* Tobin Rote is starting to hit like a Layne. But watch out when he starts running! Rote has strictly been a passer during the exhibition trail, but it's his running which makes him a feared quarterback.
* The Packer offensive line is much improved. Guard Joe Skibinski, obtained from the Browns, and tackle Tom Dahms, traded by the Rams, have been the kind of talent needed to fill the rubbery spots.
* Fullback Howie Ferguson has been the sparkplug of the running attack. But wait until Breezy Reid gets going. He was the league's ninth best last season with a 5.1 average.
* Al Carmichael, although sidelined with a shoulder separation, is the club's best pass catching back. When he returns, the backfield should click with perfection with a bigger, faster line in front of them.
Milwaukee gets an eyeful of the Packers Saturday night at Marquette Stadium when the fifth annual Midwest Shrine game matches Green Bay and the Chicago Cardinals. Surprisingly enough, the Cardinals boast the second best exhibition record in the Eastern Division, winning two of four starts. They've got the closest resemblance to the "dream backfield" of 1947 and it lines up something like this: Lamar McHan at quarterback, Ollie Matson and Dave Mann at halfbacks, and Johnny Olszewski at fullback. It was more than the Lions and Bears could handle in early season play. While the Packers have won but one exhibition game, they've played three on equal terms. A little midseason spunk could have been the difference. Only in the Eagle game were the Packers outplayed. And that the one Rote's receivers dropped nine and took the 10 count. "We really wanted that Redskin win," said Blackbourn again Wednesday, still trying to figure out how Washington had won when it appeared the Packers had it all but wrapped up. "That was one of the toughest pro games I've ever seen. Both clubs whaled the daylights out of each other. But Eddie LeBaron's passing was phenomenal - the best we've seen this season. After watching the exhibition season develop, it looks like the whole league is well balanced," continued Blackborn. "Everyone's going to have their troubles, everyone."
ARMY GRABS JIM TEMP
SEPTEMBER 14 (La Crosse) - Jim Temp, former Wisconsin star end and No. 2 draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, left Wednesday to report to the Army at Ft. Eustis, VA. Before leaving his home here, Temp, a second lieutenant, said that there might be a mistake in his orders, which directed him to report for duty September 16, because he understood the call would be delayed.
ZATKOFF MAY BE DEFENSIVE END FOR PACKERS IN EXHIBITION HERE
SEPTEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - Linebacker Roger Zatkoff, Green Bay Packer defensive star, may come up with a new assignment in the Shrine exhibition
game with the Chicago Cardinals Saturday night. Coach
Lisle Blackbourn said Thursday he was considering
shifting Zatkoff to defensive end as a replacement for the
injured Gene Knutson. Knutson was hurt in the
exhibition with the Washington Redskins last week and
both he and offensive guard Steve Ruzich will miss
Saturday's game. Blackbourn said he was well satisfied
with the Packer defense and passing attacks but that
the ground game needed improvement. "Our running
game needs stepping up and we've worked on it this
week," said Blackbourn. "Our defense should hold up
although injuries hurt us against the Redskins." The
Packers lost to Washington in the final minute, 33-31.
The Packers have a 1-4 exhibition record and Saturday
night's Cardinal game will be the last pre-season
CARDS SEND 'DREAM' BACKS AGAINST BAYS
SEPTEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It has been
five years since the Packers and Cardinals have played
a league game - five years and the disappearance of the
famed Big Red "dream backfield" and the rebirth of
probably just as potent an attack. The year was 1949 in
which the Packers were more than happy to call it quits
with the Cardinals after being drubbed at Comiskey
Park, 41-21, for the seventh consecutive time. Those
were the days of Christman, Angsman, Trippi and
Harder. "Dream backfield", they called it... the best in
the league as the Cardinals won the league title in 1947
and were Western Division champs the year after.
Saturday night at Marquette Stadium, the Packers meet
the Cardinals in the fifth annual Midwest Shrine game -
the last tuneup before they open the league season
September 25 against the Lions in Green Bay. But Saturday night's affair means more than a forgotten exhibition. It's a chance for both clubs to carefully test each other - seven weeks later it will be for keeps when the teams resume one of the oldest rivalries in the league in Green Bay November 13. Tabbed as the closest resemblance to that "dream outfit" which had its own way in those glorious '40s is this quartet" Lamar McHan, quarterback; Ollie Matson, halfback; Dave Mann, halfback, and Johnny Olszewski, fullback. McHan learned the T formation the hard way, being plucked from his Arkansas tailback spot to the Cardinals' starting quarterback post last season. His first year jitters have seemed to subside as he passed the Cardinals to pre-season wins over the Bears and Lions. Matson needs no introduction. Considered the fastest back in pro ball (he runs the 100 in 9.5), Matson was the Cardinals' leading ground gainer, despite the fact he joined the club late because of service commitments. He was second in pass receiving and was the team's top scorer with nine touchdowns. Mann, drafted in 1954 despite the fact he had another year of military service, was a member of the Fort Ord team which included Matson. Speed is Mann's chief talent. He's touted as another Matson. Olszewski shattered Jackie Jensen's records at California before coming to the Cardinals. He was second only to Matson as a ball carrier last season. He's an explosive runner, booming 25 yards for one touchdown against the Bears this season. McHan, Matson and Olszewski were all first draft choices, a true indication that the Cardinals were going to build another "dream outfit". Add this year's top college choice, end Box Boydston of Oklahoma, and it's easy to predict the Cardinals could be the surprise team of the season. Green Bay gets first crack at this explosive package Saturday and hopes that history won't repeat itself.
GREEN BAY AIMS TO HALT SLIDE AGAINST CARDS HERE SATURDAY
SEPTEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - A couple of losing streaks will get Green Bay's thorough attention in the annual Tripoli Shrine exhibition game with the Chicago Cardinals at Marquette University Stadium Saturday night at 8:15 o'clock. The first one concerns the game itself. Since the Packers won the first of these appearances here in 1950, beating the Colts, 16-14, they've lost four in a row. The Eagles beat them in 1951 (14-10), the Giants in 1952 (7-0), the Steelers in 1953 (26-23) and the Giants last year (38-27). The second concerns this entire exhibition season which will end with Saturday's game - and it has Coach Lisle Blackbourn both a little worried and bewildered. Since beating the New York Giants in the opener, substantiating early hopes, the Packers have lost to Cleveland, 13-7; Pittsburgh, 16-14; Philadelphia, 24-10 and Washington 33-31 - Washington on the last play of the game. Each one of the games, except for a collapse of one kind or other, the club might have won. The Cardinals come with a record not unlike Green Bay's although it looks a little better in print. After a fast start in which they beat both the Chicago Bears, 21-6 and the Detroit Lions, 17-16, they took a beating from the San Francisco 49ers, 43-7, and the Baltimore Colts, 24-14. Green Bay Friday ruled a 6 point choice. The Washington licking last week, while a crusher in the way it was suffered, did have more than one redeeming feature of play. The defense was solid until injuries in the fourth quarter took Deral Teteak, Gene Knutson, Jim Temp, Nate Borden, Steve Ruzich, Len Szafaryn, Jerry Helluin and Val Joe Walker from the lineup. Washington got three of its touchdowns in the final period of play - the last two in the last seven minutes. All but Knutson and Temp will be ready ot play here.
CARDS CALL ON COMPTON FOR PACKERS DUEL
SEPTEMBER 16 (Milwaukee) - A rookie from Hardin-
Simmons university, Ogden (Bingo) Compton, is
expected to start at quarterback for the Chicago
Cardinals tomorrow night when they meet the Green
Bay Packers in Marquette Stadium. Coach Ray
Richards of the Cardinals decided to go with Compton
in view of his excellent showing against the Baltimore
Colts last Saturday in Chicago. Compton entered the
game with the Cardinals trailing, 21 to 0, and led the
team to a pair of last quarter touchdowns, one of them
a pass by Compton to Jim Carr, a rookie halfback. The
Cardinals will be trying to being their exhibition game
percentage over the .500 mark. The Chicagoans
opened in style, beating the Chicago Bears, 21 to 6,
and the Detroit Lions, 17 to 16. Then the San
Francisco 49ers stomed over the Cardinals, 43 to 7, in
a rough game on the coast and the Colts beat them,
24 to 14. The Packer have fared even worse in
preseason battles, losing to Cleveland, Philadelphia
and Washington after beating the New York Giants in
their opener. Two of the losses were 2 point margins
Compton, a protege of the great Sammy Baugh, has
completed 18 of his 31 passing attempts this season
for 178 yards and one touchdown. The Packers, who
last Saturday dropped a 33 to 31 decision to the
Redskins on the final play of the game, a plunge by
Eddie Le Baron, probably will stick with Tobin Rote as
their field general. Rote completed only 12 of 29
passes, but they represent 292 yards and two
touchdowns and also set up a third.