|1977 Cleveland Browns season|
|Head coach||Forrest Gregg|
Dick Modzelewski (interim)
|Home field||Cleveland Municipal Stadium|
|Division place||4th AFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1977 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 28th season with the National Football League. After a 6-4 start, the Browns lost their final four games of the season, to finish with a disappointing 6-8 record. With one game left in the season, head coach Forrest Gregg was fired and replaced by Dick Modzelewski.
The following were selected in the 1977 NFL Draft.
|1||17||Robert L. Jackson||Linebacker||Texas A&M|
|2||46||Tom Skladany||Punter||Ohio State|
|4||102||Oliver Davis||Defensive back||Tennessee State|
|4||110||Mickey Sims||Defensive tackle||South Carolina State|
|7||173||Kenny Randle||Wide receiver||SMU|
|7||188||Bob Lingenfelter||Offensive tackle||Nebraska|
|8||213||Bill Armstrong||Defensive back||Wake Forest|
|9||240||Daryl Brown||Defensive back||Tufts|
|10||269||Tom Burkett||Offensive tackle||North Carolina|
|11||296||Charles Nash||Wide receiver||Arizona|
|12||325||Leo Tierney||Center||Georgia Tech|
|1||August 8, 1977||Washington Redskins||L 16-14|
|2||August 13, 1977||at Minnesota Vikings||L 34-33|
|3||August 19, 1977||St. Louis Cardinals||W 19-10|
|4||August 25, 1977||Chicago Bears||W 14-7|
|5||September 3, 1977||at Green Bay Packers||W 19-14|
|6||September 9, 1977||at Detroit Lions||L 24-20|
|1||September 18, 1977||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 13-3|
|2||September 26, 1977||New England Patriots||W 30-27|
|3||October 2, 1977||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 28-14|
|4||October 9, 1977||Oakland Raiders||L 26-10|
|5||October 16, 1977||at Houston Oilers||W 24-23|
|6||October 23, 1977||at Buffalo Bills||W 27-16|
|7||October 30, 1977||Kansas City Chiefs||W 44-7|
|8||November 6, 1977||Cincinnati Bengals||L 10-7|
|9||November 13, 1977||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 35-31|
|10||November 20, 1977||at New York Giants||W 21-7|
|11||November 27, 1977||Los Angeles Rams||L 9-0|
|12||December 4, 1977||at San Diego Chargers||L 37-14|
|13||December 11, 1977||Houston Oilers||L 19-15|
|14||December 18, 1977||at Seattle Seahawks||L 20-19|
The 1977 season started with a league rival and an impressive win.
The Cleveland Browns had not hosted nor been in a Monday Night Football game since the 1973 season, when they lost at home against the Miami Dolphins. The Cleveland Stadium was sold out that beautiful night along the lakefront and the crowd looked forward to a great game. Indeed, the game went into overtime, and with a little more than 10 minutes left in over time, Don Cockroft kicked a 35-yard field goal to end the game with a win for the Browns. Howard Cosell said that it was one of the most exciting finishes to a Monday Night Football game that he ever witnessed.
The Browns beat the Oilers 24-23 on another Crockfort last-second field goal. Toni Fritsch kicks a 37-yarder with 4:28 left to give Houston a 23-21 lead, but running back Greg Pruitt leads the Browns on their final scoring drive with three runs and a 13-yard third-down completion to Cleo Miller. Crockfort's six points lift him past Jim Brown to the no. 2 spot (behind Lou Groza) on the Browns' all-time scoring list.
Scoring their most points in 9 years, the Browns break a team record with 34 first downs while rolling up 526 yards (322 rushing) in a rout over The Kansas City Chiefs 44-7. Greg Pruitt rushes for 153 yards. Brian Sipe threw for 200 yards and tight end Gary Parris catches two touchdown passes.