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December 24, 1956
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December 24, 1956

Bears Vs. Giants

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Coach Paddy Driscoll's Western champions possess an attack as perfectly balanced as that of any football team in memory. Ed Brown, the quarterback, throws very well both short and long and calls an intelligent game. The running of Rick Casares at fullback provides both up-the-middle sock and outside speed. With J. C. Caroline now playing offensive halfback, the Bears have tremendous breakaway speed. Add the best pair of offensive ends in the league—the magnificent Harlon Hill and the very capable Gene Schroeder—and the Bear attack presents a nearly impossible problem. They have too a fine slot back in big Bill McColl, who is agile and strong enough to fight free for passes and big enough to block effectively on runs. The Bear defense is sturdy against a ground attack but occasionally uncertain against sharp passing.

15 ED BROWN, QB. Has suddenly blossomed into best long passer in pro football and very good on short throws too. Smart, seldom runs.

35 RICK CASARES, FB. Top ground-gainer in the league. Great speed, great power and surprising elusiveness.

83 BILL MCCOLL, LH. A big, tough end who plays difficult slot back spot well. Strong blocker, good receiver.

45 BOBBY WATKINS, RH. Good Speed, power. Hits quickly, hard to knock down.

87 HARLON HILL, LE. Blistering speed, a great faker, wonderful hands. The best receiver in football today.

88 GENE SCHROEDER, RE. Lacks Hill's speed, but is fast and has great hands.

51 WAYNE HANSEN, LB. One of toughest middle linebackers in league. Closes the middle, reacts quickly, can cover well on passes.

61 BILL GEORGE, LB. Very smart, hard to fake. Strong, covers outside very well.

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