Thursday, August 21, 2014

The 12th Time is the Charm?

It came as no surprise this week when the Browns named Brian Hoyer the opening day starting quarterback.  While Hoyer hasn't necessarily done anything special to win the job outright, Johnny Manziel's wonderful junior high meltdown on Monday Night Football sealed his fate.

So when saw this graphic on Twitter the other day, I simply had to share it (I can't myself that way).

Since re-entering the NFL in 1999, the Cleveland Browns have been a franchise of indecision and poor decision (you know, like drafting Johnny Manziel).  But no graphic better represents this than the following, which features the Browns' opening day starting quarterbacks since 1999.  

courtesy ESPN

This graphic is slightly misleading, because there are not actually 16 different opening day starters.  Four quarterbacks are featured twice (Tim Couch 2000-2001; Kelly Holcomb 2002-2003; Charlie Frye 2006-2007; Brandon Weeden 2012-2013).  

Still, including the new addition of Hoyer, that makes 12 different opening day starters in 16 seasons.  

Maybe, just maybe the 12th time is the charm?

But wait, there's more!

This is just the tip of the Brown iceberg.  What this graphic does not reveal are the in-season changes; quarterbacks that took over the starting job after a season was in progress (and this doesn't include the players in the above graphic who were frequently engaged in weekly musical chairs).  

The list is impressive:

Doug Pederson >> Started eight games in 2000
Spergon Wynn >> Started one game in 2000
Luke McCown >> Started four games in 2004
Ken Dorsey >> Started three games in 2008
Bruce Gradkowski >> Started one game in 2008
Seneca Wallace >> Started four games in 2010; started three games in 2011
Thaddeus Lewis >> Started one game in 2012
Jason Campbell >> Started eight games in 2013

Altogether, that's 20 different starting quarterbacks throughout 16 seasons.

It does not help that Mike Pettine is the eighth head coach and Kyle Shanahan is the 12th offensive coordinator during that time.

Indeed, a franchise of indecision and poor decision does not win many games.  Neither does a franchise with the patience of a two year-old.

So the saga continues on the shores of Lake Erie....  

Hey, at least they've got a solid defense.