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1954 Cleveland Browns season


1954 Cleveland Browns season

1954 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Paul Brown
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Local radio WGAR (AM)
Record 9–3–0
Division place 1st NFL American
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship
Previous season      Next season
< 1953      1955 >

The 1954 Cleveland Browns season was the team's fifth season with the National Football League. The Browns' defense became the first defense in the history of the NFL to lead the league in fewest rushing yards allowed, fewest passing yards allowed and fewest total yards allowed.[1] Assistant coach Weeb Ewbank left the club to coach the Baltimore Colts.[2]


Defensive Back Don Paul arrived via a trade with the Washington Redskins. The Redskins acquired Paul from the Chicago Cardinals. Upon his arrival in Washington, he fell in disfavour with George Preston Marshall of the Redskins.[3]

NFL Draft

The 1954 NFL Draft was one of the biggest busts in Browns history. In the first round, the club selected John Bauer. He would never play for the Browns and only played in two NFL games in his career.[3] The Browns also drafted quarterback Bobby Garrett out of Stanford University. The plan was that he would be the heir to Otto Graham. Garrett suffered from a stuttering problem which hindered his performance in the huddle. Eventually, Garrett would be traded to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for Babe Parilli, although Parilli would not play for the Browns until 1958.[3]

Exhibition Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 21, 1954 at Green Bay Packers W 14–13
2 August 27, 1954 at Los Angeles Rams L 38–10
3 September 5, 1954 at San Francisco 49ers L 38–21
4 September 10, 1954 vs. Detroit Lions at Dallas L 56–31
5 September 18, 1954 Chicago Bears L 35–7

Regular Season Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 26, 1954 at Philadelphia Eagles L 28–10
2 October 10, 1954 Chicago Cardinals W 31–7
3 October 17, 1954 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 55–27
4 October 24, 1954 at Chicago Cardinals W 35–3
5 October 31, 1954 New York Giants W 24–14
6 November 7, 1954 Washington Redskins W 62–3
7 November 14, 1954 at Chicago Bears W 39–10
8 November 21, 1954 Philadelphia Eagles W 6–0
9 November 28, 1954 at New York Giants W 16–7
10 December 5, 1954 at Washington Redskins W 34–14
11 December 12, 1954 Pittsburgh Steelers W 42–7
12 December 19, 1954 Detroit Lions L 14–10


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Championship December 26, 1954 Detroit Lions W 56–10


NFL Eastern
Cleveland Browns 9 3 0 .750 336 162 L-1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 4 1 .636 284 230 W-1
New York Giants 7 5 0 .583 293 184 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 7 0 .417 219 263 L-2
Washington Redskins 3 9 0 .250 207 432 W-1
Chicago Cardinals 2 10 0 .167 183 347 L-3


1954 Cleveland Browns roster

14 Otto Graham
16 George Ratterman

Running Backs

54 Tony Adamle (LB)
38 Maurice Bassett (FB)
46 Billy Reynolds (RB, DB)
32 Fred Morrison
44 Chet Hanulak

Wide Receivers

26 Ray Renfro
56 Dante Lavelli
40 Dub Jones (WB, DB, RB, KR)
84 Ken Carpenter (FL, RB)
94 Don Phelps (KR, PR)

Tight Ends

82 Pete Brewster
56 Dante Lavelli E (RE)

Offensive Linemen

74 Mike McCormack LT (DL)
76 Lou Groza RT (K)
64 Abe Gibron G/C
Chuck Noll RG
52 Frank Gatski C
62 Herschel Forester
78 John Sandusky
60 Harold Bradley

Defensive Linemen

82 Carlton Massey DE
70 Don Colo DE
79 Bob Gain DL (T)
83 Doug Atkins DE
80 Len Ford DE
79 Don King DL
72 John Kissell DE


65 Chuck Noll LB (G,C)
54 Tom Caitlin (C)
34 Walt Michaels
54 Tony Adamle

Defensive Backs

42 Tommy James
20 Don Paul
22 Ken Konz DB
15 Ken Gorgal DB

Special Teams

76 Lou Groza K (RT)
84 Horace Gillom P (DE)

Reserve Lists
  • N/A


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