Jake Delhomme and the 5 Worst Cleveland Browns Quarterbacks Since 1999
Anyone who has followed the Cleveland Browns since their reinstatement knows the hardships that the team has been forced to endure as they have been searching for a stable franchise quarterback.
Since week one of the 1999 season, the Browns have sent 16 different signal-callers under center and each have had their own degree of successes and failures.
The following list is a compilation of the five worst quarterbacks to grace the shores of Lake Erie since the Browns' return in 1999.
No. 5: Charlie Frye
Cleveland Browns fans tried very hard to accept that Charlie Frye could be the man to take their team to the next level during the 2005-2007 seasons.
Although Frye managed to win five games for the orange and brown, a 34-7 opening day loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007 spelled the end for the Norwalk, Ohio native, as he was shipped off to the Seattle Seahawks the following week.
Over the course of his playing time with the Browns, Frye compiled an overall record of 5-13.
Frye also connected on 14 touchdowns opposed to 23 interceptions.
Since being traded from Cleveland, Frye has spent time playing for the Seattle Seahawks and more recently, the Oakland Raiders.
No. 4: Jake Delhomme
After the horrific blunder that was the Cleveland Browns quarterback situation in 2009, Browns fans were willing to try anything new to regain hope in the team for the 2010-2011 season.
Only days after being sent away from the Carolina Panthers, former Superbowl quarterback Jake Delhomme signed with Cleveland and many believed that he would restore the magic that once graced his golden arm long ago.
Fast forward to Week 15, and now many are realizing why Carolina gave up on the 35-year-old veteran in the first place.
Delhomme has been mediocre at best over the course of his five games for the Browns this season and has even looked terrible at times against teams that are considered to be sub-par.
Delhomme has only managed to find the end zone twice while throwing seven interceptions.
Two of those interceptions came late in the fourth quarter and sealed the game for the opposing team (Week 5 vs. Falcons and Week 14 at Bills).
Many believe that as soon as rookie quarterback Colt McCoy returns to full strength, Delhomme's season and career may be finished in Cleveland.
No. 3: Bruce Gradkowski
The Bruce Gradkowski experiment did not last very long for the Cleveland Browns, but it was a memorable event, nonetheless.
Gradkowski entered the final game of the 2008 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers with high hopes that maybe he would be the one to end the dreaded losing streak against against the Browns' long time division rival.
In Gradkowski's one and only start in a Cleveland Browns uniform, he managed to have one of the worst displays of quarterback play in Cleveland Browns history.
Gradkowski managed to only throw for 18 yards on 16 attempts against the stingy Steelers defense and also managed to throw two interceptions.
The only thing that managed to be worse than Gradkowski's stats was the final score, the Browns lost the game 31-0.
No. 2: Doug Pederson
Doug Pederson probably wished that he had chosen a different career when he was called upon to quarterback the Cleveland Browns part-way through the 2000 season.
Browns quarterback Tim Couch went down with season-ending shoulder injury and Pederson was called upon to lead the Browns to victory. As one would come to expect, it was a complete disaster.
Pederson's only accomplishment while under center for the Browns was that he led the team to a league-worst 8.3 points per game as well as a 1-7 record throughout eight starts.
Pederson's two touchdowns and eight interceptions came in at the worst performance for the franchise since the reinstatement and the Browns would eventually turn back to Tim Couch and Kelly Holcolmb to lead them in the following seasons.
No. 1: Ken Dorsey
Ken Dorsey found a way to make even the most battle-tested Browns fans scream at their television sets in 2008 when he took over for the final three games of the season.
Dorsey looked nothing short of terrible and officially completed the derailment of his career as his seven interceptions and 0-3 record had Clevelanders begging for mercy.
Dorsey simply did not play any aspect of the game well and only managed to lead the Browns to 19 total points throughout three games. His agonizing reign ended abruptly in the Week 16 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, as he was injured and replaced with Bruce Gradkowski.
Dorsey was released by the Browns in February of 2009, and after a short high school coaching position, headed north where he currently serves as the backup quarterback for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.