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1954 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Paul Brown
Home Field Cleveland Stadium
Results
Record 9–3–0
Place 1st NFL American
Playoff Finish Won NFL Championship
Timeline
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1953 1955

The 1954 Cleveland Browns season was the team's fifth season with the National Football League. The Browns' defense became the first defense in the history of the NFL to lead the league in fewest rushing yards allowed, fewest passing yards allowed and fewest total yards allowed.[1] Assistant coach Weeb Ewbank left the club to coach the Baltimore Colts.[2]

OffseasonEdit

Defensive Back Don Paul arrived via a trade with the Washington Redskins. The Redskins acquired Paul from the Chicago Cardinals. Upon his arrival in Washington, he fell in disfavour with George Preston Marshall of the Redskins.[3]

NFL DraftEdit

The 1954 NFL Draft was one of the biggest busts in Browns history. In the first round, the club selected John Bauer. He would never play for the Browns and only played in two NFL games in his career.[3] The Browns also drafted quarterback Bobby Garrett out of Stanford University. The plan was that he would be the heir to Otto Graham. Garrett suffered from a stuttering problem which hindered his performance in the huddle. Eventually, Garrett would be traded to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for Babe Parilli, although Parilli would not play for the Browns until 1958.[3]

Exhibition ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 21, 1954 at Green Bay Packers W 14–13
15,747
2 August 27, 1954 at Los Angeles Rams L 38–10
58,567
3 September 5, 1954 at San Francisco 49ers L 38–21
46,877
4 September 10, 1954 vs. Detroit Lions at Dallas L 56–31
42,000
5 September 18, 1954 Chicago Bears L 35–7
17,631

Regular Season ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 26, 1954 at Philadelphia Eagles L 28–10
26,546
2 October 10, 1954 Chicago Cardinals W 31–7
24,101
3 October 17, 1954 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 55–27
33,262
4 October 24, 1954 at Chicago Cardinals W 35–3
23,823
5 October 31, 1954 New York Giants W 24–14
30,448
6 November 7, 1954 Washington Redskins W 62–3
25,158
7 November 14, 1954 at Chicago Bears W 39–10
48,773
8 November 21, 1954 Philadelphia Eagles W 6–0
41,537
9 November 28, 1954 at New York Giants W 16–7
45,936
10 December 5, 1954 at Washington Redskins W 34–14
21,761
11 December 12, 1954 Pittsburgh Steelers W 42–7
28,064
12 December 19, 1954 Detroit Lions L 14–10
34,168

PlayoffEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Championship December 26, 1954 Detroit Lions W 56–10
43,827

StandingsEdit

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 9 3 0 .750 336 162 L-1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 4 1 .636 284 230 W-1
New York Giants 7 5 0 .583 293 184 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 7 0 .417 219 263 L-2
Washington Redskins 3 9 0 .250 207 432 W-1
Chicago Cardinals 2 10 0 .167 183 347 L-3

RosterEdit

Cleveland Browns rosterview · talk · edit
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Best Show in Football:The 1946–1955 Cleveland Browns, p.294, Andy Piascik, Taylor Trade Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-1-58979-360-6
  2. The Best Show in Football:The 1946–1955 Cleveland Browns, p.310, Andy Piascik, Taylor Trade Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-1-58979-360-6
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Best Show in Football:The 1946–1955 Cleveland Browns, p.308, Andy Piascik, Taylor Trade Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-1-58979-360-6
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