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1971 Cleveland Browns

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9-5-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.3, Offense: 1.1, Defense: -0.8, SoS: -0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 285 points (20.4/g), 10th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 273 points (19.5/g), 10th.
 Differential of 12 points (0.9/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 7.4-6.6.

Coach: Nick Skorich (9-5-0)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Art Modell
General Manager Harold Sauerbrei
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 285 3857 859 4.5 45 18 15 231 188 376 2299 14 27 5.8 127 461 1558 19 3.4 89
Team Defense 273 4194 848 4.9 40 16 17 232 156 339 1967 12 24 5.4 100 484 2227 14 4.6 115
Lg Rank Offense 10 18 21 17 13 11 9 14 21 11 15 20 3 24
Lg Rank Defense 10 17 8 10 14 6 4 8 8 10 18 23 15 24

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-0 Houston Oilers 31 0 21 377 269 108 2 11 243 208 35 6
2 Sun September 26 boxscore W 2-0 @ Baltimore Colts 14 13 18 267 149 118 4 12 178 41 137 8
3 Mon October 4 boxscore L 2-1 Oakland Raiders 20 34 20 334 178 156 3 20 328 160 168 2
4 Sun October 10 boxscore W 3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 27 17 20 350 219 131 3 11 222 112 110 1
5 Sun October 17 boxscore W 4-1 @ Cincinnati Bengals 27 24 17 269 205 64 3 15 339 107 232 2
6 Sun October 24 boxscore L 4-2 Denver Broncos 0 27 6 60 36 24 4 18 365 85 280
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 4-3 Atlanta Falcons 14 31 10 153 88 65 4 17 317 142 175
8 Sun November 7 boxscore L 4-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 9 26 11 210 81 129 3 21 393 163 230 1
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 4-5 @ Kansas City Chiefs 7 13 15 292 247 45 3 23 384 201 183 2
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 5-5 New England Patriots 27 7 19 321 146 175 19 292 169 123 4
11 Sun November 28 boxscore W 6-5 @ Houston Oilers 37 24 19 311 151 160 4 10 216 170 46 5
12 Sun December 5 boxscore W 7-5 Cincinnati Bengals 31 27 22 406 224 182 3 15 346 114 232 2
13 Sun December 12 boxscore W 8-5 @ New Orleans Saints 21 17 20 284 152 132 7 18 225 66 159 3
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 9-5 @ Washington Redskins 20 13 13 223 154 69 2 22 346 229 117 4
Playoffs
Division Sun December 26 boxscore L 9-6 Baltimore Colts 3 20 11 165 96 69 5 16 271 143 128 3

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 Bill Nelsen 30 QB 14 13 9-4-0 174 325 53.5% 2319 13 4.0 23 7.1 53 7.1 4.8 13.3 165.6 60.3 22 222 6.04 3.81 6.3 2 3
15 Mike Phipps 24 qb 14 1 0-1-0 13 47 27.7% 179 1 2.1 4 8.5 39 3.8 0.4 13.8 12.8 14.6 0 0 3.81 0.40 0.0
44 Leroy Kelly* 29 PR/RB 14 14 1 4 25.0% 23 0 0.0 0 0.0 23 5.8 5.8 23.0 1.6 51.0 0 0 5.75 5.75 0.0
Team Total 26.6 14 9-5-0 188 376 50.0% 2521 14 3.7 27 7.2 53 6.7 4.2 13.4 180.1 54.2 22 222 5.78 3.43 5.5 2 3
Opp Total 14 156 339 46.0% 2170 12 3.5 24 7.1 6.4 3.92 13.9 155.0 49.4 25 203 5.4 3.1 6.9

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
44 Leroy Kelly* 29 PR/RB 14 14 234 865 10 35 3.7 61.8 16.7 25 252 10.1 2 29 1.8 18.0 1117 12 7
35 Bo Scott 28 FB 14 14 179 606 9 35 3.4 43.3 12.8 30 233 7.8 1 35 2.1 16.6 839 10 4
16 Bill Nelsen 30 QB 14 13 13 -18 0 1 -1.4 -1.3 0.9 -18 0 10
33 Bo Cornell 22 14 0 11 12 0 6 1.1 0.9 0.8 1 18 18.0 0 18 0.1 1.3 30 0 1
30 Ken Brown 26 KR 10 0 11 47 0 17 4.3 4.7 1.1 47 0 3
15 Mike Phipps 24 qb 14 1 6 35 0 15 5.8 2.5 0.4 35 0 1
26 Reece Morrison 26 8 0 5 -2 0 4 -0.4 -0.3 0.6 -2 0 0
89 Milt Morin* 29 TE 14 14 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 40 581 14.5 2 31 2.9 41.5 582 2 2
12 Don Cockroft 26 K/P 14 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 0.9 0.1 12 0 0
43 Fair Hooker 24 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 45 649 14.4 1 48 3.2 46.4 649 1 0
25 Frank Pitts 28 13 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 487 18.0 4 53 2.1 37.5 487 4 0
86 Gary Collins 31 WR 13 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 231 15.4 3 29 1.2 17.8 231 3 0
41 Dave Jones 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 66 16.5 0 21 0.3 4.7 66 0 0
83 Chip Glass 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 4 4.0 1 4 0.1 0.3 4 1 0
Team Total 26.6 14 461 1558 19 35 3.4 111.3 32.9 188 2521 13.4 14 53 13.4 180.1 4079 33 29
Opp Total 14 484 2227 14 4.6 159.1 34.6 156 1967 12.6 12 11.1 140.5 4194 26 31

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
44 Leroy Kelly* 29 PR/RB 14 14 30 292 0 74 9.7 1 11 0 11 11.0 1420
30 Ken Brown 26 KR 10 0 15 330 0 35 22.0 377
41 Dave Jones 24 14 0 9 63 0 20 7.0 129
26 Reece Morrison 26 8 0 9 267 0 52 29.7 265
25 Frank Pitts 28 13 6 9 238 0 35 26.4 725
21 Stan Brown 22 6 0 7 157 0 32 22.4 157
24 Ernie Kellermann 28 14 2 1 4 0 4 4.0 1 5 0 5 5.0 9
33 Bo Cornell 22 14 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 49
73 Doug Dieken 22 lt 14 5 1 16 0 16 16.0 16
83 Chip Glass 24 14 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 5
82 Jim Houston 34 LLB 14 11 1 21 0 21 21.0 21
Team Total 26.6 14 40 359 0 74 9.0 46 1065 0 52 23.2 5503
Opp Total 14 26 227 0 8.7 55 1252 0 22.8

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
12 Don Cockroft 26 K/P 14 0 3 2 6 6 9 6 9 1 1 28 15 53.6%% 34 34 100.0%% 62 2508 59 2 40.5
86 Gary Collins 31 WR 13 8 5 162 42 0 32.4
Team Total 26.6 14 3 2 6 6 9 6 9 1 1 28 15 53.6%% 34 34 100.0%% 67 2670 59 2 39.9
Opp Total 14 31 21 67.7%% 30 30 100.0%% 66 2798 42.4

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
16 Bill Nelsen 30 QB 14 13 0 10 5 -9 0
44 Leroy Kelly* 29 PR/RB 14 14 0 7 2 0 0
29 Walt Sumner 24 SS 14 14 5 35 0 25 0 0 0 1 0 0
30 Ken Brown 26 KR 10 0 0 3 2 0 0
52 Billy Andrews 26 RLB 14 14 3 34 0 19 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Ernie Kellermann 28 14 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Bo Scott 28 FB 14 14 0 4 0 0 0
22 Clarence Scott 22 LCB 13 13 4 47 0 21 0
72 Jerry Sherk 23 RDT 14 14 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0
28 Ben Davis 26 RCB 12 12 2 18 0 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 Ron Snidow 30 13 6 0 0 3 10 0
34 Mike Howell 28 FS 14 12 2 93 0 68 0
71 Walter Johnson 29 LDT 14 14 0 0 2 0 1
51 Dale Lindsey 28 MLB 14 10 2 50 0 29 0
89 Milt Morin* 29 TE 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
21 Stan Brown 22 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
86 Gary Collins 31 WR 13 8 0 0 1 0 0
33 Bo Cornell 22 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
50 John Garlington 25 14 6 1 0 0 0 0
81 Jack Gregory 27 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
82 Jim Houston 34 LLB 14 11 0 0 1 0 0
41 Dave Jones 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Reece Morrison 26 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
15 Mike Phipps 24 qb 14 1 0 1 0 0 0
25 Frank Pitts 28 13 6 0 0 1 17 0
Team Total 26.6 14 24 283 0 68 0 0 29 26 18 1 1
Opp Total 14 22 31 15

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
12 Don Cockroft 26 K/P 14 0 34 15 79
44 Leroy Kelly* 29 PR/RB 14 14 10 2 12 72
35 Bo Scott 28 FB 14 14 9 1 10 60
25 Frank Pitts 28 13 6 4 4 24
86 Gary Collins 31 WR 13 8 3 3 18
89 Milt Morin* 29 TE 14 14 2 2 12
83 Chip Glass 24 14 0 1 1 6
43 Fair Hooker 24 WR 14 14 1 1 6
71 Walter Johnson 29 LDT 14 14 1 1 6
73 Doug Dieken 22 lt 14 5 1 2
Team Total 26.6 14 19 14 1 34 34 15 1 285
Opp Total 14 14 12 1 2 30 21 273

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 HOU W, 31-0 1 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
2 1971-09-19 HOU W, 31-0 2 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
3 1971-09-19 HOU W, 31-0 3 8 pass Gary Collins 8 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
4 1971-09-19 HOU W, 31-0 4 18 pass Frank Pitts 18 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
5 1971-09-26 @ BAL W, 14-13 2 3 rush Leroy Kelly 3 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
6 1971-09-26 @ BAL W, 14-13 4 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
7 1971-10-04 OAK L, 20-34 2 3 rush Bo Scott 3 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
8 1971-10-04 OAK L, 20-34 2 22 pass Leroy Kelly 22 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
9 1971-10-10 PIT W, 27-17 1 19 pass Milt Morin 19 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
10 1971-10-10 PIT W, 27-17 2 18 rush Bo Scott 18 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
11 1971-10-10 PIT W, 27-17 4 7 rush Leroy Kelly 7 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
12 1971-10-17 @ CIN W, 27-24 3 3 rush Bo Scott 3 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
13 1971-10-17 @ CIN W, 27-24 4 7 pass Bo Scott 7 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
14 1971-10-17 @ CIN W, 27-24 4 4 rush Bo Scott 4 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
15 1971-10-31 ATL L, 14-31 3 12 rush Bo Scott 12 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
16 1971-10-31 ATL L, 14-31 4 24 pass Gary Collins 24 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
17 1971-11-07 @ PIT L, 9-26 4 1 rush Bo Scott 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
18 1971-11-14 @ KAN L, 7-13 4 18 pass Milt Morin 18 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
19 1971-11-21 NWE W, 27-7 1 7 pass Leroy Kelly 7 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
20 1971-11-21 NWE W, 27-7 3 35 pass Frank Pitts 35 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
21 1971-11-21 NWE W, 27-7 4 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
22 1971-11-28 @ HOU W, 37-24 2 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
23 1971-11-28 @ HOU W, 37-24 3 1 rush Bo Scott 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
24 1971-11-28 @ HOU W, 37-24 3 18 pass Frank Pitts 18 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
25 1971-11-28 @ HOU W, 37-24 4 4 rush Bo Scott 4 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
26 1971-12-05 CIN W, 31-27 1 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
27 1971-12-05 CIN W, 31-27 2 39 pass Fair Hooker 39 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
28 1971-12-05 CIN W, 31-27 3 53 pass Frank Pitts 53 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
29 1971-12-05 CIN W, 31-27 4 4 rush Leroy Kelly 4 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
30 1971-12-12 @ NOR W, 21-17 1 2 rush Bo Scott 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
31 1971-12-12 @ NOR W, 21-17 3 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
32 1971-12-12 @ NOR W, 21-17 4 0 fumble Walter Johnson 0 yard fumble return (Don Cockroft kick)
33 1971-12-19 @ WAS W, 20-13 2 17 pass Gary Collins 17 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
34 1971-12-19 @ WAS W, 20-13 4 4 pass Chip Glass 4 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-26 @ BAL L, 13-14 4 20 blocked punt Don Nottingham 20 yard blocked punt return (Jim O'Brien kick)
2 1971-10-04 OAK W, 34-20 2 20 pass Raymond Chester 20 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
3 1971-10-04 OAK W, 34-20 4 13 pass Raymond Chester 13 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
4 1971-10-04 OAK W, 34-20 4 5 rush Clarence Davis 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
5 1971-10-04 OAK W, 34-20 4 1 rush Pete Banaszak 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
6 1971-10-10 PIT L, 17-27 2 22 pass Dave Smith 22 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
7 1971-10-10 PIT L, 17-27 4 11 pass Ron Shanklin 11 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
8 1971-10-17 @ CIN L, 24-27 1 10 rush Paul Robinson 10 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
9 1971-10-17 @ CIN L, 24-27 3 3 rush Essex Johnson 3 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
10 1971-10-17 @ CIN L, 24-27 4 49 rush Essex Johnson 49 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
11 1971-10-24 DEN W, 27-0 1 7 pass Billy Masters 7 yard pass from Don Horn (Jim Turner kick)
12 1971-10-24 DEN W, 27-0 2 6 rush Bobby Anderson 6 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
13 1971-10-24 DEN W, 27-0 2 40 interception Fred Forsberg 40 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
14 1971-10-31 ATL W, 31-14 1 39 pass Ken Burrow 39 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Bill Bell kick)
15 1971-10-31 ATL W, 31-14 1 40 interception Don Hansen 40 yard interception return (Bill Bell kick)
16 1971-10-31 ATL W, 31-14 2 23 pass Jim Mitchell 23 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Bill Bell kick)
17 1971-10-31 ATL W, 31-14 3 1 rush Cannonball Butler 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
18 1971-11-07 @ PIT W, 26-9 1 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
19 1971-11-07 @ PIT W, 26-9 4 40 pass Dave Smith 40 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
20 1971-11-14 @ KAN W, 13-7 2 26 pass Wendell Hayes 26 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
21 1971-11-21 NWE L, 7-27 2 18 pass Tom Beer 18 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
22 1971-11-28 @ HOU L, 24-37 2 19 fumble Garland Boyette 19 yard fumble return (Mark Moseley kick)
23 1971-11-28 @ HOU L, 24-37 2 20 pass Charlie Joiner 20 yard pass from Woody Campbell (Mark Moseley kick)
24 1971-11-28 @ HOU L, 24-37 4 1 rush Dan Pastorini 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
25 1971-12-05 CIN L, 27-31 1 4 rush Doug Dressler 4 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
26 1971-12-05 CIN L, 27-31 2 9 rush Fred Willis 9 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
27 1971-12-05 CIN L, 27-31 4 86 rush Essex Johnson 86 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
28 1971-12-12 @ NOR L, 17-21 2 4 rush Virgil Robinson 4 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
29 1971-12-12 @ NOR L, 17-21 4 7 rush Jim Strong 7 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
30 1971-12-19 @ WAS L, 13-20 2 29 pass Larry Brown 29 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)