1969 Cleveland Browns season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1969 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Blanton Collier
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Local radio WHK
Results
Record 10–3–1
Division place 1st NFL Century
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1968 1970 >

The 1969 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 20th season with the National Football League and the last before the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger.

The Browns made it to the 1969 NFL Championship Game, where they fell to the Minnesota Vikings. The 1969 season would be the last year that Cleveland would win a postseason game until 1986. In addition, that victory over Dallas would also be the last time the Browns won a postseason game on the road as of 2012.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

The following were selected in the 1969 NFL Draft.

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
1 20 Ron Johnson Running Back Michigan
3 55 Al Jenkins Guard Tulsa
3 72 Chip Glass Tight End Florida State
4 98 Freddie Summers Defensive Back Washington (MD)
5 124 Fair Hooker Wide Receiver Arizona State
6 145 Larry Adams Defensive Tackle Texas Christian University
6 150 Joe Righetti Defensive Tackle Waynesburg
7 176 Walt Sumner Defensive Back Florida State
8 202 Chuck Reynolds Center Tulsa
9 228 Ron Kamzelski Defensive Tackle Minnesota
10 254 Greg Shelly Guard Virginia
11 280 Dave Jones Wide Receiver Kansas State
12 306 Dick Davis Running Back Nebraska
13 332 Tommy Boutwell Wide Receiver Southern Miss
14 358 Jiggy Smaha Defensive Tackle Georgia
15 384 Joe Stevenson Tight End Georgia Tech
16 410 James Lowe Flanker Tuskegee
17 436 Bob Oliver Defensive End Abilene Christian

[1]

Preseason[edit]

On August 30, a crowd of 85,532 fans viewed a doubleheader at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. In the first contest, the Chicago Bears (with All-Pro running back Gale Sayers) played the AFL’s Buffalo Bills (with rookie running back O.J. Simpson), while the Cleveland Browns hosted the Green Bay Packers in the second match.[2]

Exhibition schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 10, 1969 vs. San Francisco 49ers at Seattle W 24–19
32,219
2 August 16, 1969 at Los Angeles Rams W 10–3
54,937
3 August 23, 1969 at San Diego Chargers T 19–19
36,005
4 August 30, 1969 Green Bay Packers L 27–17
85,532
5 September 6, 1969 at Washington Redskins W 20–10
45,994
6 September 13, 1969 vs. Minnesota Vikings at Akron L 23–16
28,561

Regular season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 21, 1969 at Philadelphia Eagles W 27–20
60,658
2 September 28, 1969 Washington Redskins W 27–23
82,581
3 October 5, 1969 Detroit Lions L 28–21
82,933
4 October 12, 1969 at New Orleans Saints W 27–17
71,274
5 October 18, 1969 Pittsburgh Steelers W 42–31
84,078
6 October 26, 1969 St. Louis Cardinals T 21–21
81,186
7 November 2, 1969 Dallas Cowboys W 42–10
84,850
8 November 9, 1969 at Minnesota Vikings L 51–3
47,700
9 November 16, 1969 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–3
47,670
10 November 23, 1969 New York Giants W 28–17
80,595
11 November 30, 1969 at Chicago Bears W 28–24
45,050
12 December 7, 1969 Green Bay Packers W 20–7
82,137
13 December 14, 1969 at St. Louis Cardinals W 27–21
44,924
14 December 21, 1969 at New York Giants L 27–14
62,966

Standings[edit]

NFL Century
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 10 3 1 .769 351 300 L-1
New York Giants 6 8 0 .429 264 298 W-3
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .308 314 389 L-3
Pittsburgh Steelers 1 13 0 .071 218 404 L-13

Roster[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Eastern Conference December 4, 1969 at Dallas Cowboys W 38–14
69,321
NFL Championship January 4, 1970 at Minnesota Vikings L 27–7
47,900

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1969.htm
  2. ^ Rockin’ the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p.439, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-55022-797-0