The Answer Might Just Surprise You!! Feature By Michael Rachubka
Probably just like you, my whole life, Sundays are spent watching the Cleveland Browns. Sometimes the games are very entertaining, other times they can be dreadful to watch. My mom raised me to watch football, unlike my Dad who mostly during those times was busy fixing cars. I was never fortunate to have witnessed football legends like Otto Graham. A quarterback which the Browns drafted 4th overall back in 1946. From 1946-1955, Otto led the Browns to the championship game each year and won a total of 7 titles. If the Browns ever had an example of a Franchise QB, he was it.
In the 1972 Draft, the Browns landed another QB, in round 13 with the selection of Brian Sipe. When an opportunity presented itself, Sipe would go on to become Leader of the “Kardiac Kids” guiding them to 8 come from behind wins, along with 11 game winning drives. These performances garnered Sipe the League MVP in 1980.
Browns won their fans over with a true Ohio-born player when Bernie Kosar maneuvered his way to being selected during the supplemental Draft in 1985. Bernie became loved by the fans during his time in Cleveland. This was also when I began to watch the Browns. Another University of Miami QB became familiar to me growing up and can still remember announcers talk about how Vinny Testaverde throws the ball. During these times I managed to even work their home games in 1994 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. As a volunteer and to help raise money for CVCA School. Then becoming an usher, although I was only able to pay attention to the game and when not directing fans where to go. During that season the team went 11-5. The Browns only lost two home games that regular season, a touchdown loss to the Steelers and by a field goal to the Giants. Truly great times in good old Cleveland Municipal Stadium!
Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996, became the Ravens, and thus began the Browns QB shuffle.
The Browns returned to Cleveland in 1999 where the Browns would draft Kentucky QB Tim Couch. At the time the consensus opinion was he had one of the best arms in college football. Couch would end up throwing for over 11,000 yards while scoring 64 touchdowns and 67 interceptions in his Cleveland career. Couch ran for his life literally which could be the reason for most if not all of his interceptions as he was sacked 166 times while playing QB for our Browns. While Browns have drafted a QB in the first round before, Couch was only the second QB they have ever drafted first overall, while the other was Bobby Garrett back in 1954. Prior to the 1999 season, the Browns had drafted only 3 QB’s in the first round. They were Harry Agganis in 1952, Bobby Garrett in 1954, and Mike Phipps in 1970. But after Couch’s career had ended in Cleveland that would change.
As years would past the Browns would go thru starting QB’s quicker than any other NFL team. Since 1999 the Browns have had 26 different starters at this position. 4 of which the Browns had drafted in the first round. Those were Tim Couch (#1 in 1999), Brady Quinn (#22 in 2007), Brandon Weeden (#22 in 2012), and Johnny Manziel (#22 in 2014). The other Qb’s were Ty Detmer, Doug Pederson, Spergon Wynn, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski, Colt McCoy, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, Thad Lewis, Jason Campbell, Brian Hoyer, Connor Shaw, Josh McCown, Austin Davis, Robert Griffin III, and Cody Kessler.
Now as we wait for the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns are preparing for the most important draft in franchise history after their worst season in franchise history. Hard to think the Browns won’t draft a QB in the first round after what has taken place at the QB position since 1999. Everyone has browns rumored to take Myles Garrett Number one overall, however, would it really be surprising if they took a QB with the Number one pick? Just last year the Browns wanted Jared Goff, yet after he was gone, they traded down. Now this year they find themselves in the top of the draft with two chances to take a quarterback. Guaranteeing they can draft their guy first overall if they feel there is a QB that is a can’t miss prospect.
There have been 22 quarterbacks drafted #1 overall. Only 5 in NFL history have been drafted number one overall have gone on to win an NFL Championship. They are Terry Bradshaw(1970), John Elway(1983), Troy Aikman(1989), Peyton Manning(1998), and Eli Manning(2004). The others were J.Plunkett(1971), S.Bartkowski (1975), Vinny Testaverde (1987),Jeff George (1990), Drew Bledsoe (1993), Michael Vick (2001), David Carr (2002), Carson Palmer (2003), Alex Smith (2005), Jamarcus Russell (2007), Matthew Stafford (2009), Sam Bradford(2010), Cam Newton (2011), Andrew Luck 2012),Jameis Winston (2015), and Jared Goff (2016). In case you were keeping track, since 1998 a QB was taken first overall every year except 2000/2006/2008/2013/and 2014. Those picks were Courtney Brown (DE), Mario Williams (DE), Jake Long (T), Eric Fisher(T), and Jadeveon Clowney (DE).
Ultimately I feel if ever was a year, the Browns need to get their guy now in this draft!
As Always GO BROWNS!!!