(SAN FRANCISCO) - The 49ers, doormats of this season's pro football until just three weeks ago, turned in their best offensive battle of the year Saturday to humble the Packers, 38-20. Sparking the effort were the running of Hugh McElhenny and the passing of Y.A. Tittle. Taking equal billing before the crowd of 32,436 with the two veterans was first year end Clyde Conner, whose pass catching figured in two of the touchdowns. With three victories and a tie in their last four games the 49ers moved into fourth place in the NFL's Western Conference, one-half game ahead of the Packers. McElhenny started the fireworks with a 25-yard scoring dash in the first period, and set up the final touchdown in the fourth with a gallop of 50 that ended at the three-yard line. From there fullback Joe Perry went over. Green Bay led at one point, 14-10, and trailed only 17-14 at the end of the third period. Then San Francisco surged ahead. First Tittle and Conner hooked up on pass plays good for 30 and 49 yards to the Packers' six. There Tittle tossed a scoring pitch to Billy Wilson. Dicky Moegle next intercepted a Tobin Rote pass and dipsy doodled his way to score. Then McElhenny powered the 50 yards to set up San Francisco's final touchdown.
Green Bay finally hit for a fourth period touchdown when Bart Starr passed to end Bill Howton on an 11-yard play following a pass interception. McElhenny's first period scoring run followed recovery of a Fred Cone fumble at the Green Bay 39. After the ensuing kickoff Rote hooked up with Cone on a touchdown pass play covering 69 yards. Starting at the Green Bay 31, Rote hit Cone at the 38 and the 205-pound fullback rambled the rest of the distance down the sidelines, then added the conversion that made it 7-7.
A 31-yard field goal by Soltau put the 49ers ahead, 10-7. Then Green Bay had its turn as Rote's passing moved the Packers 68 yards in 10 plays, the touchdown coming on his own one-yard sneak. This time the 49ers marched the kickoff back 74 yards for a touchdown. The Tittle to Conner combine clicked four times for 40 yards and ended with a nine-yard completion behind the goal post. Soltau's conversion made it 17-14 at the half. The third period was scoreless. Howie Ferguson led the Green Bay rushed during the first half with 30 yards on four carries but suffered a leg injury early in the third period and his loss apparently hurt the Green Bay offense. The Packers' final touchdown actually resulted from the defensive play of Deral Teteak, who intercepted a Tittle pass on the 49ers' 46 and returned it to the 28. Cone gained three, Starr passed to Bill Roberts for 14 over the middle and then passed to Howton, who caught it on the one and squirmed over. Bob St. Clair blocked Cone's conversion attempt. Rote's passing featured the second touchdown drive. He connected on throws of 20 and 14 to Howton and 13 to Joe Johnson on the march. Another 14 yards came on a pass interference call. After the 49ers took a 17-14 lead in the second quarter, the Packers roared right back and threatened to take command. Jack Losch returned the kickoff 44 yards to the Green Bay 49. A Rote to Johnson pass gained 15 to the 49er 36 and another of the same combination carried to the 22. Then Rote dropped back to pass with 49ers rushing in fast. He saw an opening and ran to the 15 but fumbled when hit and Bruce Bosley recovered for San Francisco. That marked the last Packer threat until after their cause was lost.
GREEN BAY     -   7   7   0   6 - 20
SAN FRANCISCO -  10   7   0  21 - 38
1st - SF - Hugh McElhenny, 26-yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 7-0
1st - GB - Fred Cone, 69-yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick) TIED 7-7
1st - SF - Soltau, 31-yard field goal SAN FRANCISCO 10-7
2nd - GB - Rote, 1-yard rush (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-10
2nd - SF - Clyde Conner, 9-yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 17-14
4th - SF - Billy Wilson, 6-yard pass from Tittle (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 24-14
4th - SF - Dicky Moegle, 31-yard interception return (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 31-14
4th - SF - Joe Perry, 4-yard rush (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 38-14
4th - GB - Billy Howton, 11-yard pass from Starr (Kick blocked) SAN FRANCISCO 38-20
DECEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - Tobin Rote lived up again Saturday to his billing as pro football's most inconsistent quarterback. He can be either the NFL's best or the worst and quite often he can be both on the same afternoon. Certainly this was the case again Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers, who pummeled the Packers, 38-20. Rote was great in the first half, very ordinary in the second. And he reversed the usual trend, for in the team's upset victories over the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day and the Chicago Cardinals a week ago, Rote waited until the last half to get hot. In the first half here Saturday afternoon, Rote completed seven out of 10 passes. The three he did not complete were dropped by Gary Knafelc (two) and Howie Ferguson. All of his passes were of the short or medium variety. And they kept the Packers in the thick of the game. In the second half, though, Rote began to slough off. He discarded the short pass and running game which had kept the Packers in contention earlier and became the wild, inconsistent scatter gun. Here's what happened:
First Series, Third Quarter - Ferguson, who later departed with a knee injury, fumbled a pitchout and Rote recovered for a nine yard loss. Rote took too much time trying to throw a long pass and had to run, for a two yard gain. Rote threw long to Howton and missed.
Second Series, Third Quarter - Rote threw long to Howton and missed. Rote was way off with another long pass intended for Howton. The Packers had to punt again.
Third Series, Third Quarter - Rote returned to the short pass game and the Packers picked up two first downs, moving out from their six to their 35. As the fourth period opened, Cone gained three yards, then Rote lost six taking too long to select a receiver. Rote, back to pass on the next play, again had to run, made 10 yards but the Packers had to punt.
All this while, the Packer defense was containing San Francisco, too, but something had to give. It was Green Bay.The 49ers, on two long passes from Y.A. Tittle to rookie Clyde Conner early in the fourth quarter, got the touchdown which actually finished Green Bay for the afternoon and made it 24-14. Rote still was off the beam.
First Series, Fourth Quarter - Rote threw too long to Howton. Rote overthrew Jack Losch badly. Green Bay punted.
Second Series, Fourth Quarter - Rote threw high to Howton. The ball bounced off the Green Bay end's fingertips, into Dick Moegle's hands and the 49er returned it 31 yards for a touchdown.
Now it was 31-14 and it mattered little that Green Bay gave up the ball on downs the next time Rote tried to steer the Packers and that the 49ers went from there to their fifth touchdown. Or that rookie Bart Starr of Alabama guided the Packers to a consolation touchdown with a minute to go. If Rote is hot, the other team might as well pack up and go home. If Rote is not hot, then the Packers might as well pack up. Here was a perfect case of the entire matter again.
DECEMBER 10 (New York) - Notre Dame's Paul Hornung told a nationwide television audience Sunday night he plans to play professional football with the Green Bay Packers. Hornung, Heisman Trophy winner and bonus pick in the NFL draft, had been reported considering offers by a Canadian professional team. However he said on a network TV show: "Yes, I have decided to join Green Bay, although I'm a rebel. I guess I'll just have to continue getting used to playing in cold weather." The Notre Dame quarterback is from Louisville, Ky.
DECEMBER 11 (Los Angeles) - The Packers will be in their worst physical shape of the year Sunday when they close out their season against the Rams. Coach Liz Blackbourn reported Tuesday that Howie Ferguson, Jack Losch, Al Carmichael and Jim Ringo really got a going over from the 49ers. Ferguson is in the worst shape. He was removed to Good Samaritan Hospital for a closer observation of his injured knee. He will undergo surgery after the season.
DECEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Forrest Gregg won't play for the Packers Sunday in their finale against the Rams. Worse yet, he won't play the entire 1957 season. The rookie guard from SMU was beckoned by Uncle Sam Tuesday. And in the matter of 18 hours he was plucked from the Packers' sunny Pasadena training site and sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. "I feel if I go now I'll only miss one season," Gregg said at the Milwaukee induction center Tuesday afternoon. The likeable Texan then told that four other rookie pals would be in the same boots soon. Tackle Bob Skoronski, quarterback Bart Starr, halfback Jack Losch and defensive halfback Hank Gremminger have already received induction orders but will finish the season. While Gregg will probably miss his pro pay for only one season, his four other buddies are not so lucky. Skoronski, Starr, Losch and Gremminger are Air Force bound, which means a three year hitch. Gregg sported a badly scabbed nose, a trademark of the treatment dished out in pro football. "Oh, this," Gregg said, pointing to his nose. "It looks likes this all season. It was nothing the 49ers did to me any differently." And talking about his first year with the Packers, Gregg said the big difference between college and pro football is they demand more here, but they pay more, too. Gregg, the Packers' second draft choice, reported to camp weighing 221 pounds as a tackle. He now hits the scales at 235 and has learned to handle himself against the best. "Lou Rymkus (Packer line coach) really helped me," Gregg said. "In this league you've got to dish it out as much as the next fellow or you'll get a good beating." Ray Krouse, a 6-3, 260 pound defensive tackle with the Lions, ranked as Gregg's "meaniest" rival. "But I've learned a lot from him, too," grinned the curly-headed Texas. "I surely want to return," said Gregg when asked what his plans would be after his service days. And that surely must go for the Packers, too, who realized Gregg was improving with every game and being groomed as a topnotch pro guard.
DECEMBER 11 (Washington) - Former Green Bay Packers end, Max McGee, Wednesday was named to the All-Air Force football team as a halfback. He performed for the Eglin (Fla) AFB. McGee, converted to end by the Packers after starring as a halfback at Tulane, will not return to the Bays until the 1958 season.
DECEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - How do the Packers compare personnel-wise with their other rivals in the Western Division of the NFL? Scouts of other teams were asked this at different times during the season, which will end against the Rams here Sunday, and they always has pretty much the same answer. "In manpower," one said, "I would rate the Packers at the bottom of the division. They are definitely not in the same class with Detroit or the Bears and not quite, man for man, in a class with Baltimore, San Francisco or Los Angeles." How come then their successive victories over leading Detroit and the contending Chicago Cardinals and over Baltimore and Los Angeles (42-17) earlier? "The difference," another observed, "between winning and losing in this league is not too much - maybe a man or two. Take Detroit, which went from first to last to first in successive years. The Lions got a few good men back from the service and had a successful draft and there they are at the top again. My personal feeling about Green Bay is that Liz Blackbourn (coach) has been doing it with mirrors. Sure, when Rote has a hot day, Green Bay can beat almost anybody, but that's true of almost any team in the league when their quarterback goes good. I mean Green Bay can't be consistent because of personnel shortages. They have to have everything clicking for them at once - no injuries because they're not too deep at all, everyone 'up' for the game, a few bounces their way - for them to play Detroit or the Bears even or beat any other team. That can't happen every week. The surprising thing is that Green Bay has won as many games as it has and that they come so close in so many others. The answer has to be coaching. In that respect the Packers are as well prepared as any team in the league." At various times in the season, scouts were asked to compare personnel by position and the answers came out something like this:
Quarterback - Tobin Rote of the Packers is inconsistent but he is still at or near the top. His inconsistency is different from others. Layne of Detroit or Brown of the Bears have good days and bad days. Rote generally mixes his up in the same game.
Running backs - The Packers are better since Cone "came back" but they still lack speed to the outside and niftiness, aside from the time Rote himself carries. Injuries to Ferguson have hurt. Green Bay cannot compare with Detroit (Gedman, Cassady, Hart, McIlhenny), the Bears (Casares, Hoffman, Jeter, Watkins), San Francisco (McElhenny, Perry, Johnson), Baltimore (Moore, Ameche, Dupre) or Los Angeles (Waller, Younger, Wilson) - in power, speed or depth.
Ends - In pass catching, Howton and Knafelc of Green Bay rate with the finest. But the Packers again lack depth and they have no blocking, either at the ends or at the slot back or flanker halfback. They have no one like McColl of the Bears or Doran of the Lions who can both catch the ball and knock down an opposing end or linebacker.
Interior Linemen - Ringo at center is capable. Green Bay's guard rank with the weakest, although rookie Gregg has come along. The tackles are adequate, but not great, although rookie Skoronski shows fine promise. The offensive line is inferior to those of Green Bay's other rivals.
Defensive end - One of Green Bay's most pressing needs is a crashing type end who can harry the other team's passer. Martinkovic and Borden are ordinary. Martinkovic's play this season has been a distinct disappointment.
Tackles - Helluin traps easily. Hanner lacks speed. Neither exerts enough pressure on the passer.
Middle Guard - Forester defends against the pass well, but had shown weakness in meeting the run. He has good potential and has improved this year.
Linebackers - Teteak and Zatkoff are hard tacklers, but Teteak cannot defend well against the pass because of lack of height and Zatkoff quite often is caught out of position. By and large, however, this is not a weak spot.
Cornerbackers - This is perhaps the team's biggest problem. In 1955 rookie Doyle Nix did a fine job, but he went to the service. This year Green Bay has tried to cover up for two weak spots all season.
Deep backs - Dillon is one of the best in the league and Walker does an acceptable job. Both are fine pursuit men (covering receivers) but lack of weight makes them less adequate against the run than, say, Christiansen, Lary, David and Karilivacz of Detroit.
DECEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers lost guard Forrest Gregg to the army draft Tuesday, received word that four other players would be inducted shortly and were deprived of the services of fullback Howie Ferguson for Sunday's NFL finale with the Rams in Los Angeles. Gregg, a rookie from Southern Methodist, returned here from California for his induction and was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Packer players who will be taken by the armed forces after the season is over are halfback Jack Losch, quarterback Bart Starr, defensive halfback Hank Gremminger and tackle Bob Skoronski. Of more immediate concern to Lisle Blackbourn's squad, which is working out in Pasadena for Sunday's game with the Rams, was the loss of Ferguson with a knee injury. The veteran fullback has been hospitalized as a result of injuries suffered against the San Francisco 49ers last Saturday and will undergo an operation after the season. Also on the shelf with injuries are Losch, Al Carmichael and Jim Ringo, all of whom were hurt in the 49ers game.
DECEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Paul Hornung, who was the fifth Notre Dame player to receive the Heisman Memorial Trophy, said he "supposes" he'll play pro football with the Packers who made him their bonus choice in the recent player draft. "I haven't talked to anyone from Green Bay yet," he said Wednesday at a New York press luncheon. "I'm to have a meeting with them Friday. I have some figures to quote and probably they will, too. I don't know whether we'll get together, but I suppose I'll play for them." The Packers will send Jack Vainisi to South Bend to discuss contract terms with the Notre Dame star. Later, while discussing his military status, Hornung explained he had been in the Air Force ROTC for awhile but had dropped out. "I suppose I'm 1-A now," he said. "But I hope I won't be called until I've had a chance to play a couple of seasons of pro ball." Hornung also has been considered as possible motion picture material but has no definite plans along that line. "I'm going to see the movie people, of course, but I don't know what will come of it. Downhome the gag is that they're going to co-star me with Ava Gardner in 'The Barefoot Kentuckian'." The 1956 season was a rather frustrating one for Hornung, who was picked in advance as sure-fire All-American material. Early in the season, he dislocated his left thumb and later he severely sprained the right one - both times making tackles on defense. "It was an unpleasant feeling," he said. "I felt fine. There wasn't a thing wrong with me, not even a bruise. But I couldn't grip the ball." Hornung avoided a direct reply to former Notre Dame coach Frank Leahy, who recently criticized the Irish for lack of spirit and "letting down" the college by failing to show enough fight. But in response to a question, he said: "I don't think the Notre Dame spirit has dimmed a bit. Before every game we thought we had a good chance of winning. I don't think the Notre Dame spirit will ever die." Hornung plans to play in the East-West game at San Francisco December 29 and then in the Hula Bowl in Honolulu before returning to complete his studies at Notre Dame.
DECEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - NFL statistic disclosed Wednesday that the Packers are the league's best passing team and the worst on the ground. This is no great discovery now that Coach Liz Blackbourn, as well as most pro observers, are convinced the way Tobin Rote goes so goes the Packers. After a hot first half against the 49ers last Saturday, Rote simmered down to 12 completions in 23 attempts for 193 yards. That, with Bart Starr's three completions in five tosses for 31 yards gave Green Bay a net total of 2,224 yards for the season - 102 yards better than their Sunday foes, the Rams. The Packers have picked up only 1,240 rushing, an average of 104 yards a game. With Howie Ferguson definitely out of the Rams game with seriously wrenched knees, Rote's passes will be the only hope in the finale. If Tob has as inconsistent a day as he had in Frisco, the Packers are in for their eighth loss. However, an only fair passing game should insure the Packers the league's passing title this season. Word received from Los Angeles Wednesday quoted Blackbourn as saying Ferguson's injury "will hurt plenty." "Fergy might be able to play in two weeks but this is our last game," said Liz. "We plan to use Fred Cone and Jack Losch in the backfield with Rote or Bart Starr at quarterback and Joe Johnson and Al Carmichael in the slots. However, we're pretty well jammed up with injuries. Carmichael and Losch have bruised ribs and center Jim Ringo has a wrenched knee, but they will be able to play. Fortunately, Rote is in good health. If we get some of the injuries straightened out by Sunday we should be able to play a pretty good game. We'll certainly be out to win the last one." Blackbourn and the squad watched the Rams whip the Colts last Sunday. And the coach's reaction was "the Rams looked good, real good." With the squad in good physical shape, the Rams also have a psychological advantage in that the Packers have been unable to win at the Coliseum since 1947. When the Bears and Lions meet Sunday they will be fighting for both the Western Conference title and the loop's total yards crown. The Bears hold a 93 yard edge over the Lions with 4,091 yards gained, 2,159 by rushing and 1,932 passing. Detroit has picked up 1,964 rushing and 2,034 passing for a 3,998 total. The Rams hold the third spot with 3,786 yards, while the 49ers are fourth with 3,510 on offense and the Packers fifth with 3,464.
DECEMBER 13 (New York) - Paul Hornung, Notre Dame's star quarterback, accepted the Heisman Trophy here Wednesday night and at the same time hit back at critics who said the Irish football team lacked "fighting spirit" this season. "I don't think the Notre Dame spirit will ever die," Hornung said. "Before every game, we thought we had a good chance of winning." Hornung was the fifth Notre Dame gridder to receive the Heisman trophy since it was originated in 1935. Others were Angelo Bertelli in 1943, Johnny Lujack in 1947, Leon Hart in 1949 and Johnny Lattner in 1953. The blond Kentuckian is scheduled to meet Friday with officials of the Green Bay Packers and indicated he would probably sign. The Packers took Hornung as their bonus choice in the NFL draft. "I haven't talked with anyone from Green Bay yet," he said. "I'll have some figures to quote Friday and probably they will, too. I don't know whether we'll get together, but I suppose I'll play for them." Hornung is scheduled to play in the East-West shrine game at San Francisco and the Hula bowl game in Honolulu before returning to South Bend to complete his work for a degree. "I had been in the Air Force ROTC for awhile, but dropped out," he said, explaining his military status. "I suppose I'm 1-A in the service draft now, but I hope I won't be called until I've had a chance to play a couple of seasons in pro ball." Hornung also admitted he had received an offer from Hollywood, but was not given it serious consideration.
DECEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - "I'd just like to know," Tobin Rote said, "where this idea that I'm a hot and cold quarterback got started." The tall signal caller of the Green Bay Packers sat in a corner of a hotel lobby. It was between breakfast and the morning meeting as the Packers prepared for their NFL finale against the Los Angeles Rams here Sunday. "Now I don't think I'm any more inconsistent than the other quarterbacks," said the dark Texan with the thinning hair. "I have days when I can't do much right - can't get loose - and that costs us. And I have days when everything goes right. But as for this getting hot after a bad start, or going bad after a good start - I don't think that that's the case with me like a lot of people think. It isn't that I start throwing better or worse all of a sudden. Mostly, it's in the other team's defense - whether we're able to do anything against it, how they cover on our passes." Rote hit a cigarette and leaned back, stretching out his full 6 feet 3 inches over which 215 pounds of leathery Texan is spread. "Take the game at San Francisco last Saturday," he said. "What did I complete - 7 out of 10 in the first half? (And the three that missed were in the receivers' hands and dropped). Well, in the first half they stuck with the same defense and were open for the short pass. And we made it work. They came out for the second half in a different setup. We had to try something else. Our running game never did make 'em tighten up and it was less effective after Fergy (Howie Ferguson) got hurt and we had to go to the longer patterns. I'll admit I looked bad on a couple of them but once I threw the ball away rather than have it intercepted when I saw Howton was two timed and a couple of other times he wasn't able to break the way the pattern called for because the linebacker wouldn't let him go to the inside and the pass went way off." "Sure," he said, "I've always liked to run with the ball. I was a fullback in high school and thought I'd play fullback at Rice until Coach Neely told me he was going to have me play T quarterback. Man, I was awkward to start with. We had a pretty good ground game at Rice and I guess I didn't pass more than nine or 10 times a game. And you can count on your hands the number of times I ran with the ball. Running with the ball in this league isn't particularly dangerous. You're more likely to get hurt if you get hit when you're standing back there flatfooted, passing. And you're likely to get piled on, too. When you run, you usually only get hit by one guy at a time and you have a chance to hit him at the same time and sort of protect yourself. I think the quarterback should call the signals. Oh, the guy upstairs on the phone can see things I can't and can help me and sometimes it's all right for the coaches to send in a play. I've had some good plays sent in and some bad ones. One thing, with calls I've made myself in the huddle, I can always check off to another play on our audible system if I see the defense is set for us. With the plays that are sent in from the sidelines, I never do that. I figure that play was called and that play must be used. When they send in two or three plays in a row they get you fouled up. A quarterback has got to think ahead to what he's going to do next, to set things up. You can't get any sequences going or continuity if they keep sending in plays. When the other team's got the ball, I learn things from Scooter (McLean, assistant coach, who sits upstairs observing from a high vantage point and phoning information to the bench). I also find out things from my linemen and my ends tell me what the deep men are doing. I key my calls off the other team's linebackers. They tell me what defense they're in, because if they go a certain way, then the deep men must do a certain thing to compensate. Some days I don't run as much as others because of the way the other team defenses us. If our ground game up the middle isn't going - isn't forcing their ends and linebackers in - there isn't much chance for me to roll out and go around them. I figure this way: If our running backs, who are paid to run and can run a lot better than I can, can't make yardage behind good, sound blocking patterns, there's not too much chance of me getting through on rollouts or running by myself when I'm back to pass. You need one thing to make another go. Balance is what you want between running and passing and you can't always get it. I'll tell you this - we sure could use a big, fast, shifty back like McElhenny (Hugh McElhenny of San Francisco) - one that could go all the way every once in a while. Then the rest of our plays would go that much better."
DECEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - As a rookie, Billy Howton rewrote a Don Hutson record - and if you don't think that is an accomplishment, you haven't followed pro football very closely. What a draft choice this redheaded, freckled-faced Texan was. As if he were born to play the part, Howton broke Hutson's total yardage mark his very first season with the greatest of east. Billy-boy teamed up with another Rice flash, Tobin Rote, catching 53 passes for 1,231 yards and 13 touchdowns. Sunday at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Howton can better that all-time Packer record. In 11 games this season, Billy has grabbed 50 passes for 1,120 yards and 12 touchdowns, which means he must gain more than 111 yards against the Rams. If you remember, Howton had his greatest day this season against the Gold Coasters in Milwaukee. He caught seven passes for 257 yards to break another Hutson record of 237 yards set in 1943. Howton, together with Rote, Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Dillon, has already been picked to play with the Western Division All-Stars in the Pro Bowl game in Los Angeles in January. It was here, too, that Howton set a record as he thrilled the 1953 Pro Bowl crowd with a 90 yard touchdown run. Coach Liz Blackbourn has often remarked, "If all my boys had the desire Howton has, we would be hard to beat. No matter how bad a going over he's had in a losing effort, Howton's the first man on the field Tuesday as we prepare for our next game - he's always rarin' to win the next one. The Rote-to-Howton combination first started clicking at Rice a few years back. "Rote threw very good then," Howton said of his Texas neighbor. "And he was very instrumental in getting me on this club. They drafted me second in 1952 and he's the one behind it, I guess." Howton never saw Hutson play but has great respect for his ability. "He and the Packers go hand in hand," Howton said recently. "He was one of the greatest. They didn't throw as much in those days but he still stood out."
DECEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - Los Angeles, Calif. - It is Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. The Green Bay Packers are playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL finale. The Rams have the ball at midfield, third down and five yards to go. It is early in the first quarter and the score is 0-0. They go back in the huddle and quarterback Norm Van Brocklin calls the next play. At the same time, the Packers huddle near the ball. Deral Teteak, linebacker, calls the defensive signal. It is "43 blue dog." "Why that call and what does it mean?" Teteak was asked. Teteak is short (5 feet 9 inches) as pro football players go. He is blond and blue eyed and wears a crew cut. He is called "Bull" by his teammates. He is in his fifth season with the Packers and before that was a star linebacker with the "Hard Rocks", as the Wisconsin Badgers were called in those days. "Forty-three blue dog," Teteak said, "means a four man line and three linebackers and the four deep men balanced, two to a side. The weakside linebacker (the side on which the Rams have no flanker) will rush the passer if there is a pass. If it's a run, that linebacker still goes in and tries to break it up to his side or pursue it to the other." Teteak, defensive coach Abe Stuber has often said, "does a smart job of calling defensive signals." In this ever more complicated game of football, it is one of 
DECEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers talked contract terms with their bonus choice, Paul Hornung, at South Bend Friday, but the Notre Dame All-American quarterback didn't sign. "He wanted time to think over our proposal," Packer Administrative Assistant Jack Vainisi reported after the get-together. "This meeting was to start negotiations, but I believe he will sign soon. We made him a definite offer." However, after his big chat with Packer President Russ Bogda and Vainisi, Hornung said he would talk to officials of the Vancouver football club before he leaves for the West Coast next Wednesday to play in the East-West Shrine game. Vancouver has draft rights on Hornung for Canadian football, just as Green Bay holds it for the NFL. "Hornung has been a personal friend of mine," Vainisi added. "I've been in close contact with him for more than a year. And we, the Packers, knew when we picked him he liked the club." Vainisi said Hornung asked what position he would play with the Packers. "Coach Liz Blackbourn will make that decision," was Vainisi's answer. It seemed apparent Hornung had much respect for Tobin Rote, Green Bay's veteran quarterback. Vainisi quoted the Irish quarterback as saying he would be "pleased to play under Rote." Earlier, this week in New York where he was awarded the Heisman Trophy Hornung was asked if he preferred playing quarterback or at halfback. "I'd rather be a quarterback," said Hornung. "It's better to have somebody blocking for you instead of being a front man for some other fellow." Vainisi said Hornung would play in the Hula Bowl in Honolulu. He has decided to pass up basketball at Notre Dame. Hornung dropped out of ROTC this fall and his present draft status is 2F, a student's status. "We expect to get at least a year of play out of him if he signs," Vainisi said. Bogda and Vainisi negotiated through Julius Tucker, attorney representing Hornung.
DECEMBER 15 (South Bend) - Paul Hornung, Notre Dame's
All-American quarterback who was the bonus pick in the 
NFL draft this year, conferred here Friday with Green Bay
Packer representatives, but did not sign any contract. "I
want to listen to what Vancouver of the Canadian league has
to say," he said later. Vancouver won draft rights to Hornung,
this year's Heisman trophy winner in the Canadian league.
Hornung and his business representative, Julius Tucker, met
with President R.W. Bogda and talent scout Jack Vainisi of
the Packers. It was understood that the Packers suggested
both one and three year contracts for Hornung. Because the
20 year old signal caller still has military service ahead of 
him, there were varying offers in the proposed contracts. 
Vancouver representatives were expected to confer with 
Hornung early next week.
DECEMBER 15 (Los Angeles) - The Rams need a victory
over the Packers in Memorial Coliseum Sunday to close the
NFL season in a tie with Green Bay in the Western
Conference. Will they get it? "We'll kill the Packers," said
fullback Tank Younger after the Rams' last workout. "It's Tom
Fears day, honoring one of our greatest players, and we're
all going to have a great day for a great guy." "That goes for
our defense," chipped in Les Richter, giant linebacker. But
the Packers have a 42-17 win over the Rams and if Tobin
Rote has another good day as he did in Milwaukee, the
Packers are going to be hard to handle, although with 
fullback Howie Ferguson out of the lineup with a knee injury
some of the sock may be missing from the attack. With
Ferguson sent home with injured knees and halfbacks Jack
Losch and Al Carmichael ailing, Coach Liz Blackbourn's
healthiest backfield has Fred Cone at fullback, Joe Johnson
and Bill Roberts at the halfbacks and Rote and Bart Starr at
quarterback. Cone, who has come to life at 30, needs only
two more points to become the Packers' No. 3 all-time scorer. He now has 372 - one behind Clarke Hinkle. The Rams will certainly keep a close check on Freddie, now that he's a hot article. Cone, in five games, has averaged nearly four yards per rush on 37 trips for 143 yards and caught 11 passes for 222 yards for a 20-yard average and two touchdowns. He caught a 69-yarder from Rote at San Francisco for the longest TD aerial in his pro career. The Rams are still plagued with injuries. Coach Sid Gillman will have fullback Joe Marconi at left half. Leon Clarke, end, has been moved in as flankerback to give the team a man sized punch. Halfback Tom Wilson apparently has recovered from a rib separation that kept him out of action for two weeks, and he will add deception to the Los Angeles attack. A crowd of 45,000 is expected to watch the windup, and if so the Rams will have played to about 22,000 more persons than they did last season when they won the Western Conference title. The game will not be televised but will be aired by radio. The Rams hold a 15-6 edge in the all-time series and haven't been beaten by the Packers in the Coliseum since 1947 when the Packers won, 30-10.
the most complicated jobs. "It's really not too tough," Teteak said. "What mostly determines the defense is position of the ball on the field, the down and the yards to go. And, of course, what kind of personnel the other team's got and what kind you've got. Say it's third down and long yardage - well, you know it's almost got to be a pass, probably a long one, and you go into the best defense for that. From the scouting reports you find out their quarterback has play calling habits. He may like to go for a long gainer on first down, or may throw a long pass on the first play of the game. We use several difference defenses, but mostly the differences are small. We ordinarily have four deep backs because that's best against the pass. You've got to be ready for the run and the pass both, but the pass determines most of your defenses. When I call defensive signals at Wisconsin in 1951, we used only one defense all season although we had a lot of defenses we could have used. We used a 5-3 and had good personnel. If you could stop the running game in college, you had 'em whipped. In the pros, they can hurt you running and they can hurt you passing and they might do both on the same day. We use the four man line most of the time and line up in our 'blue' defense most of the time. That means the deep men are even, two on a side. Then if we want to use the 'red' defense, we rotate after the offense is in motion. We hide it till then. On the 'red' we rotate the deep backs toward their strength, or where they have their flanker or slot man set out. Then there is an isolation on the weak side - in other words, a one on one situation between the one and only deep back over there. The critic (Bob Dillon, safetyman) can check my signal after the other side lines up. He may that an end like Harlon Hill of the Bears or Bill Wilson of San Francisco has an isolation with our weak side deep back. Then Dillon yells 'off' and we take the audible signals to use a companion defense. That only happens say four or five times a game." "It's percentage," Teteak said. "It's still up to the individuals to make the defense work. A guy can call the wrong defense and one of his teammates makes a great plan and stops the play anyway. Or you can call exactly the right defense and still they run or pass through you for a touchdown. You just call 'em the best you can and hope and play for the best."
San Francisco 49ers (4-6-1) 38, Green Bay Packers (4-7) 20
Saturday December 8th 1956 (at San Francisco)