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1978 Cleveland Browns

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8-8-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.0, Offense: 2.5, Defense: -4.5, SoS: -0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 334 points (20.9/g), 8th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 356 points (22.2/g), 25th.
 Differential of -22 points (-1.4/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 7.4-8.6.

Coach: Sam Rutigliano (8-8-0)

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

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Brian Sipe 29 4 16 222 for 399, 2,906 yards, 21 td, 15 int, & 28 rushes for 87 yards and 3 td Cleveland Browns / 13th / 330th pick / 1972
RB Greg Pruitt 27 5 12 176 rushes for 960 yards, 3 td, & 38 catches for 292 yards and 2 td Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 30th pick / 1973
FB Mike Pruitt 24 2 9 135 rushes for 560 yards, 5 td, & 20 catches for 112 yards and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 7th pick / 1976
WR Dave Logan 24 2 16 37 catches for 585 yards, 4 td Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 65th pick / 1976
WR Reggie Rucker 31 8 15 43 catches for 893 yards, 8 td, & 2 rushes for 14 yards and 0 td
TE Ozzie Newsome 22 Rook 16 38 catches for 589 yards, 2 td, & 13 rushes for 96 yards and 2 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 23rd pick / 1978
LT Doug Dieken 29 7 16 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 6th / 142nd pick / 1971
LG Henry Sheppard 26 2 14 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 5th / 130th pick / 1976
C Tom DeLeone 28 6 15 2 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 106th pick / 1972
RG Robert Jackson 25 3 16
RT Barry Darrow 28 4 14 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 17th / 422nd pick / 1973
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mike St. Clair 25 2 12 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 99th pick / 1976
LDT Earl Edwards 32 9 16 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 120th pick / 1969
RDT Jerry Sherk 30 8 16 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 47th pick / 1970
RDE Mack Mitchell 26 3 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 5th pick / 1975
LLB Charlie Hall 30 7 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 68th pick / 1971
MLB Dick Ambrose 25 3 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 12th / 290th pick / 1975
RLB Gerald Irons 31 8 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 76th pick / 1970
LCB Clarence Scott 29 7 12 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1971
RCB Oliver Davis 24 1 13 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 102nd pick / 1977
SS Tony Peters 25 3 15 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 82nd pick / 1975
FS Thom Darden* 28 6 16 10 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Don Cockroft 33 10 0 19 of 28 field goals & 37 of 40 extra points Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 55th pick / 1967
P Johnny Evans 22 Rook 0 79 punts for a 39.1 average, 0 blocked Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 39th pick / 1978
PR Keith Wright 22 Rook 0 37 punt returns for a 7.8 average and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 5th / 122nd pick / 1978
KR Larry Collins 23 Rook 1 32 kick returns for a 22.2 average and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 67th pick / 1978

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
52 Dick Ambrose 25 MLB 16 16 235 6-0 Virginia 1/17/1953 3 5 Cleveland Browns / 12th / 290th pick / 1975
60 Bob Babich 31 16 0 231 6-2 Miami (OH) 5/5/1947 8 3 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 18th pick / 1969
69 Leo Biedermann 23 16 0 254 6-7 California 10/19/1955 Rook 4 Cleveland Browns / 12th / 317th pick / 1978
28 Ron Bolton 28 LCB 10 8 180 6-2 Norfolk St. 4/16/1950 6 3 New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1972
62 George Buehler 31 g 11 2 260 6-2 Stanford 8/10/1947 9 2 Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 50th pick / 1969
12 Don Cockroft 33 K 16 0 195 6-2 Adams St. 2/6/1945 10 4 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 55th pick / 1967
23 Larry Collins 23 KR 15 1 189 5-11 Texas A&M-Kingsville 8/8/1955 Rook 1 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 67th pick / 1978
27 Thom Darden* 28 FS 16 16 195 6-2 Michigan 8/28/1950 6 10 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1972
63 Barry Darrow 28 RT 16 14 260 6-7 West. Montana,Montana 6/27/1950 4 7 San Diego Chargers / 17th / 422nd pick / 1973
21 Oliver Davis 24 RCB 13 13 203 6-1 Tennessee St. 8/29/1954 1 5 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 102nd pick / 1977
54 Tom DeLeone 28 C 15 15 248 6-2 Ohio St. 8/13/1950 6 7 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 106th pick / 1972
73 Doug Dieken 29 LT 16 16 254 6-5 Illinois 2/12/1949 7 7 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 142nd pick / 1971
66 Earl Edwards 32 LDT 16 16 260 6-7 Wichita St. 3/17/1946 9 5 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 120th pick / 1969
8 Johnny Evans 22 P 16 0 197 6-1 North Carolina St. 2/18/1956 Rook 3 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 39th pick / 1978
61 Greg Fairchild 24 2 0 258 6-4 Tulsa 3/10/1954 2 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 116th pick / 1976
83 Ricky Feacher 24 wr 16 1 174 5-10 Miss. Valley St. 2/11/1954 2 1 New England Patriots / 10th / 270th pick / 1976
55 Dave Graf 25 7 0 215 6-2 Penn St. 8/5/1953 3 2 Cleveland Browns / 17th / 421st pick / 1975
59 Charlie Hall 30 LLB 16 16 220 6-3 Houston 12/2/1948 7 5 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 68th pick / 1971
35 Calvin Hill 31 rb 12 1 227 6-4 Yale 1/2/1947 9 6 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 24th pick / 1969
86 Gerald Irons 31 RLB 14 14 230 6-2 Md-Eastern Shore 5/2/1947 8 5 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 76th pick / 1970
68 Robert Jackson 25 RG 16 16 255 6-2 Duke 4/1/1953 3 7
56 Robert Jackson 24 14 0 230 6-1 Texas A&M 8/7/1954 Rook 2 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 17th pick / 1977
64 Joe Jones 30 rde 14 6 250 6-6 Tennessee St. 1/7/1948 8 2 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 36th pick / 1970
47 Ricky Jones 23 15 0 211 6-1 Tuskegee 3/9/1955 1 3
85 Dave Logan 24 WR 16 16 219 6-4 Colorado 2/2/1954 2 6 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 65th pick / 1976
40 Tom London 24 15 0 197 6-1 North Carolina St. 6/15/1954 Rook 2
57 Clay Matthews 22 lb 15 2 245 6-2 USC 3/15/1956 Rook 1 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 12th pick / 1978
30 Cleo Miller 26 RB 15 9 207 5-11 Ark-Pine Bluff 9/5/1952 4 4
15 Mark Miller 22 8 0 176 6-2 Bowling Green 8/13/1956 Rook 1 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 68th pick / 1978
70 Mack Mitchell 26 RDE 14 14 246 6-8 Houston 8/16/1952 3 5 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 5th pick / 1975
82 Ozzie Newsome 22 TE 16 16 232 6-2 Alabama 3/16/1956 Rook 7 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 23rd pick / 1978
84 Gary Parris 28 16 0 226 6-2 Florida St. 6/13/1950 5 0 San Diego Chargers / 15th / 372nd pick / 1973
20 Tony Peters 25 SS 16 15 187 6-1 Oklahoma 4/28/1953 3 5 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 82nd pick / 1975
34 Greg Pruitt 27 RB 12 12 190 5-10 Oklahoma 8/18/1951 5 10 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 30th pick / 1973
43 Mike Pruitt 24 FB 16 9 222 6-0 Purdue 4/3/1954 2 5 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 7th pick / 1976
24 Randy Rich 25 9 0 178 5-10 New Mexico 12/28/1953 1 2
81 Oscar Roan 27 14 0 215 6-6 UCLA,SMU 10/17/1951 3 0 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 57th pick / 1975
33 Reggie Rucker 31 WR 15 15 195 6-2 Boston Univ. 9/21/1947 8 10
22 Clarence Scott 29 LCB 16 12 190 6-0 Kansas St. 4/9/1949 7 4 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1971
65 Henry Sheppard 26 LG 14 14 255 6-6 SMU 11/12/1952 2 7 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 130th pick / 1976
72 Jerry Sherk 30 RDT 16 16 258 6-4 Oklahoma St. 7/7/1948 8 5 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 47th pick / 1970
78 Mickey Sims 23 15 0 278 6-5 South Carolina St. 3/5/1955 1 3 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 110th pick / 1977
17 Brian Sipe 29 QB 16 16 195 6-1 San Diego St. 8/8/1949 4 12 Cleveland Browns / 13th / 330th pick / 1972
74 Mike St. Clair 25 LDE 16 12 248 6-5 Iowa Central,Grambling St. 9/2/1953 2 4 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 99th pick / 1976
79 Gerry Sullivan 26 t 16 3 250 6-4 Illinois 1/15/1952 4 3 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 171st pick / 1974
26 Tom Sullivan 28 4 0 190 6-0 Miami (FL) 3/5/1950 6 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 15th / 378th pick / 1972
51 Leo Tierney 24 2 0 248 6-3 Georgia Tech 1/28/1954 Rook 3 Cleveland Browns / 12th / 325th pick / 1977
71 Jesse Turnbow 22 16 0 272 6-7 Tennessee 10/8/1956 Rook 3 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 205th pick / 1978
89 Keith Wright 22 PR 16 0 172 5-10 Memphis 1/30/1956 Rook 1 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 122nd pick / 1978
Team Total 26.3 16 222.9 6-2.4 3.7