1. Tim Couch
Even though his career didn’t unfold exactly as anticipated, Tim Couch is still undoubtedly considered one of the best Browns quarterbacks since 1999. Totaling 59 starts over five seasons, Couch is the longest tenured Brown quarterback in the new era.
In total, the former Kentucky Wildcat holds Cleveland records since 1999 with 11,131 passing yards, 1,025 completions, 64 touchdowns, and completion percentage, at 59.8 percent. Most importantly, Couch won 22 games despite being brutally abused throughout his career.
The Browns struggled during his tenure, yet Couch made the most of the opportunity he was given when selected in 1999.
Obviously, Couch has been forgotten by many around the league due to Cleveland’s lack of success and his short career. Still, Browns fans will remember Couch for being the one who held down the fort at the quarterback position for a substantial amount of time while the team was still getting used to being an NFL franchise again.
Couch never panned out long-term in a Browns uniform, but he did make it to Week 17. Due to his ability to make something out of not much all the way up to his release in 2004, Couch tops the rankings of Browns Week 17 starting quarterbacks since 1999.