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1956 Baltimore Colts

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5-7-0, Finished 4th in NFL West Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.0, Offense: 2.0, Defense: -5.0, SoS: 1.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 270 points (22.5/g), 4th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 322 points (26.8/g), 11th.
 Differential of -52 points (-4.3/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 4.8-7.2.

Coach: Weeb Ewbank (5-7-0)

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
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 270 4123 747 5.5 32 14 11 216 158 279 1921 14 18 6.1 99 432 2202 21 5.1 106
Team Defense 322 4176 769 5.4 28 15 14 238 165 297 2260 22 13 7.0 115 447 1916 16 4.3 109
Lg Rank Offense 4 4 6 9 6 6 6 5 3 5 7 2 2 2
Lg Rank Defense 11 11 9 5 11 9 12 12 12 11 5 7 9 8

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore W 1-0 Chicago Bears 28 21 21 359 231 128 1 19 291 137 154 1
2 Sat October 6 boxscore L 1-1 Detroit Lions 14 31 10 206 138 68 4 25 465 247 218 2
3 Sun October 14 boxscore L 1-2 @ Green Bay Packers 33 38 17 330 124 206 4 19 371 187 184 1
4 Sun October 21 boxscore L 1-3 @ Chicago Bears 27 58 13 278 148 130 5 26 477 268 209 2
5 Sun October 28 boxscore W 2-3 Green Bay Packers 28 21 16 418 100 318 3 14 273 253 20 3
7 Sun November 11 boxscore W 3-3 @ Cleveland Browns 21 7 11 310 5 305 14 264 129 135 4
8 Sun November 18 boxscore L 3-4 @ Detroit Lions 3 27 15 356 298 58 2 26 393 153 240 1
8 Sun November 25 boxscore W 4-4 Los Angeles Rams 56 21 29 574 316 258 2 23 423 260 163 7
9 Sun December 2 boxscore L 4-5 San Francisco 49ers 17 20 22 302 150 152 4 16 360 240 120 2
11 Sun December 9 boxscore L 4-6 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 31 16 286 124 162 1 24 336 140 196 1
12 Sun December 16 boxscore L 4-7 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 30 22 336 104 232 2 20 303 138 165 2
12 Sun December 23 boxscore W 5-7 Washington Redskins 19 17 24 368 183 185 4 12 220 108 112 2

Passing

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
19 Johnny Unitas 23 QB 12 7 3-4-0 110 198 55.6 1498 9 4.5 10 5.1 54 7.6 6.2 13.6 124.8 74.0 0 0
14 George Shaw 23 qb 5 5 2-3-0 45 75 60.0 645 3 4.0 7 9.3 49 8.6 5.2 14.3 129.0 62.4 0 0
24 Lenny Moore* 23 RH 12 0 1 4 25.0 8 1 25.0 1 25.0 8 2.0 -4.3 8.0 0.7 39.6 0 0
18 Gary Kerkorian 26 3 0 2 2 100.0 59 1 50.0 0 0.0 40 29.5 39.5 29.5 19.7 158.3 0 0
Team Total 25.5 12 5-7-0 158 279 56.6 2210 14 5.0 18 6.5 54 7.9 6.0 14.0 184.2 72.1 0 0
Opp Total 12 165 297 55.6 2463 22 7.4 13 4.4 8.3 7.80 14.9 205.3 89.4 25 203 7.0 6.6 7.8

Rushing & Receiving

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
35 Alan Ameche* 23 FB 12 0 178 858 8 43 4.8 71.5 14.8 26 189 7.3 0 22 2.2 15.8 1047 8 3
24 Lenny Moore* 23 RH 12 0 86 649 8 79 7.5 54.1 7.2 11 102 9.3 1 27 0.9 8.5 751 9 5
45 L.G. Dupre 24 11 0 49 182 2 21 3.7 16.5 4.5 16 216 13.5 2 49 1.5 19.6 398 4 4
21 Billy Vessels 25 KR/LH 12 0 44 215 2 31 4.9 17.9 3.7 11 177 16.1 1 30 0.9 14.8 392 3 0
19 Johnny Unitas 23 QB 12 7 28 155 1 34 5.5 12.9 2.3 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.1 0.1 156 1 4
26 Royce Womble 25 12 0 20 72 0 12 3.6 6.0 1.7 9 180 20.0 2 43 0.8 15.0 252 2 0
14 George Shaw 23 qb 5 5 20 63 0 19 3.2 12.6 4.0 63 0 0
31 Dick Young 26 12 0 5 7 0 3 1.4 0.6 0.4 7 0 0
44 Bert Rechichar* 26 K/P/RS 10 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 -1 0 1
23 Carl Taseff 28 PR/RDH 12 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.2 0.1 2 0 0
84 Jim Mutscheller 26 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 44 715 16.3 6 53 3.7 59.6 715 6 0
82 Raymond Berry 23 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 37 601 16.2 2 54 3.1 50.1 601 2 1
87 Lloyd Colteryahn 25 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 29 9.7 0 16 1.0 9.7 29 0 0
Team Total 25.5 12 432 2202 21 79 5.1 183.5 36.0 158 2210 14.0 14 54 13.2 184.2 4412 35 18
Opp Total 12 447 1916 16 4.3 159.7 37.3 165 2260 13.7 22 13.8 188.3 4176 38 23

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
23 Carl Taseff 28 PR/RDH 12 0 27 233 1 90 8.6 9 206 0 34 22.9 441
24 Lenny Moore* 23 RH 12 0 8 38 0 15 4.8 10 129 0 21 12.9 918
21 Billy Vessels 25 KR/LH 12 0 16 379 0 42 23.7 771
45 L.G. Dupre 24 11 0 7 148 0 35 21.1 546
80 Dick Nyers 22 5 0 2 16 0 16 8.0 3 69 0 35 23.0 85
44 Bert Rechichar* 26 K/P/RS 10 0 5 10 0 7 2.0 9
31 Dick Young 26 12 0 3 40 0 18 13.3 47
35 Alan Ameche* 23 FB 12 0 2 38 0 25 19.0 1085
36 Bill Pellington 29 LLB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
68 Alex Sandusky 24 RG 11 11 1 24 0 24 24.0 24
25 Don Shula 26 LDH 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
63 Art Spinney 29 LG 11 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
Team Total 25.5 12 42 297 1 90 7.1 54 1043 0 42 19.3 5752
Opp Total 12 39 1443 2 37.0 43 1015 1 23.6

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT 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
44 Bert Rechichar* 26 K/P/RS 10 0 13 3 23.1% 10 8 80.0% 33 1276 56 0 38.7
79 Tom Feamster 26 12 0 3 0.0% 26 24 92.3%
45 L.G. Dupre 24 11 0 25 953 54 0 38.1
18 Gary Kerkorian 26 3 0 2 1 50.0%
Team Total 25.5 12 16 3 18.8% 38 33 86.8% 58 2229 56 0 38.4
Opp Total 12 19 8 42.1% 43 40 93.0% 56 2492 44.5

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
44 Bert Rechichar* 26 K/P/RS 10 0 4 63 0 42 0 0 1 2 17 0
24 Lenny Moore* 23 RH 12 0 0 5 1 0 0
19 Johnny Unitas 23 QB 12 7 0 4 2 0 0
45 L.G. Dupre 24 11 0 0 4 0 0 0
23 Carl Taseff 28 PR/RDH 12 0 2 13 0 8 0 0 0 2 15 0
35 Alan Ameche* 23 FB 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
67 Doug Eggers 26 RLB 12 0 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 0
61 Jack Patera 23 12 0 2 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Jesse Thomas 28 LS 11 0 2 36 0 23 0 0 0 1 25 1
65 Bill Koman 22 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
36 Bill Pellington 29 LLB 12 0 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Don Shula 26 LDH 12 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 6 0
82 Raymond Berry 23 LE 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
89 Gino Marchetti* 29 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
80 Dick Nyers 22 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 George Radosevich 28 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 Dick Young 26 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.5 12 13 134 0 42 0 0 18 19 63 1
Opp Total 12 36 23 8

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
24 Lenny Moore* 23 RH 12 0 8 1 9 54
35 Alan Ameche* 23 FB 12 0 8 8 48
84 Jim Mutscheller 26 RE 12 0 6 6 36
45 L.G. Dupre 24 11 0 2 2 4 24
79 Tom Feamster 26 12 0 24 24
21 Billy Vessels 25 KR/LH 12 0 2 1 3 18
44 Bert Rechichar* 26 K/P/RS 10 0 8 3 17
82 Raymond Berry 23 LE 12 0 2 2 12
23 Carl Taseff 28 PR/RDH 12 0 1 1 2 12
26 Royce Womble 25 12 0 2 2 12
40 Jesse Thomas 28 LS 11 0 1 1 6
19 Johnny Unitas 23 QB 12 7 1 1 6
18 Gary Kerkorian 26 3 0 1 1
Team Total 25.5 12 21 14 1 1 1 38 33 3 270
Opp Total 12 16 22 2 1 2 40 8 322