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October 08, 1956
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October 08, 1956

Eastern Conference

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1955 RECORD: Won 9, lost 2, tied 1. Finished first. Playoff: Beat Rams, 38-14.

1956 EXHIBITIONS: Won 2, lost 5.

COACHES: 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.

OFFENSE: The 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 kicker.

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 combination.

1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):

Sept. 30—at Cardinals (26-20)
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.

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