'GIANT GAME WILL TELL HOW GOOD WE ARE' - LOMBARDI
SEPTEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Just how good are the Packers, winners of two out of three exhibition games? "We're further advanced than I had expected," Coach Vince Lombardi said Monday night. "But it's hard to tell how good we are because the opposition hasn't been too tough lately." Green Bay opened its preseason play with a 19-16 loss to the Bears. Then the Packers edged the 49ers, 24-17, at San Francisco and last Saturday walloped the Eagles, 45-28, at Portland, Ore. "I'll know a lot more when we play the Giants Saturday night," Lombardi said. The Packers meet the defending Eastern Conference champion at Bangor, Me. "If we can move against them," Lombardi continued. "It will make a believer out of me." Lombardi couldn't help praising his club's blocking and running attacks. But he said "silly mistakes" still are cropping up too often. "We'd have been killed in a tough ball game," Lombardi explained. "Fumbles and dropped balls - you can't make mistakes like these against the Colts, Bears and Rams." The Packers went on their biggest scoring rampage since 1945 in beating the Eagles at Portland. However, Lombardi said "outside of quarterback Norm Van Brocklin and halfback Tommy McDonald, the Eagles had little to offer. Their defense was poor." Bobby Dillon, the All-Pro safetyman who decided to come out of retirement, checked in at the St. Norbert camp Monday night. He should help shore up the pass defense, which allowed the Eagles to gain a fantastic 404 yards. Lombardi's biggest problem at the moment is deciding on which men to cut. He pointed to the halfback spot where three veterans and three rookies are battling it out. Veterans Paul Hornung, Don McIlhenny and Lew Carpenter have been running like scared rabbits. Rookies Alex Hawkins, George Dixon and Tim Brown have been just as effective. Lombardi said three will have to go, but which three? Apparently, the Packers taskmaster is satisfied with his four quarterbacks - Bart Starr, Babe Parilli, Joe Francis and Lamar McHan. Starr, Parilli and Francis couldn't miss in their starting roles. McHan, who has been plagued with a sore arm, will get his first chance against the Giants. Is he interested in obtaining another quarterback, say one from the overloaded Giants? "Heck, no," Lombardi said. "We have just as good material as anything we could get from them." Lombardi said Howie Ferguson, who was rejected by the Steelers because he couldn't pass a physical exam, is as eager as any rookie to make the squad. "He was rusty against the Eagles," Lombardi pointed out, "but he was running very well. But, brother, was he sore after that first game." The Packers, 46 strong, will leave for Maine Friday. Linebacker Dan Currie, hobbled with bad ankles, and defensive halfback Jesse Whittenton, sidelined with a painful pulled hamstring muscle, will miss the affair with New York.
GIANTS NARROW QB PICK FOR SAT. BANGOR GAME
SEPTEMBER 2 (Bear Mountain, NY) - Maine pro football fans won't see as many Giant quarterbacks when the New York team plays Green Bay in Bangor Saturday night. That's one trend which became a sharp one here since the Giants returned to their training base following their fine 38-0 victory over Detroit last Saturday. The shakedown begins to point to George Shaw and Charley Conerly, one a star with Baltimore, the other the great 38 year old veteran of the Giants doing most of the quarterbacking Saturday...GIFFORD CATCHING: Between the two, they completed nine out of 14 passes against Detroit Saturday. Conerly had 7 of 11 of these, two for touchdowns. Those two TD passes are two reasons why Frank Gifford, the all-league halfback will devote more time to his old position and less to the quarterbacking experiment. He caught them, one for 25 yards and the other for 31. There will be considerable interest in how much or how little playing will be done by Don Heinrich, who is fighting to keep the job he had in the past, of splitting the quarterbacking with Conerly. There are rumors that he'll be traded. The team you hear most often is the one the Giants play Saturday, the Green Bay Packers...N.Y. AT PEAK: The Giants will be in much better condition Saturday than they have been for weeks. Four injured players who missed the Detroit game will be ready for action. They are Jack Stroud, regular offensive guard; Phil King, the halfback; Cliff Livingston, linebacker, and Sid Williams, defensive back. Bobby Dillon, Green Bay's great defensive halfback has decided to come out of retirement and will be in the lineup when the Packers meet the Giants at Bangor. Dillon owns and operates the Bobby Dillon Sports Renovating service and is also sales manager for a plastic firm in his hometown of Temple, Texas. In seven seasons with the Packers, Dillon won all pro honors every year except his rookie season in 1952. During those seven seasons Dillon had intercepted 52 enemy passes. He was the number three draft choice of the Packers in 1952 after winning All-American honor at the University of Texas. He is handicapped by having just one eye. Dillon will team with another of the NFL's greatest defenders in Emlen Tunnell, formerly of the Giants and purchased by the Packers this season after Dillon had first decided to retire. Together Dillon and Tunnell could easily make the finest pair of safetymen this strong NFL have ever known. Tunnell walked into the Giants camp in 1948 and had to ask for a tryout. He was later to become one of the all time defensive stars in the league. Tunnell holds the record for interceptions with 73 and has played in 116 consecutive NFL games. Tunnell is beginning his 11th pro season. Between the two defensive safeties they have intercepted 125 enemy passes.
PACKERS RELEASE ROMINE, JACKSON
SEPTEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Wednesday asked waivers on Alton Romine, a three year veteran, and Bobby Jackson, a first year player. Romine, halfback and end, is a former Florence (Ala.) Teachers College star. He was starting his third year with the Packers. Jackson, a defensive halfback, played at Alabama. This is his first year in pro football.
PACKERS WORK ON N.Y. PLAYS
SEPTEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - The Packers ran through a dummy scrimmage against New York plays Wednesday and then worked on the offense they will use Saturday against the Giants in an exhibition game at Bangor, Maine. Backfield Coach Red Cochran said quarterbacks Lamar McHan, who will start the game and Babe Parilli looked especially good in the Packer pass patterns. The Packers trimmed two more players from the squad, asking waivers on defensive halfback Alton Romine, a three-year veteran, and Bobby Jackson, Alabama rookie who played on the College All-Star squad. The cuts left Green Bay with 44 men, nine more than the September 22 player limit. Cochran said none of the three players on the Green Bay injury list, linebacker Dan Currie, defensive halfback Jesse Whittenton and defensive tackle Tom Saidock, will be able to play against the Giants.
BAYS SET FOR 2 ROAD TILTS; WAIVE HELLUIN
SEPTEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers brushed up on their assignments Thursday in their final workout before hitting the road for two more preseason exhibition games with NFL rivals. Coach Vince Lombardi continued to trim his bulky squad by asking waivers on defensive tackle Jerry Helluin, a seven-year veteran who missed all of the 1958 season because of a shoulder injury. Helluin, a 275-pounder from Tulane, was obtained by the Packers from Cleveland in 1955. The Packers leave Friday morning by plane for Bangor, Maine, where they will meet the Giants Saturday night. Green Bay will be out for its third straight victory in four exhibitions. After the engagement with the 1958 Eastern Division champions, the Packers will fly to Winston-Salem, N.C., where they will spend a week preparing for a game with the Washington Redskins September 12.
MCHAN TO DIRECT PACKERS AT BANGOR
SEPTEMBER 3 (Bangor, ME) - Lamar McHan, veteran quarterback, will start for the Green Bay Packers here Saturday night against the New York Giants. McHan came to the Packers this year from the Chicago Cardinals. In five seasons with the Cardinals with terrific pressure that is reserved for quarterbacks only, Mac has completed 432 passes for 6,578 yards and 38 touchdowns. He has carried the ball 173 times for 587 yards and 10 TDs. He needed only 14 touchdown passes and 173 yards to break the all-time Cardinal held by Paul Christman. McHan went to the Cardinals from the University of Arkansas as their No. 1 draft choice in 1954. He was the Cards' starting quarterback ever since. Mac is from Lake Village, Ark., where he attended high school and according to the records came up with 18 letters - 5 each in track and basketball and 4 each in football and baseball. At Arkansas he earned three letters each in football and baseball and was selected All Southern All-Conference and selected to several All American teams. He played in the Blue-Gray and College All-Star games. McHan set a three year total offense mark at Arkansas with 3,578 yards. After his brilliant collegiate career, Mac received the Southwest Conference sportsmanship award and the Heisman trophy after the '53 season.