Tag Archives: stats

Even up

The Browns improved to 12-4 all-time against the New Orleans Saints with a dramatic 26-24 home win, the first NFL head coaching victory for Mike Pettine. Here are a few fast facts in the wake of a hard-fought Cleveland triumph. Today’s triumph breaks the Browns’ eight-game losing streak. Their last win before today came at […]

Kelly repeatedly beat the best rush defenses

The sheer weight of decades of 16-game seasons has largely eclipsed the statistical accomplishments of Leroy Kelly. Though he retired as the game’s fourth all-time leading rusher, he’s now just 55th in career rushing yards. Inexplicably, it took this legendary Browns running back 20 years and four tries as a finalist to make the Hall […]

There’s a catch

Eight different men caught passes for the NFL Champion 1964 Cleveland Browns. In fact, five of them (Paul Warfield, Jim Brown, Gary Collins, Ernie Green, and Johnny Brewer) accounted for over 95% of the team’s receptions. They had a league-high 28 touchdowns through the air in 14 games. In their Week 15 game at New […]

Four-shadowing Willis

In the grand scheme of all things Brown, this is minutiae, but I need a parking spot for my stray thoughts. Nobody has ever rushed for 1,000 yards in a season for four different teams. Only two men have reached that milestone with three teams: Ricky Watters and our very own Willis McGahee. McGahee would […]

Cribbs carries

Quick fact of the day: No non-quarterback in pro football history with at least as many career rushes as Josh Cribbs has gained more yards per attempt. (Number of former or current Browns in this stat’s top 100: Eleven.)

Browns stats you probably haven’t seen, with good reason

Each year I update a little spreadsheet of Browns stats since their 1999 return. Don’t ask me why. Maybe it’s so I can, in excruciatingly exacting detail, understand just how it is that I am still waiting for a return to championship football, and just how soon that glorious, as-yet-mythical campaign might manifest itself on […]

Orange Alert: NFL return records under threat

In 2007, Joshua Cribbs gained 1,809 yards on kickoff returns, second best in NFL history. This season, he is on pace for 1,848. That’s pretty darn good, especially considering that he has only one return of more than 40 yards. The new prohibition against wedges has hurt him, but the return unit is lately figuring […]

New regime churn rate

The sole remaining Brown acquired in the PHD era (2001-04) was one of his most ridiculed choices, long snapper Ryan Pontbriand. The last pre-Butch player is kicker Phil Dawson. It’s natural that a roster turns over as players age and as new regimes gain control of player selection. But how much churn is too much? […]