"They never gave me any trouble," Munson said. "We don't have any conversation in the huddle. Of course, the plays are sent in, and maybe that accounts for it, but no one argues with me."
"As long as I have been in pro football," says Red Phillips, one of the prime receivers in the Ram battery, "I've never seen a rookie as far ahead as Munson. He has qualities you never expect to see in a rookie—the quick delivery, the hard, hard ball, hard to intercept."
There was no room for argument in Munson's third starting assignment. Last Sunday he walked onto the field in the Los Angeles Coliseum as calmly as if he had stepped out of his back door to mow the lawn. Even under violent pressure from the young, strong Minnesota Vikings, he mowed them down 22-13. When Munson walked off the field the Rams—against all the beliefs of pro football experts—led the Western Division under a rookie quarterback.
Viking Coach Van Brocklin, who was the last rookie quarterback comparable to Munson, shook his head in admiration when the game was over. He had sent his defensive team in to disconcert Munson. The Vikings blitz well, and they had blitzed often, but they had not disturbed the unshakable Munson poise.
"That's where Munson's murder," Van Brocklin, who was at least mayhem under the same circumstances, said. "On a blitz he drops them in there and real fast. He's a helluva kid, real remarkable, great vision and great reaction."
"He knows instinctively what to do with the ball," Svare said after the Los Angeles victory. "Bill gets better every week. Not once did he throw from panic. He's a natural. I wouldn't touch that throwing motion of his in a million years."
Luckily for the rest of the league, it won't be around that long.