Ranking the Browns 28 Starting QB’s Since 1999
By Mitch Zoloty
No. 25: Connor Shaw
Connor Shaw was an undrafted free agent out of the University of South Carolina. The Browns picked him up to be the third string quarterback behind Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. Shaw had a strong preseason and was brought on to the practice squad for most of the year.
As the crazy 2014 season would play out, Shaw would earn the opportunity to start against the Ravens in Week 17. Browns fans were on a roller-coaster of emotions that season as it ended on a five-game losing streak, after being 7-4 at one point.
Shaw would lose this start to a 10-6 Ravens team, putting up below average stats. He was 14-of-28 for 177 yards and an interception against a stout Ravens defense. The final score of this game was 20-10, with Shaw playing in his last regular season game as a Brown.
Connor Shaw is now the Tight Ends coach at Furman University.
No. 24: Deshone Kizer
This was a name many hoped would be higher on this list. Kizer was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Browns out of the University of Notre Dame. Many fans thought Deshone Kizer could be the end of the infamous quarterback jersey, especially after his decent first start against a talented Steelers defense.
Kizer would go 20-30 for 222 yards with a pick and a touchdown pass. He performed much better than the stats told, especially for a 21-year old rookie quarterback.
The Browns dropped the game 21-18, but many fans saw this game as a beacon of hope for the future. Take away one major blunder on special teams that led to a Steelers touchdown, and the Browns start the season 1-0. It didn’t happen though and their season wouldn’t get much better than this.
Kizer would start 15 of the 16 games this season, losing all 15. The Browns were 0-16 for the first time in franchise history — and just the second to ever hit the low mark, the other team being the 2008 Detroit Lions.
Over his 15 games, Kizer would throw 11 touchdowns and 22 interceptions, along with 2,894 yards, completing 53.6 percent of his passes.
Kizer was traded in the off-season to the Green Bay Packers for defensive back Damarious Randall and a swap of some picks.