One of the ways that many people measure the effectiveness of a quarterback is by judging whether he threw for 3,000 yards during a particular season or how many 3,000 yard seasons he put together during his career.
The Cleveland Browns have been around since the 1950’s, and through those years they have had some up times and down times. They have also usually been known as a run first team and featured exceptional running backs, including the likes of Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, Greg Pruitt, Mike Pruitt, Kevin Mack, Charles White, Jamal Lewis, and more. They have had good quarterbacks too from time to time, but which one has the most 3,000 yard seasons in team history?
There is a tie atop that category in Browns history.
The first Browns quarterback to ever throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season was Brian Sipe in 1979. He would go on to do it three more times while with the team too. Bernie Kosar came along in 1986 and became the second player to ever pass the 3,000 yard passing mark for the team. He too would do it three more times for Cleveland. Brian Sipe and Bernie Kosar remain to this day atop the team record book for most 3,000 yard seasons with four each.
The Browns have only had 11 total 3,000 yard seasons, and the other three times it has happened it has been by a different quarterback each time. The three other Browns quarterbacks with 3,000 yard seasons to their credit are: Paul McDonald (1984), Tim Couch (2001), and Derek Anderson (2007).
In the 13 years from 1979 to 1991, the Browns put up nine 3,000 yard seasons, thanks to Brian Sipe, Paul McDonald, and Bernie Kosar. In the 19 years from 1992 to 2010, the Browns had just two 3,000 yard seasons. This can definitely also be connected to how successful the team has been during those eras too.