The Cleveland Browns, like many other historically under-performing teams, love to cut the backup quarterback every year.
Weak front office personnel fear public opinion and especially the dreaded "quarterback controversy." Hence the tendency is to avoid the problem by simply getting rid of the backup, hoping that the new starter will become a superstar.
But all too often teams need a backup because the starter gets injured. In the case of the Browns, a ridiculous number of quarterbacks in the league are former Browns including:
Brian Hoyer, Houston
Brandon Weeden, Dallas
Colt McCoy, Redskins
Derek Anderson, Panthers
Bruce Gradkowski, Steelers
Josh Johnson, Bengals
Luke McCown, Saints
Jason Campbell, free agent.
Browns fans won't like me saying this, but we need to take a cue from the Steelers on this issue. They managed to keep Charlie Batch employed for 8 years. Though not a superstar, he won 6 games as a starter and lost only three. That's about the same winning percentage as Ben Roethlisber, by the way.
Charley Batch played with the Steelers for 8 years and had a 6-3 record as a starter. Hey, he was good enough to win!
I would like the Browns to go for the best guy available. This means the front office has to be strong enough to endure the criticism that will inevitably result. Qbs tend to peak after 3-4 years with the same team rather than the 1 year audition that they normally get.