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1953 Baltimore Colts

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3-9-0, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1953 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -12.0, Offense: -5.8, Defense: -6.2, SoS: 2.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 182 points (15.2/g), 11th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 350 points (29.2/g), 12th.
 Differential of -168 points (-14.0/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 2.1-9.9.

Coach: Keith Molesworth (3-9-0)

Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
 Training Camp: McDaniel College (Western Maryland College) (Westminster, Maryland)

Team Info

Principal Owner Carroll Rosenbloom
President/General Manager Don Kellett

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 182 2716 741 3.7 48 21 16 157 126 319 1257 13 27 3.4 66 376 1459 7 3.9 75
Team Defense 350 4486 796 5.6 56 27 16 232 165 321 2171 21 29 6.2 95 445 2315 21 5.2 121
Lg Rank Offense 11 12 9 9 12 9 12 9 5 12 10 9 10 8
Lg Rank Defense 12 12 1 1 12 2 8 11 3 10 11 12 10 12

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 27 boxscore W 1-0 Chicago Bears 13 9 9 164 74 90 3 20 334 225 109 8
2 Sat October 3 boxscore L 1-1 Detroit Lions 17 27 14 286 203 83 5 14 271 74 197 7
3 Sun October 11 boxscore W 2-1 @ Chicago Bears 16 14 19 327 216 111 2 15 235 134 101 5
4 Sun October 18 boxscore L 2-2 @ Green Bay Packers 14 37 10 193 128 65 7 21 337 34 303 3
5 Sun October 25 boxscore W 3-2 Washington Redskins 27 17 17 329 115 214 3 17 296 129 167 6
6 Sat October 31 boxscore L 3-3 Green Bay Packers 24 35 11 268 97 171 2 25 404 173 231 2
7 Sat November 7 boxscore L 3-4 @ Detroit Lions 7 17 14 233 54 179 6 19 318 138 180 2
8 Sun November 15 boxscore L 3-5 @ Philadelphia Eagles 14 45 15 222 169 53 6 21 497 331 166 8
9 Sun November 22 boxscore L 3-6 Los Angeles Rams 13 21 12 254 9 245 4 14 495 192 303 4
10 Sun November 29 boxscore L 3-7 San Francisco 49ers 21 38 18 234 74 160 4 16 368 180 188 3
11 Sat December 5 boxscore L 3-8 @ Los Angeles Rams 2 45 6 70 39 31 3 19 334 216 118 4
12 Sun December 13 boxscore L 3-9 @ San Francisco 49ers 14 45 12 136 79 57 3 31 597 345 252 4

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
17 Fred Enke 29 QB 8 8 3-5-0 71 169 42.0% 1054 8 4.7 15 8.9 55 6.2 3.2 14.8 131.8 41.9 0 0
19 Jack Del Bello 26 5 0 27 61 44.3% 229 1 1.6 5 8.2 66 3.8 0.4 8.5 45.8 25.9 0 0
20 George Taliaferro* 26 KR/LH/P/PR 11 11 0-3-0 15 55 27.3% 211 2 3.6 5 9.1 45 3.8 0.5 14.1 19.2 17.3 0 0
26 Ed Mioduszewski 22 qb 12 1 0-1-0 11 30 36.7% 113 2 6.7 2 6.7 17 3.8 2.1 10.3 9.4 42.8 0 0
18 Dick Flowers 26 1 0 2 4 50.0% 18 0 0.0 0 0.0 12 4.5 4.5 9.0 18.0 62.5 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 3-9-0 126 319 39.5% 1625 13 4.1 27 8.5 66 5.1 2.1 12.9 135.4 34.5 0 0
Opp Total 12 165 321 51.4% 2411 21 6.5 29 9.0 7.5 4.75 14.6 200.9 60.4 30 240 6.2 3.7 8.5

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
38 John Huzvar 24 FB 12 0 119 515 4 36 4.3 42.9 9.9 6 55 9.2 1 30 0.5 4.6 570 5 5
20 George Taliaferro* 26 KR/LH/P/PR 11 11 102 479 2 50 4.7 43.5 9.3 20 346 17.3 2 54 1.8 31.5 825 4 10
31 Buck McPhail 24 12 0 53 138 0 30 2.6 11.5 4.4 10 38 3.8 0 45 0.8 3.2 176 0 1
22 Buddy Young 27 RH 10 0 40 135 0 24 3.4 13.5 4.0 12 201 16.8 3 49 1.2 20.1 336 3 6
17 Fred Enke 29 QB 8 8 28 91 0 25 3.3 11.4 3.5 91 0 5
40 Tommy Kalmanir 27 9 0 16 53 0 32 3.3 5.9 1.8 3 31 10.3 1 22 0.3 3.4 84 1 1
19 Jack Del Bello 26 5 0 14 14 0 9 1.0 2.8 2.8 14 0 2
26 Ed Mioduszewski 22 qb 12 1 3 33 0 25 11.0 2.8 0.3 33 0 1
23 Carl Taseff 25 LS 9 0 1 1 1 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 1 1 0
82 Dan Edwards 27 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 35 312 8.9 3 32 2.9 26.0 312 3 0
85 Mel Embree 26 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 272 11.8 1 24 1.9 22.7 272 1 0
86 Monte Brethauer 22 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 133 13.3 0 25 0.8 11.1 133 0 1
21 Tom Keane*+ 27 RS 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 61 20.3 0 37 0.3 5.1 61 0 0
44 Bert Rechichar 23 K/LDH 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 151 50.3 2 66 0.3 13.7 151 2 0
25 Don Shula 23 RDH 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.5 6 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 376 1459 7 50 3.9 121.6 31.3 126 1625 12.9 13 66 10.5 135.4 3084 20 34
Opp Total 12 445 2315 21 5.2 192.9 37.1 165 2171 13.2 21 13.8 180.9 4486 42 42

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
20 George Taliaferro* 26 KR/LH/P/PR 11 11 10 31 0 7 3.1 16 331 0 39 20.7 1187
22 Buddy Young 27 RH 10 0 6 9 0 9 1.5 11 378 1 104 34.4 723
24 Larry Coutre 25 3 0 4 38 0 25 9.5 9 266 0 78 29.6 304
40 Tommy Kalmanir 27 9 0 2 19 0 14 9.5 3 51 0 25 17.0 154
26 Ed Mioduszewski 22 qb 12 1 4 13 0 5 3.3 1 25 0 25 25.0 71
23 Carl Taseff 25 LS 9 0 1 71 1 71 71.0 4 87 0 35 21.8 159
74 Ken Jackson 24 12 0 3 37 0 19 12.3 37
73 Joe Campanella 23 RT 12 0 2 13 0 13 6.5 13
83 Barney Poole 30 RDE 12 0 2 24 0 21 12.0 24
44 Bert Rechichar 23 K/LDH 11 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 1 28 0 28 28.0 179
77 Tom Finnin 26 RDT 11 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
21 Tom Keane*+ 27 RS 12 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 64
Team Total 26.2 12 29 184 1 71 6.3 53 1258 1 104 23.7 4526
Opp Total 12 40 1500 1 37.5 40 724 0 18.1

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
20 George Taliaferro* 26 KR/LH/P/PR 11 11 65 2437 61 0 37.5
31 Buck McPhail 24 12 0 5 2 40.0%% 23 21 91.3%%
21 Tom Keane*+ 27 RS 12 0 18 753 56 0 41.8
44 Bert Rechichar 23 K/LDH 11 0 13 5 38.5%%
Team Total 26.2 12 18 7 38.9%% 23 21 91.3%% 83 3190 61 0 38.4
Opp Total 12 16 9 56.3%% 46 45 97.8%% 55 2216 40.3

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
21 Tom Keane*+ 27 RS 12 0 11 118 0 35 0 0 0 4 12 0
20 George Taliaferro* 26 KR/LH/P/PR 11 11 0 10 2 0 0
44 Bert Rechichar 23 K/LDH 11 0 7 64 1 36 0 0 0 3 0 0
17 Fred Enke 29 QB 8 8 0 5 2 0 0
22 Buddy Young 27 RH 10 0 0 6 1 0 0
38 John Huzvar 24 FB 12 0 0 5 1 0 0
83 Barney Poole 30 RDE 12 0 0 0 6 17 0
86 Monte Brethauer 22 12 0 1 17 0 17 0 0 1 2 34 0
26 Ed Mioduszewski 22 qb 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
65 Bill Pellington 26 LLB 12 0 2 22 0 22 0 0 0 2 0 0
25 Don Shula 23 RDH 12 0 3 46 0 35 0 0 0 1 0 0
23 Carl Taseff 25 LS 9 0 3 36 0 29 0
60 Sisto Averno 28 MLB 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
19 Jack Del Bello 26 5 0 0 2 0 0 0
70 Art Donovan* 28 LDT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
77 Tom Finnin 26 RDT 11 0 0 1 1 5 0
40 Tommy Kalmanir 27 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
31 Buck McPhail 24 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
62 Alex Agase 31 RLB 10 0 1 5 0 5 0
61 Dick Barwegen* 31 LG 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Joe Campanella 23 RT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Mel Embree 26 LE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Ken Jackson 24 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Gino Marchetti 26 LT 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 Ed Sharkey 26 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
81 Art Spinney 26 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
76 Jim Winkler 26 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 29 308 1 36 0 0 34 40 68 0 1
Opp Total 12 46 42 15 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
44 Bert Rechichar 23 K/LDH 11 0 2 1 3 5 33
38 John Huzvar 24 FB 12 0 4 1 5 30
31 Buck McPhail 24 12 0 21 2 27
20 George Taliaferro* 26 KR/LH/P/PR 11 11 2 2 4 24
22 Buddy Young 27 RH 10 0 3 1 4 24
82 Dan Edwards 27 RE 12 0 3 3 18
23 Carl Taseff 25 LS 9 0 1 1 2 12
85 Mel Embree 26 LE 12 0 1 1 6
40 Tommy Kalmanir 27 9 0 1 1 6
70 Art Donovan* 28 LDT 12 0 1 2
Team Total 26.2 12 7 13 1 1 1 23 21 7 1 182
Opp Total 12 21 21 1 3 45 9 1 350

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 CHI W, 13-9 2 36 interception Bert Rechichar 36 yard interception return (Buck McPhail kick)
2 1953-10-03 DET L, 17-27 1 22 pass Tommy Kalmanir 22 yard pass from Fred Enke (Buck McPhail kick)
3 1953-10-03 DET L, 17-27 2 21 pass George Taliaferro 21 yard pass from Fred Enke (Buck McPhail kick)
4 1953-10-11 @ CHI W, 16-14 3 15 pass Dan Edwards 15 yard pass from Fred Enke
5 1953-10-11 @ CHI W, 16-14 4 28 pass Buddy Young 28 yard pass from Fred Enke (Buck McPhail kick)
6 1953-10-18 @ GNB L, 14-37 3 30 pass John Huzvar 30 yard pass from Fred Enke (Buck McPhail kick)
7 1953-10-18 @ GNB L, 14-37 4 55 pass Bert Rechichar 55 yard pass from Fred Enke (Buck McPhail kick)
8 1953-10-25 WAS W, 27-17 2 37 pass George Taliaferro 37 yard pass from Fred Enke (Buck McPhail kick)
9 1953-10-25 WAS W, 27-17 3 16 rush George Taliaferro 16 yard rush (Buck McPhail kick)
10 1953-10-25 WAS W, 27-17 4 2 rush John Huzvar 2 yard rush (Buck McPhail kick)
11 1953-10-31 GNB L, 24-35 1 49 pass Buddy Young 49 yard pass from Fred Enke (Buck McPhail kick)
12 1953-10-31 GNB L, 24-35 2 36 rush John Huzvar 36 yard rush (Buck McPhail kick)
13 1953-10-31 GNB L, 24-35 4 71 punt Carl Taseff 71 yard punt return (Buck McPhail kick)
14 1953-11-07 @ DET L, 7-17 1 1 rush Carl Taseff 1 yard rush (Buck McPhail kick)
15 1953-11-15 @ PHI L, 14-45 1 104 kickoff Buddy Young 104 yard kickoff return (Buck McPhail kick)
16 1953-11-15 @ PHI L, 14-45 4 66 pass Bert Rechichar 66 yard pass from Jack Del Bello (Buck McPhail kick)
17 1953-11-22 RAM L, 13-21 1 1 rush John Huzvar 1 yard rush (Buck McPhail kick)
18 1953-11-22 RAM L, 13-21 3 43 rush George Taliaferro 43 yard rush
19 1953-11-29 SFO L, 21-38 3 3 rush John Huzvar 3 yard rush (Buck McPhail kick)
20 1953-11-29 SFO L, 21-38 4 16 pass Mel Embree 16 yard pass from George Taliaferro (Buck McPhail kick)
21 1953-11-29 SFO L, 21-38 4 32 pass Dan Edwards 32 yard pass from George Taliaferro (Buck McPhail kick)
22 1953-12-13 @ SFO L, 14-45 2 12 pass Dan Edwards 12 yard pass from Ed Mioduszewski (Buck McPhail kick)
23 1953-12-13 @ SFO L, 14-45 4 5 pass Buddy Young 5 yard pass from Ed Mioduszewski (Buck McPhail kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 CHI L, 9-13 1 23 rush Billy Stone 23 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
2 1953-10-03 DET W, 27-17 1 49 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 49 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
3 1953-10-03 DET W, 27-17 3 74 punt Yale Lary 74 yard punt return (Doak Walker kick)
4 1953-10-03 DET W, 27-17 3 1 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
5 1953-10-11 @ CHI L, 14-16 1 6 pass Bill McColl 6 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
6 1953-10-11 @ CHI L, 14-16 4 5 pass Bill McColl 5 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
7 1953-10-18 @ GNB W, 37-14 2 1 rush Babe Parilli 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
8 1953-10-18 @ GNB W, 37-14 2 11 rush Fred Cone 11 yard rush
9 1953-10-18 @ GNB W, 37-14 3 7 rush Breezy Reid 7 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
10 1953-10-18 @ GNB W, 37-14 3 41 rush Al Carmichael 41 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
11 1953-10-18 @ GNB W, 37-14 4 54 interception Val Joe Walker 54 yard interception return (Fred Cone kick)
12 1953-10-25 WAS L, 17-27 1 32 rush Sam Baker 32 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
13 1953-10-25 WAS L, 17-27 4 10 rush Charlie Justice 10 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
14 1953-10-31 GNB W, 35-24 1 40 pass Billy Howton 40 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
15 1953-10-31 GNB W, 35-24 2 13 pass Billy Howton 13 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Fred Cone kick)
16 1953-10-31 GNB W, 35-24 2 3 rush Fred Cone 3 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
17 1953-10-31 GNB W, 35-24 3 9 pass J.R. Boone 9 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
18 1953-10-31 GNB W, 35-24 4 38 rush Breezy Reid 38 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
19 1953-11-07 @ DET W, 17-7 2 10 pass Bob Hoernschemeyer 10 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
20 1953-11-07 @ DET W, 17-7 4 8 pass Leon Hart 8 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
21 1953-11-15 @ PHI W, 45-14 1 47 pass Hal Giancanelli 47 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
22 1953-11-15 @ PHI W, 45-14 2 56 pass Pete Pihos 56 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
23 1953-11-15 @ PHI W, 45-14 2 24 pass Don Johnson 24 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
24 1953-11-15 @ PHI W, 45-14 4 3 rush Don Johnson 3 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
25 1953-11-15 @ PHI W, 45-14 4 66 rush Don Johnson 66 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
26 1953-11-15 @ PHI W, 45-14 4 26 interception Chuck Bednarik 26 yard interception return (Bobby Walston kick)
27 1953-11-22 RAM W, 21-13 3 73 rush Dan Towler 73 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
28 1953-11-22 RAM W, 21-13 4 26 pass Vitamin Smith 26 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
29 1953-11-22 RAM W, 21-13 4 53 interception Herb Rich 53 yard interception return (Ben Agajanian kick)
30 1953-11-29 SFO W, 38-21 1 2 rush Joe Perry 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
31 1953-11-29 SFO W, 38-21 1 9 pass Gordie Soltau 9 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
32 1953-11-29 SFO W, 38-21 2 61 pass Billy Wilson 61 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
33 1953-11-29 SFO W, 38-21 3 54 pass Gordie Soltau 54 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
34 1953-11-29 SFO W, 38-21 3 2 rush Joe Arenas 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
35 1953-12-05 @ RAM W, 45-2 1 13 pass Vitamin Smith 13 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Tom Fears kick)
36 1953-12-05 @ RAM W, 45-2 1 1 rush Dan Towler 1 yard rush (Tom Fears kick)
37 1953-12-05 @ RAM W, 45-2 2 1 rush Tank Younger 1 yard rush (Tom Fears kick)
38 1953-12-05 @ RAM W, 45-2 2 5 pass Tom Fears 5 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Elroy Hirsch kick)
39 1953-12-05 @ RAM W, 45-2 3 2 rush Dan Towler 2 yard rush (Elroy Hirsch kick)
40 1953-12-05 @ RAM W, 45-2 3 14 pass Dan Towler 14 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Elroy Hirsch kick)
41 1953-12-13 @ SFO W, 45-14 1 40 rush Joe Perry 40 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
42 1953-12-13 @ SFO W, 45-14 2 3 pass Gordie Soltau 3 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
43 1953-12-13 @ SFO W, 45-14 2 3 pass Joe Perry 3 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
44 1953-12-13 @ SFO W, 45-14 2 3 pass Billy Wilson 3 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
45 1953-12-13 @ SFO W, 45-14 3 9 pass Gordie Soltau 9 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
46 1953-12-13 @ SFO W, 45-14 4 1 rush Joe Perry 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)