Dick Bielski, who scouts for us, gave us a quick rundown on the Packers. He did not cheer us up much. According to Bielski, this was the same old Green Bay team: great execution, violent blocking and tough tackling. Nothing fancy, but how do you scout blocking and tackling by experts?
He did not give us a detailed report because we would take all their plays and their defenses off film. We looked at movies of the Packers in action against the Browns in a doubleheader at Cleveland. We split up into offensive and defensive staffs and took every play off that film, analyzing everything the Packers had done. When we got through with that we looked at films of the two games we had played against the Packers in 1963.
Monday is a long day for the coaches, and a day off for the players. When I went home that Monday night I thought for hours about what had happened to us against the Vikings. I have been in football for 17 years now, as a player and a coach, and at one time I thought I could tell when a team was mentally prepared for a game. But the week before the Viking game I had thought that we were as prepared as any team could be, mentally and physically. The players were up and excited and confident.
Then we got slaughtered. I knew that in the week ahead we would have to overcome a tremendous letdown. I thought about the game plan for the Packers, but that didn't help me sleep. When any coach goes over the Packer personnel, it gives him insomnia. I was no exception.