Plum calls the Lion offense and Joe Schmidt the defense, with little or no interference from Wilson. Schmidt uses blitzes lavishly and plays with the quality of insouciance that imbues this whole team. They take a fierce pleasure in playing football.
THE METHODICAL PACKERS
Bart Starr, the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, was a careful, meticulous student at Alabama, ranking in the top 10% of his graduating class. He has retained these characteristics and is now the perfect quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, a football machine built on Coach Vince Lombardi's theory that the team that errs the least wins the most.
Green Bay disdains, for the most part, any use of trickery or deception on both offense and defense. That is not to say that this team is a dull one; the perfection of performance that opens a hole for Jim Taylor creates excitement in that Taylor, the best fullback in the league, then has the opportunity to run, which is thrilling enough for anybody. The Packers, in fact, are more apt than the Giants to break loose for the long gain on the ground.
But the team operates on methodical, machinelike power and precision, both on offense and defense. They almost never gamble, simply because they have not, for the last two years, found it necessary. The risks the Packers take are coldly calculated; this is a percentage club.
The team has, of course, much of the personality of Lombardi, who grew to football maturity under the discipline of Earl Blaik at Army. Lombardi assembled this machine carefully, selecting the best available parts, then tuning and tuning until it now runs as smoothly and powerfully as a jet engine. The Packers are not likely to have any surprises for the Giants. They won't need them.
HOW THEY STACK UP FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
The Packers' passing game is not just a weak adjunct designed to open things up for their thunderous running. Bart Starr leads the league in passing; he has big and very talented receivers in Boyd Dowler, Max Magee and Ron Kramer.