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1976 Cleveland Browns

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9-5-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.7, Offense: 0.7, Defense: -2.4, SoS: -0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 267 points (19.1/g), 14th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 287 points (20.5/g), 20th.
 Differential of -20 points (-1.4/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 6.4-7.6.

Coach: Forrest Gregg (9-5-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Dick Modzelewski

Stadium: Cleveland Municipal Stadium
 Training Camp: Kent State (Kent, Ohio)

Team Info

Principal Owner Art Modell
General Manager Peter Hadhazy
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 267 4542 925 4.9 37 22 29 260 209 373 2247 21 15 5.7 112 533 2295 9 4.3 119
Team Defense 287 3793 869 4.4 32 11 24 244 225 392 2032 18 21 4.8 111 445 1761 15 4.0 109
Lg Rank Offense 14 10 20 23 10 12 11 3 8 9 13 9 24 8
Lg Rank Defense 20 9 15 25 12 24 13 20 10 10 3 4 18 12

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 12 boxscore W 1-0 New York Jets 38 17 21 390 183 207 1 17 258 147 111 2
2 Sun September 19 boxscore L 1-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 14 31 16 330 185 145 4 16 298 77 221 1
3 Sun September 26 boxscore L 1-2 @ Denver Broncos 13 44 17 227 144 83 4 18 226 171 55 3
4 Sun October 3 boxscore L 1-3 Cincinnati Bengals 24 45 26 417 290 127 2 25 398 265 133 2
5 Sun October 10 boxscore W 2-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 18 16 15 326 179 147 2 13 196 85 111 3
6 Sun October 17 boxscore W 3-3 @ Atlanta Falcons 20 17 23 432 111 321 3 13 258 169 89 1
7 Sun October 24 boxscore W 4-3 San Diego Chargers 21 17 22 374 237 137 2 19 310 232 78 1
8 Sun October 31 boxscore L 4-4 @ Cincinnati Bengals 6 21 19 319 137 182 2 24 385 182 203 3
9 Sun November 7 boxscore W 5-4 @ Houston Oilers 21 7 13 262 62 200 1 11 188 63 125 3
10 Sun November 14 boxscore W 6-4 Philadelphia Eagles 24 3 18 336 205 131 12 164 21 143 4
11 Sun November 21 boxscore W 7-4 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 7 21 282 133 149 18 227 125 102 2
12 Sun November 28 boxscore W 8-4 Miami Dolphins 17 13 18 311 178 133 5 23 324 190 134
13 Sun December 5 boxscore W 9-4 Houston Oilers 13 10 15 265 89 176 5 9 175 117 58 4
14 Sun December 12 boxscore L 9-5 @ Kansas City Chiefs 14 39 16 271 114 157 6 26 386 188 198 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
17 Brian Sipe 27 QB 14 12 7-5-0 178 312 57.1% 2113 17 5.4 14 4.5 52 6.8 5.8 11.9 150.9 77.3 16 142 6.01 5.13 4.9 1 1
15 Mike Phipps 29 qb 4 2 2-0-0 20 37 54.1% 146 3 8.1 0 0.0 23 3.9 5.6 7.3 36.5 90.6 1 6 3.68 5.26 2.6
10 Dave Mays 27 4 0 9 20 45.0% 101 0 0.0 1 5.0 21 5.1 2.8 11.2 25.3 39.8 2 4 4.41 2.36 9.1
34 Greg Pruitt* 25 RB 14 13 2 3 66.7% 39 1 33.3 0 0.0 29 13.0 19.7 19.5 2.8 149.3 0 0 13.00 19.67 0.0
12 Don Cockroft 31 K/P 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.3 14 9-5-0 209 373 56.0% 2399 21 5.6 15 4.0 52 6.4 5.7 11.5 171.4 77.6 19 152 5.73 5.08 4.8 1 1
Opp Total 14 225 392 57.4% 2353 18 4.6 21 5.4 6.0 4.51 10.5 168.1 67.9 32 321 4.8 3.4 7.5

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
34 Greg Pruitt* 25 RB 14 13 209 1000 4 64 4.8 71.4 14.9 45 341 7.6 1 27 3.2 24.4 1341 5 7
30 Cleo Miller 24 FB 12 12 153 613 4 21 4.0 51.1 12.8 16 145 9.1 0 38 1.3 12.1 758 4 8
38 Larry Poole 24 13 1 78 356 1 26 4.6 27.4 6.0 14 70 5.0 0 21 1.1 5.4 426 1 2
43 Mike Pruitt 22 rb 13 2 52 138 0 18 2.7 10.6 4.0 8 26 3.3 0 15 0.6 2.0 164 0 4
17 Brian Sipe 27 QB 14 12 18 71 0 17 3.9 5.1 1.3 71 0 7
35 Brian Duncan 24 14 0 11 44 0 11 4.0 3.1 0.8 6 49 8.2 1 17 0.4 3.5 93 1 1
10 Dave Mays 27 4 0 5 14 0 6 2.8 3.5 1.3 14 0 1
15 Mike Phipps 29 qb 4 2 4 26 0 24 6.5 6.5 1.0 26 0 2
33 Reggie Rucker 29 WR 14 14 2 30 0 27 15.0 2.1 0.1 49 676 13.8 8 45 3.5 48.3 706 8 1
42 Paul Warfield 34 WR 14 14 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 38 613 16.1 6 37 2.7 43.8 616 6 3
81 Oscar Roan 25 TE 11 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 174 11.6 4 23 1.4 15.8 174 4 0
88 Steve Holden 25 KR/PR 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 128 16.0 1 26 0.6 9.1 128 1 3
85 Dave Logan 22 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 104 20.8 0 52 0.4 7.4 104 0 0
84 Gary Parris 26 14 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 73 14.6 0 20 0.4 5.2 73 0 0
Team Total 26.3 14 533 2295 9 64 4.3 163.9 38.1 209 2399 11.5 21 52 14.9 171.4 4694 30 45
Opp Total 14 445 1761 15 4.0 125.8 31.8 225 2032 9.0 18 16.1 145.1 3793 33 24

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
88 Steve Holden 25 KR/PR 14 0 31 205 0 38 6.6 19 461 0 44 24.3 794
83 Ricky Feacher 22 10 0 13 142 0 49 10.9 14 311 0 33 22.2 453
35 Brian Duncan 24 14 0 6 145 0 27 24.2 238
80 Willie Miller 29 6 0 5 22 0 8 4.4 1 0 0 0 0.0 22
43 Mike Pruitt 22 rb 13 2 6 106 0 30 17.7 270
38 Larry Poole 24 13 1 3 62 0 21 20.7 488
52 Dick Ambrose 23 lb 10 2 1 16 0 16 16.0 16
55 Dave Graf 23 14 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
68 Robert Jackson 23 RG 14 14 1 16 0 16 16.0 16
30 Cleo Miller 24 FB 12 12 1 23 0 23 23.0 781
34 Greg Pruitt* 25 RB 14 13 1 27 0 27 27.0 1368
Team Total 26.3 14 49 369 0 49 7.5 54 1182 0 44 21.9 6245
Opp Total 14 45 517 2 11.5 57 1347 1 23.6

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 31 K/P 14 0 2 2 6 3 6 5 11 4 3 1 28 15 53.6%% 30 27 90.0%% 64 2487 51 3 38.9
10 Dave Mays 27 4 0 2 91 54 0 45.5
17 Brian Sipe 27 QB 14 12 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 26.3 14 2 2 6 3 6 5 11 4 3 1 28 15 53.6%% 31 28 90.3%% 66 2578 54 3 39.1
Opp Total 14 19 11 57.9%% 37 32 86.5%% 71 2655 37.4

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
30 Cleo Miller 24 FB 12 12 0 8 2 0 0
27 Thom Darden 26 FS 14 14 7 73 0 21 0 0 1 1 3 0
17 Brian Sipe 27 QB 14 12 0 7 2 -21 0
22 Clarence Scott 27 LCB 14 14 4 11 0 5 0 0 1 3 0 0
34 Greg Pruitt* 25 RB 14 13 0 7 0 0 0
38 Larry Poole 24 13 1 0 2 4 4 0
83 Ricky Feacher 22 10 0 0 3 2 0 0
43 Mike Pruitt 22 rb 13 2 0 4 0 0 0
60 Bob Babich 29 MLB 14 12 2 29 0 21 0 0 0 1 5 0
28 Ron Bolton 26 RCB 14 12 3 76 1 39 0
88 Steve Holden 25 KR/PR 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
42 Paul Warfield 34 WR 14 14 0 3 0 0 0
24 Terry Brown 29 12 5 1 24 0 24 0 0 0 1 4 0
63 Barry Darrow 26 RT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
73 Doug Dieken 27 LT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
59 Charlie Hall 28 LLB 14 14 1 12 0 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
68 Robert Jackson 23 RG 14 14 0 0 2 3 0
80 Willie Miller 29 6 0 0 1 1 0 0
15 Mike Phipps 29 qb 4 2 0 2 0 -7 0
72 Jerry Sherk*+ 28 RDT 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
69 Pete Adams 25 LG 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
12 Don Cockroft 31 K/P 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
49 Neal Craig 28 SS 14 9 1 8 0 8 0
35 Brian Duncan 24 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
86 Gerald Irons 29 RLB 14 14 1 1 0 1 0
64 Joe Jones 28 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 1
10 Dave Mays 27 4 0 0 1 0 -3 0
81 Oscar Roan 25 TE 11 11 0 0 1 0 0
33 Reggie Rucker 29 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
65 Henry Sheppard 24 g 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
74 Mike St. Clair 23 14 4 0 0 1 21 0
Team Total 26.3 14 21 234 1 39 0 0 45 31 9 1 1
Opp Total 14 19 24 13

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 31 K/P 14 0 27 15 72
33 Reggie Rucker 29 WR 14 14 8 8 48
42 Paul Warfield 34 WR 14 14 6 6 36
34 Greg Pruitt* 25 RB 14 13 4 1 5 30
30 Cleo Miller 24 FB 12 12 4 4 24
81 Oscar Roan 25 TE 11 11 4 4 24
28 Ron Bolton 26 RCB 14 12 1 1 6
35 Brian Duncan 24 14 0 1 1 6
88 Steve Holden 25 KR/PR 14 0 1 1 6
64 Joe Jones 28 LDE 14 14 1 1 6
38 Larry Poole 24 13 1 1 1 6
70 Mack Mitchell 24 RDE 14 10 1 2
17 Brian Sipe 27 QB 14 12 1 1
Team Total 26.3 14 9 21 1 1 32 28 15 1 267
Opp Total 14 15 18 2 1 1 32 11 287

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 NYJ W, 38-17 2 13 pass Reggie Rucker 13 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
2 1976-09-12 NYJ W, 38-17 2 23 pass Paul Warfield 23 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
3 1976-09-12 NYJ W, 38-17 2 4 pass Reggie Rucker 4 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
4 1976-09-12 NYJ W, 38-17 3 8 pass Reggie Rucker 8 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
5 1976-09-12 NYJ W, 38-17 4 26 pass Steve Holden 26 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
6 1976-09-19 @ PIT L, 14-31 2 14 pass Reggie Rucker 14 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
7 1976-09-19 @ PIT L, 14-31 2 17 pass Oscar Roan 17 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
8 1976-09-26 @ DEN L, 13-44 2 5 pass Oscar Roan 5 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
9 1976-09-26 @ DEN L, 13-44 4 8 rush Greg Pruitt 8 yard rush
10 1976-10-03 CIN L, 24-45 1 6 rush Cleo Miller 6 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
11 1976-10-03 CIN L, 24-45 2 26 pass Reggie Rucker 26 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Brian Sipe run)
12 1976-10-03 CIN L, 24-45 3 4 pass Greg Pruitt 4 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
13 1976-10-10 PIT W, 18-16 3 1 rush Cleo Miller 1 yard rush
14 1976-10-17 @ ATL W, 20-17 1 1 rush Greg Pruitt 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
15 1976-10-17 @ ATL W, 20-17 1 1 rush Cleo Miller 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
16 1976-10-17 @ ATL W, 20-17 3 2 rush Greg Pruitt 2 yard rush (run failed)
17 1976-10-24 SDG W, 21-17 1 3 pass Reggie Rucker 3 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
18 1976-10-24 SDG W, 21-17 1 1 rush Greg Pruitt 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
19 1976-10-24 SDG W, 21-17 4 10 pass Oscar Roan 10 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
20 1976-11-07 @ HOU W, 21-7 4 10 pass Brian Duncan 10 yard pass from Greg Pruitt
21 1976-11-07 @ HOU W, 21-7 4 23 pass Oscar Roan 23 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
22 1976-11-14 PHI W, 24-3 2 20 pass Reggie Rucker 20 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
23 1976-11-14 PHI W, 24-3 4 9 pass Paul Warfield 9 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
24 1976-11-14 PHI W, 24-3 4 37 interception Ron Bolton 37 yard interception return (Don Cockroft kick)
25 1976-11-21 @ TAM W, 24-7 1 2 rush Cleo Miller 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
26 1976-11-21 @ TAM W, 24-7 3 15 pass Paul Warfield 15 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
27 1976-11-21 @ TAM W, 24-7 4 0 fumble Joe Jones 0 yard fumble return (Don Cockroft kick)
28 1976-11-28 MIA W, 17-13 2 12 pass Paul Warfield 12 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
29 1976-11-28 MIA W, 17-13 3 18 pass Reggie Rucker 18 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
30 1976-12-05 HOU W, 13-10 2 37 pass Paul Warfield 37 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
31 1976-12-12 @ KAN L, 14-39 2 1 rush Larry Poole 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
32 1976-12-12 @ KAN L, 14-39 3 13 pass Paul Warfield 13 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 NYJ L, 17-38 1 20 rush Steve Davis 20 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
2 1976-09-12 NYJ L, 17-38 4 8 rush Richard Todd 8 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
3 1976-09-19 @ PIT W, 31-14 3 14 pass John Stallworth 14 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
4 1976-09-19 @ PIT W, 31-14 3 2 rush Franco Harris 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
5 1976-09-19 @ PIT W, 31-14 4 5 pass John Stallworth 5 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
6 1976-09-19 @ PIT W, 31-14 4 7 rush Terry Bradshaw 7 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
7 1976-09-26 @ DEN W, 44-13 1 73 punt Rick Upchurch 73 yard punt return (Jim Turner kick)
8 1976-09-26 @ DEN W, 44-13 1 1 rush Otis Armstrong 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
9 1976-09-26 @ DEN W, 44-13 3 43 fumble Calvin Jones 43 yard fumble return (Jim Turner kick)
10 1976-09-26 @ DEN W, 44-13 3 47 punt Rick Upchurch 47 yard punt return
11 1976-09-26 @ DEN W, 44-13 3 36 pass Haven Moses 36 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
12 1976-09-26 @ DEN W, 44-13 4 12 pass Jim Kiick 12 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
13 1976-10-03 CIN W, 45-24 1 19 pass Lenvil Elliott 19 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
14 1976-10-03 CIN W, 45-24 1 97 kickoff Willie Shelby 97 yard kickoff return (Chris Bahr kick)
15 1976-10-03 CIN W, 45-24 1 44 pass Isaac Curtis 44 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
16 1976-10-03 CIN W, 45-24 2 7 pass Isaac Curtis 7 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
17 1976-10-03 CIN W, 45-24 4 29 pass Lenvil Elliott 29 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
18 1976-10-03 CIN W, 45-24 4 1 rush Boobie Clark 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
19 1976-10-10 PIT L, 16-18 1 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
20 1976-10-10 PIT L, 16-18 4 22 rush Mike Kruczek 22 yard rush
21 1976-10-17 @ ATL L, 17-20 2 23 rush Bubba Bean 23 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
22 1976-10-17 @ ATL L, 17-20 2 18 pass John Gilliam 18 yard pass from Kim McQuilken (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
23 1976-10-24 SDG L, 17-21 2 16 pass Charlie Joiner 16 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Ray Wersching kick)
24 1976-10-24 SDG L, 17-21 2 11 pass Sam Scarber 11 yard pass from Don Woods (Ray Wersching kick)
25 1976-10-31 @ CIN W, 21-6 1 1 rush Boobie Clark 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
26 1976-10-31 @ CIN W, 21-6 2 69 pass Isaac Curtis 69 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
27 1976-10-31 @ CIN W, 21-6 4 1 rush Boobie Clark 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
28 1976-11-07 @ HOU L, 7-21 2 7 pass Ronnie Coleman 7 yard pass from John Hadl (Skip Butler kick)
29 1976-11-21 @ TAM L, 7-24 2 12 pass Essex Johnson 12 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Dave Green kick)
30 1976-11-28 MIA L, 13-17 2 4 pass Larry Seiple 4 yard pass from Bob Griese
31 1976-11-28 MIA L, 13-17 4 9 pass Freddie Solomon 9 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
32 1976-12-05 HOU L, 10-13 4 54 pass Ken Burrough 54 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
33 1976-12-12 @ KAN W, 39-14 2 22 rush Ed Podolak 22 yard rush
34 1976-12-12 @ KAN W, 39-14 2 2 rush Ed Podolak 2 yard rush
35 1976-12-12 @ KAN W, 39-14 3 2 rush Ed Podolak 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
36 1976-12-12 @ KAN W, 39-14 3 2 rush MacArthur Lane 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
37 1976-12-12 @ KAN W, 39-14 4 10 pass Walter White 10 yard pass from Tony Adams (Jan Stenerud kick)