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1959 Cleveland Browns

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7-5-0, Finished 2nd in NFL East Division  · 1959 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.0, Offense: -0.2, Defense: 3.3, SoS: -1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 270 points (22.5/g), 3rd of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 214 points (17.8/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 56 points (4.7/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 7.6-4.4.

Coach: Paul Brown (7-5-0)

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
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 270 4015 754 5.3 14 5 7 234 159 276 1866 14 9 6.3 109 457 2149 20 4.7 118
Team Defense 214 3764 693 5.4 30 12 15 205 168 319 2342 17 18 7.0 115 360 1422 9 4.0 75
Lg Rank Offense 3 4 1 1 2 10 7 7 1 6 1 1 1 2
Lg Rank Defense 3 6 8 10 5 7 10 7 6 10 2 2 2 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 26 boxscore L 0-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7 17 20 274 135 139 1 18 323 202 121 2
2 Sun October 4 boxscore W 1-1 @ Chicago Cardinals 34 7 20 299 139 160 21 273 172 101 5
3 Sun October 11 boxscore L 1-2 New York Giants 6 10 23 343 204 139 1 14 250 94 156 1
4 Sun October 18 boxscore W 2-2 Chicago Cardinals 17 7 18 295 126 169 13 220 122 98 4
5 Sun October 25 boxscore W 3-2 Washington Redskins 34 7 20 412 240 172 1 14 244 91 153 5
6 Sun November 1 boxscore W 4-2 @ Baltimore Colts 38 31 22 397 200 197 2 28 426 381 45 3
7 Sun November 8 boxscore W 5-2 Philadelphia Eagles 28 7 16 311 128 183 15 314 247 67 3
8 Sun November 15 boxscore W 6-2 @ Washington Redskins 31 17 19 430 154 276 15 353 98 255 3
9 Sun November 22 boxscore L 6-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 20 21 16 387 261 126 21 338 156 182
10 Sun November 29 boxscore L 6-4 San Francisco 49ers 20 21 21 281 99 182 3 9 200 141 59 1
11 Sun December 6 boxscore L 6-5 @ New York Giants 7 48 9 136 26 110 5 21 526 401 125 2
12 Sun December 13 boxscore W 7-5 @ Philadelphia Eagles 28 21 30 450 154 296 1 16 297 237 60 1

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
16 Milt Plum 24 QB 12 12 7-5-0 156 266 58.6% 1992 14 5.3 8 3.0 76 7.5 7.2 12.8 166.0 87.2 0 0
15 Jim Ninowski 23 2 0 3 10 30.0% 41 0 0.0 1 10.0 20 4.1 -0.4 13.7 20.5 4.6 0 0
Team Total 26.5 12 7-5-0 159 276 57.6% 2033 14 5.1 9 3.3 76 7.4 6.9 12.8 169.4 84.1 0 0
Opp Total 12 168 319 52.7% 2457 17 5.3 18 5.6 7.7 6.23 14.6 204.8 72.3 14 115 7.0 5.6 4.2

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
32 Jim Brown*+ 23 FB 12 12 290 1329 14 70 4.6 110.8 24.2 24 190 7.9 0 25 2.0 15.8 1519 14 2
49 Bobby Mitchell 24 KR/LH/PR 12 0 131 743 5 90 5.7 61.9 10.9 35 351 10.0 4 76 2.9 29.3 1094 9 2
16 Milt Plum 24 QB 12 12 21 20 1 17 1.0 1.7 1.8 1 20 20.0 0 20 0.1 1.7 40 1 2
36 Ed Modzelewski 30 12 0 6 18 0 5 3.0 1.5 0.5 3 18 6.0 1 13 0.3 1.5 36 1 0
45 Leroy Bolden 27 12 0 4 11 0 9 2.8 0.9 0.3 11 0 1
18 Bob Ptacek 22 12 0 3 13 0 6 4.3 1.1 0.3 13 0 0
40 Preston Carpenter 25 LE 12 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 24 372 15.5 2 43 2.0 31.0 376 2 0
15 Jim Ninowski 23 2 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 5.5 0.5 11 0 0
86 Billy Howton 29 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 510 13.1 1 36 3.3 42.5 510 1 0
26 Ray Renfro 30 RH 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 528 17.6 6 70 2.5 44.0 528 6 0
82 Frank Clarke 25 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 44 14.7 0 20 0.3 3.7 44 0 0
Team Total 26.5 12 457 2149 20 90 4.7 179.1 38.1 159 2033 12.8 14 76 13.3 169.4 4182 34 8
Opp Total 12 360 1422 9 4.0 118.5 30.0 168 2342 13.9 17 14.0 195.2 3764 26 20

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
49 Bobby Mitchell 24 KR/LH/PR 12 0 17 177 1 78 10.4 11 236 0 31 21.5 1507
45 Leroy Bolden 27 12 0 9 170 0 38 18.9 181
22 Ken Konz 31 12 0 9 34 0 11 3.8 34
32 Jim Brown*+ 23 FB 12 12 4 88 0 29 22.0 1607
36 Ed Modzelewski 30 12 0 4 37 0 19 9.3 73
65 Chuck Noll 27 12 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
Team Total 26.5 12 26 211 1 78 8.1 29 551 0 38 19.0 4944
Opp Total 12 32 912 0 28.5 38 734 0 19.3

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* 35 K/LT 12 0 16 5 31.3%% 37 33 89.2%%
42 Junior Wren 30 P/RS 12 0 27 996 55 0 36.9
44 Jim Shofner 24 RDH 12 0 23 860 48 0 37.4
Team Total 26.5 12 16 5 31.3%% 37 33 89.2%% 50 1856 55 0 37.1
Opp Total 12 13 6 46.2%% 28 28 100.0%% 50 2109 42.2

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
42 Junior Wren 30 P/RS 12 0 5 39 0 22 0 0 0 1 44 1
34 Walt Michaels* 30 RLB 12 0 1 7 0 7 0 0 0 4 12 0
30 Bernie Parrish 23 LDH 12 0 5 83 1 37 0
32 Jim Brown*+ 23 FB 12 12 0 2 1 0 0
35 Galen Fiss 28 LLB 12 0 1 9 0 9 0 0 0 2 5 0
49 Bobby Mitchell 24 KR/LH/PR 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
45 Leroy Bolden 27 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
79 Bob Gain* 30 LDE 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
65 Chuck Noll 27 12 0 2 5 0 5 0
16 Milt Plum 24 QB 12 12 0 2 0 0 0
44 Jim Shofner 24 RDH 12 0 2 50 0 30 0
22 Ken Konz 31 12 0 1 35 0 21 0
24 Warren Lahr 36 LS 12 0 1 0 0 0 0
52 Dave Lloyd 23 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
70 Fran O'Brien 23 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
84 Paul Wiggin 25 RDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Sid Youngelman 28 RDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.5 12 18 242 1 37 0 0 8 15 61 1
Opp Total 12 21 20 8

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
32 Jim Brown*+ 23 FB 12 12 14 14 84
49 Bobby Mitchell 24 KR/LH/PR 12 0 5 4 1 10 60
76 Lou Groza* 35 K/LT 12 0 33 5 48
26 Ray Renfro 30 RH 12 0 6 6 36
40 Preston Carpenter 25 LE 12 0 2 2 12
86 Billy Howton 29 RE 12 0 1 1 6
36 Ed Modzelewski 30 12 0 1 1 6
30 Bernie Parrish 23 LDH 12 0 1 1 6
16 Milt Plum 24 QB 12 12 1 1 6
42 Junior Wren 30 P/RS 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.5 12 20 14 1 1 1 37 33 5 270
Opp Total 12 9 17 1 1 28 6 214

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1959-09-26 @ PIT L, 7-17 2 1 rush Milt Plum 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
2 1959-10-04 @ CRD W, 34-7 1 2 rush Jim Brown 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
3 1959-10-04 @ CRD W, 34-7 2 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
4 1959-10-04 @ CRD W, 34-7 2 5 pass Ray Renfro 5 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
5 1959-10-04 @ CRD W, 34-7 3 44 fumble Junior Wren 44 yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick)
6 1959-10-04 @ CRD W, 34-7 4 36 pass Billy Howton 36 yard pass from Milt Plum
7 1959-10-11 NYG L, 6-10 4 33 pass Bobby Mitchell 33 yard pass from Milt Plum
8 1959-10-18 CRD W, 17-7 1 15 pass Bobby Mitchell 15 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
9 1959-10-18 CRD W, 17-7 1 37 interception Bernie Parrish 37 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
10 1959-10-25 WAS W, 34-7 1 76 pass Bobby Mitchell 76 yard pass from Milt Plum
11 1959-10-25 WAS W, 34-7 2 30 rush Jim Brown 30 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
12 1959-10-25 WAS W, 34-7 3 15 pass Bobby Mitchell 15 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
13 1959-10-25 WAS W, 34-7 4 12 pass Preston Carpenter 12 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
14 1959-10-25 WAS W, 34-7 4 10 pass Ed Modzelewski 10 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
15 1959-11-01 @ BAL W, 38-31 2 70 rush Jim Brown 70 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
16 1959-11-01 @ BAL W, 38-31 2 17 rush Jim Brown 17 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
17 1959-11-01 @ BAL W, 38-31 3 3 rush Jim Brown 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
18 1959-11-01 @ BAL W, 38-31 3 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
19 1959-11-01 @ BAL W, 38-31 4 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
20 1959-11-08 PHI W, 28-7 1 20 rush Jim Brown 20 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
21 1959-11-08 PHI W, 28-7 2 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
22 1959-11-08 PHI W, 28-7 2 4 pass Ray Renfro 4 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
23 1959-11-08 PHI W, 28-7 4 65 rush Bobby Mitchell 65 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
24 1959-11-15 @ WAS W, 31-17 1 90 rush Bobby Mitchell 90 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
25 1959-11-15 @ WAS W, 31-17 1 39 pass Ray Renfro 39 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
26 1959-11-15 @ WAS W, 31-17 3 5 rush Bobby Mitchell 5 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
27 1959-11-15 @ WAS W, 31-17 4 23 rush Bobby Mitchell 23 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
28 1959-11-22 PIT L, 20-21 2 30 pass Ray Renfro 30 yard pass from Milt Plum
29 1959-11-22 PIT L, 20-21 4 27 pass Ray Renfro 27 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
30 1959-11-22 PIT L, 20-21 4 70 pass Ray Renfro 70 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
31 1959-11-29 SFO L, 20-21 1 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
32 1959-11-29 SFO L, 20-21 4 2 rush Jim Brown 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
33 1959-12-06 @ NYG L, 7-48 4 78 punt Bobby Mitchell 78 yard punt return (Lou Groza kick)
34 1959-12-13 @ PHI W, 28-21 1 43 pass Preston Carpenter 43 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
35 1959-12-13 @ PHI W, 28-21 2 5 rush Bobby Mitchell 5 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
36 1959-12-13 @ PHI W, 28-21 4 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
37 1959-12-13 @ PHI W, 28-21 4 4 rush Jim Brown 4 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1959-09-26 @ PIT W, 17-7 3 20 pass Jimmy Orr 20 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
2 1959-09-26 @ PIT W, 17-7 4 19 pass Pete Brewster 19 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
3 1959-10-04 @ CRD L, 7-34 3 1 rush King Hill 1 yard rush (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
4 1959-10-11 NYG W, 10-6 2 1 rush Charlie Conerly 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
5 1959-10-18 CRD L, 7-17 3 62 pass Woodley Lewis 62 yard pass from John Roach (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
6 1959-10-25 WAS L, 7-34 3 28 pass Bill Anderson 28 yard pass from Ralph Guglielmi (Sam Baker kick)
7 1959-11-01 @ BAL L, 31-38 2 3 pass Lenny Moore 3 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
8 1959-11-01 @ BAL L, 31-38 3 8 pass Jerry Richardson 8 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
9 1959-11-01 @ BAL L, 31-38 4 10 pass Raymond Berry 10 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
10 1959-11-01 @ BAL L, 31-38 4 5 pass Jim Mutscheller 5 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
11 1959-11-08 PHI L, 7-28 4 4 pass Billy Ray Barnes 4 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
12 1959-11-15 @ WAS L, 17-31 1 4 rush Dick James 4 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
13 1959-11-15 @ WAS L, 17-31 2 19 rush Johnny Olszewski 19 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
14 1959-11-22 PIT W, 21-20 2 4 rush Tom Tracy 4 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
15 1959-11-22 PIT W, 21-20 2 1 rush Tom Tracy 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
16 1959-11-22 PIT W, 21-20 4 17 pass Gern Nagler 17 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
17 1959-11-29 SFO W, 21-20 2 2 pass Billy Wilson 2 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
18 1959-11-29 SFO W, 21-20 2 21 pass J.D. Smith 21 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
19 1959-11-29 SFO W, 21-20 2 12 rush Hugh McElhenny 12 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
20 1959-12-06 @ NYG W, 48-7 1 3 pass Bob Schnelker 3 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Pat Summerall kick)
21 1959-12-06 @ NYG W, 48-7 2 2 rush Frank Gifford 2 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
22 1959-12-06 @ NYG W, 48-7 2 30 interception Lindon Crow 30 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
23 1959-12-06 @ NYG W, 48-7 3 31 pass Frank Gifford 31 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Pat Summerall kick)
24 1959-12-06 @ NYG W, 48-7 3 19 pass Kyle Rote 19 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Don Chandler kick)
25 1959-12-06 @ NYG W, 48-7 3 6 pass Alex Webster 6 yard pass from Don Heinrich (Don Chandler kick)
26 1959-12-13 @ PHI L, 21-28 2 27 rush Billy Ray Barnes 27 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
27 1959-12-13 @ PHI L, 21-28 2 3 fumble Don Owens 3 yard fumble return (Bobby Walston kick)
28 1959-12-13 @ PHI L, 21-28 2 18 pass Bobby Walston 18 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)