GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(BALTIMORE) - This was Green Bay's darkest two and a half hours in its 40 years of professional football. The Baltimore Colts ground the Packers into the mud of Memorial Stadium here Sunday, 56-0. As the rain beat down and the lights shone through the gloom, Scooter McLean's Packers crumbled. Green Bay's representatives could not block, nor could them tackle. They could not pass, nor could they run. They could not catch the football, nor could they stop the Colts from catching it.
LOCATION IS RIGHT
The Packers were a sorry sight. They were every bit the last place team which their record indicated. Despite the rain, 51,333 "live" fans urged the Colts on and on to their sixth victory and a two game lead in the Western Division of the NFL. Baltimore stands alone, undefeated after half the season. Baltimore scored eight touchdowns. There was only one in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead because a sure touchdown pass was dropped in the early going. To make up for this, the Colts made three touchdowns in the second quarter and led at the half, 28-0. With reserves made to look like all-pros by Green Bay's inept defense, the Colts then settled down to a steady two touchdown a quarter gait for the rest of the way. It became 42-0 after three quarters and 56-0 at the end.
LONG ENOUGH TO SCORE
Lenny Moore, Baltimore's high scoring halfback, hardly played at all because of a sore leg, but he was in long enough to score the first touchdown on a two yard pass from quarterback John Unitas. Alan Ameche, the Horse from Wisconsin, got the next two touchdowns, on a seven yard run and a five yard pass from Unitas, who made it 21 games in a row for scoring passes. Cecil Isbell, the former Packer, hold the league record with 23. Unitas was then forced out with a rib injury and George Shaw took over. He did all right, too. He passed four yards to Lenny Lyles, Louisville rookie, to complete the first half scoring. Shaw started the second half with a 17 yard touchdown pass to Jim Mutscheller, then sneaked one yard for the sixth touchdown. In the last period, Billy Pricer, Ameche's stand-in, ran over from the one and Shaw passed six yards to Bert Rechichar, reserve defensive back who by this time was showing off at end. Steve Myhra kicked the eight extra points. These were the most points ever scored against the Packers. The 56 points also represented their worst losing margin. Three times opponents had scored 52 points against Green Bay, but in each case the Packers retaliated with points - 35 points against Detroit in 1951, 17 points against Detroit in 1952 and 31 points against the Chicago Bears in 1955.
COLTS' FIRST SHUTOUT
And this was Baltimore's first shutout in its seven seasons in the league. It was the Colts' most one sided game - victory or defeat - and equaled their previous high point total. Green Bay's offense and defense were consistent with one another. Each was next to non-existent. The Packers completed only five passes and had five intercepted. Baltimore completed 15 passes and lost only one. The Colts had complete control from start to finish, on the ground and in the air. Babe Parilli started at quarterback for Green Bay. Somewhere along in the second quarter, the coaches noticed that this was the old Babe Parilli, not the one who a week earlier had passed for four touchdowns in Green Bay's only victory of the season. At the time Parilli's lack of artistry was first discerned, he had completed one of 11 passes and had three intercepted. More would have been stolen, but the Baltimore defenders had trouble handling the slippery ball which Parilli fired into their hands. Bart Starr went to Parilli's relief with the score 21-0. He was not much better. Green Bay's line had given Parilli time to pick out his targets, both white shirted friends and blue shirted enemies. Now Starr had to run for his life.
PACKERS THREATEN
In his tenure, Starr took Green Bay within striking distance once. When the Packers reached Baltimore's 15, with the score 42-0 late in the third period, Andy Nelson foiled what was easily the Packers' most serious threat til then by intercepted a pass which bounced off Billy Howton's hands and returning it 69 yards to the Green Bay 29. Finally, after the score mounted to 49-0, Joe Francis, rookie from Oregon State, became Green Bay's quarterback. His first series went nowhere and the Colts came on to score again. Francis took over after Al Carmichael's 60 yard kickoff return. Running most of the way himself, he got the Packers to Baltimore's two. But there, typical of the day, he carried almost to the goal line, only to be thrown back unceremoniously to the 10 as time ran out.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  0 -  0
BALTIMORE -  7 21 14 14 - 56
1st - BAL - Lenny Moore, 2-yard pass from Unitas (Steve Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 7-0
2nd - BAL - Alan Ameche, 7-yard run (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 14-0
2nd - BAL - Ameche, 5-yard pass from Unitas (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 21-0
2nd - BAL - Lenny Lyles, 4-yard pass from George Shaw (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 28-0
3rd - BAL - Jim Mutscheller, 17-yard pass from Shaw (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 35-0
3rd - BAL - Shaw, 1-yard run (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 42-0
4th - BAL - Billy Pricer, 1-yard run (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 49-0
4th - BAL - Bert Rechichar, 6-yard pass from Shaw (Myrha kick) BALTIMORE 56-0
CHANGE YOUR WAYS OR GET FIRED, MCLEAN WARNS PACKER 'DEFEATISTS'
NOVEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Journal) - His back to the wall, Ray (Scooter) McLean, coach of the Green Bay Packers, said Tuesday morning that he might fire "some veteran players who have a defeatist attitude." "We're going to do something about it," he said. The Packers have won one game, lost four, and tied one in the NFL. Their latest defeat was by a 56-0 score in Baltimore Sunday. They share last place in the western division with Detroit, last year's league champion. "We might do something," McLean later modified, "and we might not. I'm going to watch those players real close in practice this week and if the situation doesn't improve, why, boom...we'll get rid of them." McLean was asked about quotes attributed to him that he might get rid of seven or eight players before the game with the Bears at Chicago next Sunday. "Well," he said, "it's about six players. And maybe we won't have to. We'll just see." If he did fire some players, the coach was asked, would he get any replacements? "We probably wouldn't have replacements," McLean said. "The way they've been going they're not doing any good anyway. A bad apple can turn the whole barrel." When did this defeatist attitude first show up? "Well, it's been cropping up," he said. "It's been noticeable since the first Baltimore game. It goes back to other seasons. We had a good camp and a good preseason schedule. Then we lose a couple and some of these guys go back into the old groove. They instilled it in them. We've got to get rid of it." McLean said that the Packers
had only one extra player practicing with them besides the 35 
on the roster. He is halfback Joe Johnson, a veteran of other
seasons who was traded to Pittsburgh and then released by the
Steelers. The trading deadline was after the second game of the
season. Are any rookies involved in the defeatist complex? "It's
been coming into a couple of them, too," McLean said, "but the
veterans are the ones who are giving it to them." Where is the
major difficulties - on the offense or defense? "I don't care to 
say," McLean said. "I won't name any names. Just say it's on
both side - definitely." What about the story that the players 
were too ashamed to pick up their paychecks Monday? "That's
a lot of baloney," the coach said. "Payday is always Tuesday.
You know the players better than to think they wouldn't come
after their money." And how about the quote, "There's no use
being a good guy. Good guys always get it in the neck. From 
now on, I'm not going to be a good buy anymore." "Maybe so,"
McLean said. "Maybe I've been too easy. Maybe we'll have to be
tougher. It's going to be that way." McLean was hoarse. Did he
get that way from yelling at Baltimore? "No, I just got a cold
from standing out in the rain. I don't think I had anything to holler
about." What about Monday noon's meeting with the executive
board? "It was just the usual thing," McLean said. "I have my
weekly report and they asked questions. It was routine. That's
all." What will the Packers do this week? "Well," the coach 
said, "we may have a little contact. We're going back to check
a few things. We had no blocking and tackling. The defense
held twice and then nothing. The morale shouldn't sag like that.
When we get two touchdowns behind, we should tighten up. Get
in there and fight. No team in this league at its worse is more 
than 21 points worse than the best. They got us on the run, they
got us on the run. Baltimore is a good ball club. A real good 
ball club. No doubt about that. But they are not that good. Even
after Unitas went out we couldn't do anything. But our back was
pretty well broken by that time."
THE PACKERS NEED HELP - NEED IT FROM WITHIN
NOVEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Journal-Oliver Kuechle) - Green
Bay's performance against the Baltimore Colts Sunday, 56-0, was an insult to all Packer followers in Packerdom and to a million football television viewers around the middle west. There can be no excuse for such a show of ineptness by men who accept money to play the game. That was plain awful. The Packers are in trouble - familiar trouble. It isn't going to be enough to pick up the pieces in the next few days and resume as best can, although that's probably the only thing left to do right now. What else can be done in November? It isn't going to be enough to get a new coach - if a new coach is really needed. And there has been some grumbling again. Lee Joannes of the contract committee of the club's executive committee is the coach picker. It isn't going to be enough, looking ahead, to have the best draft list in the league at the meeting December 1 or to make a few trades. Or to fire a few players for indifference and lackadaisical play. The trouble in Green Bay lies deeper than this, and Sunday's performance was still another manifestation. The trouble in Green Bay lies first with the executive committee - with the administrative setup under which the club operates, with the jealous zeal of some of its dominating old-timers to be a part of the picture, with the generally unhealthy coaching and playing atmosphere they create. There may be other things, probably are, but the club's very setup is the first...PIOUS 'OUT': Actual meddling on the field? Oh, no. That's always the pious "out" when the contract committee decides to change coaches. "We give our coaches a free hand." But meddling nonetheless. There are the weekly reports the executive committee demands at its Monday noon luncheons from the coach and general manager and the "whys" and "wherefors" of this and that. There are the "friendly" hints that Parilli, not Starr, ought to be the starting quarterback. There are the meetings with the players, without the coaches present, which Liz Blackbourn experienced in his onerous season a year ago - and isn't that a fine way to engender morale among the players? There is the procedure that the general manager discuss important things first with the executive committee, or its subcommittee, and then "make" his decision. Why a general manager at all? There is the politics within the board that has led to discord and bitter personnel differences which seep down to the field...A SAD DAY: The Packers are in the big leagues, but in a lot of ways they don't show it. How can there be a winner? They themselves invite a lot of their ills. The day that the executive committee clipped Curly Lambeau of absolute authority in the mid-forties and substituted administration by soviet, that days the team's troubles began - off the field and on. And look back. There hasn't been a winning season since. An executive committee of new blood, a new framework of club administration, are almost "musts". They must come first. Other things can be carried on from there. Sunday's game was just plain pathetic. The Packers aren't that bad. No pro club should ever be beaten, 56-0. And the principal trouble stems from within.
BRATKOWSKI O.K.; READY TO PLAY SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 5 (Chicago Tribune) - George Halas shed a part of his scowl and even smiled a bit Tuesday. Good news had reached him from the Chicago Bears' medical staff. Zeke Bratkowksi, trainer Ed Rozy reported, as not as seriously injured in Los Angeles as was first suspected. It now appears certain that Bratkowski will be ready to face the Green Bay Packers in Wrigley field on Sunday, Halas said. On the basis of Ed Brown's performance in San Francisco and Los Angeles, this was the most encouraging news the Bears could have received. Bratkowski was one of the stars of the trip on which the Bears beat the 49ers and gave a game away to the Rams. He went in against the 49ers in the fourth quarter when a touchdown was badly needed and, in six plays, moved the Bears 81 yards to the score. Bratkowski threw three passes on the march. All three were completed, the last one for 47 yards to Willie Galimore. That performance indicated Bratkowski was finally regaining the form and the confidence he seemingly had left somewhere during a two year hitch in the Air Force. In the Ram game Sunday, he pulled a pathetic Bear offense together, passed to three touchdowns, and in the fourth period had the winning numbers ready to hang on the scoreboard when his perfect pass got away from Harlon Hill. Ironically, on the very next play after Hill bobbled the game breaker, Bratkowski was hit while passing and dumped on his right shoulder. The pass was intercepted and Bratkowski's shoulder was severely bruised. The Bears can use him in the next - and last - half of the season. There is heavy work to be done if they are to reach the championship playoff.
JOHNSOS GIVES FANS ANSWERS
NOVEMBER 6 (Chicago Tribune) - If the Chicago Bears had been as fast last Sunday in Los Angeles as Assistant Coach Luke Johnsos was at Wednesday's meeting of the Bears' Alumni Fan club, they might not have come back to town as 41 to 35 losers. Johnsos, facing the fans in the Sherman hotel, disposed quickly and efficiently of the questions as to the chance of a collapse by the Baltimore Colts, Harlon Hill's efficiency as a long distance pass catcher, and Bear strategy in the final minutes of the Ram debacle. Asked whether he thought the undefeated Colts, who play the Bears a week from Sunday in Wrigley field, would go into their usual late season tailspin, Johnsos replied: "I don't believe so. They look too solid this year. If they do start to fade, it will be because of injuries." Johnsos praised the Colts as a "fine football team. They lost Johnny Unitas, their excellent quarterback. But Unitas probably never would have gotten to play if George Shaw, another fine quarterback, hadn't been hurt two years ago. Now we've got to worry about Shaw." To a question, "Why has Harlon Hill been dropping the long passes so often the last couple of years?" the Bear assistant coach retorted: "There's nothing wrong with Harlon. If he keeps his eye on the ball, he'll catch some passes this season and everybody'll be cheering him." Johnsos defended the Bear strategy of taking to the air lanes in the final six minutes against the Rams, when the Chicagoans trailed by only six points and had been gaining consistently on the ground. "When you're behind, you call the plays most likely to get you a touchdown. All we needed was to click on one or two key passes and it would have been a different story." To a questioner who wondered why Bear quarterbacks do not run more, Johnsos replied: "That's very simple. Unitas has always run alot, and you see what happened to him. We don't want to take that chance of injury. Quarterbacks are too hard to get." The Bear assistant had the same answer as to a query as to why Willie Galimore, the north siders' spectacular halfback, is used only on spot assignments. "Willie carried 10 times against the Rams," Johnsos said. "But you notice he wasn't used on kickoffs or punt returns. There's a reason for that. He has had a bad charley horse." Galimore was pronounced 100 percent fit for Sunday's game by George Halas, the Bears' head coach, after a workout Wednesday. Halas said it was the first time in three weeks that Galimore had run at full speed. Assistant Coach Paddy Driscoll told the booster organization that the Bears faced one of their toughest afternoons of the season next Sunday in Wrigley field. "After their 56 to 0 loss to Baltimore, those Packers will be desperate," Driscoll said. "The people of Green Bay will be telling them if they don't beat the Bears, they'd just as well not bother to come home." Bear players introduced by moderator Jack Brickhouse were Galimore, Zeke Bratkowski, Jack Hoffman, Vic Zucco, Willie Lee and Bill McColl.
NEWS AND NOTES
UNUSUAL LINEUP - RESERVES FINISH LOPSIDED GAME FOR COLTS
NOVEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Journal) - Baltimore's offensive lineup in the last quarter of the NFL game against Green Bay here Sunday had little similarity to the one the Colts will use in the championship game - if and when. George Shaw was at quarterback, having replaced John Unitas, who suffered a bruised rib in the second quarter. Billy Pricer was in for Alan Ameche at fullback and Lenny Lyles for Lenny Moore and John Call for L.G. Dupre at the halfbacks. Bert Rechichar and Art DeCarlo, reserve defensive backs, were at the ends for Raymond Berry and Jim Mutscheller. Dupre had suffered a shoulder injury and Moore was resting a sore leg. There was nothing wrong with Ameche, Berry and Mutscheller. They were just resting for the time when Baltimore would meet genuine opposition. Unitas and Dupre were injured by legitimate hard tackles. Later, John Symank, ineffectual Green Bay defensive back, was penalized for jumping on Colt runners after they were clearly down and through running for the play. Weeb Ewbank, Baltimore coach, was asked if the Colts had poured it on. "No," he said, "we didn't. We used everybody, but let me say that that piling on by their boy didn't help matters for them."...Green Bay netted only 47 yards passing to Baltimore's 170 and 95 yards rushing to Baltimore's 220. At that, quarterbacks Bart Starr and Joe Francis were Green Bay's leading rushers. They ran when they could find no place to pass...PRO GRID BITS: Shaw had his best day since he suffered a knee injury in 1956 and lost his job to Unitas, who was cut by Pittsburgh and came to Baltimore off a sandlot team. The former Oregon star completed 10 of 13 passes and guided the Colts to their last five touchdowns. Unitas, not seriously injured, probably will be first string again next Sunday against the New York Giants, who made Baltimore the only undefeated team by beating Cleveland Sunday. Dupre, Baltimore's other casualty, may be out for awhile. The Baylor alumnus suffered a dislocated shoulder which snapped back in place by itself...The Packers' most serious injuries were to their feelings...Against Green Bay, every Colt looked like a thoroughbred...The Packers next Sunday will visit Wrigley Field in Chicago to play the Bears, who will be snarling (and two games behind Baltimore) after losing at Los Angeles Sunday...Fans in the second deck, completely soaked by rain, unfurled a banner which read "Love Our Colts". The "o" in love was a red heart.
AX MAY FALL ON 7 OR 8 PACKERS
NOVEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Seven or eight Packers face the possibility of getting the ax before Sunday's game with the Bears at Wrigley Field. Coach Scooter McLean, fed up with some of his players for taking advantage of him, said Monday, "We've got to cut out some bad roots. They're getting to be a problem because they're starting to affect the rest of the team. We know who some of them are and we're going to do something about it." McLean wouldn't mention any names. However, he said seven or eight players on his 35-man squad have a "defeatist attitude". "I've got to do something about it," McLean added. "That's all there is to it. There's no use going on like this. We were just plain lousy at Baltimore." When asked point-blank whether he planned to fire some player, McLean replied: "I wouldn't be at all surprised. There's a strong possibility that we'll do something about the bad roots before the Bear game." McLean operated a strict summer camp. The fight for jobs was the keenest ever. The 35 men who made the grade wanted to play. Now with half of the season completed, the Packers can show only one victory and a tie. Sunday's humiliating 56-0 defeat by the Colts is the worst showing in the NFL since the Bears walloped the Redskins, 73-0, in the 1940 championship game. On the charter flight from Baltimore Sunday night, several players remarked: "It eats my heart out to see us play like this for Scooter...He doesn't deserve it...We stunk out the place, don't blame him." These players insist they're 100 percent behind McLean, but since the season started they've let him down. But as far as McLean goes, he stated: "There's no use being a good guy. Good guys always get it in the neck. I'm not going to be a good guy anymore." McLean said he told the Packers' executive committee Monday noon exactly how he felt about the team and his personnel. "I told them what I thought should be done," he said, "and we're going ahead along those lines." Although there is bound to be some pressure because of the club's disappointing record, McLean has the backing of the executive members and his position shouldn't be in jeopardy. McLean said his remarks weren't based on Sunday's game alone. "You've got to get the overall picture," he said, "and that's what I'm doing. This defeatist attitude, though, has got to stop." Scooter was crushed after Sunday's "nose holder". He shook his head at reporters, waving them away. However, Monday morning, he was the first man to work and explained things this way: "It wasn't any individual mistake. It was overall. We fell apart quickly. Why? Because our boys didn't have the desire. When you're up against a team like the Colts, you've got to be ready to tear them apart. We had nothing. In the first game in Milwaukee (Bart) Starr passes for more than 300 yards. In the Eagle game (Babe) Parilli goes for 299. And, now, nothing. We aren't going to change our offensive strategy. It's obvious our players haven't absorbed the old stuff. Before anything new is added, they've got to get the old stuff down and get it right. The way the Colts played Sunday they were the best team in football I've seen. We were the poorest." Once behind, Green Bay folded like a stacked deck of cards. As the score mounted, the Bays got made - and the madder they got, the worse they played. Three interference penalties, three personal fouls and one defensive holding job by the Packer gave the Colts seven of their 30 first downs. Green Bay had eight first downs, period. None were gained by penalties. Parilli lost every bit of his confidence when his first two passes were incomplete and the next two intercepted. Al Carmichael, with a chance to make yardage, dropped the Babe's first aerial. Here was a turning point of the game. Baltimore, realizing that Green Bay offered little resistance on the ground, continuously kept the Packer passers in the pressurizer. At the same time, its secondary drew back and covered the Bay receivers like a blanket. Consequently, the Packers went nowhere. Defensively, Green Bay was in a different boat. Although Baltimore has probably the best passing attack in the business, it also has a complementary running game to go with it. The Colts ripped through the Packers for 220 yards on the ground and 170 in the air. The only thing the Packers won Sunday was the flip of the coin. The only good thing the Packers got out of Baltimore was a fat pay check - probably in excess of $54,000. It would have been even greater if it hadn't rained. Payday at Green Bay is Monday morning. However, no one had the courage to come around and collect. Scooter will bring the checks out to practice Tuesday. The reaction should be in interesting.
MCLEAN'S BLAST NO PEP TALK
NOVEMBER 6 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Scooter McLean warned Wednesday that his get tough policy with his "defeatist" Packers should in no way be taken as a pep talk in preparation for Sunday's game with the Bears at Wrigley Field. "New rules and regulations have been posted," McLean said as he walked off the practice field. "These rules will affect the club the rest of the year...not just Sunday at Chicago. The players know what the results will be if they don't abide by them. That's all there is to it." McLean, who Monday warned of the possibility of eliminating "bad roots", said he hasn't changed his mind one bit about firing personnel. However, up to Wednesday no one got the ax. Scooter again refused to single out the bad eggs. He also declined to say if the club's attitude has changed since Monday's ultimatum. The possibility of some getting fired looks certain. Judgment Day, though, now shapes up to be Sunday at Chicago. When asked if the club's executive committee has been interfering with his work, McLean emphatically said: "I'm the coach. I'm making the decisions and I'll take the blame. The executive committee has nothing to do with my decisions and it won't." Scooter said he personally invited Club President Dominic Olejniczak to speak to the boys before they started preparations for the Bear game. Olejniczak spoke about the fighting tradition of the Packers, one of the charter members of the NFL. After Olejniczak finished, the club viewed the film of its 56-0 performance against Baltimore. Then they went to work behind closed doors at City Stadium. Pro football players have been treated like kings in Green Bay. Expenses have been at a minimum and the treatment from the fans has been wonderful. But the 1958 Packers are on the hook...and they know it. The bad eggs will get the pink slip at Chicago if Sunday's play in the slightest way resembles the Baltimore stinkeroo.
HALAS FEARS BAYS: "THEY'LL BE AFTER US"
NOVEMBER 6 (Chicago) - Luck and the lack of it described the Bears series with the Packers this year, Coach George Halas said Wednesday, and he hoped he wouldn't lack the breaks in Sunday's second contest. "We were lucky to beat them in Green Bay," he said. "It took a sensational pass catch by Willie Galimore to beat them. It's always our luck to meet a team that's desperate and that's just what they'll be Sunday. First, we had San Francisco and then Los Angeles, and now Green Bay, all of them desperate." Halas believed the Bears received no break because the Packers were laced, 56-0, by the Colts last week. "I attach a great deal of importance to that score," he said. "It just makes them more desperate, and they got beat that bad because they tried everything and it backfired. They got reckless. They've got an offense," he said. "They gained 427 yards against Washington, and we've got to change our offense and defense from what we used against them before. We're working on about 20 plays for the game and we'll use all of them. I don't know how they'll work because they use seven or eight defenses." Halas believed that he'd start Ed Brown for the seventh time this season, even though Zeke Bratkowski was more impressive in the last game, a 41-35 loss to the Rams. "That doesn't mean Bratkowski won't play," he said. "He'll probably see a lot of action. He's earned it on the basis of his play at San Francisco and Los Angeles. At San Francisco he took us right down the field for the winning touchdown and hit three out of three passes. Then he played well against the Rams. And we can use (George) Blanda. He's not out of the quarterback picture." Halas built the Packers, even though in last place in the Western Division with only one victory, into a big bugaboo for Sunday. "They always do a good job against us," he said. "They've got that (Babe) Parilli and Bart Starr and Paul Hornung and DOn McIlhenny in the backfield and three good receivers. We're still in the fight for the championship, although I don't expect to win it all. I never expected better than 6-6 record for the season. That'd be an improvement and I think we can do that." Currently the Bears are second to unbeaten Baltimore with four wins in six games.
PACKER DIRECTOR CALLS FOR 'HOUSE CLEANING'
OCTOBER 6 (Neenah) - Hugh Stange, a member of the 45 man Board of Directors of the Green Bay Packers, Wednesday called for a complete house cleaning of the club's Executive Committee as "the first step to save the franchise for Green Bay and Wisconsin." "What any individual does or thinks is incidental," he said. "The big thing is to save the franchise. As things are going now, it's being drive into the ground. The club's ills go beyond coaching and material." Strange resigned in protest from the Board at a meeting last January, but was immediately re-elected. He has been a strong critic of the club's front office administration, calling it the source of most of the club's recent troubles. "Why a Board of Directors of 45?" he asked. "That's pure window dressing while a small clique in Green Bay runs things. Why an Executive Committee of 13 that has to have its fingers in the pie every week?" Strange proposed a Board of Directors of no more than 11, as the first step in the solution, and an Executive Committee of no more than five. "And there should be a General Manager with absolute authority, responsible only to the Executive Committee," he said. "The Executive Committee should meet no more than once every three months - certainly not every week." Strange, a Neenah businessman, went into detail on how such a new board might be composed - one member from the Fox River Valley, one from Milwaukee, one from Marinette-Menominee, one from Racine (Don Hutson) and seven from Green Bay. "The control should always be in Green Bay," he said. "But there shouldn't be all of the hocus pocus that has been going on. This is a business and a big business. It should be run like a business. Why, the club has a budget of more than a million dollars this year."
KNAFELC TO UNDERGO SURGERY; PACKERS SIGN JOE JOHNSON
NOVEMBER 6 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packers made their first player change Thursday since the 56-0 defeat at Baltimore last Sunday and Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean's subsequent threat to fire some of the veterans who have a "defeatist attitude". The NFL club put end Gary Knafelc on the injured reserve list and replaced him with halfback Joe Johnson. Knafelc will have his right knee operated on for a "pinched cartilage", the Packers announced. He missed most of last season because of an operation on the other knee. Johnson, a veteran from Boston College, was traded to Pittsburgh before the season opened. The Steelers released him and he returned to Green Bay and has been working out with the Packers. He played four season with Green Bay - from 1954 to 1957. McLean said Thursday that the attitude of the "defeatists" seemed to be "a little better so far". Would the Packers fire anybody before Sunday's game with the Bears in Chicago? "I don't know yet," McLean said. "There's no assurance at all that we will or we won't." Do the players who have been putting out know which six or so players are the "bad apples"? "Some of them must have a pretty good idea," McLean said. "They must know by now who I'm talking about. But I won't name any names. I won't even tell the players. I'd just as soon they weren't too sure either." By keeping them all guessing, would that make them work harder? "Yeh," McLean said. "That's it exactly." How could the coach tell whether the guilty ones were bearing down in practice this week? "The attitude is better, I think," he said. "It's the hustle - they've got that this week. There may be a little change there. It could be false, but I don't think so. They're going through their assignments better." Dominic Olejniczak, Packer President, spoke to the players one day this week. Was it a pep talk? "No," McLean said, "not at all. Nothing like that. I invited him to speak, I asked the executive committee to provide the players with the background of the club. He went through the years of the Green Bay Packers. How this was the worst defeat in our history. How the setup of the Packers differs from others. I wanted him to instill this, to paint the picture. I wanted him to instill good things in the players' minds." Did Olejniczak's talk help? "Yes, I think it helped," the coach said. "A lot of the rookies didn't know the story. The small town against the big cities and all that, I think it went over real good."
mostly a threat to try to scare us to play harder," the player said. "After all, if they fire anybody now, where are they going to get anyone to take their place? And they sure aren't going to make any progress by just firing four or five players without getting replacements. That wouldn't make sense. Do some of the players really have a "defeatist attitude"? "Well, I don't think so, really," the player said. "Oh, there are some who don't always give out a hundred percent. They think they're irreplaceable and will get paid anyway, but that's just a few." Has the administrative setup in Green Bay had any effect on the team? "Well, nobody has bothered me. I know they called in some players for conferences last year without the coach (Lisle Blackbourn) being around and that didn't help the situation." What about Green Bay's defense? "I think our defense is okay in most places," the player said. "I think the whole team is stronger than a year ago except in maybe one or two spots. I can't even put a finger on all the things that have gone wrong. A few of us talked it over among ourselves and we've had trouble explaining a lot of things. Our tackles - Hanner and Kimmel - are as good as we've ever had. Maybe the ends aren't that good, but I don't know. But you take our rush on the other team's passer. We haven't red-dogged much (sent in the linebackers). It seems that every time we do, they kill us with a short pass or a swing pass. We're just not lucky. The gambles haven't paid off. They red dog us but we've almost been scared out of red-dogging them. We'll have to get back to it and guess a little better." Was there any indication in the dressing room or in practice before the Baltimore game that the Packers would take the worst beating in their 40 years? "Not as far as I can see," the player said. "I thought we were ready to play a good game. We made them punt the first time and then they intercepted and we stopped them again and they missed a field goal. But the offense couldn't do anything. You've got to score to win in this league. We haven't scored enough but in one game this year. We won that one. It's pretty hard for the defense to stop them and then have the offense give them the ball back again after two or three plays. I hope we'll get squared around. The passers have been getting good protection, generally. Now if they can just start to hit maybe we'll still go. I hope so. We've got no place to go but up. We're not that bad."
35 PACKERS TO CHICAGO; HOW MANY WILL RETURN?
NOVEMBER 7 (Green Bay) - Thirty-five Packers entrain for Chicago Saturday morning for Sunday's showdown with the Bears at Wrigley Field. A mob is expected here upon the club's return Sunday night to count heads. Coach Scooter McLean, who earlier this week threatened to fire seven or eight players for dogging it on the field and living it up off it, said Friday, "Sunday will probably tell the story." "I'd rather keep them guessing for awhile," he said when asked if a few of the marked men were off the hook. "It won't hurt them to worry. In fact, it might make them work harder." McLean named only starter - quarterback Bart Starr. He said he wouldn't make up his mind on the other until just before game time. While a sellout crowd at Wrigley Field is assured, fans can see for themselves what ticks with the puzzling Packers at 1:06 p.m. The game will be telecast in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, La Crosse, Duluth, and Marquette, Mich. Scooter, once a happy-go-lucky person, had a dead pan expression as he walked off the practice field Friday. He wouldn't say one way or the other what could be expected of this team at Chicago. "We'll just have to wait and see," Scooter said with his head bowed. "Sure, there has been a change in their hustle. But I can promise nothing what they'll do Sunday." Scooter said the only good football he has seen lately has been on "Pro Highlights", a national TV show which films Sunday's outstanding plays in the NFL. "All of those great runs were individual efforts," Scooter pointed out. "Take Jim Brown of Cleveland. It looked like he was stopped cold at the line of scrimmage. But a quick sidestep and away he went - 57 yards for a touchdown." McLean said he'd go with Starr because "he keeps us moving better. In other words, we seem to control the ball longer with him at quarterback." The Bears, two games out of first place in the Western Conference with a 4-2 record, beat Starr and the Packers in the season opener at Green Bay, 34-20. Starr held onto the starter's role in the Packers' next three games and then surrendered the baton to Babe Parilli. The on-again, off-again Kentucky Babe pitched four touchdown strikes against the Eagles at Green Bay, October 26, for the Packers' only victory, 38-35. He got his second start against the Colts last Sunday and was sent scurrying for cover by a brace of pass interceptions, his career-long weakness. McLean, a former Bear, said he didn't care one bit where George Halas roams during the game. "I don't care if Halas is in their backfield," Scooter said. "I'm only concerned with what the Bears do...and, of course, what we do."
​DESPERATE PACKERS TO FACE TITLE HUNGRY BEARS TODAY
NOVEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - Scooter McLean's desperate Green Bay Packers will their old NFL rivals, the Chicago Bears, at Wrigley Field here Sunday. Never in their 40 years of professional football have the Packers been in such dire straits. A week ago, they suffered a 56-0 defeat at the hands of the Colts in Baltimore. Now the question is whether they can bounce back. McLean is making no claims or predictions. "I don't want to say," he said when asked how the Packers would do against the Bears. "I know the Bears will be hard to handle. They're trying to win the title and they are two games behind the Colts, so you know they'll be tough." The Bears have a 4-2 record, good for second place in the Western Division. The Packers share last place with last year's champions, the Detroit Lions, each with one victory, four defeats and one tie. George Halas' Bears are just back from the grueling two week trip to the West Coast, where they beat San Francisco and lost to Los Angeles. Sometimes this tour leaves them flt. This is Green Bay's hope. The Bears won the first meeting this season, in the opener at Green Bay, 34-20. Chicago leads the series, 48 victories to 26 with six ties. Green Bay hasn't won here since
1952. The Bears are rated as strong favorites in this one. Bart
Starr will start at quarterback for Green Bay. Aside from that,
McLean would say nothing about his lineup. "I probably won't make
up my mind about some fellows until it's time for the kickoff," he
said. "I want to think about this thing as long as I can." While
McLean would make no predictions, one of the Packers said, "I
know we're going to bounce back. We've been as sharp in practice
this week as we ever have. You'll see. As far as desire and good,
hard, aggressive football is concerned, this will be our best game."
Starr will be returning to first string after Babe Parilli supplanted
him for two weeks. The receivers will be Max McGee, Bill Howton
and Steve Meilinger. and the running backs, Howie Ferguson, Don
McIlhenny, Paul Hornung, Al Carmichael, Jim Taylor and Joe
Johnson. The Bears will start Ed Brown at quarterback, even
though Zeke Bratkowski has been their top operator there lately.
Brown usually does well against Green Bay. Bratkowski has a
sore shoulder. The Bears' running game is built around Rick
Casares and Willie Galimore. Their receivers are Harlon Hill, Bill
McColl and either Bob Jewett or Ralph Anderson, rookies.
Chicago's defense is one of the best in the league. Bill George,
middle linebacker, calls the signals and gambles a lot. The Bears
usually send almost everyone against the quarterback. They
figure that they will get him before he gets them with his passes.
BRATKOWSKI'S ARM STIFFEN; HE WON'T START
NOVEMBER 8 (Chicago Tribune) - Zeke Bratkowski, recovering
from an injury suffered in Los Angeles last Sunday, reported a
stiffening of his right shoulder Friday and has been scratched as
the Chicago Bears' starting quarterback against the Green Bay
Packers in Wrigley field on Sunday. Bratkowski apparently
retarded the recuperative process by attempting to pass too soon.
Coach George Halas said he intended to use the former Georgia
All-American Sunday, but that he deemed it inadvisable to start
him. Ed Brown, whom Bratkowski relieved in San Francisco and
Los Angeles, when the Bear attack was lagging, will oppose the
Packers at the kickoff. Another offensive lineup change was
announced by Halas, who decided Friday night to start John
Mellekas at center as a reward for his superb performances on the
coast as relief for the ailing Larry Strickland. Millekas, a 6 foot 3
inch, 255 pound product of the University of Arizona, rejoined the
Bears several weeks ago, after a hitch in the Army.
SELLOUT CROWD WILL SEE BEARS BATTLES SURLY PACKERS
NOVEMBER 9 (Chicago Tribune) - For the 80th time since
Curly Lambeau first persuaded George Halas to pit his big
city Bears against Green Bay's home talent eleven 37 
years ago, the Bears and the Packers meet Sunday in
Wrigley field. Football has undergone many changes since
that ancient day in 1921, when the Bears won, 20 to 0, and
Halas vowed he would never play Green Bay again. But the
feeling between the two clubs is the same today as it was
then and there will not be an empty seat in Wrigley field
when they kickoff at 1:05 p.m. All tickets have been sold,
including standing room, and fans without tickets are
requested by the management to stay home and listen to
WGN. The Bears, as usual, are favorites in the game, but
the Packers came to town Saturday afternoon in a surly
mood. Tongue lashings by their coach, Ray (Scooter)
McLean, an old Bear, after last week's 56 to 0 defeat by
Baltimore and McLean's firm resolve to fire laggards has
set up a situation that could well be froth with danger for
the Bears. Green Bay has won only one game so far this
year and only 26 times in the series has it triumphed over
the Chicagoans. But its passing attack, with Bart Starr
and Babe Parilli throwing, and Bill Howton and Max 
McGee receiving, is enough of a threat to kindle new hope
in the hearts of loyal Packer fans. The Bears will open the
game with Ed Brown at quarterback and John Mellekas at
​center. Brown will be out to redeem himself for a 
disappointing showing in Los Angeles last week, when the Bears gave away a ball game before 100,470. Backing him up, with a special pad on his right shoulder, will be Zeke Bratkowski, who appeared to have replaced Brown as the Bears' No. 1 man until he was injured in the final minute of the Ram game. Whether Bratkowski gets into the Packer tussle will depend largely on how well Brown succeeds. Victory is imperative to the Bears if they are to stay in the western division championship race. Already two games behind the Baltimore Colts, who move into Wrigley field next week, the Bears cannot afford to stumble. One of their most important assignments will be to keep their eyes off the scoreboard for reports on the Baltimore-Giant contest in New York. Developments in Wrigley field will be of much more immediate importance to the Bears than what transpires in Yankee stadium. The Giants, according to advices from New York, will be at full strength Sunday for the first time this season. Coming off a spectacular 21 to 17 victory over Cleveland last week, Chuck Conerly and company are expected to have sufficient momentum to match the Colts' highly geared attack. But it will have nothing to do with the Bears' problem, which could become complicated if they play against the Packers as they did against Los Angeles for a quarter and a half last week.
WARNS PACKERS: PLAY BALL!
NOVEMBER 7 (Chicago Tribune) - The Green Bay Packers will undergo a major change, one way or another, this weekend. Either they measure up to major league standards in their football game in Wrigley field against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, or new names will appear on the roster the following week against Los Angeles, Coach Ray McLean said Thursday. Still smarting from the 56 to 0 trouncing at Baltimore last week, the worst defeat administered to a Packer team in 40 years, McLean made it clear that he did not think the Packers are that bad. They only played that way and if they do not act more like pros on Sunday, he is determined to make wholesale changes. "Quite a few of them stopped playing ball as soon as they had the squad made," McLean said. "They now know where they stand and what the results will be if they don't come through." "New rules have been established," McLean added, indicating that a great deal of Green Bay's recent trouble has been the result of indifferent training. The Packers have lost four games, won one and tied one. McLean's problems was complicated Thursday with announcement that Gary Knafelc, veteran offensive end, must undergo knee surgery and will be lost for the remainder of the season. Joe Jonson, a halfback released earlier on waivers to Pittsburgh, and subsequently turned loose by the Steelers, was added to the roster to replace Knafelc. At Wrigley field, meanwhile, Coach George Halas, striving to shake off memory of last week's failure in Los Angeles, announced that the Bears would be in excellent shape for Sunday's homecoming. Zeke Bratkowski began throwing passes Thursday without a twinge in his injured shoulder and Larry Strickland, who had to sit out most of the Ram game, is ready to resume his place as regular offensive center. Willie Galimore is reported fully recovered from a leg injury.
STARR TO START
NOVEMBER 7 (Green Bay) - Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean announced Friday that Bart Starr would start at quarterback for the Packers against the Bears at Chicago Sunday. "He should steady the team down," McLean said. "Babe Parilli will be ready anytime he's needed."
WHAT'S WRONG WITH PACKERS? - Player Says Green Bay Club Needs "a Real Leader on Offense"
NOVEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - "What's really wrong with the ball club is that we need a real leader on offense," a member of the Green Bay Packers said Thursday night. "Our quarterbacks just are not on a par with the rest of the league." The player had been asked to analyze the ills which have befallen the NFL team. The Packers, with perhaps their best material in years, share last place with Detroit in the Western Division. They have won one game, lost four and tied one. They reached the halfway mark of the season by losing to the Colts at Baltimore last Sunday, 56-0. "We need a quarterback who can take hold out there," the Packer said. "Right now we haven't got one." Would the team be better off with Tobin Rote, who was traded to Detroit last year? "We would be 100% better," the player said. Even though Rote has been having his troubles as Detroit quarterback? "He hasn't go the receivers over there that we've got here." The player was asked about Ray (Scooter) McLean, the new head coach. "I don't think what's happened is his fault," he said. "Oh, some of the players have been taking advantage of him because he's a nice guy, but I don't think the trouble is in the coaching. Scooter's worked hard - a lot harder than I thought he would." What about McLean's threat to fire some of the players who have a "defeatist attitude"? "Well, I think that's
Baltimore Colts (6-0) 56, Green Bay Packers (1-4-1) 0
Sunday November 2nd 1958 (at Baltimore)