Your fine series of articles with Y. A. Tittle (My Life in Pro Football, Aug. 16 et seq.) had many interesting points, especially Part 3, which gave Y.A.'s account of the Giants' fall from first to last in the NFL's Eastern Division. Any interested fan who sat through the weekly debacles at Yankee Stadium last year is fully aware that Tittle has taken too great a share of the blame and let the real culprit, Allie Sherman, off the hook. Aside from the many injuries, Tittle's among them, let me point out some of Sherman's more obvious mistakes:
1) He gave up Phil King, the Giants' leading ground gainer in '63, for a draft choice.
2) He traded Sam Huff for Defensive Lineman Andy Stynchula and Halfback Dick James.
3) He traded Dick Modzelewski for End Bobby Crespino.
Let us analyze the results of these moves. The running and blocking in the Giant backfield broke down simultaneously, adding tremendously to the defensive pressure on the quarterback. The experienced King might have been the difference.
With Sam Huff, the heart of the once-proud Giant defensive unit, gone, the morale and caliber sagged conspicuously. Of course, Huff went on to the Redskins and quickly stabilized their entire defensive picture.
Modzelewski, who, along with Huff, never missed a game due to injury, sparked the Browns' defensive team to the NFL championship.
Tittle's story ended with the '64 season, but Allie Sherman has 10 years in which to finish the book, a sad prospect indeed.
New York City