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Cleveland Browns: 7 Former QBs We're Relieved Won't Be an Option in 2012
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Trust me, Colt...it's not you. It's us.

"When a quarterback looks at the rush, his career is over." - Joe Theismann

Unfortunately for Browns signal-callers, there's been an awful lot of pass rush to look at over the last decade. While other fans compile offseason top-10 lists, sadistic Cleveland fans remain doomed to litanies of infamy.

So, here's a list of some of the most hapless victims of Berea where, ever since the days of Belichick and Bernie Kosar, quarterbacks have gone to die.

Browns fans have suffered through a well-chronicled carousel of quarterbacks since the franchise's return to the NFL in 1999. If a single start qualified a contestant for this list, we could populate it with such illustrious names as Spergon Wynn or Bruce Gradkowski. For the sake of argument, let's set a minimum of three starts...

Gradkowski still merits honorable mention for "Worst Single Game Performance by a Cleveland Brown." Why, you might ask? Granted, the break Gradkowski got would make Colt McCoy feel like he got drafted by the Patriots. For those who don't remember, the Browns signed Bruce off the street in 2008 to help make Romeo Crennel's last stand in a typical Week 17 shellacking at the hands of the Steelers.

Gradkowski's stats:

5 for 16, 18 yards, two interceptions. Rating: 1.0. (I wish I could have gotten Dean Wormer from Animal House to say "Mr. Gradkowski...one...point...zero...")

The Browns failed to score a touchdown for the sixth-straight week...and yeah, Romeo got the axe. 

In a twist of fate illustrative of the Browns' futility, Gradkowski returned to Cleveland Browns Stadium on kickoff weekend 2011. He launched a 41-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green to hand the Browns their 12th—repeat, 12th—opening day loss out of 13 attempts in the post-1999 era.

I suppose we should consider ourselves lucky Derek Anderson didn't go back to the Ravens and win a Super Bowl... 

You can follow Brian on Twitter @StepanekButton

Statistics available at www.pro-football-reference.com 

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