GAME SUMMARY (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(SAN FRANCISCO) - At the end of the first quarter of the NFL game here Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers led the Green Bay Packers, 27-0. "If they keep this up," said a man in the press box with a head for figures, "the final score will be 108-0." They did not keep that up. Frankie Albert, the former left handed quarterback who now coaches the 49ers, mercifully emptied the bench. Although San Francisco reserves once boosted the score to 48-7, Scooter McLean's Packers rallied and were beaten by only 48-21. "Yes," said the Green Bay publicity man, "take away the first quarter and it's a tie game." So now the worst season in 40 years of Green Bay professional football history is eleven-twelfths over. This was the ninth defeat for McLean's Packers and their sixth in a row. They have won one game and tied one. They will finish next Sunday against the Rams at Los Angeles. Sunday was a sunny day here with the temperature in the sixties and 50,793 fans gathered in Kezar Stadium to watch San Francisco score its fifth victory against six defeats. This boosted the 49ers into fourth place in the Western Division, ahead of Detroit, last year's champion. The Packers, of course, remain last.
NINE PLAYS, 20-0 LEAD
The 49ers needed only 5 minutes 47 seconds and nine plays to take a 20-0 lead. This was totally unlike the game in Milwaukee two weeks ago, when the teams were tied, 12-12, until San Francisco quickly scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win, 33-12. Y.A. Tittle, the bald quarterback engineers San
Francisco's four touchdowns in the first quarter and then retired to await the division champion Baltimore Colts who will play the finale here next Sunday. The first three touchdowns followed intercepted passes, two off Bart Starr and one off Babe Parill. The fourth touchdown followed Parilli's fumble, on which it seemed he almost threw the ball away as he was being tackled for a loss.
TROUBLE, MORE TROUBLE
The first quarter was remarkable. Green Bay received the opening kickoff, yet San Francisco had a 7-0 lead
after 1 minute 57 seconds. On Green Bay's first play from scrimmage, Starr was hit as he threw toward Bill Howton and Jim Ridlon intercepted at midfield. On San Francisco's third play from scrimmage, Bill Wilson stopped as if to take a short pass, then raced down the right sideline behind Bill Kinard and caught Tittle's pass for a 44 yard scoring play. Again San Francisco kicked off. After a running play gained yards, Starr passed in Max McGee's direction. Bill Atkins of the 49ers caught the ball, however, and returned six yards to Green Bay's 36. Five plays later, Joe Perry rolled over from the two with only 4:35 elapsed.
PARILLI THROWS ASTRAY
Again San Francisco kicked off. This time Parilli was at quarterback. After a running play gained two yards, Parilli tried to lob a screen pass to Paul Hornung. He overthrew and Bob Toneff, who was coming over to catch Hornung, caught the ball instead. He lumbered five yards to Green Bay's 10 before Hornung upset him. On the next play, only 1 minutes 12 seconds after the second touchdown, Tittle passed 10 yards to Clyde Connor, for the third score. The fourth touchdown required 53 yards in five plays after Ed Henke fell on Parilli's bobble. Tittle passed 22 yards to Wilson for a 27-0 lead and still only 12 minutes 32 seconds had elapsed. Now, with three quarters of the game left, Tittle and his receivers, Wilson, Connor, R.C. Owens and runners Hugh McElhenny and Perry, sat down to rest. John Brodie, who is also a golfer of no mean ability, took over at quarterback, J.D. Smith and rookie Jim Pace of Michigan State became the running backs and Gordy Soltau, Bill Jessup and rookie Fred Dugan, the pass receivers.
STILL 49ERS ROLL
Even so, San Francisco continued to roll. Late in the second quarter, Brodie made it 34-0 when he passed 26 yards to Jessup for a touchdown, which was matched 50 seconds later by Parilli's 32 yard pass to Joe Johnson. On the first play of the second half, Smith ran 80 yards around right end to a touchdown. Midway in the third quarter, Pace ran three yards around left end to San Francisco's final touchdown and a 48-7 lead. Late in the third quarter, Parilli passed seven yards to Howton for Green Bay's second touchdown and late in the fourth quarter, rookie Joe Francis passed five yards to Steve Meilinger for the final score. Soltau kicked six extra points for San Francisco, his second try was blocked by Kinard. Hornung converted three times for Green Bay. As the seagulls dipped over the field in the second half, Brodie, a second year man from nearby Stanford University, was roundly booed quite often, sometimes seemingly without cause fans shouted in unison, "We want Tittle, we want Tittle." Only last season, others had shouted as Tittle played quarterback, "We want Brodie, we want Brodie."
GREEN BAY     -  0  7  7  7 - 21
SAN FRANCISCO - 27  7 14  0 - 48
1st - SF - Billy Wilson, 44-yard pass from Y.A.Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 7-0
1st - SF - Joe Perry, 2-yard run (Kick blocked) SAN FRANCISCO 13-0
1st - SF - Clyde Conner, 10-yard pass from Tittle (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 20-0
1st - SF - Wilson, 22-yard pass from Tittle (Solatu kick) SAN FRANCISCO 27-0
2nd - SF - Bill Jessup, 26-yard pass from Steve Brodie (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 34-0
2nd - GB - Johnson, 32-yard pass from Parilli (Hornung kick) SAN FRANCISCO 34-7
3rd - SF - J.D. Smith, 80-yard run (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 41-7
3rd - SF - James Pace, 5-yard run (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 48-7
3rd - GB - Howton, 7-yard pass from Parilli (Hornung kick) SAN FRANCISCO 48-14
4th - GB - Meilinger, 5-yard pass from Francis (Hornung kick) SAN FRANCISCO 48-21
NEWS AND NOTES
TAYLOR CHEERS MCLEAN
DECEMBER 7 (San Francisco) - Coach Ray McLean sat glumly on a truck after his Green Bay Packers' 48-21 defeat by San Francisco Sunday, but smiled when Jim Taylor's name was mentioned. "The kid played a helluva game. He really came through," McLean said. Taylor, rookie from Louisiana State, carried 22 of the 33 times Green Bay ran the ball and rolled up 137 yards for a 6.23 average. Taylor, fast and hard hitting with his 205 pounds, was the Packers' only consistent offensive threat after San Francisco exploded for four first quarter touchdowns. "The breaks beat us before the game got well started," McLean said morosely. Coach Frankie Albert commiserated with McLean. "It reminded me of what happened to us in Detroit. Bang, bang, and we were two touchdowns down before the game's really going. Breaks like that are pretty discouraging." McLean said, however, he saw nobody let down after the 49ers jumped off to a 27-0 lead. He praised Taylor for putting out all the way and also the last quarter work of Joe Francis, who directed Green Bay's last quarter touchdown march. Taylor ran at fullback for the first time since Paul Hornung shifted to right halfback in place of Don McIlhenny. "The 49ers made exactly the right call in breaking J.D. Smith loose for an 80 yard touchdown run on the second half's first play," Scooter said. "We were red dogging on the inside and Brodie pitched to the outside."
HOWTON SEES PENSION
DECEMBER 7 (San Francisco) - Billy Howton, Green Bay end and president of the NFL Players Association, predicts the football pros will have a pension plan within a year. "The time is ripe for adoption of the plan and creation of a pension fund," Howton declared Sunday. "All the clubs are in good shape financially. In fact, this will be a record season for everybody. The players should share in this good fortune," Howton said. Howton, spokesman for the organized football pros seeking a pension system similar to organized baseball's, declared, "We are in a good position to deal a crushing blow if they don't cooperate. We feel strongly about this." He indicated the players have in mind a resort to the courts under antitrust laws rather than any strike action. Howton said the players pension program has been worked out by Bill Dudley, a former league player and now an insurance executive. The players hope to talk it over with Commissioner Bert Bell and club owners at a meeting before the championship game or at the league's regular February meeting.
TAYLOR A BRIGHT SPOT IN BAYS' BLACK DAY
DECEMBER 8 (San Francisco) - The running of rookie Jim Taylor was one of the few things the Green Bay Packers had to cheer about in their 48-21 beating by the San Francisco 49ers here Sunday. Taylor, who had hardly played earlier this season, gained 137 yards in 22 carries. Several times he kept going after being hit by four or five tacklers. His efforts frequently brought cheers from even the rabid 49er fans. "He stated looked good this last week," Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean said after the game. "He's been running good since we came out here." Joe Francis, rookie quarterback from Oregon State, completed four of his first five passes in the final quarter before his last desperate effort, on the last play of the game, was intercepted. "Joe will get to play a little more at Los Angeles next Sunday," McLean said. "He's catching on now." After the 49ers took a 34-0 lead, the Packers went into a spread formation. Quarterback Babe Parill lined up six or seven yards behind center and took a direct snap. He immediately moved the team 52 yards in four pass to a touchdown. Thereafter, the Packers alternated between the T and the spread. Twice Taylor, who was stationed about two yards ahead of the quarterback as a blocker, took a direct pass from center and ran for gains. McLean said after the game, "Did you ever see so many men running around wide open as they had in the first quarter?" The coach was asked if the lack of a run on passer Y.A. Tittle might not have been part of the trouble. "Tittle had lots of time to throw, sure," McLean said. "But we didn't cover any of their receivers. It was awful." Elroy Hirsch, former Michigan, Wisconsin and Los Angeles Rams' start from Wausau, helped with the 49ers telecast. He was a substitute for Tom Harmon, who was ill. Jack Losch, halfback from the University of Florida, Green Bay's first draft choice in 1955, watched the game from the Packer bench. He is stationed at nearby Hamilton Air Force base. He expects to be out of the service next June and says he will be "ready to go" next fall.
PETITION ASK FOR LAMBEAU
DECEMBER 8 (Green Lake, WI) - Two local merchants Monday launched a petition campaign seeking the return of Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau as coach of the Green Bay Packers. They hope to distribute the petitions throughout the state and then present them to the Board of Directors of the NFL club. The plan is the brain child of H.H. Eaton, who operates a food market, and Harry Norton, a restaurant owner. Norton reached Lambeau, founder and for 31 years coach of the Packers, in Los Angeles and was told: "If it could be arranged, I'll be glad to come back." Lambeau quit after the 1949 season, unloading a fiery blast at the Board of Directors. He said the 45 man board was outmoded and that he was sick and tired of the constant bickering. The Packers enjoyed their greatest success under Lambeau, whose teams won six world championships, including three consecutive titles in 1929, 1930 and 1931. Eaton said he and Norton had not yet decided how to go about distributing their petitions elsewhere in the state. "That's all in the making," he said. "At least we're doing something," he added. "Nobody else is doing anything. They (the board) doesn't seem to be able to agree on anything or anyone. I don't know who else would work, but Lambeau." Eaton said he and Norton were long time Packer fans who are "fed up with the way things have been going."
PACKERS SURE TOP 3 DRAFTEES WILL PLAY
DECEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Jack Vainisi, the Packers' chief talent scout, has returned to Green Bay with a confident opinion that the club's top three draft picks in the recent draft will be playing for Green Bay this fall. Vainisi hasn't talked contract terms to quarterback Randy Duncan of Iowa, halfback Alex Hawkins of South Carolina or quarterback Boyd Dowler of Colorado because it is the NFL's policy not to touch a draftee until his college eligibility is completed. However, Vainisi has contacted all three to explain the football strategy played by the Packers. This is what Vainisi reported on his top three picks:
DUNCAN - "I talked to Randy several days prior to the draft. He told me then he would be happy to play with us. After the draft came reports that he wanted no part of us. Randy told me that he never made any such statements. His father also told me that he was absolutely misquoted, saying he wanted his son to be an attorney and not a pro football player. Mr. Duncan told me that his son is old enough to make up his own mind and that he has no objections to his playing pro football. We have promised Randy that we won't make any overtures until he wants to talk. Then we'll sit down with him, his mother and dad. The boy really appreciates this and so does his family." Duncan will graduate in January from Iowa and will go into the service under the six-month program. As far as Duncan's desire to attend law school, Vainisi said something will worked out for sure.
HAWKINS - "Here is another boy who said he was very disturbed about reports saying he wouldn't play for us. Certainly, he's been contacted by Canada - all the top draft picks were. Hawkins is one of the finest two-way players available; he's a strong, bullish runner and a good defensive man. I'm confident he'll be with us."
DOWLER - "This kid was very pleased to be drafted by us. He won't sign until June because he is out for track. He played quarterback on a multiple offense - was a good blocking back on the single wing and a leading passer off the wing T. He could play offensive end for us, slotback or quarterback because he has a good arm." 
In each case these players were scouted personally and thoroughly by the Packers. Vainisi checked Duncan's play against Wisconsin and Ohio State. The entire Green Bay coaching staff purposely took time out to take in Duncan's game against Notre Dame. Packer Assistant Coach Jack Morton watched Hawkins against Maryland and then four South Carolina films were closely checked. Coach Warren Giese, a former Milwaukeean and a friend of Liz Blackbourn, was contacted as was Athletic Director Rex Enright, a former Packers. All reports on Hawkins were favorable. Vainisi saw Dowler play against Oklahoma. Movies were obtained on Dowler and he was recommended highly by conference coaches. Dowler turned down a Senior Bowl bid so he would be eligible for track. He will participate in the East-West game. A lot of long, hard work has one into making these selections. Detailed scouting reports, films and personal contact have been appraised by pros. But the encouraging news is that three promising rookies will bolster the Packers next fall.
PACKER PRESIDENT OLEJNICZAK HANGED IN EFFIGY FROM LAMP
DECEMBER 10 (Green Bay) - Dominic Olejniczak, president of the Green Bay Packers, was hanged in effigy here Tuesday. A five foot dummy found hanging from a
street lamp in front of the Packer ticket office had a sign on its
chest reading "Ole". Police took it down. The football club is
owned by a nonprofit organization and is guided by a 13 member
 executive committee, composed of members of a 45 man Board
of Directors. The executive committee has been blamed by
some as the original source of the Packers' troubles in recent
years. This year's team has won one game, tied one and lost
nine. The record is the worst in the team's history. Meanwhile, a 
petition asking for the return of Curly Lambeau as general
manager and coach was being circulated by two Green Lake
businessmen, H.H. Eaton and Harry Norton. The petition reads:
"We, the undersigned, respectfully submit this petition to the
Board of Directors of the Green Bay Packers' football team to
reinstate Curly Lambeau as head coach and general manager."
 Lambeau founded the team in 1919 and directed it through 1949
 when he resigned because of what he said was intolerable
interference by the executive committee. Norton, who had 500
petitions printed, said "we'd welcome similar campaigns through 
the state, only we'd like them channeled through so we know
where we stand." Lambeau's name cropped up after the
Associated Press was told by a member of the executive
committee that both Coach Scooter McLean and General
Manger Verne Lewellen would be dropped at the end of the
season. McLean is in his first year, Lewellen in his fifth. Under Lambeau, who founded the team, the Packers won six world championships. He said at this home in Los Angeles Monday that he "might be interested in returning to the Packers under the right circumstances," apparently meaning the directors would have to give him a free hand.
KENTUCKY COACH KO'S RUMOR
DECEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Blanton Collier,
Kentucky football coach, Thursday spiked rumors he
would succeed Scooter McLean as coach of the
Packers. "That's complete news to me," Collier said. "I
never heard anything about it. Nobody has said
anything about such a thing to me, neither the Packers
nor anyone else. I have been out of town in western
Kentucky for three days and I haven't heard anything
like that." There have been rumors in Green Bay that
Curly Lambeau's appointment as general manager of
the Packers would be announced Monday. Collier,
former aid to Paul Brown of the Browns, was said to be
Lambeau's choice as head coach. In Green Bay,
bumper stickers which read "We Want Lambeau"
appeared on hundreds of cards. Lambeau founded the
Packers in 1919 and ran the team until 1949.
Meanwhile, McLean reported from his Pasadena camp
that two rookie backs will start Sunday's game against
the Rams. Joe Francis will get the quarterback call and
Jim Taylor will be at fullback. Scooter said Francis will
play the whole game if he clicks. The Hawaiian, who
was a single-wing quarterback in college, feels that he
now has the hang of the Packer offense. Taylor, who
picked up 137 yards against the 49ers, is another
newcomer who has had difficulty learning the Packers'
play system. The former LSU All-American is one of the
fastest men on the team. Ray Nitschke and Dan Currie,
rookie linebackers, will start at defensive ends. The
oddsmakers, who have batted 1.000 on the Packers
this season, have installed the Rams as a 17-point
favorite. Another loss and Green Bay will finish with its
worst season in 40 years (1-10-1).  As was the case
last year, the entire team will be flown back to Green
Bay after the West Coast finale. The Packer Corp. will
sponsor a dinner for the players Tuesday night before
the team disbands. No executive members or directors
are with the team in Los Angeles.
PACKERS TO OPEN UP IN FINALE WITH RAMS
DECEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - With nothing to
lose but their 10th game, the Green Bay Packers will
shoot the works on offense against the Los Angeles
Rams in the Coliseum here Sunday. The Packers have
won only one game, lost nine and tied one. The highly
favored Rams have a 7-4 record, and share second
place in the Western Division. Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean of Green Bay said Friday that he would start rookie Joe Francis of Oregon State at quarterback but that doesn't mean that Francis will necessarily be the quarterback on every play or even on the first play. "We're going to use the spread formation and also the double wing," McLean said. "We'll also use the T. We'll give them something to think about." Francis will call the signals. McLean also admitted that many of the plays would be sent in from the bench. "Joe's got a lot to learn," McLean said. "We're trying to keep it simple for him because he's a rookie and he was a single wing tailback before he came to us, not a T formation quarterback. He doesn't know all the plays and which formations to run them from. He got mixed up once in San Francisco game and called a play from the wrong formation. It couldn't be run like that and we had to take time out. This week I've given him only two formations to run plays from. He'll have about six plays to call from one and maybe 10 from the other. Then he won't be likely to get mixed up. And we'll help him all we can." The Packers used the spread against the 49ers in San Francisco last Sunday, with Babe Parilli and Francis both trying it from the tailback spot. The double wing with Hornung under center is entirely new. Francis gets the starting nod over veterans Parilli and Bart Starr because of his fine showing at San Francisco, He completed four straight passes to get a consolation touchdown. Starr and Parilli both gave the ball away twice in the first quarter to help the 49ers to a 27-0 lead.
BERT BELL HAS NEW, SERIOUS PROBLEM ON HIS HANDS
DECEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Professional football, now grown into a thriving business as well as highly entertaining sport, could be heading for trouble, serious trouble, because of player-owner differences. And if trouble does come, a lot of it can be traced to a considerable extent to intemperate remarks of two men with opposite points of view. The Packers' Billy Howton, spokesman for the players' association, said in a West Coast interview that the time is ripe for a pro football pension plan and predicted it will come within a year. But Billy did not stop there. He added that players "are in a good position to deal a crushing blow." That thinly veiled threat was a cinch to cause somebody on the other side of the fence to see red. It did. In accepting the challenge, George Preston Marshall did not limit himself to asking, "Where's the money coming from?" and pointing out problems peculiar to pro football. The Washington owner chose also to give the players' representative the works by suggesting that he (Howton) should be concentrating on game preparation "or he will get a pension plan quicker than he thinks." No mistake about the meaning of that threat either...NO TIME FOR LOOSE TALK: Last week Bert Bell threatened to quit his high salaried job as NFL commissioner unless all the bickering and squabbling come to an end. If Bert was serious, owners presumably not only agreed with him but also gave him unlimited whipcracking power, for there is nothing to indicate that he is stepping out. It isn't quite clear if feuding in the Howton vs. Marshall manner comes within the framework of bickering as outlined by Bell and which was driving him to distraction. Suffice to say (1) such intemperate expressions should be included and (2) should command the commissioner's full attention. After all, the pension program probably hasn't advanced beyond the suggestion stage; certainly not beyond early negotiating. Forcing Howton to button up may not be possible. But Bell should be in position to tie a gag on Marshall. It behooves both spokesmen to get wise to the fact that too much talking at this stage of the game can do real damage to all concerned...SOME OF THIS AND LITTLE OF THAT: There is real publicity value to pro football's early draft and all the emphasis on top selections. But it's becoming more and more of a two way street as the most sought after players play harder and harder to get. A case in point is that of Randy Duncan, the Packers' No. 1 choice. He will play; he will not play. He may or may not play pro ball. The Canadian League is mentioned as a possibility. Also law and political careers. Reading between the lines one gathers that the Iowa star is doing quite a job of quarterbacking himself into the best possible contract. In other words, he's going to cash in on that publicity, too - IF he plays. Smart young man, that Randy...Three pass interceptions and a fumble led to four touchdowns for San Francisco in the first quarter against the Packers. As yet, no member of the Packer executive committee or board of directors has been blamed for the mechanical errors. That's worthy of note.
LAMBEAU PREPARED TO LISTEN TO PACKER
DECEMBER 9 (Los Angeles) - Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, former coach of the Green Bay Packers, said here Monday he "might be interested in returning to the club under the right circumstances." Lambeau, who quit in 1949 with a parting blast at the Packers' 45 man Board of Directors, indicated that he would want an absolutely free reign if he were to return. Often mentioned as the man capable of leading Green Bay back to NFL prominence, Lambeau entered the Packer picture again Monday when a petition campaign for his return was launched at Green Lake, WI. "I have been contacted by individuals on the Board of Directors," Lambeau said, "but they were acting strictly as individuals and not speaking for the club." He said the Packers needed a strong organization from top to bottom, such as the Braves or the New York Yankees, if the team was to improve or even survive.
MCLEAN FIRES FORD FOR 'RULES VIOLATION'
DECEMBER 14 (Los Angeles) - Green Bay's longest NFL season drew to a close on still another sour note Saturday. On the eve of Sunday's final game against the Los Angeles Rams, Len Ford, veteran defensive end, was suspended for violation of club rules. The former University of Michigan and Cleveland Browns star, obtained by the Packers in a preseason trade, was given a plane ticket home to Detroit and meal money. Ray (Scooter) McLean, Green Bay coach, made the announcement after the Packers held their final workout Saturday morning. Ford did not go to practice. Asked why Ford was suspended, McLean said, "Because he violated club rules." "What rules did he violate?" "Just say he broke training," the coach said. McLean was asked if this meant the end of Ford's pro career. "Probably," the coach said, "he's all done. He can't play anymore." The Packers gave up their fourth draft choice this year for Ford's service. He was one of the big disappointments of a disappointing season. With Ford suspended, the Packers will have only 32 players in the finale. The league limit is 35. Also missing and not replaced will be guard Hank Bullough and defensive back Hank Gremminger. Bullough went out for the season with a knee injury and subsequent operation after the Ram game in Green Bay a month ago. Gremminger suffered a hairline fracture in his left leg against the Lions at Detroit Thanksgiving Day. Bullough did not make the trip west. Gremminger did but later was sent home to Dallas, when it became obvious that he could not play. Up to 60,000 fans are expected to see the Packers thrown to the Rams in the Memorial Coliseum here. The Rams are overwhelmingly favored and if they do as they are supposed to, the Packers will be holders of the worst record in Green Bay's 40 years of professional football. Sid Gillman's Rams, who beat the Packers at Green Bay in November, 20-7, will be after at least a share of second place in the Western Division. They have won seven games and lost four and are tied with the Chicago Bears, who play the Detroit Lions today, two games behind the division champion Baltimore Colts. The Packers have never won here. They have been trying since 1950 and the scored have been 51-14, 45-27, 33-17, 35-27, 31-17, 49-21 and 42-17. The Packers, in fact, have had trouble beating any team this season. They have one victory, nine defeats and one tie to show for 11 games. This will wind it up. The worst previous Green Bay record was 2-10 in 1949. The Rams will use Billy Wade at quarterback with Joe Marconi, Jon Arnett and Tom Wilson as the runners and Del Shofner, Lamar Lundy, Jim Phillips and Leon Clarke, the receivers. Green Bay will counter with rookie Joe Francis at quarterback, Paul Hornung and rookie Jim Taylor as the running backs and Bill Howton, Max McGee and Joe Johnson, the receivers, with Steve Meilinger in reserve. If Francis cannot do the job, Babe Parilli and Bart Starr will be tried again at quarterback. The Packers plan to use a lot of fancy stuff - spread formation, double wing, split T and the like. They are desperate. Anything goes in the finale.
NO FIRINGS DUE, SAYS OLEJNICZAK
DECEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - Dominic Olejniczak, president of the Green Bay Packers corporation, said here Saturday night that no decisions would be made on the futures of General Manager Verne Lewellen and Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean when the club's 13 man executive board holds its weekly meeting Monday. "McLean and Lewellen are not on the agenda," said Olejniczak. "There may be an announcement later in the week. The season is not over. It would be unfair to comment on personnel, players or otherwise at this time." Olejniczak refused to comment on whether McLean or Lewellen would be replaced. He also would not make any statement as to whether the Packer management intended to contract former coach Curly Lambeau who is being supported in drives initiated by fans.
RAMS ARE RIPE - BUT PACKERS MAY NOT HAVE UPSET TOUCH
DECEMBER 14 (Los Angeles) - If the Green Bay Packers aren't too far gone, and there is some reason to believe that they are, they are in an ideal position for an upset when they meet the Los Angeles Rams here Sunday. Ray (Scooter) McLean, the Packers' coach, put it this way. "I told the boys," he said, " 'look at this: They've made the Rams the biggest favorite I've ever seen in pro football.' Then the Los Angeles papers are full of all the records that the Rams can set against us. How Billy Wade can break this passing record and that passing record. And how the Rams can do this and can do that. It is almost as if they didn't think we were going to provide any opposition at all. So I told the boys, 'Here's your chance to do something about this season of ours.' I don't know how the boys will react, but I've got to hope." Curly Lambeau, the former Packer coach who lives out here in the winter, stopped by to pay his annual respects to the Green Bay coaching staff. "You're in an ideal spot for an upset," he told McLean. "They think they can murder you. I feel very strongly that if each one of your men does his job you can win Sunday. They're ready to be upset."....GOOD ROOKIES: McLean had praise for two of Green Bay's rookies, guard Jerry Kramer of Idaho and linebacker Dan Currie of Michigan State, even in the midst of this worst of all Green Bay seasons. "Kramer is starting to find himself," McLean said. "You should have seen the job he did on Herchman of the 49ers last Sunday. Why, in the movies, he rode him right out of there several times on pass protection and on running plays. Kramer's going to be a fine one. He came to us at 230 and now he's 246 and you don't even know he's gained a pound. He'll be 250 next year. He's a growing boy and with experience, he will be one helluva guard." Of Currie, McLean said, "We've been trying Dan at defensive end as well as linebacker. He may play defensive end next year because with Carlton Massey back and with Marv Matuszak with us all year, we should be well fixed at linebacker."
PACKERS DROP FORD; MEET RAMS TODAY
DECEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Lenny Ford, an 11-year veteran in pro football, was suspended by Packer coach Scooter McLean Saturday on the eve of the club's final game of the season in Los Angeles against the Rams. McLean said that Ford had been suspended for breaking training rules. He declined to elaborate but said Ford had been given a plane ticket home to Detroit. Ford had announced Friday that Sunday's game would be his last. He will be 33 next February. He commented, "I'm planning to retire for good as a player. I'm not what I used to be." The defensive end joined the Packers this fall after eight seasons with the Browns and three with the Los Angeles Dons. Green Bay gave up a fourth round draft choice for him. The Packers close out their unhappiest NFL campaign in 40 years in the Coliseum and 50,000 are expected. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m., WTMJ. What effect Sunday's finale will have on McLean's future and that of General Manager Verne Lewellen is a matter of conjecture. Packer President Dominic Olejniczak said no decisions will be made at the club's weekly meeting in Green Bay Monday. The team is expected Monday night and a party is planned for the players Tuesday. The futures of McLean and Lewellen "are not on the agenda," according to Olejniczak, who said, "there may be an announcement later in the week." He said he could not give a specific day. "The season is not over," Olejniczak continued, "and it would be unfair to comment on personnel, players or otherwise, at this time." Asked to comment on speculation that McLean or Lewellen, or both, might be replaced, Olejniczak said, "I will answer with a flat 'no comment'." Meanwhile, McLean promised from his Pasadena camp an all-out effort with a vastly revised offense against the Rams. He said Joe Francis, rookie from Oregon State's single wing offense, will lead off as quarterback. And much of the attack, so McLean says, will be from the double wing spread. If things don't pan out, of course, either Bart Starr or Babe Parilli will step into the quarterback spot. The weather has been warm and sunny all week and the Packers should be in good physical shape.
San Francisco 49ers (6-5) 48, Green Bay Packers (1-9-1) 21
Sunday December 7th 1958 (at San Francisco)