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The 2009 Cleveland Browns season is the team's 63rd season as a professional sports franchise and its 59th season as a member of the National Football League (NFL). The team will be attempting to improve upon its 2008 season in which it placed fourth in the AFC North with a record of 4–12. This season marks George Kokinis and Eric Mangini's first seasons as the team's general manager and head coach, respectively, however Kokinis was fired on November 2. The Browns play all of their home games at Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker in Cleveland, Ohiomarker.

The Browns are currently 1-10, good for last place in the AFC North. They will miss the playoffs for the seventh straight season, tying a record set between 1973-79.

Offseason

Personnel changes

On December 29, 2008, the Cleveland Browns announced that the team had fired general manager Phil Savage and head coach Romeo Crennel after spending four seasons together in Cleveland. Crennel, who joined the Browns with Savage in 2005, left Cleveland with a record of 24–40 (.375) and an 0–8 record against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. The team's best record under Crennel was 10–6 during the 2007 season.

On January 7, 2009, the Browns announced that the team had found its replacement for Crennel and that it had reached a contractual agreement with former New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini, who was fired after three seasons in New York. Mangini, who joined the Jets in 2006, left New York with a record of 23–25 (.479), including a 10–6 record and a playoff appearance in his first season.

On January 14, the Browns announced that Mangini had named his coordinators: Brian Daboll was hired as the offensive coordinator; Rob Ryan as the defensive coordinator; and Brad Seely as the special teams coordinator and assistant head coach. Daboll was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Jets from 2007–2008; Ryan was the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders from 2004–2008; and Seely was the special teams coach for the New England Patriots from 1999–2008. All three worked with Mangini from 2000–2003 as members of New England. Daboll, Ryan, and Seely replace Rob Chudzinski, Mel Tucker, and Ted Daisher, respectively.

On January 22, the Browns hired five assistant coaches: Bryan Cox was hired as the defensive line coach; Andy Dickerson as the defensive quality control coach; Jerome Henderson as the defensive backs coach; Rick Lyle as an assistant strength-and-conditioning coach; and Carl Smith as the quarterbacks coach. Cox, Dickerson, Henderson, and Lyle spent the past three seasons with Mangini in New York. Smith was the Browns' quarterbacks coach from 2001–2003 and was most recently the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2005–2006.

On January 25, the Browns hired former Baltimore Ravens director of pro personnel George Kokinis as general manager. Kokinis spent five seasons in the Browns' scouting department from 1991–1995, and after the team moved to Baltimore, he was a member of the Ravens' scouting department from 1996–1999. He was the Ravens' assistant director of pro personnel from 2000–2002 and was the director of pro personnel from 2003–2008.

On February 4, the Browns hired three more assistant coaches: Alan DeGennaro was hired as an assistant strength-and-conditioning coach; Tom Myslinski as the strength-and-conditioning coach; and George Warhop as the offensive line coach. On February 11, the Browns hired George McDonald as the offensive quality control coach. On February 17, the Browns hired Gary Brown as the running backs coach and Steve Hagen as the tight ends coach. On February 22, the Browns hired Matt Eberflus as the linebackers coach.

On May 6, the Browns promoted McDonald to wide receivers coach.

Roster changes

Free agents

Player 2009 Team Signed
FS Mike Adams UFA Browns March 6
FB Charles Ali ERFA Browns March 23
TE Brad Cieslak ERFA/UFA
SS Steve Cargile UFA Giants January 16
CB Travis Daniels UFA Chiefs March 10
LB Andra Davis UFA Broncos March 2
TE Darnell Dinkins UFA Saints March 18
LB Kris Griffin UFA
CB Daven Holly UFA
SS Sean Jones UFA Eagles March 6
DT Louis Leonard ERFA
TE John Madsen RFA
LB Willie McGinest UFA
G Seth McKinney UFA Bills April 9
WR Syndric Steptoe ERFA Browns March 6
RB Jason Wright UFA Cardinals March 16
G Scott Young UFA Broncos March 13
Player re-signed by Browns


Releases

Player Released 2009 Team Signed
CB Terry Cousin February 9
QB Ken Dorsey February 9
P Mike Dragosavich February 9 Colts February 13
QB Bruce Gradkowski February 9 Raiders February 10
WR Joe Jurevicius March 11
RB Allen Patrick April 25
LB Antwan Peek February 9
K Jason Reda February 9
T Kevin Shaffer March 12 Bears March 25
G Eric Young February 9


Signings

Player 2008 Team Signed
LB Eric Barton UFA Jets March 13
LB David Bowens UFA Jets March 12
LB Blake Costanzo UFA Bills June 17
T George Foster UFA Lions June 5
WR Mike Furrey UFA Lions May 5
RB Noah Herron UFA Jets March 18
CB Rod Hood UFA Cardinals May 26
CB Corey Ivy UFA Ravens March 19
DE C. J. Mosley UFA Jets March 6
WR David Patten UFA Saints March 23
CB Hank Poteat UFA Jets March 9
TE Robert Royal UFA Bills March 5
LB Bo Ruud UFA Patriots April 30
T John St. Clair UFA Bears March 17
G Floyd Womack UFA Seahawks March 13


Trades

On February 27, the Browns traded tight end Kellen Winslow to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for its second-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft (50th overall, used to select Mohamed Massaquoi) and its fifth-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. Winslow was selected sixth overall by the Browns in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft and played five seasons with the team. During his career with the Browns, he accumulated 219 receptions for 2,459 yards (11.2 YPC) and had eleven touchdown receptions.

On April 25, during the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, the team traded its first-round selection (5th overall) to the Jets for its first- (17th overall) and second-round (52nd overall) selections, defensive end Kenyon Coleman, safety Abram Elam, and quarterback Brett Ratliff.

2009 draft class

Draft Player College Height Weight Signed Notes
1 Alex Mack C Cal 6 ft 4 in 316 lbs July 25

2 36 Brian Robiskie WR Ohio State 6 ft 3 in 209 lbs July 30
Mohamed Massaquoi WR Georgia 6 ft 2 in 210 lbs July 28
David Veikune DE Hawaii 6 ft 3 in 260 lbs July 26
4 104 Kaluka Maiava LB Southern Cal 6 ft 0 in 230 lbs July 24
6 177 Don Carey CB Norfolk State 5 ft 11 in 192 lbs July 15
Coye Francies CB San José State 6 ft 0 in 185 lbs July 15
James Davis RB Clemson 5 ft 11 in 218 lbs July 15
The Browns did not have third-, fifth-, or seventh-round selections in the draft.
Draft notes


Undrafted free agents

Player College Signed Cut
LB Marcus Benard Jackson State May 1
CB Corey Boudreaux San Diego State April 27 May 4
T Branndon Braxton Oklahoma May 1 September 5
WR Brent Casteel Utah April 27 May 4
G Marlon Davis Alabama April 27
LB Jonathan Foster Central State May 1 July 15
DE Adam Hoppel Cincinnati April 29 September 5
LB Phillip Hunt Houston May 1
S Bret Lockett UCLA May 4
TE Mike Massey Michigan May 1 May 4
CB Nate Ness Arizona April 28 July 15
WR Jordan Norwood Penn State April 26 September 5
CB Antonio Smith Bowling Green April 28 May 4
S Jason Venson Central Florida April 26 June 5
S Bryan Williams Akron April 27 June 15


Legal troubles for WR Stallworth

On March 14, Browns wide receiver Donté Stallworth was involved in a fatal accident in which he struck and killed pedestrian Mario Reyes with his car in the early morning in Miamimarker, Floridamarker. Stallworth then stopped his vehicle and called 9-1-1. Reports showed that Stallworth was driving under the influence; his blood-alcohol level was 0.12%, above Florida's legal limit of 0.08%. He was charged with DUI manslaughter and a warrant was issued for his arrest on April 1 and he surrendered to police on April 2. On June 16, Stallworth pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 30 days in prison, two years' house arrest, and eight years probation. Many believed that the sentence Stallworth received was too lenient as he could have served up to 15 years in jail. Stallworth also reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the victim's family. On June 18, the NFL suspended Stallworth indefinitely On August 13, the NFL officially suspended Stallworth for the entire 2009 season, and made plans to reinstate him after the Super Bowl.

Uniform changes

The Cleveland Browns will be wearing brown pants for the away games , which were worn in last year's pre-season. New additions to the uniforms are striped socks.

Staff and roster

Current staff

Current roster

Preseason

Preseason schedule

Week Date Kickoff (EDT) Opponent Results Site TV Recap
Final Score Team Record
1 August 15 8:00 PM at Green Bay Packers L 17–0 0–1 Lambeau Fieldmarker WKYCmarker Recap
2 August 22 7:30 PM Detroit Lions W 27–10 1–1 Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker WKYC Recap
3 August 29 7:30 PM Tennessee Titans W 23–17 2–1 Cleveland Browns Stadium WKYC Recap
4 September 3 8:00 PM at Chicago Bears L 26–23 2–2 Soldier Fieldmarker WKYC Recap


Releases

On September 4 and 5, the Browns released the following players to get down to the 53-player limit: S Hamza Abdullah, FB Charles Ali, CB Brandon Anderson, QB Richard Bartel, CB Tra Battle, LB Beau Bell, T Branndon Braxton, LB Titus Brown, C Dustin Fry, RB Noah Herron, DT Adam Hoppel, WR Paul Hubbard, CB Corey Ivy, RB Chris Jennings, WR Lance Leggett, G Pat Murray, WR Jordan Norwood, WR David Patten, G Kurt Quarterman, DE Brian Schaefering, G Isaac Sowells, DE Santonio Thomas, and TE Aaron Walker.

Captains selected

On September 9, the team elected six players to be captains. RB Jamal Lewis and T Joe Thomas were chosen as offensive captains, LB D'Qwell Jackson and LB Eric Barton as defensive captains, and KR Joshua Cribbs and K Phil Dawson as special teams captains.

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Site TV Recap
Final Score Team Record
1 September 13 1:00 PM Minnesota Vikings L 34–20 0–1 Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker Fox Recap
2 September 20 4:15 PM at Denver Broncos L 27–6 0–2 Invesco Field at Mile Highmarker CBS Recap
3 September 27 1:00 PM at Baltimore Ravens L 34–3 0–3 M&T Bank Stadiummarker CBS Recap
4 October 4 1:00 PM Cincinnati Bengals L 23–20 OT 0–4 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 11 1:00 PM at Buffalo Bills W 6–3 1–4 Ralph Wilson Stadiummarker CBS Recap
6 October 18 1:00 PM at Pittsburgh Steelers L 27–14 1–5 Heinz Fieldmarker CBS Recap
7 October 25 1:00 PM Green Bay Packers L 31–3 1–6 Cleveland Browns Stadium Fox Recap
8 November 1 1:00 PM at Chicago Bears L 30–6 1–7 Soldier Fieldmarker CBS Recap
9 Bye week
10 November 16 8:30 PM Baltimore Ravens L 16–0 1–8 Cleveland Browns Stadium ESPN Recap
11 November 22 1:00 PM at Detroit Lions L 38–37 1–9 Ford Fieldmarker CBS Recap
12 November 29 1:00 PM at Cincinnati Bengals L 16-7 1-10 Paul Brown Stadiummarker CBS Recap
13 December 6 4:05 PM San Diego Chargers Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS
14 December 10 8:20 PM Pittsburgh Steelers Cleveland Browns Stadium NFLN
15 December 20 1:00 PM† at Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadiummarker CBS
16 December 27 1:00 PM† Oakland Raiders Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS
17 January 3 1:00 PM† Jacksonville Jaguars Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS


Standings

Regular season results

Week 1: vs. Minnesota Vikings

at Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker, Cleveland, Ohiomarker

The Browns opened their season at home against the Minnesota Vikings trying to improve on their 4-12 record from last season. After trading field goals in the first quarter, RB Adrian Peterson scored the first touchdown of the game, giving Minnesota a 10-3 lead. But K Phil Dawson kicked his second field goal and WR Joshua Cribbs returned a punt for a touchdown and the Browns took a 13-10 lead into halftime. However, the second half was controlled completely by the Vikings, with QB Brett Favre connecting with WR Percy Harvin for Favre's first touchdown pass as a Viking. In the 4th quarter, QB Brady Quinn completed a touchdown pass to TE Robert Royal, the first touchdown by Cleveland's offense since the 4th quarter of Week 11 in 2008, ending a span of 416 offensive plays without a touchdown.

With the loss, Cleveland fell to 0-1.

Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
  • 11:33 CLE - Dawson 37 yard field goal 3-0 CLE
  • 0:06 MIN - Longwell 21 yard field goal 3-3


2nd Quarter
  • 11:17 MIN - Peterson 1 yard run (Longwell kick) 10-3 MIN
  • 6:00 CLE - Dawson 20 yard field goal 10-6 MIN
  • 1:46 CLE - Cribbs 67 yard punt return (Dawson kick) 13-10 CLE


3rd Quarter
  • 10:10 MIN - Peterson 1 yard run (Longwell kick) 17-13 MIN
  • 1:12 MIN - Harvin 6 yard pass from Favre (Longwell kick) 24-13 MIN


4th Quarter
  • 6:59 MIN - Longwell 37 yard field goal 27-13 MIN
  • 6:11 MIN - Peterson 64 yard run (Longwell kick) 34-13 MIN
  • 0:35 CLE - Royal 26 yard pass from Quinn (Dawson kick) 34-20 MIN


Week 2: at Denver Broncos

at Invesco Field at Mile Highmarker, Denver, Coloradomarker

Hoping to rebound from their home loss to the Vikings, the Browns flew to Invesco Field at Mile Highmarker for a Week 2 duel with the Denver Broncos. After recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff, the Browns started with a short field but couldn't capitalize, settling for a 22-yard field goal by kicker Phil Dawson. Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton would complete a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tony Scheffler for the game's first touchdown, and after a 47-yard field goal by Cleveland, the game was 7-6 after the first quarter. However, Cleveland's offensive struggles continued. Meanwhile, in the second and third quarter, kicker Matt Prater gave Denver a 23-yard and a 38-yard field goal. Afterwards, in the fourth quarter, the Broncos took control with touchdown runs by Peyton Hillis and Correll Buckhalter.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 0-2.

Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
  • 12:25 CLE - Dawson 22 yard field goal 3-0 CLE
  • 8:07 DEN - Scheffler 2 yard pass from Orton (Prater kick) 7-3 DEN
  • 1:53 CLE - Dawson 47 yard field goal 7-6 DEN


2nd Quarter
  • 11:45 DEN - Prater 23 yard field goal 10-6 DEN


3rd Quarter
  • 10:43 DEN - Prater 38 yard field goal 13-6 DEN


4th Quarter
  • 12:22 DEN - Hillis 2 yard run (Prater kick) 20-6 DEN
  • 8:35 DEN - Buckhalter 45 yard run (Prater kick) 27-6 DEN


Week 3: at Baltimore Ravens

at M&T Bank Stadiummarker, Baltimore, Marylandmarker

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Broncos, the Browns flew to M&T Bank Stadiummarker for a Week 3 AFC North duel with the Baltimore Ravens. Cleveland would trail early in the first quarter as Ravens running back Willis McGahee got a 7-yard touchdown run, followed by kicker Steven Hauschka getting a 36-yard field goal. The Browns' deficit would increase in the second quarter as Hauschka nailed a 33-yard field goal, while McGahee got a 15-yard touchdown run.

In the third quarter, things continued to get worse for the Browns as running back Ray Rice got a 9-yard touchdown run. In thr fourth quarter, Cleveland would manage to get on the board as kicker Billy Cundiff made a 29-yard field goal. Afterwards, Baltimore closed out the game as quarterback Joe Flacco completed a 72-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Derrick Mason.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 0-3.

Starting quarterback Brady Quinn (6 of 8, 34 yards, 1 INT) was benched after a dismal first half performance, while Derek Anderson (11 of 19, 92 yards, 3 INTs) did not perform much better.

Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
  • 10:19 BAL - McGahee 7 yard run (Hauschka kick) 7-0 BAL
  • 1:21 BAL - Hauschka 36 yard field goal 10-0 BAL


2nd Quarter
  • 5:42 BAL - Hauschka 33 yard field goal 13-0 BAL
  • 1:01 BAL - McGahee 15 yard run (Hauschka kick) 20-0 BAL


3rd Quarter
  • 7:38 BAL - Rice 9 yard run (Hauschka kick) 27-0 BAL


4th Quarter
  • 15:00 CLE - Cundiff 29 yard field goal 27-3 BAL
  • 8:18 BAL - Mason 72 yard pass from Flacco (Hauschka kick) 34-3 BAL


Week 4: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

at Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker, Cleveland, Ohiomarker

Still looking for their first win of the season, the Browns went home for a Week 4 AFC North duel with the Cincinnati Bengals in Round 1 of 2009's Battle of Ohio. Due to quarterback Brady Quinn's poor performance in the season thus far, head coach Eric Mangini named quarterback Derek Anderson the starter.

Cleveland would trail early in the first quarter as Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. The Browns would continue to struggle in the second quarter as defensive end Robert Geathers returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown. Cleveland would respond with Anderson completing a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Steve Heiden.

The Browns would tie the game in the third quarter with Anderson's 1-yard touchdown run. Afterwards, Cleveland would take the lead in the fourth quarter with a 26-yard and a 31-yard field goal from kicker Billy Cundiff. However, Cincinnati answered with Palmer hooking up with Ochocinco again on a 2-yard touchdown run (with a blocked PAT). In overtime, both teams went back and forth with their possessions. In the end, the Bengals emerged victorious with kicker Shayne Graham nailing the game-winning 31-yard field goal.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 0-4.

Scoring Summary
1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter
  • 1:44 CLE - Anderson 1 yard run (Cundiff kick) 14-14


4th Quarter
  • 15:00 CLE - Cundiff 26 yard field goal 17-14 CLE
  • 6:38 CLE - Cundiff 31 yard field goal 20-14 CLE
  • 2:02 CIN - Ochocinco 2 yard pass from Palmer 20-20


Overtime
  • 0:07 CIN - Graham 31 yard field goal 23-20 CIN


WR Edwards traded

On October 7, the Browns traded WR Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets for WR Chansi Stuckey, LB Jason Trusnik, and third- and fifth- round selections in the 2010 NFL Draft. The third-round selection can become a second-round selection based on Edwards' performance with the Jets this season.

Week 5: at Buffalo Bills

at Ralph Wilson Stadiummarker, Orchard Park, New Yorkmarker

After a heartbreaking loss to the Bengals, the Browns headed to Buffalo, the site of their last win in Week 11 of the 2008 season, and trying to avoid tying a franchise record 11 straight losses. In very windy conditions, the Browns' hero was punter Dave Zastudil who pinned the Bills within their 5 yard line 3 times. After trading field goals in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, the Browns recovered a fumble on a punt return by WR Roscoe Parrish, and kicker Billy Cundiff secured the victory with a short field goal. The Browns won despite QB Derek Anderson completing only 2 of 17 passes (11.8%) for 23 yards, setting a record for lowest completion percentage in a win since the AFL-NFL merger. This also marked Eric Mangini's first win as head coach of the Browns.

With the win, the Browns improved to 1-4. Zastudil was named the AFC special teams player of the week.

Scoring Summary
2nd Quarter
  • 7:31 CLE - Cundiff 24 yard field goal 3-0 CLE


3rd Quarter
  • 10:15 BUF - Lindell 36 yard field goal 3-3


4th Quarter
  • 0:26 CLE - Cundiff 18 yard field goal 6-3 CLE


Week 6: at Pittsburgh Steelers

at Heinz Fieldmarker, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker

After securing their first win of the season, the Browns went on the road to take on their archrival Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns came into the game having lost their last 11 games against the Steelers. The Steelers struck first with two touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger in the 2nd quarter. Josh Cribbs ran a kickoff back 98 yards for a touchdown, and got the Browns within 7. However, the Browns could never close the gap, and fell to the Steelers, 27-14.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 1-5.

Scoring Summary
2nd Quarter
  • 11:35 PIT - Miller 8 yard pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick) 7-0 PIT
  • 4:38 PIT - Ward 52 yard pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick) 14-0 PIT
  • 4:28 CLE - Cribbs 98 yard kickoff return (Cundiff kick) 14-7 PIT
  • 0:10 PIT - Reed 32 yard field goal 17-7 PIT


3rd Quarter
  • 11:43 CLE - Vickers 1 yard pass from Anderson (Cundiff kick) 17-14 PIT
  • 8:39 PIT - Mendenhall 2 yard run (Reed kick) 24-14 PIT


4th Quarter
  • 5:47 PIT - Reed 39 yard field goal 27-14 PIT


Week 7: vs. Green Bay Packers

at Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker, Cleveland, Ohiomarker

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Steelers, the Browns went home for a Week 7 interconference duel with the Green Bay Packers. After a scoreless first quarter, Cleveland began the second quarter with kicker Billy Cundiff's 22-yard field goal. However, the Packers would take charge with quarterback Aaron Rodgers completing a 45-yard touchdown pass to tight end Spencer Havner and a 71-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donald Driver, followed by a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Ryan Grant.

Afterwards, Green Bay pulled away in the second half with kicker Mason Crosby booting an 18-yard field goal in the third quarter and Rodgers finding wide receiver James Jones on a 5-yard touchdown pass.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 1-6.

Scoring Summary
2nd Quarter
  • 14:58 CLE - Cundiff 22 yard field goal 3-0 CLE
  • 12:11 GB - Havner 45 yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) 7-3 GB
  • 7:01 GB - Driver 71 yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) 14-3 GB
  • 1:56 GB - Grant 1 yard run (Crosby kick) 21-3 GB


3rd Quarter
  • 3:34 GB - Crosby 18 yard field goal 24-3 GB


4th Quarter
  • 9:42 GB - Jones 5 yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) 31-3 GB


Week 8: at Chicago Bears

at Soldier Fieldmarker, Chicago, Illinoismarker

Trying to snap a two-game losing streak, the Browns flew to Soldier Fieldmarker for a Week 8 interconference duel with the Chicago Bears. The Browns' defense held up well early, limiting the Bears to three field goals by kicker Robbie Gould (a 37-yard & a 29-yard in the first quarter and a 32-yard in the second). However, the Browns could not manage to get on the board and Chicago RB Matt Forté scored on a 1-yard run, putting the Browns down 16 at the half. The Browns struck first in the third quarter on a one yard run by QB Derek Anderson, but the PAT was blocked. Forté scored again in the third with a 10-yard touchdown run and the Bears put the Browns away with a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown by CB Charles Tillman in the fourth quarter. Late in the fourth, Derek Anderson was benched for Brady Quinn after going 6 of 17 (35.2%) for 76 yards and 2 interceptions.

With the loss, the Browns went into their bye week at 1-7.

Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
  • 2:25 CHI - Gould 37 yard field goal 3-0 CHI
  • 1:18 CHI - Gould 29 yard field goal 6-0 CHI


2nd Quarter
  • 8:48 CHI - Gould 32 yard field goal 9-0 CHI
  • 2:00 CHI - Forté 1 yard run (Gould kick) 16-0 CHI


3rd Quarter
  • 10:35 CLE - Anderson 1 yard run 16-6 CHI
  • 1:49 CHI - Forté 10 yard run (Gould kick) 23-6 CHI


4th Quarter
  • 3:25 CHI - Tillman 21 yard interception return (Gould kick) 30-6 CHI


GM Kokinis fired

On November 2, the Browns fired general manager George Kokinis after getting off to a disappointing 1-7 start. The Browns' statement said that Kokinis "is no longer actively involved with the organization." Owner Randy Lerner reportedly asked for his resignation, and when Kokinis refused, sought a dismissal "for cause." Head coach Eric Mangini was told by Lerner that his job was safe for the moment.

Week 9: BYE

Week 10: vs. Baltimore Ravens

at Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker, Cleveland, Ohiomarker

The Browns came out of their bye week with Brady Quinn as the starting quarterback again and looking to turn around their disappointing season. They hosted the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. Both teams played a scoreless first half, the first scoreless half in the NFL this season and only the ninth ever in 620 Monday Night Football games. The Ravens took over in the third with two touchdowns in 15 seconds (a 13-yard touchdown run from running back Ray Rice and safety Dawan Landry's 48-yard interception return for a touchdown). Kicker Steven Hauschka would add a 44-yard field goal, and the Browns could not score. This was the Browns' first shutout of the year.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 1-8.

Scoring Summary
3rd Quarter
  • 12:35 BAL - Rice 13 yard run (Hauschka kick) 7-0 BAL
  • 12:20 BAL - Landry 48 yard interception return 13-0 BAL
  • 7:25 BAL - Hauschka 44 yard field goal 16-0 BAL


Week 11: at Detroit Lions

at Ford Fieldmarker, Detroit, Michiganmarker

Looking to snap a four-game losing streak, the Browns flew to Ford Fieldmarker for a Week 11 interconference duel with the Detroit Lions. Both teams began the game with field goals, as Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson made a 44-yard field goal while Lions kicker Jason Hanson got a 31-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Browns' offense exploded as quarterback Brady Quinn completed a 59-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, and a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Joshua Cribbs. Detroit would answer with quarterback Matthew Stafford completing a 26-yard touchdown pass to running back Aaron Brown. The Lions would tie the game in the second quarter as Stafford hooked up with running back Kevin Smith on a 25-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 75-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Afterwards, Cleveland would end the half with Dawson nailing a 29-yard field goal.

Detroit would take the lead in the third quarter with Stafford's 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Will Heller, the Browns would pick up a safety after Stafford was called for intentional grounding from his own endzone. In the fourth quarter, Cleveland regained the lead with Quinn's 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Michael Gaines (followed by running back Jamal Lewis getting a 2-point conversion run). The Lions would take over, and with no time left, Browns safety Brodney Pool intercepted the ball. However, cornerback Hank Poteat was flagged for pass interference in the end zone. Since the game cannot end on a defensive penalty, Detroit was given one untimed down from the Browns' 1 yard line and Stafford completed the game-winning touchdown pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

With the loss, Cleveland fell to 1-9.

Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
  • 11:34 CLE - Dawson 44 yard field goal 3-0 CLE
  • 9:17 DET - Hanson 31 yard field goal 3-3
  • 9:05 CLE - Massaquoi 59 yard pass from Quinn (Dawson kick) 10-3 CLE
  • 4:10 CLE - Stuckey 40 yard pass from Quinn (Dawson kick) 17-3 CLE
  • 2:57 CLE - Cribbs 4 yard pass from Quinn 24-3 CLE
  • 0:37 DET - Brown 26 yard pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 24-10 CLE


2nd Quarter
  • 11:52 DET - Smith 25 yard pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 24-17 CLE
  • 5:12 DET - Johnson 75 yard pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 24-24
  • 0:06 CLE - Dawson 29 yard field goal 27-24 CLE


3rd Quarter
  • 2:52 DET - Heller 1 yard pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 31-27 DET
  • 0:47 CLE - intentional grounding in the end zone 31-29 DET


4th Quarter
  • 5:51 CLE - Gaines 2 yard pass from Quinn (Lewis run) 37-31 CLE
  • 0:00 DET - Pettigrew 1 yard pass from Stafford (Hanson kick) 38-37 DET


Week 12: at Cincinnati Bengals

at Paul Brown Stadiummarker, Cincinnati, Ohiomarker

With the loss, the Browns fell to 1-10 and were officially eliminated from postseason contention.

Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
  • 3:11 CIN - Graham 37 yard field goal 3-0 CIN


2nd Quarter
  • 1:18 CIN - Foschi 4 yard pass from Palmer (Graham kick) 10-0 CIN
  • 0:00 CIN - Graham 53 yard field goal 13-0 CIN


3rd Quarter
  • 6:57 CLE - Quinn 9 yard run (Dawson kick) 13-7 CIN
  • 0:54 CIN - Graham 28 yard field goal 16-7 CIN


Week 13: vs. San Diego Chargers

at Cleveland Browns Stadiummarker, Cleveland, Ohiomarker

References

  1. Dave Zastudil Named AFC Player Of The Week



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