1955 RECORD: Won 5, lost 6, tied 1. Finished fourth.
1956 EXHIBITIONS: Won 3, lost 2.
COACHES: Head—Weeb Ewbank, Assistants—Herman Ball. Charles Winner, Frank Cumiskey, Frank Lauterbur.
WATCH FOR: 14, George Shaw, QB; 21, Billy Vessels, HB; 35, Alan Ameche, FB; 44, Bert Rechichar, DHB; 45, L. G. Dupre, HB; 63, Art Spinney, G; 70, Art Donovan, T; 73, Joe Campanella, G; 76, Don Joyce, E.
OFFENSE: The addition of Halfbacks Billy Vessels ( Oklahoma) and Lennie Moore ( Penn State) should spice a Colt running attack which in 1955 depended too much on Alan Ameche's magnificent running up the middle and George Shaw's passing. With the addition of a definite running threat to the outside (last year's fragile L. G. Dupre again appears sound), the Baltimore offense should be far stronger. Shaw's aim was off during the exhibitions, but will probably improve, and this year he has more and better receivers. Moore replaces tiny Buddy Young, the doughty five-foot-four-inch Negro halfback who charmed and thrilled pro crowds for nine years. Center is the weakest position on an otherwise good offensive platoon.
DEFENSE: The Colts' Ferocious Five was one of the sturdiest defensive lines in the pro league last year, and, saving the ravages of age, should be again. The secondary defense was somewhat green, except for Bert Rechichar, and porous, but it is hoped that a year's experience will improve this.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):
Sept. 30—Chicago Bears (23-17)
Oct. 6—Detroit (28-13)
Oct. 14—at Green Bay (24-20)
Oct. 21—at Chicago Bears (10-38)
Oct. 28—Green Bay (14-10)
Nov. 11—at Cleveland (no game)
Nov. 18—at Detroit (14-24)
Nov. 25—Los Angeles (17-17)
Dec. 2—San Francisco (26-14)
Dec. 9—at Los Angeles (14-20)
Dec. 16—at San Francisco (24-35)
Dec. 23—Washington (13-14)