1980 Cleveland Browns season

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1980 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Sam Rutigliano
Owner Art Modell
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Local radio WHK
Results
Record 11–5–0
Division place 1st AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1979 1981

The 1980 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 35th, and 31st season in the National Football League. The Browns finished the regular season with eleven wins and five losses, and their first division title in nine years, winning a tiebreaker with the Houston Oilers.

For the second straight year, Browns head coach Sam Rutigliano was named NFL Coach of the Year, and quarterback Brian Sipe was named the league's Most Valuable Player.

The 1980 Cleveland Browns were known as the Kardiac Kids for having several games decided in the final moments. The 1980 season was the first time that Cleveland had qualified for the postseason since 1972.

Rallying from a 10–0 first-half deficit against Cincinnati, the Browns came back to beat the Bengals 27–24 to finally snare the Central championship. Don Cockroft kicked the game-winning 22-yard field goal with 1:25 left, then the Bengals got as far as the Cleveland 14 before time ran out.

The Browns played their first home playoff game in nine seasons against the Raiders, in what has become known as the Red Right 88 game. The Browns marched to the Oakland 13 in the waning seconds trailing by 14–12, but Brian Sipe's pass into the end zone for Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome was intercepted, ending Cleveland's season

Sipe had a career year, throwing for 4,132 yards and 30 touchdowns, with just 14 interceptions.

Five Browns had 50 or more receptions, led by running back Mike Pruitt with 63. Pruitt also rushed for over 1,000 yards for the second straight year (1,034) and six touchdowns. Running back Calvin Hill, primarily a third-down pass receiver, recorded six touchdowns among his 27 catches. Wide receiver Ricky Feacher grabbed just 10 passes, but four went for scores, including two within a matter of minutes in the division-clinching win over the Bengals.

To commemorate the Browns success during the 1980 holiday season, a version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was recorded, [1] entitled "The Twelve Days of a Cleveland Browns Christmas," each day mentioned a Browns player on a "Rutigliano Super Bowl team".[2] [3]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

The following were selected in the 1980 NFL Draft.

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
1 27 Charles White Running Back USC
2 54 Cleveland Crosby Defensive End Wisconsin
3 72 Cliff Odom Linebacker University of Texas at Arlington
4 99 Ron Crews Nose Tackle UNLV
4 109 Paul McDonald Quarterback USC
5 116 Elvis Franks Defensive End Morgan State
8 209 Jeff Copeland Linebacker Texas Tech
9 236 Roy De Walt Running Back University of Texas at Arlington
10 263 Kevin Fidel Center San Diego State
11 294 Roland Sales Running Back Arkansas
12 321 Marcus Jackson Defensive End Purdue

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Regular season[edit]

Memorable games[edit]

Week 7 (Home) – Browns 26, Green Bay Packers 21

  • Facing a third and 20 from the Packers' 46 yard line with 16 seconds left, Brian Sipe completes a pass to Dave Logan for the winning touchdown.

Week 8 (Home) – Browns 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 26

  • Sipe and company fight back from deficits of 10–0, 20–7, and 26–14 to defeat the Steelers in Cleveland. Ozzie Newsome hauls in the winning catch with 5:35 to play.

Week 9 (Home) – Browns 27, Chicago Bears 21

  • Although Mike Pruitt's 56-yard touchdown run ultimately wins the game for Cleveland, Sipe throws for 298 yards and reaches a milestone in Browns history, becoming the Browns' all-time passing leader in NFL play.[5]

Week 11 (Away)- Browns 13, Pittsburgh Steelers 16

  • Seeking their first ever win at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium, the Browns are once again denied, this time on a Terry Bradshaw to Lynn Swann touchdown with eleven seconds left. It marks the Browns' 11th consecutive defeat at Pittsburgh.

Week 15 (Away) – Browns 23, Minnesota Vikings 28

  • The Browns relinquish a 23–9 lead with only 7:15 remaining. The game is probably most remembered for Browns Safety Thom Darden's deflection of Tommy Kramer's "Hail Mary pass", which is caught by Ahmad Rashad as time expires. Kramer's 456 passing yards were the most ever given up by the Browns.

Week 16 (Away) – Browns 27, Cincinnati Bengals 24

  • Needing a win to secure the Central Division title, the Browns hold off the Bengals 27–24. Don Cockroft's game winning field goal comes with 1:25 left to play.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1980 at New England Patriots L 34–17
49,222
2 September 15, 1980 Houston Oilers L 16–7
80,243
3 September 21, 1980 Kansas City Chiefs W 20–13
63,614
4 September 28, 1980 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 34–27
65,540
5 October 5, 1980 Denver Broncos L 19–16
81,065
6 October 12, 1980 at Seattle Seahawks W 27–3
61,366
7 October 19, 1980 Green Bay Packers W 26–21
75,548
8 October 26, 1980 Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–26
79,095
9 November 3, 1980 Chicago Bears W 27–21
84,225
10 November 9, 1980 at Baltimore Colts W 28–27
45,369
11 November 16, 1980 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–13
54,563
12 November 23, 1980 Cincinnati Bengals W 31–7
79,253
13 November 30, 1980 at Houston Oilers W 17–14
51,514
14 December 7, 1980 New York Jets W 17–14
78,454
15 December 14, 1980 at Minnesota Vikings L 28–23
42,202
16 December 21, 1980 at Cincinnati Bengals W 27–24
50,058

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Cleveland Browns(2) 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 357 310
Houston Oilers(5) 11 5 0 .688 4–2 7–5 295 251
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 2–4 5–7 352 313
Cincinnati Bengals 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 244 312

Roster[edit]

1980 Cleveland Browns roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics

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Son of the Kardiac Kids[edit]

The 2007 Cleveland Browns have had a season similar to the Kardiac Kids, with several games being decided in the final minutes or in overtime. One game in particular against the Baltimore Ravens, which the Browns won in overtime because of a reversed call on a field goal by kicker Phil Dawson, led the Cleveland Plain Dealer to publish an editorial calling the 2007 Browns "The 'Son of the Kardiac Kids'" [1]. The similarities have been at least acknowledged by the organization, with offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski being quoted in the article calling his team "The Kardiac Kids' little brother."

Postseason[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

  • Oakland Raiders 14, Cleveland Browns 12
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 7 0 7 14
Browns 0 6 6 0 12

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • TV: NBC
  • Attendance: 77,655

Red Right 88[edit]

Main article: Red Right 88

AFC Divisional Playoff Game (Home) January 4, 1981 – Browns 12, Oakland Raiders 14 In sub-zero conditions on Cleveland's windy Lakefront, the Browns and Raiders battled into the waning moments of the contest. Down 14–12 and having mounted a 72-yard drive, the Browns were within striking distance at the Oakland 13-yard line with less than a minute remaining. Although it was only second down, Don Cockroft had already missed two field goal attempts in the swirling winds. Browns Coach Sam Rutigliano chose a more aggressive strategy, opting to go for the kill and pass the ball on second down instead of conservatively running the ball and then, perhaps, settling for a last second field goal. The play called was Red Right 88, which was intended for Dave Logan. However, Ozzie Newsome managed to get clear in the Raiders endzone and Sipe fired the ball to him—but the wind managed to interfere with the plan and heartbreak was the outcome for the frozen 77,655 Cleveland faithful: the ball was intercepted by Oakland Cornerback Mike Davis. The 1980 season will be remembered fondly albeit bittersweet, but the game would go down in Browns history (along with The Drive and The Fumble) as one of the franchises sadder moments.

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Recorded by Clark Walter, Mack Hayes and Sandra Hayes
  2. ^ The Browns did not win the Super Bowl or reach the AFC Championship Game in 1980.
  3. ^ Season summary and statistics at Cleveland Browns.com
  4. ^ "1980 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-07-26. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  5. ^ Although quarterback Otto Graham had more overall passing yards with the Browns from 1946 to 1955, only the last six of these seasons were in the NFL; Graham's first four seasons were in the AAFC. Pro-Football-Reference.com: For combined seasons, from 1920 to 1980, played in the NFL, playing for the Cleveland Browns, played QB, sorted by descending Passing Yds.
  6. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/cle/1980_roster.htm