NEWS AND NOTES
MAKE NO MISTAKES - THAT'S THE ONLY WAY TO BEAT BEARS: MCLEAN
SEPTEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - Ray (Scooter) McLean didn't take long to talk in superlatives of the Chicago Bears after they had rather roundly licked his Packers a little earlier in the day, 34-20. "You can't make mistakes against a good ball club and win," he said. "The team that beats them will make no mistakes." And in the Bears' dressing room, George Halas, the Chicago owner turned coach again, returned the compliment in the good tradition of the coaching profession. "The Packers are the most improved team in the division," Halas said. "They've got better balance offensively. They've got four good pass receivers. They've got excellent runners in McIlhenny and Hornung. They'll beat anybody. "Were the Bears better this year with much the same personnel as last but with Halas returned as coach in place of Paddy Driscoll? "Oh, sure, they're lots better," McLean said. "Even Halas admitted that." "We couldn't take the ball in when we were in scoring position," McLean said. "That's where we fell down." McLean refused, however, to blame either the quarterbacking of Bart Starr and Babe Parilli or the play of the offensive line. He preferred instead to laud the Bears. "They were sure shooting a lot of men on us," he said. "Stan Wallace, Bill George, Fred Williams and Doug Atkins made life miserable for us. They're tough, just real tough." Halas thought well of his defense, naturally - well enough that the game ball went to Wallace for his outstanding play. Just about the time that McLean assumed a mood of optimism, Curly Lambeau, the first Packer coach, came bouncing into the dressing room. "That's one game down," Lambeau told McLean. "You'll be all right. Remember, that's the best defense in the league you faced today." For Lambeau, it was the first league game he had seen in City Stadium. The Packers against the "best defense" had one consolation. They were the first to gain more than 100 yards rushing against the Bears this season. The Bears were undefeated in six exhibitions. "You've been giving scouts fits with your defense," a well wisher in the Bears' dressing room told Halas. "Don't be misled by that jumping around we did when they had the ball," Halas said. "Half the time that's just frosting on the cake. It means nothing." McLean wasn't so sure that it meant nothing. "It worries the blockers," he said. "It upsets their timing." In the first half, the phone between the pressbox and the bench was not functioning properly. "We could hardly hear each other," Packers' aid Nick Skorick said. The phone was repaired at halftime.
SEPTEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - Quarterback Babe Parilli, shaken up on an attempted pass in the third quarter, suffered no broken ribs. X-rays were taken Sunday night. Parilli was reported bruised only. "If he's too sore to play this week, we'll go with Bart Starr and Joe Francis against the Detroit Lions," Ray McLean said. Defensive back Hank Gremminger, who suffered a concussion, was also reported in good condition.
PARILLI MAY MISS LION TILT
SEPTEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - There was only one guy who had a smile on his face at the Packer office Monday. He was Earl Falck, ticket director, who announced next Sunday's home game against the Lions is another sellout. Upstairs, Coach Scooter McLean quietly talked about "ifs". "If we had only kept our passing game going," McLean mumbled. "If we had scored when we were in position...if we had taken advantage of those breaks..." Maybe McLean was expecting too much against the best team he's faced this season. These weren't the same Bears who lost here last year. George Halas has rebuilt his offensive line, which makes Willie Galimore and Rick Casares twice the runners they were a year ago. And defensively, Stan Wallace, Doug Atkins, Bill George and Fred Williams were in the Packer backfield at the snap of the ball. But the disturbing news Monday was the injury report. Quarterback Babe Parilli, "red-dogged" by Atkins in the third period, suffered a torn muscle in his chest and the way things look now he won't see any action against the Lions. McLean also listed halfback Al Carmichael and linebacker Tom Bettis in the same category. Neither was suited up for the Bears. Trainer Bud Jorgensen had an ailing list a mile long. While McLean was pleased with the yardage his gang gained against as good a defensive club as the Bears, he singled out the work of rookie linebacker Ray Nitschke. "Nitschke played a whale of a game," McLean said. "When he hits, you know you've been hit." Our sincere apologies go to rookie Jim Shanley, accused of fumbling a Bear punt in the first quarter which led to Chicago's first touchdown. The culprit, according to McLean, was Johnny Symank, a defensive back. But why was Symank used on punt returns? "We drilled him all week on returning punts because Carmichael was hurt," McLean answered. "And he looked good...until yesterday." Assistant coaches Jack Morton and Breezy Reid returned with the dope on the Colts' 28-15 win over the Lions. "Individual stuff hurt Detroit," Morton said. "Al Ameche gained 43 yards, L.G. Dupre 51 and Johnny Unitas passed well. On the other hand, John Henry Johnson picked up only 20 yards and Gene Gedman 10, Neither Tobin Rote nor Bobby Layne were very successful." Reid added this conclusive proof: "The Lions had the ball for only 53 plays...the Colts 89." McLean said his biggest job this week was to improve his offensive line.
OLD FRIENDS TO MEET IN PACKERS' NEXT TILT
OCTOBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - Scooter McLean, head coach of the Green Bay Packers, no sooner finished taking a postgraduate lesson last Sunday from his old coach, George Halas of the Chicago Beatrs, than he had to look forward to meeting his old Bear roommate, George Wilson, coach of the Detroit Lions. Their teams will meet before another sellout crowd at Green Bay Sunday. McLean played halfback and Wilson end for the Bears in the forties. The Lions were angling for McLean as backfield coach until McLean stepped up with the Packers when Lisle Blackbourn was fired. The Lions had trouble with Baltimore quarterback Johnny Unitas as usual. Unitas completed 23 of 42 passes for 250 yards as Baltimore won, 28-15. Last year, he gained 239 and 141 yards passing in two games against the Lions...Raymond Berry, Baltimore end, caught 10 passes against the Lions. "He's not particularly fast," Green Bay scouts reported. "But he's got good moves. He runs his patterns well and knows how to get free."
PACK TO FACE ROTE, LAYNE
OCTOBER 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers have a double problem in preparing to meet the champion Detroit Lions in the NFL game at Green Bay Sunday. Detroit has two fine quarterbacks, Tobin Rote and Bobby Layne. Both are proven veterans. They share the job. Rote once played for the Packers. He was traded to Detroit in the deal which brought Green Bay four regulars - tackles Oliver Spencer and Norm Masters, guard Jim Salsbury and halfback Don McIlhenny. Layne actually was first string most of last season. Then he suffered a broken leg against Cleveland and Rote led the Lions to the championship. In the opener at Baltimore last Sunday, George Wilson, Detroit coach, shuffled quarterbacks often. "I played hunches," Wilson said. "I changed men when I thought one of them might get hot." So Rote and Layne shared the job as Baltimore won, 28-15, and apparently will continue to do that against the Packers. The Lion quarterbacks are hampered in that Detroit's receivers are crippled. Steve Junker, great rookie of last season, is out with a knee operation. So is Jerry Reichow, the all-purpose man from Iowa. Dave Middleton has been commuting between the Lions and medical school. Now he is ready to go full time. Jim Doran is an established veteran. Howard (Hopalong) Cassady, the Ohio State All-American, scored two touchdowns against the Colts, one from Rote and one from Layne. But they must play almost all the way. Detroit's ground game was not much against Baltimore, but the Colts' strong line may have been the reason. The Lions rushed for only 73 yards. John Henry Johnson gained 20 yards and Gene Gedman 10 as the two veterans carried a dozen times all told. Ken Webb of Presbyterian (S.C.) College is the top rookie running back. Danny Lewis of Wisconsin has been injured, but his knee may permit him to play at Green Bay Sunday.