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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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 182 2716 741 3.7 48 21 157 126 319 1257 13 27 3.4 66 376 1459 7 3.9 75 69 623 16
Opp. Stats 350 4486 796 5.6 56 27 232 165 321 2171 21 29 6.2 95 445 2315 21 5.2 121 87 757 16
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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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. 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 Yds 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. 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. 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 41
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 23
21 Tom Keane*+ 27 RS 12 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 76
Team Total 26.2 12 29 184 1 71 6.3 53 1258 1 104 23.7 4594
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. 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. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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 42 15 46 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
44 Bert Rechichar 23 K/LDH 11 0 2 1 3 5 13 33
38 John Huzvar 24 FB 12 0 4 1 5 30
31 Buck McPhail 24 12 0 21 23 2 5 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 23 7 18 1 184
Opp Total 12 21 21 1 3 45 46 9 16 1 350

Touchdown Log

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