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1946 Chicago Rockets

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5-6-3, AAFC West Division  · 1946 AAFC Season Summary

Scored 263 points (18.8/g), 5th of 9 in the AAFC. Allowed 315 points (22.5/g), 5th.
 Differential of -52 points (-3.7/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 5.5-8.5.

Coach: Dick Hanley (1-1-1), Pat Boland (2-3-1), Bob Dove (2-2-1) (co-coach with Ned Mathews and Willie Wilkin), Ned Mathews (2-2-1) and Willie Wilkin (2-2-1)

 Training Camp: Santa Rosa Junior College (Santa Rosa, California)

Team Info

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 263 3439 822 4.2 47 18 10 149 144 310 1898 18 29 6.1 63 512 1541 10 3.0 76
Team Defense 315 3336 734 4.5 53 22 10 129 119 259 1618 19 31 6.2 50 475 1718 16 3.6 69
Lg Rank Offense 5 5 6 3 4 3 4 3 6 5 4 6 7 6
Lg Rank Defense 5 4 2 5 2 4 3 5 2 4 4 5 4 5

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Fri September 13 boxscore L 0-1 Cleveland Browns 6 20 8 228 81 147 4 8 256 31 225 1
2 Fri September 20 boxscore T 0-1-1 New York Yankees 17 17 9 227 170 57 1 10 238 133 105 3
3 Wed September 25 boxscore W 1-1-1 Buffalo Bisons 38 35 13 402 260 142 2 9 396 161 235 3
4 Sun September 29 boxscore W 2-1-1 San Francisco 49ers 24 7 12 256 86 170 1 12 263 170 93 3
5 Sat October 5 boxscore L 2-2-1 Los Angeles Dons 9 21 7 153 109 44 3 16 306 186 120 6
5 Fri October 11 boxscore T 2-2-2 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 21 21 22 500 328 172 3 5 157 86 71 4
7 Fri October 18 boxscore W 3-2-2 Miami Seahawks 28 7 10 312 102 210 3 4 55 83 -28 3
9 Sun October 27 boxscore L 3-3-2 @ Buffalo Bisons 17 49 12 181 132 49 6 14 267 50 217 3
9 Sat November 2 boxscore L 3-4-2 Brooklyn Dodgers 14 21 8 152 45 107 4 6 240 84 156 2
9 Mon November 11 boxscore W 4-4-2 @ Miami Seahawks 20 7 8 232 47 185 2 8 167 134 33 4
11 Sun November 17 boxscore L 4-5-2 @ Cleveland Browns 14 51 9 156 115 41 8 8 360 151 209 2
12 Sun November 24 boxscore W 5-5-2 @ New York Yankees 38 28 9 264 177 87 2 14 314 154 160 10
13 Sat November 30 boxscore L 5-6-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 0 14 9 165 123 42 4 7 154 46 108 6
14 Sun December 15 boxscore T 5-6-3 @ Los Angeles Dons 17 17 13 226 132 94 2 8 197 110 87 5

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
Bob Hoernschemeyer 21 TB 14 10 95 193 49.2 1266 14 7.3 14 7.3 0 6.6 4.7 13.3 90.4 64.4 0 0
Walt Williams 27 14 0 13 30 43.3 226 1 3.3 5 16.7 0 7.5 0.7 17.4 16.1 41.1 0 0
Walt Clay 22 b 13 2 12 27 44.4 140 2 7.4 3 11.1 0 5.2 1.7 11.7 10.8 45.8 0 0
Steve Nemeth 24 K 13 1 5 23 21.7 68 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 3.0 3.0 13.6 5.2 39.6 0 0
Elroy Hirsch 23 HB/KR/PR 14 12 12 20 60.0 156 1 5.0 2 10.0 0 7.8 4.3 13.0 11.1 61.7 0 0
Ernie Lewis 22 FB/P 12 9 4 8 50.0 17 0 0.0 1 12.5 0 2.1 -3.5 4.3 1.4 16.7 0 0
Billy Hillenbrand 24 BB 14 9 0 3 0.0 0 0 0.0 2 66.7 0 0.0 -30.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
Bill Kellagher 26 fb 12 2 2 3 66.7 15 0 0.0 1 33.3 0 5.0 -10.0 7.5 1.3 38.9 0 0
Bill Schroeder 23 hb 14 3 1 2 50.0 10 0 0.0 0 0.0 10 5.0 5.0 10.0 0.7 64.6 0 0
Don Griffin 24 hb 13 4 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 24.8 14 144 310 46.5 1898 18 5.8 29 9.4 10 6.1 3.1 13.2 135.6 46.7 0 0
Opp Total 14 119 259 45.9 1618 19 7.3 31 12.0 6.2 2.33 13.6 115.6 51.3 0 0 6.2 2.3 0.0

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
Bob Hoernschemeyer 21 TB 14 10 111 375 0 57 3.4 26.8 7.9 1 11 11.0 0 11 0.1 0.8 386 0 0
Elroy Hirsch 23 HB/KR/PR 14 12 87 226 1 0 2.6 16.1 6.2 27 347 12.9 3 68 1.9 24.8 573 4 0
Walt Clay 22 b 13 2 65 283 1 0 4.4 21.8 5.0 4 48 12.0 0 0 0.3 3.7 331 1 0
Ernie Lewis 22 FB/P 12 9 57 164 1 0 2.9 13.7 4.8 2 26 13.0 0 0 0.2 2.2 190 1 0
Billy Hillenbrand 24 BB 14 9 50 175 2 0 3.5 12.5 3.6 21 315 15.0 4 0 1.5 22.5 490 6 0
Bill Kellagher 26 fb 12 2 49 178 3 53 3.6 14.8 4.1 2 36 18.0 0 0 0.2 3.0 214 3 0
Don Griffin 24 hb 13 4 28 13 0 0 0.5 1.0 2.2 5 28 5.6 0 0 0.4 2.2 41 0 0
Walt Williams 27 14 0 21 19 1 0 0.9 1.4 1.5 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.1 0.2 22 1 0
Ned Mathews 28 wb 8 2 12 15 1 0 1.3 1.9 1.5 6 100 16.7 2 0 0.8 12.5 115 3 0
Bill Schroeder 23 hb 14 3 12 42 0 0 3.5 3.0 0.9 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.6 51 0 0
Bill Boedeker 22 hb 12 1 6 8 0 0 1.3 0.7 0.5 5 82 16.4 1 0 0.4 6.8 90 1 0
Pete Lamana 25 lb 10 1 6 21 0 0 3.5 2.1 0.6 21 0 0
Steve Nemeth 24 K 13 1 4 10 0 0 2.5 0.8 0.3 10 0 0
Pat Lahey 27 RE 13 10 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.2 0.1 17 203 11.9 0 0 1.3 15.6 201 0 0
Max Morris 21 e 11 1 1 20 0 20 20.0 1.8 0.1 3 66 22.0 0 0 0.3 6.0 86 0 0
Norm Cox 21 3 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 4.0 0.3 12 0 0
Ralph Heywood 25 LE 14 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 287 14.4 4 0 1.4 20.5 287 4 0
Frank Quillen 26 e 14 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 143 11.0 2 0 0.9 10.2 143 2 0
Bob Motl 26 e 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 124 13.8 1 0 0.6 8.9 124 1 0
Bob Dove 25 le 14 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 67 9.6 1 0 0.5 4.8 67 1 0
Team Total 24.8 14 511 1559 10 57 3.1 111.4 36.5 144 1898 13.2 18 68 10.3 135.6 3457 28 0
Opp Total 14 475 1718 16 3.6 122.7 33.9 119 1618 13.6 19 8.5 115.6 3336 35 48

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
Elroy Hirsch 23 HB/KR/PR 14 12 17 235 1 0 13.8 14 384 1 88 27.4 1192
Billy Hillenbrand 24 BB 14 9 13 180 1 69 13.8 8 220 1 88 27.5 890
Bob Hoernschemeyer 21 TB 14 10 6 91 0 0 15.2 9 275 0 0 30.6 752
Walt Clay 22 b 13 2 8 70 0 0 8.8 2 43 0 0 21.5 444
Ned Mathews 28 wb 8 2 5 110 0 0 22.0 225
Bill Boedeker 22 hb 12 1 2 29 0 0 14.5 2 84 0 0 42.0 203
Bill Kellagher 26 fb 12 2 3 48 0 0 16.0 262
Don Griffin 24 hb 13 4 2 31 0 0 15.5 72
Ernie Lewis 22 FB/P 12 9 2 22 0 0 11.0 212
Walt Williams 27 14 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 1 18 0 18 18.0 46
Herb Coleman 23 C 14 12 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
Pat Lahey 27 RE 13 10 1 5 0 0 5.0 206
Pete Lamana 25 lb 10 1 0 20 1 20 1 18 0 18 18.0 59
Steve Nemeth 24 K 13 1 1 14 0 14 14.0 24
Frank Quillen 26 e 14 4 1 13 0 13 13.0 156
Bill Schroeder 23 hb 14 3 0 7 0 7 1 19 0 19 19.0 77
Lloyd Wasserbach 25 t 12 3 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
Team Total 24.8 14 48 652 3 69 13.6 54 1323 2 88 24.5 5432
Opp Total 14 48 2274 0 47.4 55 1116 0 20.3

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
Ernie Lewis 22 FB/P 12 9 50 2085 0 1 41.7
Steve Nemeth 24 K 13 1 12 9 75.0% 33 32 97.0% 2 92 0 0 46.0
Walt Williams 27 14 0 24 998 0 1 41.6
Bob Hoernschemeyer 21 TB 14 10 11 484 0 0 44.0
Ralph Heywood 25 LE 14 8 2 57 0 0 28.5
Walt Clay 22 b 13 2 1 45 45 0 45.0
Elroy Hirsch 23 HB/KR/PR 14 12 1 0.0%
Bill Kellagher 26 fb 12 2 1 56 56 0 56.0
Team Total 24.8 14 12 9 75.0% 34 32 94.1% 91 3817 56 2 41.9
Opp Total 14 14 6 42.9% 42 41 97.6% 89 3561 40.0

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
Walt Clay 22 b 13 2 6 72 0 0 0
Elroy Hirsch 23 HB/KR/PR 14 12 6 97 0 0 0
Billy Hillenbrand 24 BB 14 9 3 37 0 0 0
Ned Mathews 28 wb 8 2 2 8 0 0 0
Joe Ruetz 30 g 13 1 2 13 0 0 0
Walt Williams 27 14 0 2 148 1 97 0
Bill Boedeker 22 hb 12 1 1 26 0 26 0
Herb Coleman 23 C 14 12 1 25 0 25 0
Don Griffin 24 hb 13 4 1 19 0 19 0
Bob Hoernschemeyer 21 TB 14 10 1 10 0 10 0
Pat Lahey 27 RE 13 10 1 4 0 4 0
Pete Lamana 25 lb 10 1 1 16 0 16 0
Ernie Lewis 22 FB/P 12 9 1 10 0 10 0
Frank Quillen 26 e 14 4 1 9 0 9 0
Bill Schroeder 23 hb 14 3 1 4 0 4 0
Lloyd Wasserbach 25 t 12 3 1 0 0 0 0
Team Total 24.8 14 31 516 1 97 0
Opp Total 14 48 26 2

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Steve Nemeth 24 K 13 1 32 9 59
Billy Hillenbrand 24 BB 14 9 2 4 1 1 8 48
Elroy Hirsch 23 HB/KR/PR 14 12 1 3 1 1 6 36
Ralph Heywood 25 LE 14 8 4 4 24
Bill Kellagher 26 fb 12 2 3 3 18
Ned Mathews 28 wb 8 2 1 2 3 18
Frank Quillen 26 e 14 4 2 2 12
Walt Williams 27 14 0 1 1 2 12
Bill Boedeker 22 hb 12 1 1 1 6
Walt Clay 22 b 13 2 1 1 6
Bob Dove 25 le 14 5 1 1 6
Pete Lamana 25 lb 10 1 1 1 6
Ernie Lewis 22 FB/P 12 9 1 1 6
Bob Motl 26 e 14 1 1 1 6
Team Total 24.8 14 10 18 3 2 1 34 32 9 263
Opp Total 14 16 19 2 2 41 6 2 315