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1953 Chicago Cardinals

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1-10-1, Finished 6th in NFL East Division  · 1953 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -9.6, Offense: -3.7, Defense: -5.9, SoS: 2.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 190 points (15.8/g), 10th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 337 points (28.1/g), 10th.
 Differential of -147 points (-12.2/g), 11th.  Expected W-L: 2.5-9.5.

Coach: Joe Stydahar (1-10-1)

Stadium: Comiskey Park
 Training Camp: Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)

Team Info

Principal Owner Violet Bidwill Wolfner
Managing Director Walter Wolfner

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 190 3042 771 3.9 48 21 14 184 181 408 1863 14 27 4.1 95 322 1179 7 3.7 75
Team Defense 337 4026 813 5.0 36 12 10 216 176 341 2364 17 24 6.3 111 440 1662 24 3.8 95
Lg Rank Offense 10 10 9 9 9 4 7 8 5 10 12 10 10 9
Lg Rank Defense 10 10 11 12 11 3 10 7 7 12 10 8 11 4

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 L 0-1 Washington Redskins 13 24 17 334 172 162 6 10 225 90 135 3
2 Sun October 4 boxscore L 0-2 Cleveland Browns 7 27 17 239 128 111 5 12 343 272 71 2
3 Sun October 11 boxscore L 0-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 28 31 16 233 161 72 5 24 354 268 86 5
4 Sun October 18 boxscore L 0-4 @ New York Giants 7 21 14 155 156 -1 4 10 219 155 64 3
5 Sun October 25 boxscore L 0-5 Philadelphia Eagles 17 56 12 195 136 59 4 32 542 337 205 3
6 Sun November 1 boxscore L 0-6 New York Giants 20 23 19 311 249 62 6 9 228 110 118 5
7 Sun November 8 boxscore L 0-7 @ Washington Redskins 17 28 11 241 79 162 2 18 367 105 262 2
8 Sun November 15 boxscore T 0-7-1 Los Angeles Rams 24 24 20 349 149 200 3 17 291 117 174 3
9 Sat November 21 boxscore L 0-8-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 0 38 10 111 53 58 4 27 491 280 211 4
10 Sun November 29 boxscore L 0-9-1 @ Cleveland Browns 16 27 18 374 241 133 2 18 358 243 115 1
11 Sun December 6 boxscore L 0-10-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 21 14 212 165 47 4 18 210 63 147 3
12 Sun December 13 boxscore W 1-10-1 @ Chicago Bears 24 17 16 288 174 114 3 21 398 324 74 2

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
9 Jim Root 22 QB 11 6 0-5-1 80 192 41.7% 1149 8 4.2 11 5.7 77 6.0 4.2 14.4 104.5 51.8 0 0
12 Steve Romanik 29 qb 6 4 1-3-0 50 117 42.7% 641 4 3.4 9 7.7 42 5.5 2.7 12.8 106.8 39.9 0 0
7 Ray Nagel 26 qb 4 2 0-2-0 30 62 48.4% 192 0 0.0 5 8.1 27 3.1 -0.5 6.4 48.0 21.7 0 0
2 Charlie Trippi* 31 LH/P/PR 12 0 20 34 58.8% 195 2 5.9 1 2.9 21 5.7 5.6 9.8 16.3 82.4 0 0
22 Don Paul* 27 RH 12 0 1 2 50.0% 13 0 0.0 0 0.0 13 6.5 6.5 13.0 1.1 70.8 0 0
33 Johnny Olszewski* 23 FB 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 25.2 12 1-10-1 181 408 44.4% 2190 14 3.4 27 6.6 77 5.4 3.1 12.1 182.5 45.3 0 0
Opp Total 12 176 341 51.6% 2619 17 5.0 24 7.0 7.7 5.51 14.9 218.3 64.4 32 255 6.3 4.4 8.6

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
33 Johnny Olszewski* 23 FB 12 0 106 386 4 34 3.6 32.2 8.8 21 210 10.0 1 77 1.8 17.5 596 5 6
2 Charlie Trippi* 31 LH/P/PR 12 0 97 433 0 21 4.5 36.1 8.1 11 87 7.9 2 21 0.9 7.3 520 2 5
20 Billy Cross 24 KR 12 0 51 196 1 56 3.8 16.3 4.3 17 285 16.8 1 51 1.4 23.8 481 2 7
9 Jim Root 22 QB 11 6 26 12 1 19 0.5 1.1 2.4 12 1 7
22 Don Paul* 27 RH 12 0 16 114 0 36 7.1 9.5 1.3 16 167 10.4 2 27 1.3 13.9 281 2 3
39 Tony Curcillo 22 12 0 8 29 0 12 3.6 2.4 0.7 29 0 2
37 Jack Spinks 23 3 0 6 0 0 7 0.0 0.0 2.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.3 2.0 6 0 0
7 Ray Nagel 26 qb 4 2 4 8 0 6 2.0 2.0 1.0 8 0 2
47 Wally Triplett 27 4 0 3 8 0 16 2.7 2.0 0.8 3 15 5.0 0 6 0.8 3.8 23 0 1
47 Al Campana 27 RS 8 0 2 -5 0 0 -2.5 -0.6 0.3 -5 0 1
41 Willie Carter 22 8 0 2 -3 0 2 -1.5 -0.4 0.3 -3 0 2
12 Steve Romanik 29 qb 6 4 1 1 1 1 1.0 0.2 0.2 1 1 0
80 Don Stonesifer 26 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 56 684 12.2 2 46 4.7 57.0 684 2 1
84 Gern Nagler 21 LE 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 43 610 14.2 6 41 3.9 55.5 610 6 0
87 Ray Ramsey 32 LDH 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 118 9.8 0 20 1.0 9.8 118 0 1
84 Cliff Anderson 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 1.0 8.0 8 0 0
Team Total 25.2 12 322 1179 7 56 3.7 98.3 26.8 181 2190 12.1 14 77 15.1 182.5 3369 21 39
Opp Total 12 440 1662 24 3.8 138.5 36.7 176 2364 13.4 17 14.7 197.0 4026 41 23

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
2 Charlie Trippi* 31 LH/P/PR 12 0 21 239 0 38 11.4 8 199 0 33 24.9 958
22 Don Paul* 27 RH 12 0 18 85 0 22 4.7 4 106 0 35 26.5 472
20 Billy Cross 24 KR 12 0 6 5 0 5 0.8 12 257 0 39 21.4 743
41 Willie Carter 22 8 0 4 20 0 9 5.0 8 178 0 32 22.3 195
47 Wally Triplett 27 4 0 10 253 0 48 25.3 276
47 Al Campana 27 RS 8 0 3 56 0 27 18.7 51
33 Johnny Olszewski* 23 FB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 1 17 0 17 17.0 613
39 Tony Curcillo 22 12 0 1 17 0 17 17.0 46
70 Jack Jennings 27 RT 12 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
71 Don Joyce 24 RDT 10 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
31 Bill Svoboda* 25 LS 12 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
Team Total 25.2 12 50 349 0 38 7.0 50 1120 0 48 22.4 4838
Opp Total 12 44 1122 0 25.5 35 852 0 24.3

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
2 Charlie Trippi* 31 LH/P/PR 12 0 54 2314 63 0 42.9
83 Pat Summerall 23 K 12 0 24 9 37.5%% 23 23 100.0%%
50 Jack Simmons 29 C 12 12 22 845 61 0 38.4
Team Total 25.2 12 24 9 37.5%% 23 23 100.0%% 76 3159 63 0 41.6
Opp Total 12 13 8 61.5%% 45 43 95.6%% 74 3110 42.0

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
87 Ray Ramsey 32 LDH 12 0 10 237 1 46 0 0 1 0 0 0
20 Billy Cross 24 KR 12 0 0 7 2 0 0
22 Don Paul* 27 RH 12 0 5 62 0 38 0 0 3 0 0 0
9 Jim Root 22 QB 11 6 0 7 1 0 0
2 Charlie Trippi* 31 LH/P/PR 12 0 0 5 3 0 0
33 Johnny Olszewski* 23 FB 12 0 0 6 1 0 0
39 Tony Curcillo 22 12 0 2 16 0 13 0 0 2 2 0 0
24 Jim Psaltis 26 RDH 12 0 2 43 0 43 0 0 1 3 0 0
34 John Panelli 27 LLB 11 0 1 22 0 22 0 0 0 2 0 0
51 Leo Sanford 24 RLB 12 12 2 56 1 48 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 Bill Svoboda* 25 LS 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
41 Willie Carter 22 8 0 0 2 0 0 0
68 Nick Chickillo 23 MG 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
70 Jack Jennings 27 RT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
7 Ray Nagel 26 qb 4 2 0 2 0 0 0
80 Don Stonesifer 26 RE 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
47 Wally Triplett 27 4 0 0 1 1 0 0
21 S.J. Whitman 27 3 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
47 Al Campana 27 RS 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 Bill Fischer 26 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Tom Higgins 23 LT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Ed Husmann 22 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Keever Jankovich 25 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
84 Gern Nagler 21 LE 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 Jerry Watford 23 RG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.2 12 24 439 2 48 0 0 39 30 0 0 1
Opp Total 12 41 23 11

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
83 Pat Summerall 23 K 12 0 23 9 50
84 Gern Nagler 21 LE 11 0 6 6 36
33 Johnny Olszewski* 23 FB 12 0 4 1 5 30
20 Billy Cross 24 KR 12 0 1 1 2 12
22 Don Paul* 27 RH 12 0 2 2 12
80 Don Stonesifer 26 RE 12 0 2 2 12
2 Charlie Trippi* 31 LH/P/PR 12 0 2 2 12
87 Ray Ramsey 32 LDH 12 0 1 1 6
12 Steve Romanik 29 qb 6 4 1 1 6
9 Jim Root 22 QB 11 6 1 1 6
51 Leo Sanford 24 RLB 12 12 1 1 6
81 George Schmidt 26 LDE 6 0 1 2
Team Total 25.2 12 7 14 2 23 23 9 1 190
Opp Total 12 24 17 4 43 8 337

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 WAS L, 13-24 1 2 rush Johnny Olszewski 2 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
2 1953-10-04 CLE L, 7-27 1 11 pass Charlie Trippi 11 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
3 1953-10-11 @ PIT L, 28-31 1 1 rush Johnny Olszewski 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
4 1953-10-11 @ PIT L, 28-31 2 34 pass Gern Nagler 34 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
5 1953-10-11 @ PIT L, 28-31 2 6 pass Gern Nagler 6 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
6 1953-10-11 @ PIT L, 28-31 3 3 pass Don Stonesifer 3 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Pat Summerall kick)
7 1953-10-18 @ NYG L, 7-21 3 1 rush Steve Romanik 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
8 1953-10-25 PHI L, 17-56 4 8 pass Charlie Trippi 8 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
9 1953-10-25 PHI L, 17-56 4 51 pass Billy Cross 51 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
10 1953-11-01 NYG L, 20-23 1 12 pass Gern Nagler 12 yard pass from Steve Romanik (Pat Summerall kick)
11 1953-11-01 NYG L, 20-23 4 5 rush Johnny Olszewski 5 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
12 1953-11-08 @ WAS L, 17-28 1 26 pass Don Stonesifer 26 yard pass from Steve Romanik (Pat Summerall kick)
13 1953-11-08 @ WAS L, 17-28 2 41 pass Gern Nagler 41 yard pass from Steve Romanik (Pat Summerall kick)
14 1953-11-15 RAM T, 24-24 1 62 pass Johnny Olszewski 62 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
15 1953-11-15 RAM T, 24-24 1 37 interception Ray Ramsey 37 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
16 1953-11-15 RAM T, 24-24 4 17 pass Don Paul 17 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Pat Summerall kick)
17 1953-11-29 @ CLE L, 16-27 3 5 pass Gern Nagler 5 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
18 1953-11-29 @ CLE L, 16-27 3 1 rush Jim Root 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
19 1953-12-06 PIT L, 17-21 1 1 rush Johnny Olszewski 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
20 1953-12-06 PIT L, 17-21 4 5 pass Don Paul 5 yard pass from Steve Romanik (Pat Summerall kick)
21 1953-12-13 @ CHI W, 24-17 2 29 pass Gern Nagler 29 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
22 1953-12-13 @ CHI W, 24-17 2 48 interception Leo Sanford 48 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
23 1953-12-13 @ CHI W, 24-17 3 1 rush Billy Cross 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 WAS W, 24-13 1 52 pass Charlie Justice 52 yard pass from Jack Scarbath (Bill Dudley kick)
2 1953-09-27 WAS W, 24-13 4 1 rush Chuck Drazenovich 1 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
3 1953-09-27 WAS W, 24-13 4 14 rush Leon Heath 14 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
4 1953-10-04 CLE W, 27-7 1 55 pass Dante Lavelli 55 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
5 1953-10-04 CLE W, 27-7 1 3 rush Chick Jagade 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
6 1953-10-04 CLE W, 27-7 2 48 pass Ray Renfro 48 yard pass from Otto Graham
7 1953-10-04 CLE W, 27-7 4 34 pass Dante Lavelli 34 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
8 1953-10-11 @ PIT W, 31-28 2 1 rush Fran Rogel 1 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
9 1953-10-11 @ PIT W, 31-28 3 19 pass Ray Mathews 19 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
10 1953-10-11 @ PIT W, 31-28 4 4 rush Fran Rogel 4 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
11 1953-10-11 @ PIT W, 31-28 4 4 pass Ed Barker 4 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
12 1953-10-18 @ NYG W, 21-7 1 1 rush Sonny Grandelius 1 yard rush (Randy Clay kick)
13 1953-10-18 @ NYG W, 21-7 1 16 fumble Bill Albright 16 yard fumble return (Randy Clay kick)
14 1953-10-18 @ NYG W, 21-7 3 60 pass Ray Pelfrey 60 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Randy Clay kick)
15 1953-10-25 PHI W, 56-17 1 34 pass Toy Ledbetter 34 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
16 1953-10-25 PHI W, 56-17 2 1 rush Jim Parmer 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
17 1953-10-25 PHI W, 56-17 2 52 rush Frank Ziegler 52 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
18 1953-10-25 PHI W, 56-17 2 6 pass Pete Pihos 6 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
19 1953-10-25 PHI W, 56-17 3 28 pass Hal Giancanelli 28 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
20 1953-10-25 PHI W, 56-17 4 7 rush Jim Parmer 7 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
21 1953-10-25 PHI W, 56-17 4 fumble Tom Scott yard fumble return (Bobby Walston kick)
22 1953-10-25 PHI W, 56-17 4 9 rush John Brewer 9 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
23 1953-11-01 NYG W, 23-20 1 9 rush Eddie Price 9 yard rush (Randy Clay kick)
24 1953-11-01 NYG W, 23-20 1 13 pass Kyle Rote 13 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Randy Clay kick)
25 1953-11-01 NYG W, 23-20 4 75 pass Kyle Rote 75 yard pass from Arnie Galiffa
26 1953-11-08 @ WAS W, 28-17 1 9 rush Eddie LeBaron 9 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
27 1953-11-08 @ WAS W, 28-17 2 14 pass Hugh Taylor 14 yard pass from Jack Scarbath (Bill Dudley kick)
28 1953-11-08 @ WAS W, 28-17 4 2 rush Leon Heath 2 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
29 1953-11-08 @ WAS W, 28-17 4 1 rush Leon Heath 1 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
30 1953-11-15 RAM T, 24-24 2 2 rush Skeets Quinlan 2 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
31 1953-11-15 RAM T, 24-24 3 26 fumble Night Train Lane 26 yard fumble return (Ben Agajanian kick)
32 1953-11-15 RAM T, 24-24 4 1 rush Dan Towler 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
33 1953-11-21 @ PHI W, 38-0 1 1 rush Frank Ziegler 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
34 1953-11-21 @ PHI W, 38-0 1 37 pass Hal Giancanelli 37 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
35 1953-11-21 @ PHI W, 38-0 2 1 rush Jerry Williams 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
36 1953-11-21 @ PHI W, 38-0 3 4 rush Jerry Williams 4 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
37 1953-11-21 @ PHI W, 38-0 4 2 rush Don Johnson 2 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
38 1953-11-29 @ CLE W, 27-16 2 16 rush Chick Jagade 16 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
39 1953-11-29 @ CLE W, 27-16 4 8 rush Ray Renfro 8 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
40 1953-11-29 @ CLE W, 27-16 4 37 fumble Tommy James 37 yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick)
41 1953-12-06 PIT W, 21-17 3 1 rush Jim Brandt 1 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
42 1953-12-06 PIT W, 21-17 4 6 pass Elbie Nickel 6 yard pass from Bill Mackrides (Nick Bolkovac kick)
43 1953-12-06 PIT W, 21-17 4 2 rush Bill Mackrides 2 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
44 1953-12-13 @ CHI L, 17-24 1 24 pass Jim Dooley 24 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
45 1953-12-13 @ CHI L, 17-24 4 24 pass Billy Stone 24 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)