The Cleveland Browns are the NFL’s “it” team this preseason. They have a dynamic young quarterback in Baker Mayfield. They have a star wide receiver in Odell Beckham Jr. They have a new coach, a new plan, and renewed hope ... and this time that hope seems warranted. So how did the Browns go from leaguewide laughingstock to potential model franchise of the future? Welcome to Trust the Browns’ Process Week, when we’ll explore how Believeland reached this point—and what comes next.
September 16, 2007
Quarterback No. 10
If you want to pinpoint the moment when the title “Quarterback for the Cleveland Browns” devolved from a distinguished vocation into a running joke, it’s best to start by talking to Tim Brokaw. One September afternoon in 2007, Brokaw, who runs an advertising agency in downtown Cleveland, borrowed a Browns jersey from a friend to wear to that Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Then, using nothing more than duct tape and a Sharpie, he created perhaps the most effective concept of his career.
At that time the Browns were 0-1, having lost their first game of the season to the reviled Pittsburgh Steelers. That 34-7 final did not exactly come as a shock, given that the Browns had beaten the Steelers only once over the past seven years. A young quarterback named Derek Anderson was set to take over after the previous week’s starter, Charlie Frye, who played college ball at the nearby University of Akron, had been traded to Seattle for a sixth-round draft pick five days earlier. Anderson had lost all three games he’d started for the Browns in 2006; in the last of those, against Tampa Bay, he’d gone 10-for-27 with four interceptions.div contentScore="15"">>
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