(CHICAGO) - Green Bay's defense recovered here Sunday but its offense remained in a coma, enabling the Chicago Bears to win, 24-10. Victory surely was within the Packers' grasp, had their attack been at all of professional caliber, but even a return to respectability was welcome after last Sunday's 56-0 shellacking at Baltimore. George Halas' Bears needed this one, badly, and for awhile it seemed they had little inclination to take it. But two touchdowns in less than a minute of the third quarter accomplished their purpose.
By winning, the Bears moved within one game of Baltimore, Western Division leader. The Colts, who lost Sunday at New York, will meet the Bears here next Sunday. Baltimore has a 6-1 record and the Bears 5-2. Scooter McLean's Packers meanwhile took sole possession of last place. This was their fifth defeat against one victory and a tie. A crowd of 48,424 gathered in chilly Wrigley Field on a sunny, windy afternoon. Mostly the game was defense and penalties. Chicago scored touchdowns on Willie Galimore's five yard sprint in the second quarter after Jack Johnson's interception; on Rick Casares' 64 yard rumble around end in the third quarter, and on Bill Bishop's recovery of Bart Starr's fumble in the end zone with only 51 seconds after Casares broke away. George Blanda, who came in at quarterback to lead the first touchdown thrust, kicked the extra points and added a 20 yard field goal in the final quarter.
The Packers wrung only a 3-0 lead out of four fine scoring opportunities in the first quarter, Paul Hornung kicking a 45 yard field goal. Then, midway in the fourth quarter, they scored their first touchdown in more than two full games when rookie Jim Taylor slid over from two yards out. Babe Parilli's 61 yard pass to Joe Johnson, who was reinstated to the roster only last week, set it up. Hornung kicked the point. Aside from the first quarter, and the consolation touchdown, Green Bay did not threaten. Its offense, for more than three quarters, could not get out of its own territory by itself. In fact, many times the Bears, led by Bill George, threw the Packers for successive losses, causing some to wonder if it would not almost be better to punt on first down.
The Packer defense did everything but score points in trying to get Green Bay off to a flying start in its bid for atonement. Al Carmichael's 51 yard punt return provided the first opportunity. Hornung kicked a 32 yard field goal but it was nullified by a holding penalty. Then Jesse Whittenton stole the ball out of Harlon Hill's hands for an interception. Again the Packers tried to settle for a field goal from the 30, but Doug Atkins, 6 foot 8 inch Bear end, blocked it. Next. J.C. Caroline bobbled Ed Brown's errant pitchout and Dave (Hawg) Hanner recovered for Green Bay on the Bears' 28. Again, on fourth down, the Packers lined up for a field goal. Starr knelt on the Bears' 27, presumably to hold the ball for Hornung.
The ball was snapped and Hornung went through the motions, but at the last instant Starr pulled the ball away and straightened up. Len Ford, the old defensive end, had lumbered far behind the defense. He was alone in the end zone. Starr lofted the ball to him. Ford wrapped his big, taped hands around it and then dropped it. Ford, in obvious disgust, pulled off his helmet and slung it to the ground. But that did not bring back the touchdown. Still the first quarter was not over and soon Whittenton had the ball back, having fallen on John Morris' fumble on Chicago's 47. After Starr's 15 yard run, Green Bay finally took a 3-0 lead on Hornung's 45 yard field goal.
The Bears then made their first threatening gesture on attack, but instead of settling for a tying field goal, they went for a first down and Green Bay's defense stopped them short on the Packer 20. Eight plays later, the Bears had the ball back as Jack Johnson intercepted Starr's pass and returned five yards to the Packer 25. Brown had proved next to useless at quarterback, Zeke Bratkowski was out with a sore shoulder, and so Blanda was sent it. The crowd liked that and so, apparently, did Blanda's teammates. Galimore and Casares took turns and in six plays they had Chicago in the lead for good. Galimore went across standing up from the five and Blanda kicked the point. The Bears left the field at intermission leading by a rather precarious 7-3 score.
The third quarter had progressed for almost 11 minutes before Green Bay's defense sprung its only really serious leak of the day. Casares galloped around left end with a pitchout and, picking up blockers, cruised down the sideline. Hank Gremminger, coming across from the other side, had the angle on the Bear fullback at the Packer 10, but when he tried to knock Casares out of bound, Casares merely hesitated and gave him the shoulder. Gremminger flew on past, out of bounds, and Casares continued unattended into the end zone. The Bear defenders had been swarming all over Starr and his runner and on the next series they brought not only failure to the Green Bay attack but a touchdown for Chicago. On third down from the Packer 12, Starr went back to pass. Fred Williams hit him and spun him around toward the end zone. The Bears rushed the Packer quarterback over the goal and the ball popped free. Bishop fell on it for the touchdown. That made it 21-3 and blew out whatever flickering hopes the Packers entertained of an upset. All told, Starr was thrown for 50 yards in losses trying to pass and as late as the third quarter, the Packers' passing game showed a deficit of 25 yards.
Blanda kicked his field goal after Brown's pass to Casares gained 52 yards to Green Bay's eight. Then Parilli finally connected with Johnson for the Packers' only long scrimmage gain of the day and the consolation touchdown resulted. Green Bay's touchdown was its first since it scored on the last play of the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay two weeks earlier. The Bears now hold a 49-26 edge over the Packers with six ties. They also swept the season series. Neither team showed much of a passing attack Sunday. The Bears had a big edge on the ground. The officials called 14 penalties on Chicago for a total distance of 127 yards and five on Green Bay for 79 yards. They apparently wanted to show George Halas that he couldn't intimidate them.
GREEN BAY -  3  0  0  7 - 10
CHICAGO   -  0  7 14  3 - 24
1st - GB - Hornung, 56-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - CHI - Willie Galimore, 5-yard run (George Blanda kick) CHICAGO 7-3
3rd - CHI - Rick Casares, 64-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 14-3
3rd - CHI - Bill Bishop, recovered fumble in the end zone (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 21-3
4th - CHI - Blanda, 20-yard field goal CHICAGO 24-3
4th - GB - Taylor, 3-yard run (Hornung kick) CHICAGO 24-10
NOVEMBER 9 (Chicago) - "There will be no shake-up at the present time." This was Scooter McLean's first comment Sunday after his Packers dropped their fifth league game, 24-10, to the Bears. McLean had threatened to ax players with a "defeatist attitude" if they had not put out at Wrigley Field. McLean, however, added, "If the boys don't give it all they've got from now on in - well, that's the way it's got to be. I figure we had 35 boys out there trying today," McLean said in the Packer dressing room. "We didn't score the point, I'll admit, but we were trying. If our gang keep trying like this, we'll start winning." Scooter didn't believe the Bears beat his club with an offensive showing. "We missed tackles on that long run of (Rick) Casares," Scooter pointed out. "That hurt." McLean praised the defensive play of the Bears' Bill George and Bill Bishop. "We sure had a tough time with their defensive tackles - and that George." A reporter asked Scooter if his quarterback would have had more luck rolling out. Scooter replied: "We rolled out, but George rolled with us." Returning to his Packers, McLean wryly announced that Howie Ferguson, injured on the first play of the game, has a shoulder separation. The Bears' casualty was Jack Hoffman, who broke an elbow. It was a typical Packer-Bear game - rough from the word go. Another reporter asked McLean for an opinion of Paul Hornung, a target of recent criticism. Scooter said: "Paul was out there really hustling today." McLean then again referred to the first quarter, saying, "The boys were all trying. But we didn't take advantage of the breaks. We had four chances in the first quarter and came up with three points." Interjecting a truism at this juncture, former Packer line coach Tarz Taylor commented: "That could have been the ball game if Lenny Ford hadn't dropped that pass in the end zone." Scooter nodded his assent. George Halas, in an affable mood (as usual after winning), was asked if Sunday's game was what he expected. "If you mean that first half when we played lousy," George answered. "Yes, that's what I expected." Halas thought his defensive team was great, observing, "I don't care who we would have played - we were that great defensively." The Bears' owner and coach said the turning point was the interception by Jack Johnson in the second quarter. Six plays later the Bears scored. Halas was chided by a reporter who questioned the officiating at Wrigley Field (the reporter claimed the official on the interception screened the Packer receiver and Johnson grabbed the ball). Said a grinning Halas: "Yes, I guess that was the turning point."
NOVEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Coach Ray McLean kept the Green Bay dressing room closed to visitors 35 minutes after the Packers lost to the Bears here Sunday. Talent scout Jack Vainisi guarded the door. When the writers were finally allowed in, only a few players remained. McLean was in a corner of the training room. He answered questions about the ball game routinely. What about the shake-up McLean had threatened if the Packers did not snap out of their losing ways? "There were 35 boys out there trying today," he said. "I'm satisfied with their effort over last week. There'll be no shake-up." If any of the players lapse into their old ways, what then? "We'll just have to see. They've got to keep trying, that's for sure, I can't criticize the team because it got beat. Not if they're going all out. We didn't score the points, I'll admit that. But they were still trying. If they give it that effort all the time, they'll start hitting." Why had McLean kept the dressing room closed? "I wanted the players to get a chance to relax," he said. "These dressing rooms are small. If everybody's allowed in, there'll be people all over the place and they won't have any room to dress." McLean then turned the talk to the ball game again. "They didn't beat us offensively," he said. "Their defense played a tremendous ball game. We had four chances to score in the first quarter and came out with three points. If we'd scored in that first quarter, we're in the game all the way. All those missed opportunities. A field goal blocked, a touchdown pass dropped, penalties." He shook his head. Len Ford, the huge defensive end who had dropped the pas in the end zone on a fake field goal, did not alibi. "I had the pass caught," Ford said. "I just dropped it when I was bringing it in. That's all." The play was not entirely new to Ford either. "We'd practiced it about once a week," he said. Playing on offense wasn't strange for Ford either. "I used to play offense with the Browns," he said. "Back in the forties I played both ways with the Browns." Fullback Howie Ferguson suffered a slight shoulder separation on the first play from scrimmage. "I landed on my elbow," Ferguson said. "And then somebody came down on me. That did it, I think." Did Ferguson's loss mean the difference? McLean was asked. "It hurt us, sure," McLean said. "But I don't know that it was what beat us. How can I tell? If I say that beat us, I'm second guessing. And I won't second guess." What about Paul Hornung, Ferguson's replacement? "Paul was out there hustling today," McLean said. "He was trying." Owner-coach George Halas of the Bears agreed with McLean that the Bears had won the game with their defense. "We were terrific defensively," Halas said. "I don't care who we're playing today - the Colts, Rams, San Francisco - that would have happened. It was just unfortunate for the Packers it had to be them." Did the game go as Halas had expected? "The first half, yes. We were lousy," he said. "We always are after we come back from the coast. I don't know why it is but we always play like that when we get back from there. I've tried everything - coming back by train, by plane, by slow freight. A lot of our players had their minds on next week's game with Baltimore instead of on the Packers," he said. The Bears came out of the game in a bad way physically. Defensive end Jack Hoffman suffered a fractured elbow. Guard Abe Gibron hurt his thigh but will be ready to play against the Colts.
NOVEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Either the Packers change their ways or they're liable to lose their remaining five games and finish with the worst record in Green Bay history. Scooter McLean's club has beaten only one foe - Philadelphia. From here on it, the Bays face the Rams twice and the 49ers twice and the up and coming Lions. If the Packers fail to win or tie another game, they'll finish with one win, 10 losses and a tie - which would be their worst record in 40 years. In 1949 the Bays finished with a 2-10 mark and Curly Lambeau resigned and in 1953, the year Gene Ronzani was dismissed, the Bays chalked up a 2-9-1 record. The Packers blew four chances to score a touchdown in the first quarter against the Bears Sunday at Chicago. Such infamous activity is getting to be old hat. Not only did the Bears hold the Packers to 52 yards on the ground, but they harried Bart Starr and Babe Parilli to the point of destruction. With the passer being rushed off his feet before the ends were getting out, why didn't McLean switch to a spread formation? Or is the spread taboo with Scooter? "No, we've worked on the spread," McLean said Monday. "But the way they were pouring through it would have been foolish to try it. Their defense is tremendous." To make matters worse, McLean disclosed that Howie Ferguson, veteran fullback, suffered a should separation and a small chip fracture Sunday and will be out of action for three weeks - possibly longer. Ferguson, the workhorse of the Packers' running game, will be sorely misses. McLean said Paul Hornung or rookie Jim Taylor (he hasn't made up his mind) will start in Ferguson's place. Howie's loss came a week after end Gary Knafelc was sidelined with a torn cartilage in his right knee. Knafelc underwent surgery Monday in a Green Bay hospital. Knafelc will be out for the rest of the season. There were some fine, individual performances by a team which came off the flood after being humiliated by Baltimore, 56-0, a week ago. Alton (Monk) Romine saved two sure Bear touchdowns by catching up with Johnny Morris after a 32 yard spring in the first quarter and nailing Rick Casares from behind after he galloped 52 yards in the fourth period. Romine was the Packers' last chance on both plays. Jesse Whittenton looked like Bobby Dillon when he stole Ed Brown's pass away from Harlon Hill in the first quarter. Dan Currie, the much criticized No. 1 draft choice, came up with his best game. His tackling was for keeps as was the play of Dave Hanner, Tom Bettis and Dillon. Al Carmichael's 51 yard punt return in the first quarter was amazing. He caught Zeke Bratkowski's 46 yard punt over his shoulder and followed his blockers beautifully. Max McGee continues to make Packer-backers forget about Dick Deschaine, last year's punting ace who was traded to Cleveland. McGee averaged 47.2 yard on five punts. The Bears almost blocked one, but on the play Maxie put the right English on the ball as it rolled 54 yards. On the other hand, there was no excuse for Lenny Ford to drop a sure six-pointer in the first quarter. The fake field goal attempt was perfectly executed as Starr dropped back and lobbed the ball to Ford who was all alone in the end zone. The Packers lost 50 yards attempting to pass, thanks to the red-dogging Bears. Billy Howton, who was once feared as the best end in the league, failed to catch a single pass. Starr hit Howton in the first quarter, but Billy caught the ball out of bounds. Howton juggled a Parilli pass in the fourth quarter, a Hornung pass to him was almost intercepted and the last Parilli shot was off target. The Packers couldn't complain about the officiating at Wrigley Field this time. Of 19 penalties called, the Bears were penalized 14 times for 127 yards. Although it didn't disturb McLean one bit, George Halas roamed the sidelines like a member of the chain gang. Halas said his team was very fortunate to beat Green Bay under the circumstances. "Coming back from the Coast is tough enough," said Halas, "without having to look forward to playing the league's top team (Colts) next week." "We never play good after coming from the Coast," he continued. "Year in and year out, I've tried everything, but nothing works. I'm not disparaging Green Bay," he said, "but the boys had an eye on Baltimore. We'll be up for that one..."
NOVEMBER 11 (Washington) - Owner George Preston Marshall of the Washington Redskins proposed Monday that pro football teams draft only 20 players a year instead of the present 30. Marshall said he would introduce his plan at the next NFL meeting, and added eventually the draft list should be reduced to only 10 players annually. The Redskins' owner said he objects to the present 30-year draft maximum because:
* "Coaches are drafting blind over the last 10 or 15 picks anyway."
* "Drafting 30 men is ridiculous and superfluous because teams are getting solidified in their personnel and don't need that many new men trying out."
* "The league rules force us to take any player drafted and signed to training camp, so theoretically if we took all 30 new men signed to camp, we'd wind up over the NFL limit of 60 players under contract. In effect, we're being inconsistent with our rules."
Marshall said he did NOT object to the draft as such. "It's the greatest thing we have in equalizing competition," he declared. "By drafting not more than 10 or 20 new players a year, we'd still be giving the weaker clubs a crack at adding so-called name players and fresh blood. But we also wouldn't be doing what we're now doing - just guessing at the last 10 or 15 picks." Under Marshall's plan, 240 college players a year would become free agents, open to bidding from all clubs. Marshall said he believed drafted players would get higher salaries than free agents. What Marshall was suggesting was a return to the old NFL draft rules. Originally, the league permitted drafting only 10 players a year. Later the limit was raised to 20 and finally to the present 30.
NOVEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Dropped passes, missed tackles, poor blocking - and Scooter McLean gets into hotter water every week. Unfortunately when a team loses the coach gets the rap. But does the coach pass, tackle or block? McLean is chiefly dependent upon the quality of his men compared to that of their opponents, rather than on his own brainwork. Scooter runs a game in which individual skill and brilliance make the play work. The Packers' success depends upon the speed, experience, alertness and horse sense of the players and not on the coach. It could be the material at Green Bay is not on part with other Western Division rivals. It could be top draft choices are not half the men expected. One thing for sure - McLean doesn't have a take-charge guy on offense and one on defense. The Packers don't have this player who can follow the coach's orders closely and coordinate effort on the field. Tony Canadeo was a take-charge Packers, but there hasn't been one since the Gray Ghost of Gonzaga retired after giving it his all for 11 season.
20 YEARS AGO TODAY - The Packers had a 5-2 record and finished with eight wins and four losses
15 YEARS AGO TODAY - With a 5-1-1 mark, Green Bay ended up in second place with 7-2-1
10 YEARS AGO TODAY - Green Bay won three games and lost four, then dropped its remaining five games
5 YEARS AGO TODAY - The Packers showed two wins, four losses and tie and ended with a 2-9-1 record
1 YEAR AGO TODAY - The Bays had two wins and five losses - finished with three wins and nine defeats
TODAY - With one win, five losses and a tie, the Packers are preparing to meet the Rams in Green Bay Sunday. Disaster No. 6 could lead to the worst season in Packer history.
The Packers might be dragging their feet after being pushed around the gridiron this fall, but it's not because of old age. Lenny Ford is the oldest at 32, but it's likely he won't be around next year. Babe Parilli and J.D. Kimmel are 29 and Howie Ferguson, Bobby Dillon, Steve Meilinger and Dave Hanner 28. The youngest is Ray Nitschke, who is 21. Paul Hornung, Joe Francis, Jim Shanley and Jerry Kramer are 22 - hardly old enough to live it up after hours.
NOVEMBER 12 (Green Bay) - The president of the Green Bay Packers Tuesday night took a verbal blast at Hugh Strange, a Packer board member, for "trying to glorify himself by getting publicity." Strange last week proposed a sweeping overhaul of the Packers organization and player policies. Club President Dominic Olejniczak declined to comment on the merits of Strange's proposals. "But I will comment in one way," Olejniczak said. "If Hugh Strange or any other board member has any suggestions to make he should make them to the board rather than try to glorify himself by getting publicity." Strange said he intended to present his program at the next board meeting. He said that his proposal had backing, too, but did not say how much.
NOVEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - Howie Ferguson is out for three weeks - perhaps for the rest of the NFL season. Green Bay's protection for the passer has broken down almost completely. The Packers clearly are in a bad way and next they meet the revived Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Sunday. Ferguson, veteran fullback, suffered a shoulder separation and small chip fracture on the first play from scrimmage against the Bears at Chicago last Sunday. Green Bay went on to lose, 24-10. It was the Packers' fifth defeat against one victory and one tie. X-rays Monday revealed the extent of Ferguson's injuries. Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean said that the fullback, Green Bay's leading ground gainer, would be out for three weeks. Only five games remain, so Ferguson could be lost for good. "It never rains but what it pours," McLean said. Ferguson's loss occurred exactly one week after end Gary Knafelc went out for the season with a knee injury. Knafelc was operated on Monday at St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay. McLean was asked about Green Bay's blocking for the passers in Wrigley Field Sunday. "It hasn't stayed up to what it should," the coach said. "It's one of those things we'll have to get on again." What about the play which Bart Starr was hit and fumbled in the end zone for a Bear touchdown? Why didn't anyone block Fred Williams of the Bears? "It was a messed up assignment," McLean said. "Two men took the same Bear. Williams was playing wide and had a clean shot at Starr." What was Paul Hornung's blocking assignment on the play? "Well," McLean said. "Paul went the wrong way and ran into Bart and forced him to take a step the wrong way. Then Williams hit him. Bart tried to get rid of the ball by grounding it. One official called it intentional grounding and the other called it a fumble and gave them a touchdown." Why not go to the spread formation? "We'd been thinking about that and working on it for that game," the coach said. "But when I saw the way they were rushing, I decided against it. I figured we'd get more protection with two backs there to block for the quarterback. We were using some rollouts. But Bill George (Bear linebacker) would get over on that side. He was moving all over. One time he figured it was going to be a running play and he busted in there on the side we were rolling out to and he was right on the quarterback. He did a good job of gambling. They shifted around in there while we were calling signals. We tried a few quick counts but that didn't work, either. Then we couldn't convert if the defense was wrong for the play." Sometimes we converted at the line and they converted their defense after that. Don't think George was the only one we were having troubles with. We couldn't handle their tackles - or any of their linemen - very well. And they shot in other linebackers, too. The rush on Starr was terrific. A quarterback has an awful time when the line breaks down. When Babe Parilli came in later, they were using a three man line. They weren't rushing him the way they had been rushing Starr. They were laying back waiting for the passes."
NOVEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal - Oliver Kuechle) - Art Daley, sports editor of the Green Bay Press Gazette, and a friend of mine, has taken me apart in his column for suggesting the other day that the Green Bay Packers' ills on the field probably stem partly from their very method of front office operation - from the insistence of the executive committee of 13 to stick their fingers in the pie. It was suggested, in short, that the committee and its many little subcommittees created a coaching and playing atmosphere that just wasn't healthy - that distinctly militated against winning football. Well, Arthur had a great old time in his column. I am that "feller in Milwaukee" and that "Milwaukee knifist." My purposed are "to satisfy an urge to kill the one thing that has shown up in Milwaukee down through the years and to build circulation for his paper." Etcetera and etcetera. Good old Arthur - and not so old, either. He and I shall certainly have a drink on his next visit and I shall learn his true feelings about things. Trouble is, you see, Arthur's boss, managing editor John Torinus, is a member of the executive committee. The heading on Arthur's column was "Packer committee did not play in Baltimore." It set me to thinking at once even before I got down to the "knifist" part. What would have been wrong if the executive committee had played in Baltimore? What would  have been wrong with, say, a backfield of Dominic Olejniczak, Fred Leight, Tony Canadeo and Lee Joannes (quarterback) and a line of Jerry Atkinson, Dick Bourguignon, Boob Darling, Les Kelly, W. Hearly McDonald, Carl Mraz and John Torinus? Could things have been worse on the field? It might even have produced some good new questions to be asked the next time the committee called players in to question them as it did last year without the coach's knowledge or presence. But to get back to Arthur. He's quite a kidder. Listen to this: "This feller's reference to the executive committee's running the team and the coach has been twisted that way because Scooter appears at the group's weekly luncheon meeting every Monday during the season. That's a perfectly logical thing to do - the corporation's field boss to sit down with the gents from the front office. If you know McLean, he's one tough New Englander who isn't going to take any guff from any overexuberant committeeman." Not take any guff? Scooter is a fine, friendly man whom I admire. Trouble is, Scooter himself admitted after the Baltimore game, that he has been too soft and easy, had been anything except a tough New Englander, and had, in fact, been taking too much guff from men on the field. "Maybe we've got to crack down," he said. Arthur ran the gamut. Listen some more: "This feller has been on the Pack since he predicted back in the late forties that the Packers couldn't survive if Curly Lambeau left. This guy has done nothing since but hammer at the Packers' method of operation." Let's look at the record. The Packers have survived financially, thanks to television money. That's good. Everybody wants to see the Packers survive. The city has built them a fine, new stadium of 32,500 capacity. But have the Packers really "survived" on the field? They have not. They haven't had a winning season - better than .500 - since Lambeau left. They have the worst 10-year record in the league, the worst 10 1/2 year record if you want to include the seven games played this year - 37 victories, 88 defeats, two ties. That's up to date. Survival embraces several things - certainly more than money. It also embraces winning. That was what was meant when back in the forties it was suggested the club might have trouble without one, strong man to run things - with a soviet instead. And surely the club has had trouble. Too bad. Oh, and one last thing. Did you know that I had a direct pipeline into the executive committee and that I lost it last winter? Listen: "This feller in Milwaukee has been without his direct pipeline inside the executive committee since last winter. Result? The reading down there has been about the same theme all the time." Trash. The reference is to my friend, Max Murphy, a member of the executive committee who had the vision to see beyond the horizon of Brown County, who had modern ideas of organization and administration and who dealt himself off the executive committee because of a stacked deck - and who never, but never, violation the confidence of the executive committee. That probably won't be believed by the soviet, but it's true. Anyway, Arthur and I are going to have a drink on his next visit. I'll buy. And we'll toast the Packers. Wisconsin needs them.
means, rushing, receiving, kickoff and punt returns. The Rams believe in youth. On the current roster, 10 are rookies, eight are second year men and five are playing their third year. Quarterback Bill Wade, the Rams' bonus pick in 1952, has taken over for the traded Norm Van Brocklin and is getting better by the game. He completed 14 of 19 passes against the 49ers for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Los Angeles had Bob Waterfield and Van Brocklin when it drafted Wade and passed up such proven stars as Billy Howton, Hugh McElhenny and Ollie Matson to get the Vanderbilt star. A spokesman for the Rams organization said Van Brocklin was traded not because he wasn't a good football player but because the club had to find out if Wade could do the job after being an understudy since coming out of service in 1954. He can and so can the rest of the Rams "rookies."
NOVEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - Now the Packers get the Rams and that's not good news. The Los Angeles entry in the NFL is back in contention, after two big victories at home, and Sunday's game in Green Bay is another the Californians have to win. Sid Gillman's Rams, who beat the Chicago Bears two weeks ago, 41-35, and dismantled the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, 56-7, are two games behind Baltimore and one behind the Bears. Usually the Rams are not much of a road team, but this season has been different - so far. They beat the Lions in Detroit, 42-48, and tore apart the 49ers in San Francisco, 33-3. The Rams have a young team. They have 10 rookies, eight sophomores and five juniors. That makes 23 out of 35 with less than three years' experience. Ray (Scooter) McLean, Green Bay's harried coach, rates the Rams "on the same level with Baltimore and the Bears." "There's not much difference in the top three teams," McLean said. "The Rams have great speed and are well balanced as far as passing and running and offense and defense are concerned." The Rams like to gamble on defense, much as the Bears do. They frequently send their linebackers after the passer. "We're looking for more of that Sunday," McLean said, "and we're working on it." The Rams have Bill Wade at quarterback. He apparently learned well while understudying Norm Van Brocklin. Gillman himself calls the plays, shuttling guards Buck Lansford and John Houser. The runners are speedy Jon Arnett, powerful Joe Marconi and Tom Wilson, former league rushing champion, and the receivers Del Shofner, Lamar Lundy, Jim Phillips and Leon Clarke. Arnett, of course, catches the ball, too. Guard Duane Putnam, an all-pro, leads their sharp blockers. Ken Panfil and Bob Fry are the tackles and John Morro, the center. Lou Rymkus, former Packer assistant under Lisle Blackbourn, coaches the offensive line. Shofner played defensive back last year, but rookie Jack Morris of Oregon and Jim Harris of Oklahoma, obtained with Lansford and next year's first draft choice from Philadelphia for Van Brocklin, have taken over the cornerback spots. Bill Sherman and Don Burroughs remain as veteran safety men. Les Richter is linebacker and defensive captain and is flanked by Dick Daugherty and Jack Pardee. Bill Jobko of Ohip State was one of the linebackers until he went out with injuries. Rookie Lou Michaels of Kentucky and Glenn Holtzmann, converted tackle, are the defensive ends and Frank Fuller and George Strugar, backed up 291 pound tackle John Baker, the tackles.
NOVEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - Coach Scooter McLean said Friday night that members of his staff have "talked to" linebacker Marv Matuszak, released Thursday by the 49ers, but have not signed him to play with the Packers. "We intend to talk to him some more. Right now the boy is pretty upset. I don't know whether he wants to go on playing football."
NOVEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - The heart of any professional football team is the quarterback. As he goes, so goes the offense. Of course he needs help - blockers, receivers, runners. But the quarterback is the heart. Green Bay's offense has not functioned properly this season, which is the primary reason that the Packers have won only one game while losing five and tying one. The Packers have three quarterbacks. They are Bart Starr, Vito (Babe) Parilli and Joe Francis. Starr, in his third NFL season, is 24 years old. He is from Alabama. He has started five games this season. Parilli is on his second tour of duty with the Packers. He was an outstanding rookie in 1952, was less than sensational in 1953, then went into the service. He was traded to Cleveland and played with the Browns in 1956, then was traded back to the Packers before last season. He is 29 years old and is from Rochester, Pa., via the University of Kentucky. Francis is a rookie from Oregon State. He played single win tailback in college. He is 22 years old. The three quarterbacks are about the same size. Starr is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 200 pounds; Parilli, 6-1 and 195, and Francis, 6-1 and 195. Starr, but the admission of his coaches and fellow players, has the requirements of a great quarterback. He has the intelligence, the arm, the voice and he can run well enough. He lacks two things - experience and the complete confidence in his ability which a pro quarterback needs. Perhaps the two will come together. "Bart can be a great quarterback," one of the Packers said the other day. "He's got all the equipment. But he needs experience. You didn't see Rote or Layne or Van Brocklin or any of those guys setting the league on fire in their first few years. It usually takes four or five years to catch on as a quarterback. Unitas of Baltimore is the exception that proves the rule. You remember when Rote was our quarterback. Well, Rote was - how should I say it? - half horse's neck. I mean, he was mean. He'd fire everybody up in the huddle. Bart's not that way. He's too nice a guy. Maybe he'll get that meanness with experience. He's sure got a good head on his shoulders. He keeps calm out there. Tobin sometimes would get excited and blow up but Bart never does. Starr can throw the ball all right. He sets up his plays well. He's good on hand-offs to the running backs - you don't often see one of those fouled up when he's in there. It's just that he's got to get experience and meanness or cockiness or whatever you want to call it." Parilli is an enigma. He rarely lets himself go. Rather, he keeps to himself and sometimes seems to brood. Although he has four and a half seasons in the league, not counting time out for service, he seems to lack confidence. The Packers have won four games in the last two seasons and Parilli has been the quarterback who won them. Yet, after each good performance would come two or three or more bad games. "I wish I could figure the Babe out," one of his teammates said. "He gets going in the fourth quarter over in Washington and then he tears Philadelphia apart. So we figure, maybe the Babe is going now. Maybe he's got the confidence he needs to be a great quarterback. He can all the things a quarterback must do. So maybe he's hit at last. But then over in Baltimore he can't do anything right. He throws the ball at them instead of us. He's down again. I just don't know why." Francis, the rookie, rarely plays. He got in the Detroit game because Parilli was out with injuries and Starr couldn't finish because of a twisted ankle. Francis played at Washington after the Packers trailed at the three-quarter mark, 34-0, and he played at Baltimore as the Packers lost, 56-0. Francis, however, may play more the rest of the season, starting with the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Sunday. "We're going to use our young fellows more," Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean said. "We've got to find out what they can do." McLean said that Francis had not played much because that was the way it should be for a rookie quarterback, especially one who played tailback in the single wing in college. "The quarterback has so much to learn," McLean said. "Even sitting on the bench, he's finding out things." Francis is an excellent runner, his early showings have confirmed. He has the makings of a good passer. There was talk of using him at defensive back or running back but those plans have apparently been junked. "He didn't have the speed for defensive back," McLean said. What about the possibility of using Francis in the spread formation where he could run or pass as the situation warranted? "We've been working on the spread formation," McLean said. He did not elaborate.
NOVEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Del Shofner, a 6-3, 185 pound end, is a shining example that the Rams consider good football talent and not position when they go into a draft parley. Shofner, who was used as a defensive halfback last year because of the dire need of help will be one of the many explosive weapons the Packers must contain Sunday when they battle the Rams at Green Bay. The former Baylor ace is currently third ranked among the league's receivers. However, he has gained more yards (668) than any other end and has turned in the longest gain (92 yards against the Bears). Los Angeles acquired Shofner on the first draft round in exchange for trading defensive end Andy Robustelli to the Giants in 1956. The Rams are now confident that Shofner will be a greater end than Robustelli (19th choice) was a defensive end. Against the 49ers last Sunday, Shofner caught two passes - one for 64 yards and a touchdown and the other for 72 yards and six points. He asked to be benched after the first touchdown because of a nauseous feeling brought on by an ulcer condition. Shofner returned for the 72-yard bomb and then called it a day. It was because of the coaching staff's foresight that Shofner was taken off the secondary platoon and groomed into an offensive end. Head Coach Sid Gillman figured Shofner should be put where he could do the most good - catching passes. And dandy Dan hasn't disappointed. Shofer's terrific year is making L.A. fans forget about the retirement of Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch and Bob Boyd. He was clocked at a 9.8 "century" man when he sprinted on the Baylor track team and it's because of this speed that he's running away from the secondary. Shofner was grabbed in the same draft round as Jon Arnett. How lucky can you be? Arnett, likewise, is off to his greatest year, amassing 1,072 yards by various
NOVEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Scooter McLean, admitting that "things are not as smooth as they could be" in Green Bay these days, picked Babe Parilli to lead his addicted Packers out of their losing habits against the powerful Rams Sunday. McLean, a tough little Scotsman, said fan reaction wasn't getting him down. Instead, he was determined to keep his club primed for an upset. "We've had an excellent weather this week and the drills have been good," McLean said. "We're going to stay at a motel Saturday night. Boy, I hope we're ready to do something Sunday." Thanks to a huge season sale before McLean blew up a football, Sunday's crowd should approach 30,000. However, this figure would represent the smallest crowd ever to see the Packers play in their new home. McLean said he wouldn't make up his mind on any other starters except Parilli. The Kentucky Babe is currently fourth ranked among the league's passers with a 8.38 yard average per pass. His mound foe Sunday, Billy Wade, is one step below Parilli, averaging 8.30 yards per pass, the unit under which the NFL rates its passers. Wade, thought, has gained more yards than Parilli (1,486 to 662) and has thrown more TD passes (12 to six). McLean said that Paul Hornung and rookie Jim Taylor have been working out in the injured Howie Ferguson's fullback spot. Ferguson suffered a shoulder separation in last Sunday's game and will be out of action for at least three weeks. "I haven't put Fergy on the injured reserve list yet," McLean said. "I still think he might be ready for the coast trip." Although McLean's optimism is tough to break, his Packers are a 10-point underdog against the title contending Rams. Los Angeles, with a 4-3 record, can pull within one game of first place by beating Green Bay, providing the Bears knock off the front-running Colts at Chicago and go into a tie with Baltimore for the top spot. If the Packers don't come to life soon, they face the possibility of finishing their worst record in 40 years. The Rams, who arrived in Green Bay late Friday night, uncorked their greatest offensive effort of the year in clobbering the 49ers, 56-7, last week. They picked up 324 yards on the ground and 253 yards passing for a total of 577. It was the best show of offense since the second Packer game of last year when the Rams made 599 yards on 302 yards rushing and 297 yards passing. "Sure, it's going to be tough," McLean said, looking at those figures. "But tell me - what game isn't tough in this league?"
Chicago Bears (5-2) 24, Green Bay Packers (1-5-1) 10
Sunday November 9th 1958 (at Chicago)