2003 Cleveland Browns season

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2003 Cleveland Browns season
Head coachButch Davis
Home fieldCleveland Browns Stadium
Local radioWTAM · WMMS
Results
Record5–11
Division place4th AFC North
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlersnone

The 2003 Cleveland Browns season was the franchise's 55th season as a professional sports franchise and its 51st season as a member of the National Football League. The Browns were unable to replicate the success from the previous season, and they ended up winning only five games. They failed to return to the playoffs. This season would begin a stretch, unbroken as of the 2018 season, in which the Browns would not make it to the NFL Playoffs in any capacity.[1][2]

Offseason[edit]

2003 NFL Draft[edit]

Draft order Player name Position College
Round Pick
1 21 Jeff Faine Offensive lineman Notre Dame
2 52 Chaun Thompson Linebacker West Texas A&M
3 84 Chris Crocker Safety Marshall
4 115 Lee Suggs Running back Virginia Tech
5 142 Ryan Pontbriand Long snapper Rice
5 152 Michael Lehan Cornerback Minnesota
6 195 Antonio Garay Defensive end Boston College

Undrafted free agents[edit]

2003 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Leigh Bodden Cornerback Duquesne
Enoch DeMar Guard Indiana
Nate Hybl Quarterback Oklahoma
Israel Idonije Defensive end Manitoba

Roster[edit]

2003 Cleveland Browns final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Apart from their AFC North division games, the Browns played against the AFC West and NFC West according to the NFL’s conference rotation, and played the Colts and Patriots based on 2002 standings in their respective AFC divisions.

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7 Indianapolis Colts L 6–9
73,358
2 September 14 at Baltimore Ravens L 13–33
69,473
3 September 21 at San Francisco 49ers W 13–12
67,412
4 September 28 Cincinnati Bengals L 14–21
73,428
5 October 5 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 33–13
64,595
6 October 12 Oakland Raiders W 13–7
73,318
7 October 19 San Diego Chargers L 20–26
73,238
8 October 26 at New England Patriots L 3–9
68,436
9 Bye
10 November 9 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–41
78,560
11 November 16 Arizona Cardinals W 44–6
72,908
12 November 23 Pittsburgh Steelers L 6–13
73,658
13 November 30 at Seattle Seahawks L 7–34
64,680
14 December 8 St. Louis Rams L 20–26
73,108
15 December 14 at Denver Broncos L 20–23
75,358
16 December 21 Baltimore Ravens L 0–35
72,548
17 December 28 at Cincinnati Bengals W 22–14
65,362

Standings[edit]

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Baltimore Ravens 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 391 281 W2
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 346 384 L2
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 300 327 L1
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 2–4 3–9 254 322 W1

Game summaries[edit]

Week 2: at Baltimore[edit]

Browns linebacker Andra Davis telephoned Ravens running back Jamal Lewis before the game and stated he wanted Lewis to carry the ball at least thirty times in their upcoming matchup. “If that happens, it’s going to be a career day’, Lewis replied. Lewis then erupted to 295 rushing yards, breaking the record previously held by Corey Dillon in 2000 as the Browns fell 33–13.

Week 11: vs. Arizona[edit]

Week 11: Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 0 3 306
Browns 10 10 141044

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland

  • Date: November 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 43 °F (6.1 °C), relative humidity 89%, wind 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h; 4.3 kn)
  • Game attendance: 72,908
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (Fox): Scott Graham (play–by–play), Dale Hellestrae (color commentator) and Tony Rizzo (sideline reporter)
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Game information

References[edit]