1967 Cleveland Browns season

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1967 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Blanton Collier
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Local radio WERE (1300 AM)
Results
Record 9–5–0
Division place 1st NFL Century
Playoff finish Lost Eastern Conference Championship, Lost NFL Playoff Bowl
Timeline
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< 1966 1968 >

The 1967 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 18th season with the National Football League. The 1967 season was a bittersweet one for the Browns; the sweet part was the fact they were back in the playoffs after a one-year absence. They went 9–5, the same as in 1966, but this time, it was good enough for them to get in as they won the Century Division championship in the first year of play after the NFL split the Eastern and Western conferences into two divisions each. The division race wasn't even close, as the Browns finished two games ahead of the runnerup New York Giants (7–7), their old arch rival in the 1950s and early '60s.

RB Leroy Kelly went over 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight time, getting 1,205 to go along with 11 TDs, while Ernie Green, now out of the shadow of the great Jim Brown, went over 700 yards for the second time in a row, getting 710. Quarterback Frank Ryan, the architect of the 27–0 1964 NFL title game victory over the Baltimore Colts, played pretty well in his last full season as a starter. He had 20 TD passes and 16 interceptions. But Ryan, with his body, especially his shoulder, beat up, would give way to Bill Nelsen early the next year.

The devastating playoff loss to Dallas, a blow out loss, 52–14 in the Eastern Conference title contest. caused Browns head coach Blanton Collier to re-shape his team at other positions as well, as new players were brought in to replace some of the fading stars who had carried the club for years. For instance, this was the last season for Hall of Fame place kicker Lou Groza, who retired for the second time – this time for good – after making 11-of-23 field-goal tries. Placekicker Lou Groza, the last member of the original Browns from the team's inception in 1946, would retire after 21 seasons, followed the next season by another Hall of Fame kicker, Don Cockroft.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

The following were selected in the 1967 NFL Draft.

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
1 18 Bob Matheson Linebacker Duke
2 46 Larry Conjar Running Back Notre Dame
3 55 Don Cockroft Kicker Adams State
3 72 Eppie Barney Flanker Iowa State
4 83 Carl Ward Defensive Back Michigan
4 98 Joe Taffoni Tackle Tennessee-Martin
6 152 John Demarie Guard LSU
7 177 Bill House Tackle Youngstown State
8 205 Bill Devrow Defensive Back Southern Mississippi
9 230 Cecil Dowdy Linebacker Alabama
10 255 Jim Copeland Center Virginia
11 282 Bill Sabatino Defensive Tackle Colorado
12 308 Charlie Fowler Guard Houston
13 333 Billy Andrews Linebacker Southeastern Louisiana
14 360 Floyd Rogers Tackle Clemson
15 386 Dennis Williamson Defensive Back Wisconsin-Whitewater
16 411 Don Williams End Akron
17 439 Ben Davis Defensive Back Defiance

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Exhibition schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 5, 1967 vs. Philadelphia Eagles at Canton L 28–13
17,500
2 August 13, 1967 at San Francisco 49ers L 42–14
27,482
3 August 19, 1967 at Los Angeles Rams L 24–17
36,942
4 August 25, 1967 at Atlanta Falcons L 34–31
52,240
5 September 2, 1967 Green Bay Packers L 21–30
84,236
6 September 10, 1967 at Minnesota Vikings W 42–14
40,012

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1967 Dallas Cowboys L 21–14
81,039
2 September 24, 1967 at Detroit Lions L 31–14
57,383
3 October 1, 1967 at New Orleans Saints W 42–7
77,045
4 October 7, 1967 Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–10
82,949
5 October 15, 1967 St. Louis Cardinals W 20–16
77,813
6 October 22, 1967 Chicago Bears W 24–0
83,183
7 October 29, 1967 at New York Giants L 38–34
62,903
8 November 5, 1967 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–14
47,131
9 November 12, 1967 at Green Bay Packers L 55–7
50,074
10 November 19, 1967 Minnesota Vikings W 14–10
68,431
11 November 26, 1967 Washington Redskins W 42–37
72,798
12 December 3, 1967 New York Giants W 24–14
78,594
13 December 10, 1967 at St. Louis Cardinals W 20–16
47,782
14 December 17, 1967 at Philadelphia Eagles L 28–24
60,658

Game summaries[edit]

Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 3 0 14 24
• Eagles 0 7 7 14 28


Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Eastern Conference Championship December 24, 1967 at Dallas Cowboys L 52–14
70,786
Playoff Bowl January 7, 1968 N Los Angeles Rams L 30–6
37,102

Standings[edit]

Century Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 334 297
New York Giants 7 7 0 .500 369 379
St. Louis Cardinals 6 7 1 .462 333 356
Pittsburgh Steelers 4 9 1 .308 281 320

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Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

1967 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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