This "20 quarterbacks since 1999" issue continues to bubble. At least it does in this feeble and dilapidated brain.
Turns out it's more than even some prominent college teams, and one well-known Cleveland high school.
Consider five of the more prominent college teams: Florida, Alabama, USC, Texas and Ohio State. Colleges do not keep track of starts, but they do keep a record of players who throw a pass. According to ESPN Stats & Information, since 1999, Florida has had 17 players throw a pass, Alabama 16, USC 14 and Texas and Ohio State 13.
None have had as many throw a pass as the Browns have had starters -- and the Browns' number would increase if players who threw a pass, such as Kevin Johnson and Lawrence Vickers, were included.
This is especially eye-opening because colleges typically do not have players for more than three or four years. Their turnover should be more constant than in the pros.
Same with high schools, which probably switch quarterbacks every two years, three at the most.
In Cleveland, Saint Ignatius High School has been very successful in football. Among its alumni is Brian Hoyer, who started three times for the Browns this season. Since 1999, Ignatius has had a total of 13 quarterbacks start games, according to Tim Hudak, a Cleveland-area native who emails a weekly wrapup on Saint Ignatius athletics. (The Browns are one of 10 NFL teams to start more than 13 quarterbacks in the same time frame.) But Hudak also notes that three of those St. Ignatius quarterbacks started this season. So from 1999 through 2012 St. Ignatius had 10 quarterbacks.
Which means a high school team in 14 seasons will have had one half the starting quarterbacks the Browns will have had in 14 1/2.
To quote Kurt Vonnegut, so it goes.