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1979 Cleveland Browns

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9-7-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.0, Offense: 2.9, Defense: 0.1, SoS: 2.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 359 points (22.4/g), 9th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 352 points (22.0/g), 20th.
 Differential of 7 points (0.4/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 8.2-7.8.

Coach: Sam Rutigliano (9-7-0)

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 30 5 16 286 for 535, 3,793 yards, 28 td, 26 int, & 45 rushes for 178 yards and 2 td Cleveland Browns / 13th / 330th pick / 1972
RB Calvin Hill 32 10 7 53 rushes for 193 yards, 1 td, & 38 catches for 381 yards and 2 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 24th pick / 1969
FB Mike Pruitt* 25 3 16 264 rushes for 1,294 yards, 9 td, & 41 catches for 372 yards and 2 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 7th pick / 1976
WR Dave Logan 25 3 16 59 catches for 982 yards, 7 td Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 65th pick / 1976
WR Reggie Rucker 32 9 16 43 catches for 749 yards, 6 td
TE Ozzie Newsome 23 1 16 55 catches for 781 yards, 9 td, & 1 rush for 6 yards and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 23rd pick / 1978
LT Doug Dieken 30 8 16 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 142nd pick / 1971
LG Cody Risien 22 Rook 10 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 183rd pick / 1979
C Tom DeLeone* 29 7 16 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 106th pick / 1972
RG Robert Jackson 26 4 16
RT Henry Sheppard 27 3 16 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 130th pick / 1976
 Defensive Starters
LDE Lyle Alzado 30 8 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
LDT Mickey Sims 24 2 16 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 110th pick / 1977
RDT Jerry Sherk 31 9 10 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 47th pick / 1970
RDE Jack Gregory 35 12 11 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 9th / 139th pick / 1966
LLB Charlie Hall 31 8 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 68th pick / 1971
MLB Dick Ambrose 26 4 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 12th / 290th pick / 1975
RLB Clay Matthews 23 1 16 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 12th pick / 1978
LCB Ron Bolton 29 7 16 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1972
RCB Oliver Davis 25 2 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 102nd pick / 1977
SS Clarence Scott 30 8 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1971
FS Thom Darden 29 7 16 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Don Cockroft 34 11 0 17 of 29 field goals & 38 of 43 extra points Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 55th pick / 1967
P Johnny Evans 23 1 0 69 punts for a 41.2 average, 2 blocked Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 39th pick / 1978
PR Dino Hall 24 Rook 0 29 punt returns for a 10.2 average and 0 td
KR Dino Hall 24 Rook 0 50 kick returns for a 20.3 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
80 Willis Adams 23 16 0 194 6-2 Houston 8/22/1956 Rook 0 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 20th pick / 1979
77 Lyle Alzado 30 LDE 15 15 255 6-3 Yankton 4/3/1949 8 5 Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
52 Dick Ambrose 26 LILB 15 14 235 6-0 Virginia 1/17/1953 4 5 Cleveland Browns / 12th / 290th pick / 1975
28 Ron Bolton 29 LCB 16 16 180 6-2 Norfolk St. 4/16/1950 7 6 New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1972
91 Henry Bradley 26 5 0 261 6-2 Alcorn St. 9/4/1953 Rook 2 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 237th pick / 1978
64 George Buehler 32 11 6 260 6-2 Stanford 8/10/1947 10 3 Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 50th pick / 1969
49 Clinton Burrell 23 16 0 192 6-1 LSU 9/4/1956 Rook 3 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 151st pick / 1979
12 Don Cockroft 34 K 16 0 195 6-2 Adams St. 2/6/1945 11 2 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 55th pick / 1967
27 Thom Darden 29 FS 16 16 195 6-2 Michigan 8/28/1950 7 9 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1972
21 Oliver Davis 25 RCB 16 16 203 6-1 Tennessee St. 8/29/1954 2 5 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 102nd pick / 1977
54 Tom DeLeone* 29 C 16 16 248 6-2 Ohio St. 8/13/1950 7 9 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 106th pick / 1972
73 Doug Dieken 30 LT 16 16 254 6-5 Illinois 2/12/1949 8 7 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 142nd pick / 1971
92 Rich Dimler 23 dt 12 2 260 6-6 USC 7/18/1956 Rook 1 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 124th pick / 1979
8 Johnny Evans 23 P 16 0 197 6-1 North Carolina St. 2/18/1956 1 2 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 39th pick / 1978
83 Ricky Feacher 25 16 0 174 5-10 Miss. Valley St. 2/11/1954 3 1 New England Patriots / 10th / 270th pick / 1976
55 Dave Graf 26 16 0 215 6-2 Penn St. 8/5/1953 4 3 Cleveland Browns / 17th / 421st pick / 1975
81 Jack Gregory 35 RDE 16 11 250 6-5 Tenn-Chattanooga,Delta St. 10/3/1944 12 6 Cleveland Browns / 9th / 139th pick / 1966
59 Charlie Hall 31 LLB 16 16 220 6-3 Houston 12/2/1948 8 6 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 68th pick / 1971
26 Dino Hall 24 KR 11 0 165 5-7 Rowan 12/6/1955 Rook 1
35 Calvin Hill 32 RB 14 7 227 6-4 Yale 1/2/1947 10 5 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 24th pick / 1969
86 Gerald Irons 32 16 0 230 6-2 Md-Eastern Shore 5/2/1947 9 3 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 76th pick / 1970
68 Robert Jackson 26 RG 16 16 255 6-2 Duke 4/1/1953 4 7
56 Robert Jackson 25 rilb 16 5 230 6-1 Texas A&M 8/7/1954 1 2 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 17th pick / 1977
48 Lawrence Johnson 22 16 0 204 5-11 Wisconsin 9/11/1957 Rook 3 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 40th pick / 1979
47 Ricky Jones 24 16 0 211 6-1 Tuskegee 3/9/1955 2 3
85 Dave Logan 25 WR 16 16 219 6-4 Colorado 2/2/1954 3 10 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 65th pick / 1976
57 Clay Matthews 23 RLB 16 16 245 6-2 USC 3/15/1956 1 6 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 12th pick / 1978
30 Cleo Miller 27 rb 16 3 207 5-11 Ark-Pine Bluff 9/5/1952 5 4
15 Mark Miller 23 2 0 176 6-2 Bowling Green 8/13/1956 1 0 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 68th pick / 1978
77 Matt Miller 23 16 0 270 6-6 Colorado 7/30/1956 Rook 4 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 95th pick / 1979
25 Pat Moriarty 24 16 0 195 6-0 Georgia Tech 5/19/1955 Rook 0
82 Ozzie Newsome 23 TE 16 16 232 6-2 Alabama 3/16/1956 1 8 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 23rd pick / 1978
34 Greg Pruitt 28 6 6 190 5-10 Oklahoma 8/18/1951 6 3 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 30th pick / 1973
43 Mike Pruitt* 25 FB 16 16 222 6-0 Purdue 4/3/1954 3 14 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 7th pick / 1976
24 Randy Rich 26 16 0 178 5-10 New Mexico 12/28/1953 2 3
63 Cody Risien 22 LG 16 10 269 6-7 Texas A&M 3/22/1957 Rook 5 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 183rd pick / 1979
33 Reggie Rucker 32 WR 16 16 195 6-2 Boston Univ. 9/21/1947 9 7
22 Clarence Scott 30 SS 16 16 190 6-0 Kansas St. 4/9/1949 8 6 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1971
65 Henry Sheppard 27 RT 16 16 255 6-6 SMU 11/12/1952 3 7 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 130th pick / 1976
72 Jerry Sherk 31 RDT 10 10 258 6-4 Oklahoma St. 7/7/1948 9 5 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 47th pick / 1970
78 Mickey Sims 24 LDT 16 16 278 6-5 South Carolina St. 3/5/1955 2 6 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 110th pick / 1977
17 Brian Sipe 30 QB 16 16 195 6-1 San Diego St. 8/8/1949 5 14 Cleveland Browns / 13th / 330th pick / 1972
88 John Smith 23 6 0 175 6-0 Tennessee St. 1/27/1956 Rook 0 Cleveland Browns / 10th / 261st pick / 1979
74 Mike St. Clair 26 16 7 248 6-5 Iowa Central,Grambling St. 9/2/1953 3 3 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 99th pick / 1976
79 Gerry Sullivan 27 16 0 250 6-4 Illinois 1/15/1952 5 4 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 171st pick / 1974
55 Curtis Weathers 23 16 0 224 6-5 Mississippi 9/16/1956 Rook 3 Cleveland Browns / 9th / 241st pick / 1979
89 Keith Wright 23 5 0 172 5-10 Memphis 1/30/1956 1 0 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 122nd pick / 1978
Team Total 26.6 16 220.3 6-1.9 3.9