse as a passer (53-of-105, 550 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions), but he also added 70 yards on 7 rushes. Unfortunately all three of those games were losses.

12. Johnny Manziel

As one of the most polarizing quarterbacks the Browns have ever had, you'll see Johnny Manziel all over the place on people's Browns QB rankings. And often it's incredibly low.

But when I'm just looking at how Manziel played when he was on the field, it's not relevant to factor in how much potential anyone believed he had, or how obnoxious he was off the field. Manziel started eight games for the Browns. Would I have liked him to develop into someone who could have started way more? Sure. But let's look at how he played in those starts.

As a rookie, things were admittedly ugly. He got out there for two starts, and they were both losses with a combined score of 47-13. Manziel had just 112 yards passing on 26 attempts, throwing no touchdowns and getting picked off twice. And he did nothing with his legs, notching 16 yards on 7 carries.

His starts in 2015 were really not all that bad though, even showing some serious promise. He went 109-of-188 for 1,279 yards (213 per game) with 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, also adding 189 rushing yards on 30 carries. 

The Browns were 2-4 in those games. Obviously that's not great, but considering they went 1-9 the rest of the way it's kind of hard to fault Johnny Football for the poor record.