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1956 Cleveland Browns

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5-7-0, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.4, Offense: -6.8, Defense: 4.5, SoS: -1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 167 points (13.9/g), 11th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 177 points (14.8/g), 1st.
 Differential of -10 points (-0.8/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 5.6-6.4.

Coach: Paul Brown (5-7-0)

Stadium: Cleveland Municipal Stadium
 Training Camp: Hiram College (Hiram, Ohio)

Team Info

President/Majority Owner David Jones
Partial Owner Ellis Ryan
Head Coach/General Manager Paul Brown

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 167 3020 705 4.3 30 12 16 173 105 202 1175 8 18 5.2 63 480 1845 8 3.8 94
Team Defense 177 3135 703 4.5 26 8 18 188 107 226 1103 7 18 4.6 62 463 2032 13 4.4 108
Lg Rank Offense 11 9 4 6 11 12 12 10 3 10 6 7 11 9
Lg Rank Defense 1 2 11 10 3 1 1 1 5 1 6 9 4 10

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-1 @ Chicago Cardinals 7 9 8 214 106 108 2 20 344 68 276 3
2 Sat October 6 boxscore W 1-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 14 10 17 336 122 214 14 245 153 92
3 Sun October 14 boxscore L 1-2 New York Giants 9 21 14 134 94 40 2 24 330 74 256 2
4 Sun October 21 boxscore L 1-3 @ Washington Redskins 9 20 13 216 105 111 4 18 235 35 200 3
5 Sun October 28 boxscore L 1-4 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 24 11 284 108 176 4 18 358 219 139 3
6 Sun November 4 boxscore W 2-4 @ Green Bay Packers 24 7 15 272 50 222 1 13 272 145 127 2
7 Sun November 11 boxscore L 2-5 Baltimore Colts 7 21 14 264 129 135 4 11 310 5 305
8 Sun November 18 boxscore W 3-5 @ Philadelphia Eagles 16 0 17 274 41 233 7 71 3 68 3
9 Sun November 25 boxscore L 3-6 Washington Redskins 17 20 13 184 48 136 2 14 237 140 97 2
10 Sun December 2 boxscore W 4-6 Philadelphia Eagles 17 14 19 292 115 177 5 20 252 104 148 4
11 Sun December 9 boxscore W 5-6 @ New York Giants 24 7 19 299 106 193 2 13 229 126 103 2
12 Sun December 16 boxscore L 5-7 Chicago Cardinals 7 24 13 251 151 100 4 16 252 31 221 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
15 Tommy O'Connell 26 QB 7 5 3-2-0 42 96 43.8% 551 4 4.2 8 8.3 46 5.7 2.8 13.1 78.7 41.6 0 0
16 George Ratterman 30 qb 4 4 1-3-0 39 57 68.4% 398 1 1.8 3 5.3 46 7.0 5.0 10.2 99.5 72.1 0 0
18 Babe Parilli 26 qb 5 3 1-2-0 24 49 49.0% 409 3 6.1 7 14.3 68 8.3 3.1 17.0 81.8 58.5 0 0
Team Total 27.5 12 5-7-0 105 202 52.0% 1358 8 4.0 18 8.9 68 6.7 3.5 12.9 113.2 49.5 0 0
Opp Total 12 107 226 47.3% 1215 7 3.1 18 8.0 5.4 2.41 11.4 101.3 41.1 14 112 4.6 1.8 5.8

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
40 Preston Carpenter 22 KR/RH 12 0 188 756 0 30 4.0 63.0 15.7 16 124 7.8 0 34 1.3 10.3 880 0 5
36 Ed Modzelewski 27 FB 8 0 107 431 2 23 4.0 53.9 13.4 10 27 2.7 0 6 1.3 3.4 458 2 0
32 Fred Morrison 30 P 12 0 83 340 1 41 4.1 28.3 6.9 6 29 4.8 1 10 0.5 2.4 369 2 2
30 Maurice Bassett 25 12 0 41 129 1 12 3.1 10.8 3.4 4 29 7.3 1 31 0.3 2.4 158 2 0
15 Tommy O'Connell 26 QB 7 5 24 40 2 11 1.7 5.7 3.4 40 2 1
18 Babe Parilli 26 qb 5 3 18 65 0 19 3.6 13.0 3.6 65 0 4
16 George Ratterman 30 qb 4 4 10 19 1 11 1.9 4.8 2.5 19 1 1
26 Ray Renfro 27 LH 12 0 4 24 0 10 6.0 2.0 0.3 17 325 19.1 4 46 1.4 27.1 349 4 0
43 Skeets Quinlan 28 6 0 2 4 0 3 2.0 0.7 0.3 4 63 15.8 0 31 0.7 10.5 67 0 2
43 Bob Smith 23 2 0 2 10 0 7 5.0 5.0 1.0 10 0 0
36 Billy Kinard 23 7 0 1 27 1 27 27.0 3.9 0.1 27 1 0
88 Pete Brewster* 26 LE 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 417 14.9 1 41 2.3 34.8 417 1 0
86 Dante Lavelli 33 RE 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 344 17.2 1 68 1.8 31.3 344 1 1
Team Total 27.5 12 480 1845 8 41 3.8 153.8 40.0 105 1358 12.9 8 68 8.8 113.2 3203 16 18
Opp Total 12 463 2032 13 4.4 169.3 38.6 107 1103 10.3 7 8.9 91.9 3135 20 11

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
43 Skeets Quinlan 28 6 0 10 9 0 5 0.9 9 219 0 50 24.3 295
20 Don Paul* 30 PR/RDH 12 0 17 103 0 17 6.1 103
40 Preston Carpenter 22 KR/RH 12 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 15 381 0 42 25.4 1279
22 Ken Konz 28 LS 12 0 13 187 1 65 14.4 187
36 Billy Kinard 23 7 0 7 196 0 56 28.0 223
32 Fred Morrison 30 P 12 0 1 17 0 17 17.0 386
43 Bob Smith 23 2 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 24
83 Chuck Weber 26 4 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
Team Total 27.5 12 41 317 1 65 7.7 34 830 0 56 24.4 4350
Opp Total 12 26 1235 0 47.5 33 819 0 24.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
76 Lou Groza 32 K/LT 12 0 20 11 55.0%% 18 18 100.0%%
32 Fred Morrison 30 P 12 0 38 1561 70 0 41.1
84 Horace Gillom 35 5 0 12 536 53 0 44.7
Team Total 27.5 12 20 11 55.0%% 18 18 100.0%% 50 2097 70 0 41.9
Opp Total 12 17 10 58.8%% 21 21 100.0%% 59 2399 40.7

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
20 Don Paul* 30 PR/RDH 12 0 7 190 1 42 0 0 2 2 0 0
40 Preston Carpenter 22 KR/RH 12 0 0 5 2 0 0
18 Babe Parilli 26 qb 5 3 0 4 2 0 0
22 Ken Konz 28 LS 12 0 4 34 0 28 0
24 Warren Lahr 33 LDH 12 0 3 33 0 18 0
43 Skeets Quinlan 28 6 0 0 2 1 0 0
70 Don Colo 31 RDT 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
80 Len Ford 30 RDE 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
32 Fred Morrison 30 P 12 0 0 2 0 0 0
65 Chuck Noll 24 LLB 12 0 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 1 39 1
42 Junior Wren 27 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
35 Galen Fiss 25 RLB 12 0 1 4 0 4 0
79 Bob Gain 27 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Frank Gatski* 37 C 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
86 Dante Lavelli 33 RE 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
15 Tommy O'Connell 26 QB 7 5 0 1 0 0 0
16 George Ratterman 30 qb 4 4 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 27.5 12 18 274 1 42 0 0 18 14 39 1 1
Opp Total 12 23 11 3

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
76 Lou Groza 32 K/LT 12 0 18 11 51
26 Ray Renfro 27 LH 12 0 4 4 24
30 Maurice Bassett 25 12 0 1 1 2 12
36 Ed Modzelewski 27 FB 8 0 2 2 12
32 Fred Morrison 30 P 12 0 1 1 2 12
15 Tommy O'Connell 26 QB 7 5 2 2 12
88 Pete Brewster* 26 LE 12 12 1 1 6
36 Billy Kinard 23 7 0 1 1 6
22 Ken Konz 28 LS 12 0 1 1 6
86 Dante Lavelli 33 RE 11 0 1 1 6
65 Chuck Noll 24 LLB 12 0 1 1 6
20 Don Paul* 30 PR/RDH 12 0 1 1 6
16 George Ratterman 30 qb 4 4 1 1 6
42 Junior Wren 27 12 0 1 2
Team Total 27.5 12 8 8 1 1 1 19 18 11 1 167
Opp Total 12 13 7 1 21 10 177

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 @ CRD L, 7-9 1 46 pass Ray Renfro 46 yard pass from George Ratterman (Lou Groza kick)
2 1956-10-06 @ PIT W, 14-10 2 1 rush George Ratterman 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
3 1956-10-06 @ PIT W, 14-10 4 13 rush Ed Modzelewski 13 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
4 1956-10-14 NYG L, 9-21 2 1 rush Ed Modzelewski 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
5 1956-10-28 PIT L, 16-24 1 68 pass Dante Lavelli 68 yard pass from Babe Parilli
6 1956-10-28 PIT L, 16-24 1 35 interception Don Paul 35 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
7 1956-11-04 @ GNB W, 24-7 1 39 fumble Chuck Noll 39 yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick)
8 1956-11-04 @ GNB W, 24-7 2 26 pass Ray Renfro 26 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Lou Groza kick)
9 1956-11-04 @ GNB W, 24-7 4 1 rush Fred Morrison 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
10 1956-11-11 BAL L, 7-21 1 27 pass Ray Renfro 27 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Lou Groza kick)
11 1956-11-18 @ PHI W, 16-0 3 31 pass Maurice Bassett 31 yard pass from Tommy O'Connell (Lou Groza kick)
12 1956-11-25 WAS L, 17-20 1 65 punt Ken Konz 65 yard punt return (Lou Groza kick)
13 1956-11-25 WAS L, 17-20 2 1 rush Maurice Bassett 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
14 1956-12-02 PHI W, 17-14 1 3 pass Pete Brewster 3 yard pass from Tommy O'Connell (Lou Groza kick)
15 1956-12-02 PHI W, 17-14 2 46 pass Ray Renfro 46 yard pass from Tommy O'Connell (Lou Groza kick)
16 1956-12-09 @ NYG W, 24-7 1 1 rush Tommy O'Connell 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
17 1956-12-09 @ NYG W, 24-7 2 6 pass Fred Morrison 6 yard pass from Tommy O'Connell (Lou Groza kick)
18 1956-12-09 @ NYG W, 24-7 3 1 rush Tommy O'Connell 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
19 1956-12-16 CRD L, 7-24 1 27 rush Billy Kinard 27 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-10-06 @ PIT L, 10-14 2 1 rush Lynn Chandnois 1 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
2 1956-10-14 NYG W, 21-9 2 2 pass Alex Webster 2 yard pass from Don Heinrich (Frank Gifford kick)
3 1956-10-14 NYG W, 21-9 3 1 rush Alex Webster 1 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
4 1956-10-14 NYG W, 21-9 4 34 rush Alex Webster 34 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
5 1956-10-21 @ WAS W, 20-9 2 5 rush Leo Elter 5 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
6 1956-10-21 @ WAS W, 20-9 3 9 pass Dick James 9 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Sam Baker kick)
7 1956-10-28 PIT W, 24-16 2 10 pass Elbie Nickel 10 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Gary Glick kick)
8 1956-10-28 PIT W, 24-16 2 1 rush Lynn Chandnois 1 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
9 1956-10-28 PIT W, 24-16 2 75 pass Lowell Perry 75 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Gary Glick kick)
10 1956-11-04 @ GNB L, 7-24 4 10 pass Billy Howton 10 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
11 1956-11-11 BAL W, 21-7 1 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
12 1956-11-11 BAL W, 21-7 4 70 rush Lenny Moore 70 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
13 1956-11-11 BAL W, 21-7 4 12 rush L.G. Dupre 12 yard rush (Tom Feamster kick)
14 1956-11-25 WAS W, 20-17 1 17 fumble Norb Hecker 17 yard fumble return (Sam Baker kick)
15 1956-11-25 WAS W, 20-17 4 26 pass John Carson 26 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Sam Baker kick)
16 1956-12-02 PHI L, 14-17 1 1 rush Bobby Thomason 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
17 1956-12-02 PHI L, 14-17 3 20 rush Ken Keller 20 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
18 1956-12-09 @ NYG L, 7-24 2 6 pass Frank Gifford 6 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
19 1956-12-16 CRD W, 24-7 2 1 rush Lamar McHan 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
20 1956-12-16 CRD W, 24-7 2 1 rush Ollie Matson 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
21 1956-12-16 CRD W, 24-7 4 3 rush Lamar McHan 3 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)