COACHES: Head—Lisle Blackborn. Assistants—Ray McLean, Earl Klapstein, Lou Rymkus, Abe Stuber.
WATCH FOR: 18, Tobin Rote, QB; Floyd Reid, HB; 37, Howie Ferguson, FB; 44, Bobby Dillon, DHB; 84, Gary Knafelc, E; 86, Bill Howton, E.
OFFENSE. The Packers have improved their offensive line with the addition of a rookie tackle—Bob Skoronski of Indiana—and the purchase of Tackle John Sandusky from the Browns. A new spirit of confidence implements the improved personnel and makes Coach Lisle Blackbourn feel this is the best team he has had in his three years as coach. Tobin Rote is a very useful passing quarterback and a strong runner; Howie Ferguson gives the Packers a thumping threat up the middle.
DEFENSE: The Packer defense was bolstered last year by Rookies Nate Borden at defensive end, Billy Bookout at defensive halfback and Tom Bettis at linebacker. This trio is back, and the emergence of Henry Gremminger, who played end at Baylor last year as a defensive back, makes the Packer pass defense stickier. A lack of good substitutes may prove wearing for the members of the defensive line as the season goes along, but the starters are capable. The secondary defenders were victimized only three times last year on long passes, but allowed too many short completions.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 30—Detroit (20-17)
Oct. 7—Chicago Bears (24-3.)
Oct. 14—Baltimore (20-24)
Oct. 21—Los Angeles (30-28)
Oct. 28—at Baltimore (10-14)
Nov. 4—Cleveland (10-41)
Nov. 11—at Chicago Bears (31-52)
Nov. 18—San Francisco (27-21)
Nov. 22—at Detroit (10-24)
Dec. 2—at Chicago Cardinals (31-14)
Dec. 8—at San Francisco (28-7)
Dec. 16—at Los Angeles (17-31)
1955 RECORD: Won 8. lost 3, tied 1. Finished first. Playoff: Lost to Browns, 14-38.
1956 EXHIBITIONS: Won 3, lost 3.
COACHES: Head—Sid Gillman. Assistants—Joe Madro. Jack Faulkner, Lowell Storm.