Did Bill Belichick Curse Cleveland Browns Quarterbacks When He Cut Bernie Kosar?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMarch 16, 2010

30 Sep 1990: Quarterback Bernie Kosar of the Cleveland Browns looks on during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Chiefs won the game, 34-0. A picture of quarterback Bernie Kosar who was released by the Cleve
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The Cleveland Browns are synonymous with bad quarterback play and just being the place where quarterbacks go to stall and/or end their careers ever since the team came back in 1999.

Now fast-forward to 2010, and once again the Browns have cleaned house by dumping Derek Anderson and trading away Brady Quinn for the newest group of quarterback stock on the shores of Lake Erie.

Enter Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace and to-be-named later most likely after the NFL Draft.

So why all the quarterback issues in Cleveland when there are names like Otto Graham, Brian Sipe and Bernie Kosar who all led the team to success for the majority of the franchise's existence?

There may be one answer to why all the quarterback drama in Cleveland at that answer is none other than former Browns head coach and current Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Why you may ask?

Because Belichick came in on his horse to Cleveland in 1991 and Kosar was the starter at the time and he continued to lead the Browns despite finishing 1991 with a 6-10 record.

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In 1992, Kosar only played in seven games with fellow quarterback Mike Tomczak seeing most of the playing time, then in 1993, Kosar played again in seven games, but was then cut.

Cut by Belichick for what was said to be "diminishing skills."

The one player who completely represented everything about Cleveland and for Clevelanders, was gone in the blink of an eye.

There began the curse of the Cleveland quarterback and never to recover even up until this current day you are reading this article.

Hopefully in the future if a reader catches wind of this article and happens to read it, then hopefully the Browns are seeing better and brighter times than in March of 2010.

Getting back to the topic though, after Kosar was a very, very, very long list of Browns quarterbacks all who just couldn't make it for one reason or another.

Vinny Testeverde replaced Kosar as the starter and in his three years he led the Browns to one playoff berth in 1994, but then in 1996, the Browns were gone.

Moved to Baltimore in a story that has been told too many times for Clevelanders to even want to see a quick sentence long recap.

Fast-forward again to 1999 and the rebirth of the orange and brown, and new quarterback Tim Couch, who was honestly the best quarterback the Browns have had since their rebirth, but he was in a bad situation from the get-go.

Couch never had a good supporting cast and his reign as quarterback lasted until the Browns made the playoffs in 2002 and Couch was supplemented by his backup Kelly Holcomb.

Holcomb was replaced by Jeff Garcia, who was replaced by Trent Dilfer, who was replaced by Charlie Frye, who was replaced by Derek Anderson who then flip-flopped with Brady Quinn several times in the span of two seasons.

You get the idea that it's been never-ending for a very long time.

Now Delhomme and Wallace are signs of starting fresh once again and unless Holmgren can crack this curse that was possibly laid out by Belichick, then the curse will continue for many more years.

If there is one person who seems he can crack this possible fictitious curse, then it would be the guy who helped developed two of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL in Steve Young and Brett Favre.

As the current chant of Browns fans says right now, "In Holmgren We Trust."

(This article was written as a hypothetical.)


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