1959 Cleveland Browns season

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1959 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Paul Brown
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Local radio WGAR
Results
Record 7–5–0
Division place T-2nd NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1959 Cleveland Browns season was the team's tenth season with the National Football League. Future Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown rushed for 1,329 yards, leading the league for the third straight year, and 14 touchdowns. QB Milt Plum, who was drafted by the Browns in the 1957 draft with Brown would emerge as a solid quarterback. The Browns had been looking for a replacement for Otto Graham ever since the Hall of Famer retired—for the second time—following the 1955 season. They finally found him when Plum, a second-round draft pick in 1957, threw for 14 TDs with just six interceptions. However, the Browns would finish just 7–5 in 1959, the second in what would turn out to be a string of six straight seasons in which the Browns had decent to very good teams without qualifying for the postseason. The 7–5 record was also the second worst record since head coach Paul Brown's tenure with the team.

Exhibition Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 12, 1959 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 34–20
27,432
2 August 22, 1959 vs. Detroit Lions at Akron L 9–3
22,654
3 August 30, 1959 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–14
24,737
4 September 5, 1959 at Los Angeles Rams W 27–24
55,883
5 September 13, 1959 at Detroit Lions L 31–28
33,435
6 September 19, 1959 Chicago Bears W 33–31
25,316

Regular Season Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 26, 1959 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–7
33,844
2 October 4, 1959 at Chicago Cardinals W 34–7
19,935
3 October 11, 1959 New York Giants L 10–6
65,534
4 October 18, 1959 Chicago Cardinals W 17–7
46,422
5 October 25, 1959 Washington Redskins W 34–7
42,732
6 November 1, 1959 at Baltimore Colts W 38–31
57,557
7 November 8, 1959 Philadelphia Eagles W 28–7
58,275
8 November 15, 1959 at Washington Redskins W 31–17
32,266
9 November 22, 1959 Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–20
68,563
10 November 29, 1959 San Francisco 49ers L 21–20
56,854
11 December 6, 1959 at New York Giants L 48–7
68,436
12 December 13, 1959 at Philadelphia Eagles W 28–21
45,952

Standings

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
New York Giants 10 2 0 .833 8–2 284 170 W4
Philadelphia Eagles 7 5 0 .583 6–4 268 278 L1
Cleveland Browns 7 5 0 .583 6–4 270 214 W1
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 5 1 .545 6–4 257 216 W1
Washington Redskins 3 9 0 .250 2–8 185 350 L5
Chicago Cardinals 2 10 0 .167 2–8 234 324 L6

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Personnel

Roster

1959 Cleveland Browns roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies in italics

[1]

Staff/Coaches

1959 Cleveland Browns staff
Front Office

Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Strength & Coditioning

  • Athletic Trainer - Leo Murphy
  • Equipment Manager - Morris Kono

References

  1. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/cle/1959_roster.htm

External links

  • Season summary and stats at Cleveland Browns.com


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