The news Cleveland is expected to start rookie Cody Kessler in Week 3 against Miami probably came as little surprise to long-time NFL observers as the Browns’ struggles in this department are as well-known as any story in the league.
Three starters in three games is impressive even for the Browns, though, and Kessler is scheduled to be starter No. 26 for the franchise in 18 seasons.
This is the fourth season in a row Cleveland will use three starters, which might be less surprising than the realization they started only Brandon Weeden and Thad Lewis in 2012.
If (haha, “if”) they make it to a fourth starter this season, that would have precedent, too, as Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Ken Dorsey and Bruce Gradkowski all took their turns in 2008.
Five would be a new benchmark, something to strive for in a season in which Cleveland is by all appearances playing for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft anyway.
But regardless of what else happens, keep this in mind: With Kessler joining the list, Cleveland’s starting quarterbacks since 1999 would no longer all fit on an active MLB roster at the same time.
Then the obvious question becomes, “Who goes back to the minors?”
And the obvious follow is, “Does it really matter?”
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