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1944 Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers

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0-10-0, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1944 NFL Season Summary

Scored 108 points (10.8/g), 8th of 11 in the NFL. Allowed 328 points (32.8/g), 10th.
 Differential of -220 points (-22.0/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 0.7-9.3.

Coach: Phil Handler (0-10-0) (co-coach with Walt Kiesling) and Walt Kiesling (0-10-0)

 Training Camp: Caroll College (Waukesha, Wisconsin)

Explanation of the 1944 Card-Pitt team

Team Info

Principal Owner Charles Bidwill
General Manager Arch Wolfe

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 108 2276 618 3.7 53 12 9 109 87 258 1257 8 41 4.9 44 360 1019 7 2.8 56
Team Defense 328 2956 570 5.2 28 12 7 109 98 204 1575 22 16 7.7 46 366 1381 23 3.8 56
Lg Rank Offense 8 8 10 6 6 2 6 8 10 9 6 7 7 7
Lg Rank Defense 10 10 7 3 3 4 10 10 8 10 5 7 10 10

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 24 boxscore L 0-1 Cleveland Rams 28 30 11 310 182 128 5 6 232 136 96 4
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 0-2 @ Green Bay Packers 7 34 8 187 126 61 6 15 388 241 147 3
3 Sun October 15 boxscore L 0-3 @ Chicago Bears 7 34 4 115 26 89 4 13 285 154 131 3
3 Sun October 22 boxscore L 0-4 @ New York Giants 0 23 10 215 103 112 7 15 333 109 224 6
4 Sun October 29 boxscore L 0-5 @ Washington Redskins 20 42 19 367 180 187 6 8 351 211 140 2
6 Sun November 5 boxscore L 0-6 Detroit Lions 6 27 13 284 112 172 9 12 277 194 83 5
7 Sun November 12 boxscore L 0-7 @ Detroit Lions 7 21 17 338 177 161 5 8 119 41 78 1
8 Sun November 19 boxscore L 0-8 Cleveland Rams 6 33 12 210 120 90 5 9 331 196 135 2
9 Sun November 26 boxscore L 0-9 Green Bay Packers 20 35 5 157 138 19 4 11 277 190 87 1
10 Sun December 3 boxscore L 0-10 Chicago Bears 7 49 10 94 96 -2 2 12 412 104 308 1

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
John Grigas 24 FB/KR 9 9 50 131 38.2 690 6 4.6 21 16.0 72 5.3 -1.0 13.8 76.7 31.5 0 0
John McCarthy 28 P 7 2 20 67 29.9 250 0 0.0 13 19.4 38 3.7 -5.0 12.5 35.7 3.0 0 0
Tony Bova 27 LE 9 8 6 30 20.0 96 0 0.0 1 3.3 34 3.2 1.7 16.0 10.7 26.5 0 0
Coley McDonough 29 2 0 10 23 43.5 208 2 8.7 4 17.4 67 9.0 3.0 20.8 104.0 65.4 0 0
Walt Masters 37 3 0 1 7 14.3 13 0 0.0 2 28.6 13 1.9 -11.0 13.0 4.3 0.0 0 0
Team Total 27.2 10 87 258 33.7 1257 8 3.1 41 15.9 72 4.9 -1.7 14.4 125.7 21.2 0 0
Opp Total 10 98 204 48.0 1575 22 10.8 16 7.8 7.7 6.35 16.1 157.5 77.6 0 0 7.7 6.3 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
John Grigas 24 FB/KR 9 9 185 610 3 29 3.3 67.8 20.6 2 33 16.5 0 36 0.2 3.7 643 3 0
Bob Thurbon 26 RH 10 7 69 185 4 25 2.7 18.5 6.9 7 134 19.1 1 37 0.7 13.4 319 5 0
Johnny Butler 26 hb 3 3 20 48 0 14 2.4 16.0 6.7 3 109 36.3 2 67 1.0 36.3 157 2 0
George Magulick 25 LH/PR 9 6 17 102 0 49 6.0 11.3 1.9 6 50 8.3 0 21 0.7 5.6 152 0 0
Bernie Semes 25 hb 8 2 17 38 0 3 2.2 4.8 2.1 3 22 7.3 0 10 0.4 2.8 60 0 0
Ed Rucinski 28 le 10 6 16 72 0 22 4.5 7.2 1.6 22 284 12.9 1 40 2.2 28.4 356 1 0
Tony Bova 27 LE 9 8 14 -22 0 3 -1.6 -2.4 1.6 19 287 15.1 2 46 2.1 31.9 265 2 0
John Popovich 26 hb 6 1 8 29 0 9 3.6 4.8 1.3 3 -1 -0.3 0 1 0.5 -0.2 28 0 0
John McCarthy 28 P 7 2 6 -49 0 -8 -8.2 -7.0 0.9 -49 0 0
Walt Rankin 25 QB 10 8 4 13 0 6 3.3 1.3 0.4 4 18 4.5 0 8 0.4 1.8 31 0 0
Coley McDonough 29 2 0 3 7 0 4 2.3 3.5 1.5 7 0 0
Walt Masters 37 3 0 1 -14 0 -14 -14.0 -4.7 0.3 -14 0 0
Don Currivan 24 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 163 23.3 2 72 0.7 16.3 163 2 0
Walt Kichefski 28 RE 10 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 85 14.2 0 34 0.6 8.5 85 0 0
Clint Wager 24 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 73 14.6 0 38 0.6 9.1 73 0 0
Team Total 27.2 10 360 1019 7 49 2.8 101.9 36.0 87 1257 14.4 8 72 8.7 125.7 2276 15 0
Opp Total 10 366 1381 23 3.8 138.1 36.6 98 1575 16.1 22 9.8 157.5 2956 45 23

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
John Grigas 24 FB/KR 9 9 5 40 0 11 8.0 23 471 0 35 20.5 1154
Bob Thurbon 26 RH 10 7 1 2 0 2 2.0 12 291 0 55 24.3 612
George Magulick 25 LH/PR 9 6 7 86 0 28 12.3 5 101 0 30 20.2 339
Johnny Butler 26 hb 3 3 3 22 0 0 7.3 4 92 0 29 23.0 271
John Popovich 26 hb 6 1 3 75 0 28 25.0 103
Ed Rucinski 28 le 10 6 3 67 0 28 22.3 423
Chet Bulger 27 RT 10 7 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
Don Currivan 24 10 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 177
Lou Marotti 29 8 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
John McCarthy 28 P 7 2 1 9 0 9 9.0 -40
John Perko 30 RG 10 8 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
Team Total 27.2 10 17 159 0 28 9.4 54 1121 1 55 20.8 3556
Opp Total 10 39 1548 0 39.7 25 472 0 18.9

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
John McCarthy 28 P 7 2 24 801 52 1 33.4
Conway Baker 33 K/LG 9 7 15 11 73.3%
Bob Thurbon 26 RH 10 7 15 450 43 1 30.0
John Grigas 24 FB/KR 9 9 12 424 64 0 35.3
Johnny Martin 26 1 0 6 184 0 0 30.7
Marshall Robnett 26 C 8 7 2 0.0% 1 1 100.0% 1 14 14 0 14.0
Walt Masters 37 3 0 2 91 52 0 45.5
Team Total 27.2 10 2 0.0% 16 12 75.0% 60 1964 64 2 32.7
Opp Total 10 7 1 14.3% 47 41 87.2% 50 745 14.9

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Ed Rucinski 28 le 10 6 4 35 0 22 0
Johnny Butler 26 hb 3 3 2 16 0 9 0
George Magulick 25 LH/PR 9 6 2 12 0 12 0
Walt Rankin 25 QB 10 8 2 9 0 7 0
Bob Thurbon 26 RH 10 7 2 14 0 8 0
John Grigas 24 FB/KR 9 9 1 2 0 2 0
John Perko 30 RG 10 8 1 10 0 10 0
Marshall Robnett 26 C 8 7 1 48 0 48 0
Bernie Semes 25 hb 8 2 1 0 0 0 0
Team Total 27.2 10 16 146 0 48 0
Opp Total 10 23 11 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Bob Thurbon 26 RH 10 7 4 1 5 30
John Grigas 24 FB/KR 9 9 3 3 18
Tony Bova 27 LE 9 8 2 2 12
Johnny Butler 26 hb 3 3 2 2 12
Don Currivan 24 10 0 2 2 12
Conway Baker 33 K/LG 9 7 11 11
Ed Rucinski 28 le 10 6 1 1 6
Elbie Schultz 27 lg 10 6 1 1 6
Marshall Robnett 26 C 8 7 1 1
Team Total 27.2 10 7 8 1 16 12 108
Opp Total 10 23 22 2 41 1 1 328