Cleveland Browns History

The Cleveland Browns are in their seventy-fourth season, playing their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium, in Cleveland, Ohio since 1999. The Browns are led by head coach Kevin Stefanski since 2020.

The Browns have won eight championships in their history, most recently in 1964.

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Franchise Award Winners

During their existence, they have had two people win Coach of the Year: Forrest Gregg, (1976); Kevin Stefanski, (2020).

During their careers, multiple players have won awards for the team: Brian Sipe won the Most Valuable Player in 1980; Jim Brown won the Most Valuable Player in 1957, 1958, and 1965; Chip Banks won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1982.

Cleveland Browns by the Decades

1940s

The Cleveland Browns' inaugural season was 1946. During the decade, the Browns had a record of 47-4-3 during the regular season and 5-0 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Cleveland Stadium. They won zero division titles. The Browns ranked 1st in the Western division with a win percentage of 92%. Throughout the 1940s, they led the entire league in wins. They won four league championships in 1946, 1947, 1948, and 1949.

1950s

During the decade, the Browns had a record of 88-30-2 during the regular season and 4-5 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Cleveland Stadium. They won zero division titles. The Browns ranked 1st in the East division with a win percentage of 71% and ranked 1st in the American division with a win percentage of 81%. Throughout the 1950s, they led the entire league in wins. They won three league championships in 1950, 1954, and 1955.

1960s

During the decade, the Browns had a record of 92-41-5 during the regular season and 3-4 in the playoffs. In fact, the ninety-two wins represents the most wins in a decade for the Browns. They played their home games at Cleveland Stadium. They won three division titles. The Browns ranked 1st in the Century division with a win percentage of 70% and ranked 1st in the East division with a win percentage of 68%. They won one league championship in 1964.

1970s

During the decade, the Browns had a record of 72-70-2 during the regular season and 0-2 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Cleveland Stadium. They won one division title. The Browns ranked 3rd in the AFC Central division with a win percentage of 51%.

1980s

During the decade, the Browns had a record of 83-68-1 during the regular season and 3-7 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Cleveland Stadium. They won five division titles. The Browns ranked 1st in the AFC Central division with a win percentage of 55%.

1990s

During the decade, the Browns had a record of 41-71-0 during the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Cleveland Stadium (1990-1995) and Cleveland Browns Stadium (1999). They won zero division titles. The Browns ranked 5th in the AFC Central division with a win percentage of 37%.

2000s

During the decade, the Browns had a record of 57-103-0 during the regular season and 0-1 in the playoffs. They played their home games at Cleveland Browns Stadium. They won zero division titles. The Browns ranked 5th in the AFC Central division with a win percentage of 31% and ranked 4th in the AFC North division with a win percentage of 37%.

2010s

During the decade, the Browns had a record of 42-117-1 during the regular season and not a single game in the playoffs. They played their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium. They won zero division titles. The Browns ranked 4th in the AFC North division with a win percentage of 27%.

2020s

During the decade, the Browns had a record of 19-14-0 during the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs. They played their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium. They won zero division titles. The Browns ranked 2nd in the AFC North division with a win percentage of 58%.

Cleveland Browns Head Coaching History

Head Coach Years Record Win percentage Playoff record
Kevin Stefanski 2020-2022 19-13-0 59.4% 1-1
Freddie Kitchens 2019 6-10-0 37.5% 0-0
Hue Jackson 2016-2018 3-36-1 8.8% 0-0
Gregg Williams 2018 5-3-0 62.5% 0-0
Mike Pettine 2014-2015 10-22-0 31.3% 0-0
Rob Chudzinski 2013 4-12-0 25.0% 0-0
Pat Shurmur 2011-2012 9-23-0 28.1% 0-0
Eric Mangini 2009-2010 10-22-0 31.3% 0-0
Romeo Crennel 2005-2008 24-40-0 37.5% 0-0
Butch Davis 2001-2004 24-35-0 40.7% 0-1
Terry Robiskie 2004 4-12-0 25.0% 0-0
Chris Palmer 1999-2000 5-27-0 15.6% 0-0
Bill Belichick 1991-1995 36-44-0 45.0% 1-1
Bud Carson 1989-1990 12-19-1 39.1% 1-1
Jim Shofner 1990 3-13-0 18.8% 0-0
Marty Schottenheimer 1984-1988 45-34-0 57.0% 2-4
Sam Rutigliano 1978-1984 51-54-0 48.6% 0-2
Forrest Gregg 1975-1977 18-24-0 42.9% 0-0
Dick Modzelewski 1977 6-8-0 42.9% 0-0
Nick Skorich 1971-1974 30-24-2 55.4% 0-2
Blanton Collier 1963-1970 76-34-2 68.8% 3-4
Paul Brown 1946-1962 158-48-8 75.7% 9-5

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