|2004 Cleveland Browns season|
|Head coach||Butch Davis (3-8 record) |
Terry Robiskie (1-4 record) (interim)
|Home field||Cleveland Browns Stadium|
|Local radio||WTAM · WMMS|
|Division place||4th AFC North|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 2004 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 56th season and 52nd with the National Football League. The Browns were looking to improve on their 5-11 record from 2003 and return to their 2002 playoff position; however, hindered by a tough schedule they regressed further and only won four games. On November 30, Butch Davis resigned as Head Coach and General Manager of the team. He was succeeded by offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie. Robiskie promoted tight end coach Rob Chudzinski to offensive coordinator.
On September 12, the Browns defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 20-3, marking the team's only Week 1 win since returning to the NFL in 1999. In the two decades since the Browns returned to the league, the Browns went 1-18-1.
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College|
|1||6||Kellen Winslow||Tight End||Miami|
|4||106||Luke McCown||Quarterback||Louisiana Tech|
|5||161||Amon Gordon||Defensive Lineman||Stanford|
|6||176||Kirk Chambers||Offensive Lineman||Stanford|
|7||208||Adimchinobi Echemandu||Running Back||California|
Football statistics site Football Outsiders calculated that the 2004 Browns played the toughest schedule of any NFL team between 1989 and 2013, based on strength of opponent, although Pro Football Reference argues that their schedule was only the fifth-toughest in this span and twelfth-toughest non-strike since 1971.[note 1] The Browns played just one game - their Week 16 contest against the Miami Dolphins - against a team with fewer than six wins, and played five against opponents with 12 or more wins, including a total of three against Steelers and Patriots who were a combined 28-2 against their remaining opponents.
Apart from their AFC North division games, the Browns played against the AFC East and NFC East according to the conference rotation, and played the Chargers and Texans based on 2003 divisional positions.
|1||September 12||Baltimore Ravens||W 20-3||Cleveland Browns Stadium||1-0||73,068|
|2||September 19||at Dallas Cowboys||L 12-19||Texas Stadium||1-1||63,119|
|3||September 26||at New York Giants||L 10-27||Giants Stadium||1-2||78,521|
|4||October 3||Washington Redskins||W 17-13||Cleveland Browns Stadium||2-2||73,348|
|5||October 10||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 23-34||Heinz Field||2-3||63,609|
|6||October 17||Cincinnati Bengals||W 34-17||Cleveland Browns Stadium||3-3||73,263|
|7||October 24||Philadelphia Eagles||L 31-34 (OT)||Cleveland Browns Stadium||3-4||73,394|
|9||November 7||at Baltimore Ravens||L 13-27||M&T Bank Stadium||3-5||69,781|
|10||November 14||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 10-24||Cleveland Browns Stadium||3-6||73,703|
|11||November 21||New York Jets||L 7-10||Cleveland Browns Stadium||3-7||72,547|
|12||November 28||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 48-58||Paul Brown Stadium||3-8||65,677|
|13||December 5||New England Patriots||L 15-42||Cleveland Browns Stadium||3-9||73,028|
|14||December 12||at Buffalo Bills||L 7-37||Ralph Wilson Stadium||3-10||72,330|
|15||December 19||San Diego Chargers||L 0-21||Cleveland Browns Stadium||3-11||72,489|
|16||December 26||at Miami Dolphins||L 7-10||Pro Player Stadium||3-12||73,169|
|17||January 2||at Houston Texans||W 22-14||Reliant Stadium||4-12||70,724|