FREQUENT WIND SPRINTS MADE BAY DEFENSERS SWIFT CATS AGAINST BEARS
SEPTEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - Physical Fitness, U.S.A. That's Packerland, or at least the little country of 36 inhabitants governed by Mayor Vince Lombardi. The Packers were hardened like no other pro team for eight solid weeks with murderous exercises and endless sprinting - 10, 20 and 30 yards and then over again and again. Lombardi wanted to toughen the club - "survival of the fittest," he'd say, usually adding: "We just want the football players." He ran the Bays ragged, and that's still part of practice, to give the notoriously Packers more speed and to toughen them up. The Bay defenders were like a bunch of big, swift cats against the Bears Sunday - guys like Dave Hanner, Nate Borden, Bill Quinlan, Henry Jordan in the line and the linebackers, Bill Forester, Tom Bettis and Dan Currie. They not only gained entrance to the Bear backfield, they caught ball carriers from behind, like Hanner running down Galimore on a reverse. Superb physical conditioning began to tell in the fourth quarter when the Bays kept the ball for 21 plays against the Bears' 10. The Packers rolled up 6 first downs against the Bears' 1 in the windup period. The Bears' 10 plays in the crucial fourth period offer an example of the Packer defensing and here they are:
1 - (On Packer 34) Galimore held to one yard on second down and seven by Hanner and Currie at right tackle.
2 - Ed Brown's hurried pass to left side wide to Harlon Hill, Bobby Dillon covering.
3 - Joe Aveni kicked 42-yard field goal for a 6-0 Bear lead.
4 - (6 minutes left after Packers went ahead 7-6) Galimore made 9 on pitchout around left end to Bear 45.
5 - Brown passed to Galimore 6 yards for first down to Packer 49.
6 - Galimore thrown for 6-yard loss on reverse.
7 - Dooley dropped Brown's pass when smothered hard by Bob Freeman.
8 - Galimore lost yard on pass from Brown when tackled by Forester.
9 - Brown punted dead on Packer 35 with 4:29 left.
10 - (55 seconds left) Brown tackled in end zone for safety.
BAYS WAIVE ON BROWN
SEPTEMBER 30 (Green Bay) - The Packers Wednesday put rookie halfback Tim Brown on waivers and recalled rookie defensive halfback Bill Butler. Butler, from Berlin, Wis., will be used on kickoff and punt returns. He was one of the fastest men on the team before being placed on the inactive list.
LIONS WILL INVADE GREEN BAY SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers presumably came down to earth Tuesday after their 9-6 triumph over the Chicago Bears and began work for their next league game with the Detroit Lions at Green Bay Sunday. The main question was how serious the after effects would be. George Wilson, Detroit coach, said rather hopefully that he thought the Packers would be down. Vince Lombardi, the Green Bay coach, hoped to keep his men up. The Lions move into Green bay in a good psychological position. They should be snarling after losing to the Colts at Baltimore, 21-9. And there is still that possibility that possible Packer letdown. "Green Bay beat the Bears and they had to be sky high to do it," Wilson said Tuesday. "If the Packers aren't quite so ready for us as they were for the Bears, and if we get a break or two, this old race may be all even come next week." Wilson was hoping, too, for the Bears to bounce back against the Colts at Baltimore Saturday night and for the Los Angeles Rams to beat the 49ers at San Francisco Sunday. Then if Detroit could win Sunday, all teams in the Western Division would have 1-1 records. Recent history is on the side of the Lions. Two years ago, in the first game played in new City Stadium, the Packers astounded the Bears, 21-17. The following week, reaction to Bear fever and flu set it. Result: The Packers were flatter than a pizza pie and the Lions beat them even more handily than the 24-14 score indicates. The Lions went on to win the league championship, even though they had lost the opener at Baltimore even more distressingly than they lost this year's. In last year's meeting at Green Bay, neither the Lions nor the Packers deserved to win and neither did. It was a 13-13 ties - and they left an odor over the field. There will be a special little incentive for both sides Sunday. Scooter McLean, who was head coach of the Packers last season in their worst year in history, now coaches the Detroit backfield. He pushed Red Cochran out of a job. Cochran now is backfield coach at Green Bay. Detroit's quarterback is Tobin Rote, who was almost all that the Packers had for several years before he was traded to Detroit. He is still the same inconsistent Tobin Rote but when he is good there is none better. The Lions also have Oliver Spencer at offensive tackle. He sandwiched two years at Green Bay between terms with the Lions. Danny Lewis, the former Wisconsin halfback, scored Detroit's only touchdown against Baltimore. Halfback Don McIlhenny and tackle Norm Masters remain of the four players Detroit sent to Green Bay for Rote. Linebacker Wayne Walker of the Lions and offensive guard Jerry Kramer of the Packers were teammates and close friends at the University of Idaho. The Lions say that they are not in the best of shape. Defensive backs Yale Lary and Jim Steffen missed the Baltimore game and Gary Lowe was sidelined in the fourth quarter forcing offensive end Dave Middleton to go into the defensive backfield. Others who are bothered by injuries, mostly pulled leg muscles, include tackle Jerry Perry, fullbacks John Henry Johnson and Nick Pietrosante and end Jim Doran.
PACKERS RATED EVEN WITH INJURED LIONS
OCTOBER 1 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers haven't beaten the Lions since they traded quarterback Tobin Rote to Detroit in 1957. It was Rote who engineered the Packers to a 24-20 Thanksgiving Day upset in 1956. Sunday another sellout at Green Bay will see if Vince Lombardi's up'n'coming Packers can turn the trick. The oddsmakers rate the game as a tossup. While the Packers shocked the Bears, 9-6, the Lions took it on the chin, 21-9, at Baltimore. Lombardi Wednesday said he was "scared as usual" about Sunday's game with Detroit. "We're in good physical condition," Lombardi said. "But I can't tell you what to expect." Quarterback Lamar McHan, who suffered a pulled calf muscle in the second quarter against the Bears, was running as good as ever. Meanwhile, word out of Detroit said Coach George Wilson was going to be pressed to piece out a lineup against the Packers. At least a half a dozen Lions are known to have sprains and pulled muscles. Defensive halfbacks Yale Lary and Jim Steffen, offensive end Jim Doran, and kicker Jerry Perry were hurt before the Colt game. After Big Daddy Lipscomb, Bill Pellington and the other boisterous Colts were done with the Lions, defensive halfback Gary Lowe and fullback John Henry Johnson were limping. Rote had a bothersome leg muscle and rookie fullback Nick Pietrosante was wonderful if his crushed shoulder would ever be the same. Undoubtedly, most of those names will be playing. Wally Cruice, chief scout for the Packers who checked the Lions against Baltimore, said Rote had a hot first half as Detroit grabbed a 9-0 lead. "Rote was really running on those rollouts," said Cruice. "But in the third quarter he tired. The Colts were putting a tremendous amount of pressure on him. He had four passes intercepted." Cruice said Detroit looked good on defense. But when Lowe pulled a leg muscle, the Lions had to replace their defensive ace with an offensive halfback - Dave Middleton. Detroit kept five rookies and four are key men. Pietrosante of Notre Dame, guards Bob Grottkau of Oregon and Mike
Rabold of Indiana, and Steffen of UCLA rate front line action. Defensive tackle Ben Paolucci of Wayne State is a reserve. "They came out with probably the best rookies in the last draft," observed Cruice. The Packers had a long meeting with Lombardi and then worked out for 80 minutes against Detroit's defensive patterns while polishing their running attack.
LOMBARDI CHASES PACKERS' DEFEATISM
OCTOBER 2 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The big change in the Packers? Vince Lombardi has chased defeatism and installed defense. Lombardi's No. 1 problem? Depth. His biggest surprise? The sudden take charge of quarterback Lamar McHan. Sunday the Packers put a 1-0 record (as many victories as they had all last season) on the field at Green Bay against the Lions, another team undergoing remodeling. The attitude has changed in Green Bay as illustrated in last Sunday's 9-6 victory over the Bears. As one observer put it: "The walls of Green Bay may give a little now and then during the season, but they aren't likely to come tumbling down...not with one of the 'Seven Blocks of Granite' as a cornerstone." Lombardi, an alumnus of the famed Fordham line of the 1930s, has 12 new players on his team. Seven of them are starters on either offense or defense. While the defense is on the mend, Lombardi's offense depends on the quality obtained from McHan. The ex-Cardinal passer was a Johnny-come-lately with the Packers, taking charge in the last preseason game and calling one of his greatest games against the Bears. A restored running attack, built around fullback Jim Taylor and halfback Paul Hornung, caught the Bears flat-footed. They must have remembered the Packers as the passingest fools in pro ball. McHan, Taylor and Hornung must stay healthy for the Packers to succeed. Lombardi, realizing the ranks are thin, conditioned his squad to a fine edge. From the word go, this club sprinted through their daily workouts. "We love to run, coach," became a familiar chant. The Packers on the way back. They're eager to restore Green Bay's long lost winning reputation. If they beat the Lions Sunday they'll match their longest winning streak in three years - two in a row! There's a long way to go.
PACKERS BATTLE PUZZLIN' LIONS
OCTOBER 3 (Green Bay) - Another sellout crowd of 32,150 will discover just how good the Packers are Sunday when Vince Lombardi's young crew battles the most unpredictable teams in the NFL - the Lions. During the past seven years Detroit has won more world championships than any other team - three. But on one occasion during the same span the Lions finished dead last and a year ago escaped that dubious distinction because the Packers took honors. What's with Detroit this year? Even though it lost its opener at Baltimore, 21-9, Coach George Wilson has reason to believe his club will be a solid contender. Defensively, Detroit is as sound as they come. With All-Pro linebacker Joe Schmidt topping an all-veteran crew, Lombardi said "defensively the Lions are tougher than the Bears." Detroit's offense is built around the most versatile quarterback in the business - Tobin Rote. Since Rote was traded by the Packers to the Lions in 1957, Detroit has never lost to Green Bay, but was tied 13-13 last year. The Lions improved their running attack with the acquisition of fullback Nick Pietrosante of Notre Dame. Wisconsin's Danny Lewis was the talk of the preseason campaign when he gained almost three times as much yardage as he contributed throughout the entire 1958 season. John Henry Johnson is the key. Riddled by injuries a year ago, Johnson took a pretty good beating from the Colts but is expected to bounce back. Wilson uses a flanker attack, which means that he will employ a trio of pass receivers. Hopalong Casady, Jim Gibbons and Steve Junker give Rote veteran targets. Cassady, of course, is also a broken field threat. Rote, who led the Lions to a championship in 1947, is back for his 10th year. As Rote goes so goes the Lions. Rote knew the '58 Packers like a book. He might have a different impression of Lombardi's club after Sunday's scrap. The game is rated as a tossup. The field is expected to be in good shape. It dried out completely after the Bear game and has been covered during recent rains. Lombardi, concerned over the Packers' difficulty scoring, has emphasized offensive drills all week. His defense, if it plays like it did in the 9-6 victory over the Bears, is as good as any.