WATCH FOR: 9, Billy Wade, QB; 11, Norman Van Brocklin, QB; 21, Skeets Quinlan, HB; 27, Ron Waller, HB; 35, Tank Younger, FB; 40, Elroy Hirsch, E; 43, Bill Sherman, DHB; 48, Les Richter, LB; 61, Duane Putnam, G.
OFFENSE: The Rams have an overflowing supply of all the offensive talent needed for a versatile, powerful attack. In Norm Van Brocklin, they have the finest long passer in pro football, and he is backed up by two top ball handlers—Bill Wade and Rudy Bukich. Skeets Quinlan and Ron Waller are both fast and elusive at halfback; the fullbacks are veteran Tank Younger, one of the strongest in the league, and Joe Marconi, a 220-pound rookie from West Virginia. Elroy Hirsch, still as dangerous a pass receiver as there is, is only one of a half dozen such ends.
DEFENSE: The only weakness apparent on the team is at one defensive end post, where Frank Fuller, being groomed to replace Andy Robustelli, broke his leg, leaving only inexperienced personnel available. The linebackers—Les Richter and Larry Morris—are a really fearsome tandem, and the addition of Hugh Pitts, the TCU great, makes this position well stocked, too. The defensive backs, who were more than adequate last season, have returned intact.
1958 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 30—Philadelphia (23-21)
Oct. 7—at San Francisco (23-14)
Oct. 14—at Detroit (17-10)
Oct. 21—at Green Bay (28-30)
Oct. 28—Detroit (24-13)
Nov. 4—Chicago Bears (20-31)
Nov. 11—San Francisco (27-14)
Nov. 18—at Chicago Bears (3-24)
Nov. 25—at Baltimore (17-17)
Dec. 2—at Pittsburgh (27-26)
Dec. 9—Baltimore (20-14)
Dec. 16—Green Bay (31-17)
1955 RECORD: Won 4, lost 8. Finished fifth.
1956 EXHIBITIONS: Won 3, lost 3.
COACHES: Head—Frank Albert. Assistants—Red Hickey, Phil Bengtson Mark Duncan. Bill Johnson, Joe Vetrano.
WATCH FOR: 11, Earl Morrall, QB; 14, Y. A. Tittle, QB; 34, Joe Perry, FB; 35, John Henry Johnson, HB; 39, Hugh McElhenny, HB; 47, Dick Moegle, HB; 73, Leo Nomellini, T; 74, Bob Toneff, T; 82, Gordy Soltau, E; 84, Bill Wilson, E.