Of course, Roach, Fleming, Pitts and Carpenter take up only four seats on the Packer bench. Behind every Packer starter is an exceptionally capable replacement; juggling by Lombardi makes it possible for him to replace almost any player without loss of efficiency.
Backing Jim Taylor at fullback is massive Earl Gros from LSU, now in his second year with the team. Gros is bigger than Taylor—230 pounds to 215—and as fast, but he does not hit with Taylor's authority and, of course, lacks Taylor's experience.
Fleming, who replaced Ron Kramer at tight end, can also play the spread end or flanker back behind Max McGee or Boyd Dowler, and behind Fleming is Bob Jeter, who is probably the fastest of all Packer receivers, but has yet to learn the knack of turning and coming back to catch a pass.
The Packers are as well stocked on defense, too. The only starting rookie is Lionel Aldridge, who plays end, teaming with Veteran Willie Davis to give the Packers two of the quickest ends in the league and two of the most adept at sifting in to punish the opposing quarterback. Should Davis go out, Ron Kostelnik, a 260-pounder in his third year with the Packers, would fill in. Kostelnik has been groomed to move into the defensive line at tackle but, with veterans like Henry Jordan and Dave Hanner having good years, he must help stock the bench. Urban Henry, a 265-pound veteran obtained from the Rams, spells Jordan. If Aldridge were injured, Jordan would move out to defensive end, and Henry would play Jordan's tackle.
The Packers' three linebackers would seem irreplaceable, but even here Lombardi has an ace in the hole in his first draft choice this year—Dave Robinson. Robinson is 6 feet 3, weighs 240 and has exceptional speed. "He probably has more range than Currie, Nitschke or Forester," Lombardi says. "But he's not good enough to replace any of them."
Lombardi got insurance for his secondary when he obtained Jerry Norton from the Dallas Cowboys. Norton, who punts for the Packers, is also an experienced safety man who could move into the Packer defensive unit without creating a significant weakness.
On the door to the equipment room in the luxurious Green Bay dressing room (wall-to-wall carpeting) is thumb-tacked a Green Bay jersey with a large No. 5 on the front. Over it is the name-plate from Paul Hornung's locker.
But even if Hornung's suspension is lifted by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle next season, the golden boy may have difficulty regaining the jersey and the locker. Competition is that fierce.