The Browns will go into the 2018 NFL season with their 29th starting quarterback in 20 years. For now, given coach Hue Jackson has said it at least three times, Tyrod Taylor is likely to start in Week 1 over Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
If so, Cleveland finally will go into a season without being clueless at the most important position.
Starting with their Tim Couch selection at the top of the 1999 NFL Draft, the Browns have consistently whiffed on their QB decisions over the last two decades. They've either played rookies too early or waited too long. They've gone through veteran stopgap after veteran stopgap. In the best times, they've gotten lucky with Kelly Holcomb, their lone playoff starter, and Derek Anderson, their lone Pro Bowl starter.
Although Mayfield has a higher upside than that of the four first-rounders who came before him (Couch, Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden and Johnny Manziel), Jackson is right in not rushing the rookie into action. Taylor is not some recycled starting option; he's a legitimate one who suddenly puts the Browns in the top half of the league when it comes to starting QBs.