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1967 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Blanton Collier
Home Field Cleveland Stadium
Results
Record 9–5–0
Place 1st NFL Century
Playoff Finish Lost Eastern Conference Championship, Lost NFL Playoff Bowl
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1966 1968
The 1967 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 18th season with the National Football League, and 22nd overall.

The 1967 season was a bittersweet one for the Browns; the sweet part was the fact they were back in the playoffs after a one-year absence. They went 9-5, the same as in 1966, but this time, it was good enough for them to get in as they won the Century Division championship in the first year of play after the NFL split the Eastern and Western conferences into two divisions each. The division race wasn't even close, as the Browns finished two games ahead of the runnerup New York Giants (7-7), their old arch rival in the 1950s and early '60s.

RB Leroy Kelly went over 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight time, getting 1,205 to go along with 11 TDs, while Ernie Green, now out of the shadow of the great Jim Brown, went over 700 yards for the second time in a row, getting 710. Quarterback Frank Ryan, the architect of the 27-0 1964 NFL title game victory over the Baltimore Colts, played pretty well in his last full season as a starter. He had 20 TD passes and 16 interceptions. But Ryan, with his body, especially his shoulder, beat up, would give way to Bill Nelsen early the next year.

The devastating playoff loss to Dallas, a blow out loss, 52-14 in the Eastern Conference title contest, caused Browns head coach Blanton Collier to re-shape his team at other positions as well, as new players were brought in to replace some of the fading stars who had carried the club for years. For instance, this was the last season for Hall of Fame place kicker Lou Groza, who retired for the second time - this time for good - after making 11-of-23 field-goal tries. Groza]], the last member of the original Browns from the team's inception in 1946, retired after 21 seasons, followed the next season by another Hall of Fame kicker, Don Cockroft.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

The following were selected in the 1967 NFL Draft.

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
118Bob MathesonLinebacker Duke
246Larry ConjarRunning Back Notre Dame
355Don CockroftKicker Adams State
372Eppie BarneyFlanker Iowa State
483Carl WardDefensive Back Michigan
498Joe TaffoniTackle Tennessee-Martin
6152John DemarieGuard LSU
7177Bill HouseTackle Youngstown State
8205Bill DevrowDefensive Back Southern Mississippi
9230Cecil DowdyLinebacker Alabama
10255Jim CopelandCenter Virginia
11282Bill SabatinoDefensive Tackle Colorado
12308Charlie FowlerGuard Houston
13333Billy AndrewsLinebacker Southeastern Louisiana
14360Floyd RogersTackle Clemson
15386Dennis WilliamsonDefensive Back Wisconsin-Whitewater
16411Don WilliamsEnd Akron
17439Ben DavisDefensive Back Defiance

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Exhibition scheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 5, 1967 vs. Philadelphia Eagles at Canton L 28–13
17,500
2 August 13, 1967 at San Francisco 49ers L 42–14
27,482
3 August 19, 1967 at Los Angeles Rams L 24–17
36,942
4 August 25, 1967 at Atlanta Falcons L 34–31
52,240
5 September 2, 1967 Green Bay Packers L 21–30
84,236
6 September 10, 1967 at Minnesota Vikings W 42–14
40,012

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1967 Dallas Cowboys L 21–14
81,039
2 September 24, 1967 at Detroit Lions L 31–14
57,383
3 October 1, 1967 at New Orleans Saints W 42–7
77,045
4 October 7, 1967 Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–10
82,949
5 October 15, 1967 St. Louis Cardinals W 20–16
77,813
6 October 22, 1967 Chicago Bears W 24–0
83,183
7 October 29, 1967 at New York Giants L 38–34
62,903
8 November 5, 1967 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–14
47,131
9 November 12, 1967 at Green Bay Packers L 55–7
50,074
10 November 19, 1967 Minnesota Vikings W 14–10
68,431
11 November 26, 1967 Washington Redskins W 42–37
72,798
12 December 3, 1967 New York Giants W 24–14
78,594
13 December 10, 1967 at St. Louis Cardinals W 20–16
47,782
14 December 17, 1967 at Philadelphia Eagles L 28–24
60,658

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Eastern Conference December 24, 1967 at Dallas Cowboys L 52–14
70,786
Playoff Bowl at Miami Orange Bowl January 7, 1968 Los Angeles Rams L 30-6
37,102

StandingsEdit

Century Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Cleveland Browns 950.643334297
New York Giants 770.500369379
St. Louis Cardinals 671.462333356
Pittsburgh Steelers 491.308281320

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RosterEdit

1967 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

1967 Cleveland Browns staff
Front Office

Coaching Staff

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Strength & Conditioning

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

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ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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