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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 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 190 3042 771 3.9 48 21 184 181 408 1863 14 27 4.1 95 322 1179 7 3.7 75 73 611 14
Opp. Stats 337 4026 813 5.0 36 12 216 176 341 2364 17 24 6.3 111 440 1662 24 3.8 95 72 615 10
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

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 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. 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
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 Charley 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. 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 Charley 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. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
2 Charley 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. 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 Charley 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. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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 Charley 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 23 11 41

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
83 Pat Summerall 23 K 12 0 23 23 9 24 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 Charley 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 23 9 24 1 192
Opp Total 12 24 17 4 43 45 8 13 337

Touchdown Log

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