The Cleveland Browns’s quarterback situation has become a running joke as Kevin Hogan, during Week 6, became their 28th starting QB since returning to the NFL in 1999. But what is crazier than that is that the situation actually seems to be getting worse.
This week, rookie DeShone Kizer will return to the starting lineup and Hogan will drop to third on the depth chart as he is battling sore ribs. That means last week’s third-string quarterback, Cody Kessler, who started eight games a year ago, is now Kizer’s backup.
Got that? Well, if that sounds confusing, this week’s swap is the Browns’ 20th change at quarterback in the last 43 games, dating back to Johnny Manziel’s first start in Week 15 of the 2014 season. And that is just part of the mess. Take a look at the Browns’ QB depth chart since the start of the 2014 season. About the only part that is easy to follow is Charlie Whitehurst’s brief run as a backup early in the 2016 season.