four times, fumbled three times and lost three yards.
A. I haven't the slightest idea what has happened to him. And if I did, I wouldn't say anyway.
Q. Now you must play Baltimore, which has lost its last two games. Would you rather face team which won last week or one that lost?
A. That's easy; one that won. The Colts will be especially tough, having lost two in a row. They must feel that they have to win this one.
Q. Are you discouraged over the four straight defeats after the three straight victories at the start?
A. Actually, we played a much finer ball game against the Bears Sunday that we did in the three we won. The thing is, we continue to make errors and the same people make the errors. I don't mean bad calls or things like that, but dropping the ball and not catching passes.
Q. How about your kick returns against the Bears? Billy Butler returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown and Lew Carpenter ran back punts of 51 and 34 yards The Packers had not done well in that department before. Did you work particularly hard on it last week?
A. Oh, we worked on it all right. We just showed them how the Bears cover. They are notoriously poor in covering kicks. Everybody in this league does well against them. We did especially well.
Q. Why didn't you use Carpenter as a running back?
A. The other two (Taylor and McIlhenny) were going so well I stuck with them. I wasn't going to make a chance just for the sake of making a change. Maybe I played Taylor too long, considering he just came back from the injured list. He was really worn out at the end.
Q. And where will the Packers go from here?
A. Believe me, we're a much better football team than our record shows, much better. The men never quit. We'll keep after it.
COLTS NOT HUNGRY - WEEB
NOVEMBER 10 (Baltimore) - What's wrong with the Colts, who have slumped two games off the pace in the NFL's Western Conference? Coach Weeb Ewbank think the cause may be a combination of too many outside interests, less effort on the playing field and the extra drive by other teams to upend the defending champions. "We've got boys who aren't playing like they did last year," Ewbank said Tuesday as the squad resumed practice for Sunday's game in Milwaukee with Green Bay. "Maybe we've got a situation similar to the one that caused trouble for the Yankees last year - too many outside interests. Well, we've got to start thinking about football, or else." Ewbank sounded off in the clubhouse last Sunday after the Colts dropped their second straight game, a 27-24 decision to the Redskins. His exact words weren't repeated, but several players admitted "what he told us was exactly right." "Everybody's gunning for us and we're not as hungry as we were," Ewbank said in analyzing his club's disappointing 4-3 record. "It takes that little extra effort that isn't there this year." Ewbank said last year the Colts would jump in front and force the other team into errors which would give the ball back to Baltimore. This year, the opposite is true. Although second in the league in scoring with 187 points, the Colts have tallied only 20 points in the first quarter and 28 in the second.
MCHAN STILL QUESTION MARK
NOVEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Lamar McHan was still a big question mark Tuesday as Coach Vince Lombardi began preparations for the return match with the Colts at the Stadium Sunday. Lombardi's No. 1 quarterback was ailing with pulled leg muscles. McHan called it a freak accident. "I was throwing the ball and (Doug) Atkins hit me, but not very hard," he said. "I don't think he even knocked me off my feet. My cleats stuck in the ground when he hit me and pulled all the muscles in the back of my leg." Lombardi said McHan was limping pretty badly but "it was too early to tell" whether he would miss Sunday's game. If McHan is sidelined, it's a tossup between Bart Starr and Joe Francis as a replacement. Lombardi wouldn't commit himself. Starr, who was the club's starter in 1957 and 1958, set two Packer records last year against the Colts. He attempted the most passes (46) and had the most completions (26) for 320 yards. Starr and Francis have had only brief flings this season. Francis moved the team well against the Giants but couldn't bring 'em home. Starr experienced the same trouble against the Bears. McHan has directed every touchdown drive (13) and personally accounted for eight with passes. His best day was against Detroit when he fired four TD aerials. After viewing film of their fourth straight loss, Lombardi said there may be some changes in offensive personnel to get on the winning trail again. However, he refused to be pinned down on names. Lombardi also squelched what he termed "wild rumors in Wisconsin" that had him making player cuts. He is still confident, despite the record, the Packers can win. He proudly points out that his young gridders have never let up. The inability to score has been the biggest drawback. Only in one game, against the Lions, did the Packers have the situation well in hand.
COLTS TO TEST BAY DEFENSE
NOVEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay is only one of two teams in the the NFL which has held its opposition under 1,000 yards passing. The Packers have permitted 979 yards in seven games and the Pittsburgh Steelers 932. Baltimore's aerial circus will threaten Green Bay's position in their rematch at County Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Colts' Johnny Unitas, professional football's finest quarterback, punctured the Packers at Baltimore October 25, completing 19 out of 29 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. The Colts won, 38-21, and afterward Unitas told Fred Thurston, the former Colt who now plays guard for Green Bay, "this was my best game." Unitas has passed for touchdowns in his last 32 league games. This season he is way ahead of all the rest with 228 attempts, 116 completions, 1,809 yards and 19 touchdowns. He has had 12 passes intercepted, but Green Bay's defense did not get any of them. The favorite target of Unitas, the Pittsburgh discard whom the Colts found on the sand lots, is Raymond Berry, formerly of Southern Methodist. Berry wears contact lenses. One leg is shorter than the other. He is not really fast or rugged, but he is conscientious to a fault. He takes the movies home to study the habits of opposing defensive halfbacks. If he catches a dozen passes in a game and missed one, he kicks his helmet around the locker room and vows to practice longer. With Unitas threading the needle, the Colts have three of the league's five leading receivers. Berry is way ahead with 44 catches for 643 yards. He caught 10 for 117 and two touchdowns against the Packers the first time. Lenny Moore, the lightning halfback from Penn State, and Jim Mutscheller, the rugged blocking end from Notre Dame, share fourth place in catching with 27 receptions apiece. Moore has gained 537 yards and Mutscheller 467. Actually, Mutscheller is Unitas' favorite touchdown target with seven scores to Berry's six. Moore has three. Another target, on occasion, for Unitas is Alan Ameche, the Wisconsin Horse turned Baltimore Colt. Ameche caught a touchdown pass from Unitas against the Packers in Baltimore and bulled over for another. Oftentimes, Ameche stays back to block, aiding Baltimore's huge line in giving Unitas the time to find Berry, Mutscheller and Moore. Unitas takes all the time he can get. He is the coolest in professional football. He waits until the last instant and then zeroes in on his receiver. Even when he's hit as he throws, his passes often find their mark.
COLTS HEAVY CHOICE - CHANCES ALWAYS GOOD: VINCE
NOVEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "Our chances are always good. If I didn't think we could win there would be no sense preparing for these games." This was Vince Lombardi's reaction Thursday when asked about Sunday's return match with the Colts at the Stadium. Baltimore is a 9 1/2 point favorite to beat Green Bay. Lombardi had directed a "poor" drill on a frozen practice field. It was hard to tell if the Packers were ready for the defending champions. "The field is so icy that it is almost impossible to work out," Lombardi explained. "It was a very poor practice. I hope the field was to blame." Quarterback Lamar McHan was throwing, but pulled leg muscles prevented him from running. If McHan doesn't improve by Saturday, Bart Starr will take over. Lombardi said there would be no other changes in his offensive starting lineup. This means that the running backs will be Paul Hornung, Don McIlhenny and Jim Taylor. When asked about the Colts' 27-24 loss to the Redskins last Sunday, Lombardi pinned Baltimore's second straight setback on a bad day by quarterback Johnny Unitas and end Ray Berry. "It was one of those rare times when Unitas overthrew his targets and Berry was having trouble hanging on to the ball," Lombardi pointed out. "There's no question that Baltimore is the better club." Mistakes, which have led to the Packers' downfall after a fast start, are fatal to the best. Lombardi figured the Colts would be back on the beam again Sunday. Unitas had his best game in the first meeting with the Packers this season. He completed 19 of 29 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Berry caught 10 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Berry caught only four passes against the Redskins to give him 44 for the year, more than one-third of the team's total. Lombardi doesn't believe the Colts will surprise his Packers with anything new. If the Hosses play up to their expectations, they'll be as tough as ever. Getting his oft-beaten squad "up" may be one of Lombardi's biggest problems. "I wouldn't say we have an overabundance of spirit," the Packer taskmaster said. "The icy surrounding certainly don't help." Lombardi said the team would arrive in Milwaukee 12:30 Sunday and hold a workout at the Stadium. The Colts also are expected Saturday afternoon.
STARR'S 'HANDICAP': HE'S JUST TOO NICE
NOVEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - Leo Durocher, the baseball man, once said, "Nice guys finish last," and perhaps that applies to Bart Starr, the quarterback who probably will start for the Green Bay Packers against the champion Baltimore Colts in their NFL game at County Stadium Sunday. Starr is highly intelligent, cool under fire, passes well enough and is fast and nimble as a runner. But he's too nice. Instead of taking charge, Starr readily excuses every error of a teammate. If an end drops a pass that hits him on the hands, Starr will say, "Excuse me, I threw the ball too low." If the Packers fail to score from the one yard line because the blockers provide no hole or the backs fails to bull over, Starr will say, "Pardon me, I made the wrong call." This is Bart Starr, a southern gentleman from Alabama - too courteous, too sell-effacing, too ready to blame himself. Starr, 25, now in his fourth professional football season, has shown signs of breaking the chains that bind him. At least twice, in fact, and both times in County Stadium, he seemed on his way. In 1957, against the Los Angeles Rams, he started out calling a perfect game. His passes and his mixture of plays tore the Rams' defense apart. The score was 10-0, Packers, and they were driving again when Starr was hit on the throwing arm after he threw a pass. The injury forced him out of the game. The Packers went on to score again, for a 17-0 lead, but then the Rams found themselves without Starr to bother them and finally won in the last minute, 31-27. Last year, against the Colts, Starr guided the Packers to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. He threw 46 passes, completed 26 of them and gained 320 yards. The number of attempts and completions set single game records for the club. Still, Starr couldn't keep the Packers scoring. The Colts roused themselves and, with a couple of breaks, finally won, 24-17. Starr has come close many times, but he has yet to make it. He has never dominated the huddle with his clear, sharp voice. He has never exhibited the jauntiness, nay, almost cockiness, of a Layne or a Van Brocklin or a Unitas. Perhaps Sunday, afforded another opportunity because of Lamar McHan's leg injury, Starr will take charge at County Stadium. If he does, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
LOMBARDI NOT READY TO GRANT 49ERS TITLE
NOVEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - Vince Lombardi, coach of the Green Bay Packers, is not conceding the San Francisco 49ers the Western Division title of the NFL. Asked what he thought of the 49ers' two game lead with five games to go, Lombardi said Saturday, "The 49ers may still come back to us." "Oh, they'll be tough to be headed now, but look at their schedule. Two games with the Baltimore Colts, another one with us (the Packers are the only team to have defeated the 49ers this season), and games with the Browns in Cleveland and with the Bears in Wrigley Field. That's not easy." Lombardi's Packers will meet the Baltimore Colts at County Stadium Sunday. The 49ers, meanwhile, will be in Chicago to meet the Bears. Baltimore, with a 4-3 record, trails San Francisco by two games. The Packers and Bears, in third place, are three games behind the leaders. Weeb Ewbank, the Baltimore coach, said that he was not looking past the game with the Packers. "We've got to beat them first," Ewbank said. After their game here Sunday, the Colts play the Los Angeles Rams and 49ers twice - first in Baltimore, then on the west coast. The Colts have played 12 games in Los Angeles and San Francisco and have won only one - 22-21 over the Rams at Los Angeles in 1954. They kicked five field goals to do it. In the opener that season at Baltimore, the Rams beat Baltimore, 48-0.
COLTS OR PACKERS HUNGRIEST?
NOVEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers will discover how hungry the Colts are Sunday when they battle the stumbling champions at the Stadium. Baltimore will try to snap a two-game losing streak against Green Bay, which has dropped four in a row. With five games to play, the Colts trail the front running 49ers by two games. The Packers should be just as hungry. They haven't beaten the Colts since 1957 and trail in a series which began in 1950, 8-6. The Colts thumped the Packers, 38-21, in the first meeting this year. It was a close contest until third-period interceptions, coupled with the passing of Johnny Unitas, helped break the game wide open. Coach Vince Lombardi will start Bart Starr at quarterback in the return match. Lamar McHan, ailing with pulled leg muscles, can pass but he can't run. Starr had his best pro game against the Colts here two years ago. The Alabama flipper, who was head man until McHan arrived on the scene, set two Packer records in that game - 26 completions in 46 attempts. Lombardi's running attack, which was so successful in the club's impressive start, has been hampered by injuries and fumbilitis. However, it will be at full strength physically with Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung and Don McIlhenny rarin' to go. Lombardi's ace in the hole could be his kickoff and punt return men - Lew Carpenter, Bill Butler and Johnny Symank. Butler and Carpenter rank 1-2 in the league in punt returns, thanks to some haymakers against the Bears last Sunday. Airminded Baltimore is the league's top passing team with 1,701 yards. Unitas has passed for 1,809 yards and 19 touchdowns. As far as the Packers are concerned, Ray Berry is as much a threat as Unitas. Three weeks ago in Baltimore, Berry clutched 10 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Lenny Moore, the Colts' deep threat, is not even listed among the top 10 runners in the league. However, the fleet-footed Negro has caught 27 passes for 357 yards. Defensively, Baltimore has a rough four-man crew up front, led by Gino Marchetti, Big Daddy Lipscomb, and an alert secondary which has picked off more enemy passes than any team in the league. But as good as Baltimore's defense is, Green Bay's is even better. The aggressive Packers have given up only 1,886 yards - second only to the Giants. The field, covered until gametime, is expected to be fast and dry. A crowd of 25,000 is expected.