The Cleveland Browns’ all-time passing yards leaders include five quarterbacks who threw for more than 10,000 yards with the franchise. Headlining the list is one of the greatest players in football history, Hall of Famer Otto Graham.
5. Tim Couch: 11,131 yards
Cleveland’s quarterback during the team’s revival years, Tim Couch ranks fifth on the list of Browns’ all-time passing yards leaders. When the Browns resumed play in 1999, they chose Couch with the first pick of the NFL Draft. He spent all five years of his career in Cleveland, making 59 starts with a 22-37 win-loss record. Couch averaged 179.5 yards per game and topped the 3,000 yard mark once in 2001.
4. Frank Ryan: 13,361 yards
Three-time Pro Bowler Frank Ryan is fourth among the Cleveland Browns’ all-time passing yards leaders. Ryan began his career with the Rams and joined the Browns in 1962 where he played the bulk of his career. He twice led the NFL in touchdown passes with 25 in 1964 and 29 in 1966. Ryan led the Browns to the 1964 NFL Championship as he threw three touchdowns in the title game. He had four seasons with better than 2,000 yards in the air.
3. Bernie Kosar: 21,904 yards
The franchise’s most recent 20,000 yard QB, Bernie Kosar ranks third on the Cleveland Browns’ all-time passing yards leaders list. Kosar made 105 starts for the Browns from 1985 to 1993 with an average of 202.8 passing yards per game. He had four years north of 3,000 yards including a career-high 3,854 in 1986. Kosar was selected to play in one Pro Bowl as he helped the Browns reach the playoffs five straight times in the 1980s.
2. Otto Graham: 23,584 yards
Hall of Fame legend Otto Graham is a close second on the list of Cleveland Browns’ all-time passing yards leaders. Graham was the leading passer in the AAFC and NFL a combined five times as he topped the 2,000 yard mark seven times from 1946 to 1955. The three-time NFL MVP led the Browns to their most successful era. Graham manned QB for the Browns as they won back-to-back NFL Championships 1954 and 1955. His Browns won a combined four AAFC Championships and three NFL Championships as he compiled a remarkable 57-13 win-loss record.
1. Brian Sipe: 23,713 yards
The Cleveland Browns’ all-time passing yards leader is former MVP quarterback Brian Sipe. Sipe spent his entire NFL career in Cleveland from 1974 to 1983. Sipe holds the Browns’ single-season record for passing yards with 4,132 in 1980. In that 1980 season, he also set the Browns’ record with 30 touchdowns and went on to win the NFL MVP Award. He averaged 189.7 yards per game for his career with averages north of 230 per game in four separate seasons. Sipe led the NFL in touchdown passes with 28 in 1979 and he totaled 154 in his career.
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