This week after the Cleveland Browns lost their 4th game of the 2012 season to become the first team in the 2012 NFL to lose their first four, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden joined a not so elite club of former Cleveland Browns quarterbacks. Now the Browns could be joined at 0-4 today if the Saints lose to the Packers. Then the team might feel a bit better. Regardless the Browns have only started their season at 0-4 four other times in the history of the Cleveland Browns.
The other three times the Browns started their season at 0-4 they were led by quarterbacks that never really materialized into what people would consider franchise quarterbacks. We all know what happened to Tim Couch. The Cleveland Browns ruined his career in the NFL. Couch got so beat up he could hardly perform to the level the Browns expected. Couch left the team and his football playing days were cut short. Then there was Brady Quinn, the man the Cleveland Browns drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. Quinn never materialized into the franchise Q.B. the Browns thought they were getting and he has assumed back-up roles with other teams in the NFL.
Mike Phipps was the Browns Q.B. in the 1970's he went onto play for the Browns from 1970-76. Phipps ended his NFL career with the Bears, he had 55 touchdowns and 108 interceptions for a rating of 52.6. You can see this is one club Branden Weeden could have lived without joining. The Cleveland Browns in all the years they have been playing only had an 0-4 start 4 times as we already pointed out. None of the quarterbacks that led the Browns to the 0-4 start ever became franchise quarterbacks in the NFL. Weeden is hoping to change all that.
Special thanks to Jonathan Knight who is a sports writer and historian of Cleveland Sports for proving the fact of the Cleveland Browns 0-4 starts. You can read more of Jonathan Knights sports history by visiting his site here.....
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