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1965 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Blanton Collier
Home Field Cleveland Stadium
Results
Record 11–3–0
Place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff Finish Lost NFL Championship
Timeline
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1964 1966
The 1965 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 16th season with the National Football League.

With an NFL-best 11-3 mark, the 1965 club finished just a shade better than the '64 team (10-3-1). And, like they had in 1964, the Browns went back to the NFL Championship Game. Only this time, they lost 23-12 to the Green Bay Packers in the last title contest held before the advent of the Super Bowl. It would be the first of three straight NFL crowns for the Packers, who went on after the later two titles to capture victories in the first two Super Bowls as well.

With his partner at wide receiver, Paul Warfield, the 1964 rookie sensation, missing almost all of the season with a broken collarbone, Gary Collins stepped up and led the Browns with 10 touchdown receptions, just less than half of the team's total of 23.

Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, in what would turn out to be his final year before his unexpected retirement in the offseason, rushed for 1,544 yards, 98 more than the year before, and exceeded his TD total by 10 by scoring 17 times. Quarterback Frank Ryan, who had thrown 25 TD passes in both 1963 and '64, had just 18 in 1965 with 13 interceptions. His yardage was down considerably, too, to 1,751, as was his rating (75.3).

The Browns had a stretch in which they won nine of 10 games, something the 1964 team didn't come close to matching. And whereas the 1964 team needed to capture its regular-season finale to clinch the Eastern Conference title, the '65 Browns claimed the championship with several weeks left, which explains why they were clobbered 42-7 in the next-to-last game by a Los Angeles Rams team that finished last in the Western Conference at 4-10. The Browns rested a lot of their starters and were just trying to get out of that game with no injuries. They went through the motions.

Thus, the Browns could have very easily been 12-2. However, there was no such explanation for the Browns' only other one-sided loss, a 49-13 home decision to the Cardinals. Although the Cards finished tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for next-to-last place in the East at 5-9, they were arguably the Browns' fiercest rival throughout the entire 1960s.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
217Jim GarciaTackle Purdue
222Gerry BussellDefensive Back Georgia Tech
227Walter JohnsonDefensive Tackle Cal State-Los Angeles
332Bo ScottRunning Back Ohio State
341Bobby MaplesLinebacker Baylor
569Bill IrwinTackle Mississippi
672Arnie SimkusTackle Michigan
683Corwyn AldredgeWide Receiver Northwestern State (LA)
797Dale LindseyLinebacker Western Kentucky
8111Mike HowellDefensive Back Grambling
9125Gary LaneQuarterback Missouri
10139Pat ScreenQuarterback LSU
11153Ollie CordillBack Memphis State
12167Justin CanaleGuard Mississippi State
13181Henry PickettBack Baylor
14195Dan SimrellQuarterback Toledo
15209Larry GagnerTackle Florida
16223Mel AnthonyFullback Michigan
17237John BoyetteTackle Clemson
18251Dick ArringtonGuard Notre Dame
19265Ed OrazenGuard Ohio State
20279Frank GoldbergLinebacker Central Michigan

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Exhibition scheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 6, 1965 vs. College All-Stars (at Chicago) W 24–16
68,000
2 August 15, 1965 at San Francisco 49ers W 37–21
22,000
3 August 22, 1965 at Los Angeles Rams L 21–19
29,508
4 August 29, 1965 at Detroit Lions W 28–14
28,803
5 September 4, 1965 Green Bay Packers L 30–14
83,118
6 September 11, 1965 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers at Akron W 28–16
23,162

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 19, 1965 at Washington Redskins W 17–7
48,208
2 September 26, 1965 St. Louis Cardinals L 49–13
80,161
3 October 3, 1965 at Philadelphia Eagles W 35–17
60,759
4 October 9, 1965 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–19
80,187
5 October 17, 1965 Dallas Cowboys W 23–17
80,432
6 October 24, 1965 at New York Giants W 38–14
62,864
7 October 31, 1965 Minnesota Vikings L 27–17
83,505
8 November 7, 1965 Philadelphia Eagles W 38–34
72,807
9 November 14, 1965 New York Giants W 34–21
82,426
10 November 21, 1965 at Dallas Cowboys W 24–17
76,251
11 November 28, 1965 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 42–21
42,757
12 December 5, 1965 Washington Redskins W 24–16
77,765
13 December 12, 1965 at Los Angeles Rams L 42–7
49,048
14 December 19, 1965 at St. Louis Cardinals W 27–24
29,348

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
NFL Championship January 2, 1966 at Green Bay Packers L 23–12 50,852

StandingsEdit

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 11 3 0 .786 363 325 W-1
New York Giants 7 7 0 .500 270 338 L-1
Dallas Cowboys 7 7 0 .500 325 280 W-3
Washington Redskins 6 8 0 .429 257 301 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 5 9 0 .357 363 359 L-1
St. Louis Cardinals 5 9 0 .357 296 309 L-6
Pittsburgh Steelers 2 12 0 .143 202 397 L-7

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

1965 Cleveland Browns roster
Quarterbacks


Running Backs


Wide Receivers


Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen


Defensive Linemen

Linebackers


Defensive Backs

Special Teams


Rookies in italics
 

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Staff/CoachesEdit

1965 Cleveland Browns staff
Front Office


Coaches


Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches


Strength & Coditioning

  • Athletic Trainer - Leo Murphy
  • Equipment Manager - Morris Kono

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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