1983 Cleveland Browns season

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1983 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Sam Rutigliano
Owner Art Modell
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Local radio WHK
Results
Record 9–7–0
Division place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1983 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 34th season with the National Football League.

Season summary[edit]

In a season which was eerily similar to the 1979 campaign, which was arguably the beginning of "The Kardiac Kids" period, seven contests wered decided by seven points or less, with the Browns going 4–3. Like the '79 and '80 seasons, the Browns scored often and gave up almost as many points, with the Browns scoring 356 to their opponents' 342. Quarterback Brian Sipe, in his last season with the Browns before jumping to the USFL, had 26 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions, nearly the same ratio (28-to-26) he had had in 1979. It was a good way to go out for Sipe, who had lost his starting job to Paul McDonald late in the 1982 season and then re-gained it in the '83 training camp. Fullback Mike Pruitt, in his last great season with the Browns, rushed for 1,184 yards. And finally, in his last season in Cleveland before being traded to the Denver Broncos, wide receiver Dave Logan was second on the team in receptions with 37, but that was far behind the team-record 89 hauled in by Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome in a season that could be dubbed "The Kardiac Kids' Last Hurrah".[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

The following were selected in the 1983 NFL Draft.

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
2 41 Ron Brown Wide Receiver Arizona State
3 68 Reggie Camp Defensive End California
5 122 Bill Contz Offensive Tackle Penn State
6 145 Tim Stracka Tight End Wisconsin
6 149 Dave Puzzuoli Nose Tackle Pittsburgh
7 176 Rocky Belk Wide Receiver Miami
8 209 Mike McClearn Guard Temple
10 262 Thomas Hopkins Offensive Tackle Alabama A&M
11 288 Boyce Green Running Back Carson Newman College
11 305 Howard McAdoo Linebacker Michigan State
12 316 Paul Farren Offensive Tackle Boston University

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 Minnesota Vikings L 27–21
70,087
2 September 11, 1983 at Detroit Lions W 31–26
60,095
3 September 15, 1983 Cincinnati Bengals W 17–7
79,700
4 September 25, 1983 at San Diego Chargers W 30–24
49,482
5 October 2, 1983 Seattle Seahawks L 24–9
75,446
6 October 9, 1983 New York Jets W 10–7
78,235
7 October 16, 1983 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 44–17
59,263
8 October 23, 1983 at Cincinnati Bengals L 28–21
50,047
9 October 30, 1983 Houston Oilers W 25–19
68,851
10 November 6, 1983 at Green Bay Packers L 35–21
54,089
11 November 13, 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20–0
56,091
12 November 20, 1983 at New England Patriots W 30–0
40,987
13 November 27, 1983 Baltimore Colts W 41–23
65,812
14 December 4, 1983 at Denver Broncos L 27–6
70,912
15 December 11, 1983 at Houston Oilers L 34–27
29,746
16 December 18, 1983 Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–17
72,313

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers(3) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 355 303
Cleveland Browns 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 356 342
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 4–2 4–8 346 302
Houston Oilers 2 14 0 .125 1–5 1–11 288 460

Roster[edit]

1983 Cleveland Browns roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies in italics

Awards and records[edit]

  • Brian Sipe, NFL Leader, Touchdown Passes (26), Tied with another player

References[edit]

External links[edit]