1966 Cleveland Browns season

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1966 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Blanton Collier
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Local radio WERE (1300 AM)
Results
Record 9–5–0
Division place T-2nd NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1965 1967 >

The 1966 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 17th season with the National Football League. They finished just 9–5, their worst record since 1962, and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1963.

Season summary[edit]

Save for a devastating 16–6 upset loss to a Pittsburgh Steelers team that would finish just 5–8–1, the Browns offense scored points in bunches. In later years, Browns players from that era said the 1966 team had the best offense—even better than the one in 1964, when the club won the NFL championship—and there's evidence to support that contention. The flurry of points started in the opener when the Browns blew out the Washington Redskins 38–14. It continued in a stretch of five straight games in which they lost 34–28 to the St. Louis Cardinals, beat the New York Giants 28–7, routed the Steelers 41–10, turned back the Dallas Cowboys 30–21 and crushed the expansion Atlanta Falcons 49–17.

Then, as they were finishing the season, the Browns outscored the Giants 49–40 and walloped the Cardinals 38–10.

The Browns scored 403 points in all, averaging a healthy 28.8 per contest. Even in the game that eventually did in their playoff chances—a 33–21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the next-to-last week—they were able to score a decent amount of points. Quarterback Frank Ryan was as good – or better – than he was in any of his previous three seasons as the full-time starter, including 1964, when he helped lead the Browns to the NFL championship. He threw for a career-high 2,974 yards and had better than a 2-to-1 ratio of touchdown passes (29) to interceptions (14). He also posted his second-best quarterback rating at 88.2.

NFL Draft[edit]

The following were selected in the 1966 NFL Draft.

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
1 14 Milt Morin Tight End Massachusetts
2 29 Rick Norton Quarterback Kentucky
4 61 Pete Duranko Defensive End Notre Dame
5 74 Randy Schultz Running Back Northern Iowa
5 78 Dan Fulford End Auburn
6 90 Jim Battle Tackle Saginaw Valley
6 93 Fred Hoaglin Center Pittsburgh
7 109 Leroy Carter Flanker Grambling
8 123 Tom Talaga End Notre Dame
9 139 Jack Gregory Defensive End Delta St.
10 153 Monte Ledbetter Wide Receiver Northwestern St. (LA)
11 169 Tony Fire Tackle Bowling Green
11 183 Rich Czap Tackle Nebraska
13 199 Jim Boudreaux Tackle Louisiana Tech
14 213 Pete Lammons Tight End Texas
15 229 Bob Ellis Defensive End Massachusetts
16 243 David Ray Kicker Alabama
17 259 Gene Modzelewski Tackle New Mexico St.
18 273 Charlie Harraway Running Back San Jose St.
19 289 Karl Singer Tackle Purdue
20 303 Joe Petro Defensive Back Temple

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Exhibition schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 6, 1966 at Los Angeles Rams L 6–16
63,285
2 August 14, 1966 at San Francisco 49ers W 28–17
27,867
3 August 20, 1966 at Atlanta Falcons W 42–3
48,548
4 August 26, 1966 Baltimore Colts L 24–17
83,418
5 September 3, 1966 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers at Birmingham W 13–10
23,590

Regular season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 11, 1966 at Washington Redskins W 38–14
48,643
2 September 18, 1966 Green Bay Packers L 21–20
83,943
3 September 25, 1966 St. Louis Cardinals L 34–28
74,814
4 October 2, 1966 at New York Giants W 28–7
62,916
5 October 8, 1966 Pittsburgh Steelers W 41–10
82,687
6 Bye
7 October 23, 1966 Dallas Cowboys W 30–21
84,721
8 October 30, 1966 at Atlanta Falcons W 49–17
57,235
9 November 6, 1966 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–6
39,690
10 November 13, 1966 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–7
77,698
11 November 20, 1966 Washington Redskins W 14–3
78,466
12 November 24, 1966 at Dallas Cowboys L 26–14
75,504
13 December 4, 1966 New York Giants W 49–40
61,651
14 December 11, 1966 at Philadelphia Eagles L 33–21
58,074
15 December 17, 1966 at St. Louis Cardinals W 38–10
47,721

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 3 1 .769 445 239 W-1
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 403 259 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 9 5 0 .643 326 340 W-1
St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1 .615 264 265 L-3
Washington Redskins 7 7 0 .500 351 355 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 8 1 .385 316 347 W-2
Atlanta Falcons 3 11 0 .214 204 437 L-1
New York Giants 1 12 1 .077 263 501 L-8

Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

1966 Cleveland Browns roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies in italics

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