COACH: GEORGE HALAS
1959 RECORD: W 8, L 4, FINISHED 2ND
1960 EXHIBITIONS: W 2, L 2
As long as Ed Brown stays on target, the Bear passing attack is magnificent. Brown, however, has been erratic in the last few years. Zeke Bratkowski, his replacement, suffers from the same trouble, and when both of them are having an off day, the Bear air game disappears. The receivers—Harlon Hill and Jim Dooley—are both fast, deceptive and sure-handed. The protection for the passers is more than adequate.
A good breakaway back in Willie Galimore and one of the three best fullbacks in the league in Rick Casares give the Bears a long-and short-range ground attack. When they have good passing, the Bears can move the ball as well as any team and much better than most.
Ingenious Clark Shaughnessy masterminds the Bear defense and he has bewildered some of the best offensive minds in football. His defenses are varied and sometimes complicated but they are well executed by the veteran Bear defense. Occasionally a forgotten assignment costs a long gain, but with ball-hawking Illini J. C. Caroline at safety this still is one of the best pass defenses in all the Western Conference.
Bill George and Joe Fortuna to give the Bears exceptional linebacking and the Bears in the line are grizzlies. Doug Atkins, the 6-foot-8 defensive end, is almost impossible to keep out of a play and he will be paired during this season with 6-foot-6 rookie Maury Youmans.
OVER-ALL: Ed Brown does not have to be good every week. He can afford three, maybe even four, off days and the Bears, close behind the Colts in 1959, could win their first division championship in four years. The attack is sometimes spectacular, the defense is sound, and the potential definitely is there. Bratkowski, big and strong, with a good arm, may be ready to offer more help this year than in the past when he had trouble finding secondary receivers. This, sadly, is a knack that comes only with several years' experience.
COACH: TOM LANDRY
1959 RECORD: NEW CLUB
1960 EXHIBITIONS: W 1, L 5
With a promising rookie in Don Meredith, and two good veterans (Don Heinrich and Eddie LeBaron) to instruct him, the Cowboys will be strong at quarterback. Landry has not been able to lay his hands on any first-class pass catchers except for Bill Howton, but he has sound veterans who offer adequate targets. The blocking? With Guard Duane Putnam around, it could be good.