NEWS AND NOTES
PRAISE FOR PACKERS - DEVORE, LAVELLE CALL BAYS 'IMPROVED TEAM'
AUGUST 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - A couple of impartial observers, Hugh Devore of the Philadelphia Eagles and Jack Lavelle of the New York Giants, are of the opinion that the Packers will be an improved team when they open the regular NFL season September 29 in
Green Bay against the Chicago Bears. Devore's Eagles
dropped their third straight exhibition game Wednesday
night at County Stadium to the Packers. Lavelle, chief
scout of the pro champion Giants, was on hand to get a
line on the Packers. The Giants and Packers play an
exhibition in Boston September 7. "It's a little difficult to
tell on a game like this," Devore said. "I'd say though
that the Packers look better than they did a year ago."
The Packers in the Shrine game here last year thumped
the Eagles, 27-6. The Eagles lost to the Baltimore Colts
and Detroit Lions in their other exhibition starts. How do
the Packers compare with them? "Right now I wouldn't
pick among the three," Devore said. "When we played
the Colts, Shaw (George) hadn't joined the team yet.
Johnny Unitas played quarterback. Your Ferguson
(Howie) looked real good against us tonight, I thought,"
Devore said. "He was running hard. So was Cone
(Fred). If the Packers have been worried about fullback,
it looks like they can cease." Was Ferguson running
harder than the Colts' Alan (The Horse) Ameche, former
Wisconsin All-American? "I'd say so," the former Notre
Dame All-American end and onetime Green Bay
assistant responded. "He's a good fullback." Ferguson
admitted in the Packers' dressing room that his
question mark knees "felt good" and that he had no
other trouble. "Cone was running well, wasn't he?"
Ferguson said, passing on a compliment to his
fullbacking sidekick. Cone turned out to be the game's
leading gainer with 42 yards in nine carries. Lavelle has
seen all Western Conference teams play. He wouldn't
attempt a rating but said the Bears and Lions were just
as strong as ever. "This could turn out to be the surprise
team of the league," Lavelle said in reference to the
Packers. "They are a more solid team. It looks as if
they have helped themselves in the line. It's still early
but this team could be one that'll get better as the
season wears on. They always do a good job with the
material up here." Both Lisle Blackbourn of the Packers
and Devore were disappointed at their sputtering
offenses. "You just can't seem to put two offensive
games into less than a week," Blackbourn said. "The
defense can take it but the offense seems to need more
rest between games." "Palumbo wants to return punts,"
Paul Hornung, the bonus pick from Notre Dame quipped
in the dressing room. The touchdown for Sam Palumbo,
middle guard obtained from Cleveland in a trade, was
his first since high school. He scored three touchdowns
as an end for Collinwood High School in Cleveland.
"Sure it was a thrill," Sam said. "Who doesn't like to
GREEN BAY'S CRITICS FORGET THAT PACKERS
ARE STILL UNDEFEATED
AUGUST 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - "Bring back Tobin
Rote," the office Joe Miller said Thursday after the
Packers sputtered to a 16-13 victory over the
Philadelphia Eagles in the Shrine charity game here
Wednesday. What the guy meant was that the Packer
offense wasn't the same without quarterback Rote, who
was traded to Detroit a month ago. What the guy
forgets is that (1) Green Bay won its third straight
exhibition; (2) Philadelphia has an excellent defensive
team, and (3) the Packers have had bad days on
offense with Rote in the saddle, too. Actually, Coach
Lisle Blackbourn used the game as another thorough
testing ground. He alternated quarterbacks Bart Starr
and Babe Parilli frequently, often on every other play. He
changed his lineup often at other places, too. The
surprising thing was not that the offense had its
troubles, but that the defense did so well. Blackbourn
used 50 men, all told, and he gave everyone a fair
shake. Afterward, the Packers seemed agreed that the
Eagles had been awfully "hungry". "I think," said one Packers, "that with two losses already, they wanted this one more than we did." The Eagles played their defense that way. Scout Walter Cruice said after the game, "The Eagles got away with a defense tonight that they'd never get away with in midseason. The Packers or any other team would pick it apart. We just couldn't get good enough execution tonight to take advantage of it. They gambled and almost won." Philadelphia frequently rushed its linebackers. That left holes in the secondary, but the Packers' protection for Starr and Parilli broke down so often, the quarterbacks had little time to find the receivers and hit them. Blackbourn said that the Packers would work hard on offense in the next 10 days. They will meet the NFL champion New York Giants at Boston September 7 in their next exhibition. Paul Hornung, Notre Dame Golden Boy rookie, will probably play more at quarterback in that one. He was in only briefly against the Eagles. He ran well but threw the ball not at all. Blackbourn cut his squad from 51 to 46 players Thursday, letting four rookies and a veteran go. The experienced man was Jerry Smith, former Wisconsin tackle, who played with the San Francisco 49ers before Green Bay picked him up in the middle of last season. He had been switched from offensive guard to defensive end this season. Rookies who departed include Frank Gilliam, end and defensive back from Iowa's Big Ten Rose Bowl champions; tackle Bob Dean of Maryland, former Canadian placekicking star, and linebackers Glenn Bestor of Wisconsin and Bob Schaeffer of Wichita.
LACK OF AIR ARM DOESN'T WORRY LIZ
AUGUST 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "There was nothing wrong with our passing that a little protection wouldn't have helped." Coach Liz Blackbourn was referring to the Packers' 35 yards passing against the Eagles at the Stadium Wednesday night, an aerial figure which could be an all-time low for the Green Bay club. "They tossed a mid-season defense against us," continued Blackbourn. "The way their linebackers were shooting in, why you'd think this game meant everything to them. That's how much they wanted to win." Despite the fact that Blackbourn's boys chalked up their third straight exhibition victory, 16-13, the Eagles must have brought the Packers down to earth following two comparatively easy wins over the Cardinals. "Sure they cut us down to size," said Liz. "But it should level a lot of people to the fact that we used a lot of new men. Fifty of them saw action." The Packer boss then said he had notified three newcomers that they had been cut. Defensive back Frank Gilliam of Iowa; tackle Bob Dean of Maryland and linebacker Bob Schaeffer of Wichita were the first to be trimmed. Blackbourn said he had made up his mind on three more but wanted to talk to them before releasing their names. Getting back to the game, Liz figured playing two games within four days at this stage of the season was bound to slow the offense. "What pleased me the most was the running of Fergy," said Blackbourn. Howie Ferguson picked up 36 yards in nine carries. "He showed that old drive again and his knees felt good after the game." While Bart Starr completed five out of 12 passes for 35 yards and Babe Parilli hit nothing out of seven, Blackbourn said he told Paul Hornung not to throw the way the Eagles were shooting in. Hornung picked up 29 yards in five carries. Blackbourn won't call his troops together again until Friday for a 7:30 p.m. meeting. Their next test is against the New York Giants September 7 at Boston. Jack Lavelle, chief scout of the New York Giants and a press box observer Wednesday night, said the Bears lost no love for the Packers when Green Bay traded Tobin Rote to Detroit. Bill Anderson, Stadium director, didn't think the football game hurt the baseball field one bit. "We were going to patch up the infield even if a football game weren't played," said Anderson. "A little massaging on the outfield will groom it back to perfect shape. Johnny Logan (Braves' shortstop sidelined by injuries) through they were doing a good job butchering the field," said Anderson. "I assured him it will look like new when the Braves return."
LIZ MAY TRADE ROOKIE
AUGUST 31 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn said Friday there are a "couple of possible trades cooking" and added he won't cut another man from the team to reach the NFL player limit until they are decided. NFL rules require all teams to list no more than 43 men on the roster on September 1. Faced with the 48 hour deadline, Blackbourn said he was trying to trade one of his rookies. Tom Pagna of Miami of Ohio - drafted by Cleveland in 1953 and sold to the Packers last year - was expected to arrive in camp anytime. A halfback, Pagna has just completed his Army service. Blackbourn did not have the team on the practice field at all Friday, but scheduled a scrimmage for next Wednesday. He also said the team will only have one-a-day sessions on the drill field from now on instead of two. When a newsman asked him if he wasn't taking a chance on allowing valuable Fred Cone to run as well as kick field goals, Blackbourn said, "We need the field goal kicker but we don't need a specialist on the bench."