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1972 Cleveland Browns

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10-4-0, AFC Central Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.3, Offense: -1.6, Defense: 1.9, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 268 points (19.1/g), 17th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 249 points (17.8/g), 9th.
 Differential of 19 points (1.4/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 7.6-6.4.

Coach: Nick Skorich (10-4-0)

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
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 268 3709 817 4.5 28 9 12 215 158 337 1916 13 19 5.3 101 453 1793 13 4.0 102
Team Defense 249 4069 868 4.7 29 16 21 240 160 310 1736 14 13 5.0 89 520 2333 13 4.5 130
Lg Rank Offense 17 19 5 2 21 18 21 16 13 17 19 19 15 18
Lg Rank Defense 9 16 17 8 17 3 3 9 21 7 21 24 13 22

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore L 0-1 Green Bay Packers 10 26 13 188 126 62 4 15 290 145 145 1
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 1-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 27 17 15 297 142 155 1 20 314 248 66 3
3 Sun October 1 boxscore W 2-1 Cincinnati Bengals 27 6 14 289 180 109 19 331 203 128 4
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 2-2 Kansas City Chiefs 7 31 10 209 112 97 8 18 283 62 221 1
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 2-3 Chicago Bears 0 17 9 163 126 37 1 13 310 54 256 1
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 3-3 @ Houston Oilers 23 17 13 254 119 135 17 364 221 143 2
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 4-3 @ Denver Broncos 27 20 26 343 171 172 1 17 272 126 146 1
8 Sun November 5 boxscore W 5-3 Houston Oilers 20 0 15 298 146 152 11 212 93 119 1
9 Mon November 13 boxscore W 6-3 @ San Diego Chargers 21 17 18 299 175 124 1 24 327 136 191 3
10 Sun November 19 boxscore W 7-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 26 24 24 389 172 217 2 15 314 103 211 2
11 Sun November 26 boxscore W 8-3 Buffalo Bills 27 10 16 253 121 132 2 12 175 28 147 2
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 8-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 0 30 11 126 27 99 3 19 337 153 184 1
13 Sat December 9 boxscore W 9-4 @ Cincinnati Bengals 27 24 15 259 150 109 2 25 334 140 194 4
14 Sun December 17 boxscore W 10-4 @ New York Jets 26 10 16 342 149 193 3 15 206 24 182 3
Playoffs
Division Sun December 24 boxscore L 10-5 @ Miami Dolphins 14 20 15 283 118 165 5 17 272 74 198 2

Passing

No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
15 Mike Phipps 25 QB 14 13 10-3-0 144 305 47.2 1994 13 4.3 16 5.2 80 6.5 5.0 13.8 142.4 61.0 23 183 5.52 4.12 7.0 4 5
16 Bill Nelsen 31 qb 4 1 0-1-0 14 31 45.2 141 0 0.0 3 9.7 26 4.5 0.2 10.1 35.3 19.1 3 29 3.29 -0.68 8.8
44 Leroy Kelly 30 RB 14 14 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 1 7 -3.50 -3.50 50.0
Team Total 26.7 14 10-4-0 158 337 46.9 2135 13 3.9 19 5.6 80 6.3 4.6 13.5 152.5 56.9 27 219 5.26 3.63 7.4 4 5
Opp Total 14 160 310 51.6 1994 14 4.5 13 4.2 6.4 5.45 12.5 142.4 69.5 38 258 5.0 4.1 10.9

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. 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 30 RB 14 14 224 811 4 18 3.6 57.9 16.0 23 204 8.9 1 28 1.6 14.6 1015 5 4
35 Bo Scott 29 FB 12 12 123 571 2 27 4.6 47.6 10.3 23 172 7.5 0 30 1.9 14.3 743 2 2
15 Mike Phipps 25 QB 14 13 60 256 5 18 4.3 18.3 4.3 256 5 8
30 Ken Brown 27 KR 14 2 32 114 2 14 3.6 8.1 2.3 5 64 12.8 0 19 0.4 4.6 178 2 4
33 Bo Cornell 23 14 0 7 8 0 7 1.1 0.6 0.5 2 7 3.5 0 5 0.1 0.5 15 0 0
25 Frank Pitts 29 WR 14 13 3 29 0 13 9.7 2.1 0.2 36 620 17.2 8 80 2.6 44.3 649 8 0
19 Billy Lefear 22 9 0 3 6 0 4 2.0 0.7 0.3 6 0 0
16 Bill Nelsen 31 qb 4 1 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.5 0.3 -2 0 0
43 Fair Hooker 25 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 441 13.8 2 43 2.3 31.5 441 2 0
89 Milt Morin 30 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 540 18.0 1 36 2.1 38.6 540 1 0
83 Chip Glass 25 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 61 12.2 0 24 0.4 4.4 61 0 1
42 Gloster Richardson 30 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 1.0 7 0 0
85 Paul Staroba 23 8 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 19 19.0 1 19 0.1 2.4 19 1 0
Team Total 26.7 14 453 1793 13 27 4.0 128.1 32.4 158 2135 13.5 13 80 11.3 152.5 3928 26 21
Opp Total 14 520 2333 13 4.5 166.6 37.1 160 1736 10.9 14 11.4 124.0 4069 27 39

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
24 Bobby Majors 23 PR 9 0 16 96 0 41 6.0 10 222 0 40 22.2 318
30 Ken Brown 27 KR 14 2 20 473 0 47 23.7 651
27 Thom Darden 22 SS 14 14 15 61 0 37 4.1 61
19 Billy Lefear 22 9 0 6 138 0 29 23.0 144
44 Leroy Kelly 30 RB 14 14 5 40 0 14 8.0 1055
26 Reece Morrison 27 4 0 3 67 0 32 22.3 67
71 Walter Johnson 30 LDT 14 14 2 33 0 24 16.5 33
29 Walt Sumner 25 FS 13 10 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
Team Total 26.7 14 37 211 0 41 5.7 41 933 0 47 22.8 5072
Opp Total 14 46 357 0 7.8 50 1198 0 24.0

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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 27 K/P 14 0 5 5 8 7 8 7 5 2 1 1 27 22 81.5% 29 28 96.6% 81 3498 65 0 43.2
Team Total 26.7 14 5 5 8 7 8 7 5 2 1 1 27 22 81.5% 29 28 96.6% 81 3498 65 0 43.2
Opp Total 14 29 20 69.0% 27 27 100.0% 74 3027 40.9

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
15 Mike Phipps 25 QB 14 13 0 8 3 0 0
30 Ken Brown 27 KR 14 2 0 4 2 0 0
44 Leroy Kelly 30 RB 14 14 0 4 1 0 0
27 Thom Darden 22 SS 14 14 3 64 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
83 Chip Glass 25 14 0 0 1 3 6 0
84 Bob Briggs 27 RDE 13 12 1 16 0 16 0 0 0 2 11 1
28 Ben Davis* 27 RCB 14 14 3 10 0 10 0
59 Charlie Hall 24 LLB 14 14 1 12 0 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
58 Rick Kingrea 23 7 0 0 0 3 0 0
35 Bo Scott 29 FB 12 12 0 2 1 0 0
52 Billy Andrews 27 RLB 14 13 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 4 0
43 Fair Hooker 25 WR 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
34 Mike Howell 29 4 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
51 Dale Lindsey 29 MLB 11 11 0 0 2 0 0
72 Jerry Sherk 24 RDT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
33 Bo Cornell 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 Fest Cotton 23 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
61 Bob DeMarco 34 C 12 9 0 0 1 0 0
50 John Garlington 26 14 1 1 10 0 10 0
71 Walter Johnson 30 LDT 14 14 1 1 0 1 0
24 Bobby Majors 23 PR 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
81 Nick Roman 25 10 7 1 36 1 36 0
Team Total 26.7 14 13 154 1 36 0 0 21 28 21 1
Opp Total 14 27 39 23

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
12 Don Cockroft 27 K/P 14 0 28 22 94
25 Frank Pitts 29 WR 14 13 8 8 48
44 Leroy Kelly 30 RB 14 14 4 1 5 30
15 Mike Phipps 25 QB 14 13 5 5 30
30 Ken Brown 27 KR 14 2 2 2 12
43 Fair Hooker 25 WR 14 14 2 2 12
35 Bo Scott 29 FB 12 12 2 2 12
84 Bob Briggs 27 RDE 13 12 1 1 6
89 Milt Morin 30 TE 14 14 1 1 6
81 Nick Roman 25 10 7 1 1 6
22 Clarence Scott 23 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
85 Paul Staroba 23 8 1 1 1 6
Team Total 26.7 14 13 13 1 1 1 29 28 22 268
Opp Total 14 13 14 27 20 249