1955 RECORD: Won
9, lost 2, tied 1. Finished first. Playoff: Beat Rams, 38-14.
Won 2, lost 5.
Head—Paul Brown. Assistants—Paul Bixler, Howard Brinker, Dick Gallagher, Fritz
Heisler, Ed Ulinski.
WATCH FOR: 16,
George Ratterman, QB; 18, Vito Parilli, QB; 26, Ray Renfro, HB; 30, Maurice
Bassett, FB; 32, Fred Morrison, HB; 70, Don Colo, T; 76, Lou Groza, T; 80, Len
Ford, E; 86, Dante Lavelli, E.
Browns are entering their first season without the retired Otto Graham. George
Ratterman, the replacement, throws accurately but is not as mobile as Coach
Paul Brown likes; Vito (Babe) Parilli is back from service and when he conquers
his nerves he will probably be No. 1 quarterback. Otherwise, the offense has
all the ingredients of success, with halfback speed in veteran Ray Renfro,
power in Maurice Bassett, Fred Morrison and Ed Modzelewski, deceptive pass
receivers like old Dante Lavelli and a line bulky enough to protect the passer
and open holes. Also, don't overlook Lou Groza, football's best field goal
DEFENSE: This is
the same defense that consistently has been the best in professional football.
The line is a very model of the modern major defense; the linebackers (Walt
Michaels and Charlie Noll) react quickly for pass defense, plug vigorously any
holes pried in front of them, Len Ford gives strong rushing from end. Age has
not withered nor championships staled this unit, a beautifully cohesive
Oct. 6—at Pittsburgh, N (30-7)
Oct. 14—New York (24-14)
Oct. 21—at Washington (24-14)
Oct. 28—Pittsburgh (41-14)
Nov. 4—at Green Bay (41-10)
Nov. 11—Baltimore (no game)
Nov. 18—at Philadelphia (17-33)
Nov. 25—Washington (17-27)
Dec. 2—Philadelphia (21-17)
Dec. 9—at New York (35-35)
Dec. 16—Cardinals (35-24)
1955 RECORD: Won
6, lost 5, tied 1. Finished third.