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Year by Year Results: 2005
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With the problems of the previous season well in the rear-view mirror and the sometimes numbing reality of the coming season still months away, spring is a great month for every NFL team to generate good news and build optimism.

The vast majority of free agency is over, and clubs can crow about their signees and how these new players will fill voids.

It's also the time for the NFL Draft -- the Christmas of the football season, when teams dip into the college ranks to find the stars of tomorrow. They are always thrilled with their picks, saying they never expected that this player or that player would still be on the board when it came time for them to select.

So even though the task of rebuilding the Browns was daunting because of the depleted state of the team when they arrived in town just a few months before in 2005, general manager Phil Savage and head coach Romeo Crennel were able to point to free agency and the draft and say the club had been made better, at least on paper.

As much of a hurdle as it was, Savage and Crennel weren't going to let it get them down. They knew there would be problems along the way, but they also were confident in their ability to get the club righted after having combined to win six Super Bowl rings in their careers.

So they focused on the positives -- all of the players they brought in, including No. 3 overall draft choice Braylon Edwards, a game-changing wide receiver from Michigan, and running back Reuben Droughns, a 1,000-yard rusher while playing for the Denver Broncos -- and got to work.

Their efforts were immediately evident. The club started 2-2 and then went to 3-5 and 4-6. Although those records may not be much to look at, at first glance, they become much better when it's remembered that the Browns were just 9-23 over the previous two seasons, and but 4-12 in 2004.

Almost as important was the fact the Browns were playing much better defensively, giving up 301 points on the year, or 89 less than in 2004, even though they were going through the growing pains of implementing the difficult-to-learn 3-4 scheme. As a result, they were in nearly every game, getting blown out just once -- a 41-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the next-to-last game.

When the Browns beat the Miami Dolphins 22-0 in the 10th game, they recorded their first shutout since 2001.

And it could have been better. They lost three games by just three points each and five contests by seven points or less.

The Browns were able to run the ball well for the first time in years. With 1,232 yards, Droughns became the first Browns back to run for 1,000 yards in a season in exactly two decades.

Wide receiver Antonio Bryant, in his second year with the team, caught a club-best 69 passes for 1,009 yards. Steve Heiden had his best season as a pro with 43 receptions.

Rookie free agent Joshua Cribbs, who had been a quarterback at nearby Kent State, averaged 24.3 yards per kickoff return and had a 90-yarder for a touchdown.

Another local product, quarterback Charlie Frye of the University of Akron by way of Willard (Ohio) High School, was starting by the end of the season, when the Browns won two of their final three games. Veteran Trent Dilfer, the quarterback in 2000 when the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl, had been the starter until that point.

Kicker Phil Dawson had the best season of his career with 27 field goals in 29 tries.

In the end, it amounted to just a 6-10 record. Still, that represented a two-win increase over 2004.

And in the bigger picture, the Browns were headed in the right direction. Crennel, in the first head coaching job of his long career, was providing the consistent, steady hand the young, growing team needed to find its way.

Steve King,
Staff Writer

Year Results
Preseason Results
National Football League: 3-1
New York Giants (67,429) 17-14
at Detroit Lions (58,371) 21-13
Carolina Panthers (69,512) 20-23
at Chicago Bears (60,346) 16-6
Regular Season Results
  Regular Season Playoffs Combined Record
League W L T PCT W L T PCT W L T PCT
NFL 6 10 0 .375 0 0 0 .000 6 10 0 .375
Date Result Opponent Att.
9/11 L 13-27 Cincinnati Bengals 73,013
9/18 W 26-24 at Green Bay Packers 70,400
9/25 L 6-13 at Indianapolis Colts 57,127
10/9 W 20-10 Chicago Bears 73,079
10/16 L 3-16 at Baltimore Ravens 70,196
10/23 L 10-13 Detroit Lions 72,923
10/30 L 16-19 at Houston Texans 70,064
11/6 W 20-14 Tennessee Titans 72,594
11/13 L 21-34 at Pittsburgh Steelers 63,491
11/20 W 22-0 Miami Dolphins 72,773
11/27 L 12-24 at Minnesota Vikings 63,814
12/4 L 14-20 Jacksonville Jaguars 70,941
12/11 L 20-23 at Cincinnati Bengals 65,788
12/18 W 9-7 at Oakland Raiders 41,862
12/24 L 0-41 Pittsburgh Steelers 73,136
1/1 W 20-16 Baltimore Ravens 69,871
Score By Periods
1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Tot.
Browns 56 65 52 59 0 --- 232
Opponents 58 102 81 60 0 --- 301
Team Statistics
Browns Opponent
Total First Downs 241 292
Rushing 76 116
Passing 149 161
Penalty 16 15
3rd Down: Made/Att 67/203 87/251
4th Down: Made/Att 7/18 8/18
Possesion Avg. 28:00 32:00
Total Net Yards 4550 5069
Avg. Per Game 284.3 316.8
Total Plays 938 1021
Avg. Per Play 4.9 5.0
Net Yards Rushing 1503 2202
Avg. Per Game 93.9 137.6
Total Rushes 395 527
Net Yards Passing 3047 2867
Avg. Per Game 190.4 179.2
Sacked/Yards Lost 46/276 23/142
Gross Yards 3323 3009
Attempts/Completions 498/297 471/279
Had Intercepted 17 15
Punts/Avg. 80/40.4 72/42.5
Net Punting Avg. 80/33.8 73/35.1
Penalties/Yards Lost 99/770 97/716
Fumbles/Ball Lost 27/13 21/8
Touchdowns 22 31
Scoring
Ru Pa St Df PAT 2Ru 2Pa FG Saf TP
Dawson, Phil 0 0 0 0 19/21 0 0 27/29 0 100
Bryant, Antonio 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24
Edwards, Braylon 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18
Heiden, Steve 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18
Northcutt, Dennis 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18
Browns 4 15 3 0 19/21 0 0 27/29 0 232
Opponents 11 19 1 0 31/31 0 0 28/35 0 301
Rushing
No Yds Avg LG TD
Droughns, Reuben 309 132 4 75t 2
Green, William 20 78 3.9 17 0
Frye, Charlie 18 60 3.3 16 1
Dilfer, Trent 20 46 2.3 12 0
Northcutt, Dennis 2 33 16.5 31 0
Browns 395 1,503 3.8 75t 4
Opponents 527 2,202 4.2 80t 11
Receiving
No Yds Avg LG TD
Bryant, Antonio 69 1009 14.6 54 4
Heiden, Steve 43 401 9.3 62t 3
Northcutt, Dennis 42 441 10.5 58t 2
Droughns, Reuben 39 369 9.5 51 0
Edwards, Braylon 32 512 16 80t 3
Browns 297 3,323 11.2 80t 15
Opponents 279 3,009 10.8 51t 19
Interceptions
No Yds Avg LG TD
Russell, Brian 3 50 16.7 37 0
Bodden, Leigh 3 6 2.0 6 0
Crocker, Chris 2 35 17.5 24 0
McCutcheon, Daylon 2 14 7.0 14 0
Baxter, Gary 2 10 5.0 10 0
Browns 15 130 8.7 37 0
Opponents 17 215 12.6 72 0
Punting
No Yds Avg In20 TB LG BLK
Richardson, Kyle 78 3181 40.8 34 9 61 0
Dawson, Phil 2 53 56.5 26.5 0 31 0
Browns 80 3,234 40.4 33.8 9 61 0
Opponents 72 3,058 42.5 35.1 8 60 0
Punt Returns
No FC Yds Avg LG TD
Northcutt, Dennis 35 13 368 10.5 62t 1
Cribbs, Joshua 1 0 5 5 5 0
Jones, Sean 1 0 0 0 0 0
Browns 37 13 373 10.1 62t 1
Opponents 36 9 347 9.6 51 0
Kickoff Returns
No Yds Avg LG TD
Cribbs, Joshua 45 1094 24.3 90t 1
Droughs, Reuben 5 119 23.8 35 0
Green, William 5 79 15.8 22 0
Perkins, Antonio 3 82 27.3 35 0
McIntyre, Corey 3 47 15.7 17 0
Browns 68 1506 22.1 90t 1
Opponents 56 1182 21.1 63 0
Field Goals
1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot
Dawson, Phil 2/2 11/11 9/11 5/5 0/0 27/29
Browns 2/2 11/11 9/11 5/5 0/0 27/29
Opponents 0/0 10/10 11/12 6/10 1/3 28/35
Passing
Att Cmp Yds Pct Av/At th th% Int Int% LG Tkld Rating
Dilfer, Trent 333 199 2,321 59.8 6.97 11 3.3 12 3.6 80t 23/139 76.9
Frye, Charlie 164 98 1002 59.4 6.07 4 2.4 5 3.6 45 22/135 72.8
Jackson, Frisman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0
Browns 498 267 3323 59.6 6.67 15 3 17 3.6 80t 46/276 75.4
Opponents 471 279 3009 59.2 6.39 19 4 15 3.2 51t 23/142 78.2