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1949 Los Angeles Dons

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4-8-0, Finished 5th in AAFC  · 1949 AAFC Season Summary

Scored 253 points (21.1/g), 3rd of 7 in the AAFC. Allowed 322 points (26.8/g), 6th.
 Differential of -69 points (-5.8/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 4.3-7.7.

Coach: Jimmy Phelan (4-8-0)

Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 Training Camp: Woodrow Wilson High School (Long Beach, California)

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 253 3566 716 5.0 40 17 157 114 286 1728 9 23 6.0 63 430 1838 19 4.3 82 59 536 12
Opp. Stats 322 4562 774 5.9 38 17 174 148 290 2414 22 21 8.3 69 484 2148 20 4.4 89 68 678 16
Lg Rank Offense 3 5 3 1 4 5 6 6 6 6 4 4 3 2
Lg Rank Defense 6 7 5 3 6 4 7 7 4 6 6 5 5 5

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
2 Fri September 2 boxscore W 1-0 Baltimore Colts 49 17 21 528 224 304 2 13 328 219 109 5
3 Fri September 9 boxscore L 1-1 Chicago Hornets 21 23 15 310 229 81 4 11 267 155 112 2
4 Sun September 18 boxscore L 1-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 14 42 17 267 175 92 6 9 408 164 244 6
5 Thu September 22 boxscore L 1-3 @ New York Yankees 7 10 5 107 38 69 2 7 242 30 212 3
6 Sun October 2 boxscore L 1-4 @ Cleveland Browns 7 42 12 305 126 179 2 22 550 308 242 1
7 Sun October 9 boxscore W 2-4 Buffalo Bills 42 28 19 470 283 187 2 19 506 319 187 6
8 Fri October 14 boxscore L 2-5 Cleveland Browns 14 61 13 262 81 181 5 15 607 423 184 1
9 Sun October 23 boxscore L 2-6 @ Buffalo Bills 14 17 7 188 78 110 2 23 463 138 325 2
10 Fri October 28 boxscore W 3-6 @ Chicago Hornets 24 14 17 375 226 149 6 11 210 138 72 6
12 Sun November 13 boxscore L 3-7 San Francisco 49ers 24 41 13 285 74 211 4 12 408 220 188 3
13 Sun November 20 boxscore W 4-7 @ Baltimore Colts 21 10 7 188 57 131 1 19 328 193 135 1
14 Thu November 24 boxscore L 4-8 New York Yankees 16 17 10 246 95 151 4 13 245 107 138 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
Glenn Dobbs 29 P/TB 12 6 65 153 42.5 825 4 2.6 9 5.9 0 5.4 3.3 12.7 68.8 44.2 0 0
George Taliaferro 22 tb 11 4 45 124 36.3 790 4 3.2 14 11.3 0 6.4 1.9 17.6 71.8 30.0 0 0
Billy Grimes 22 KR/RH 12 7 3 3 100.0 105 1 33.3 0 0.0 0 35.0 41.7 35.0 8.8 158.3 0 0
Shorty McWilliams 23 PR 12 2 0 2 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Walt Clay 25 b 10 1 1 1 100.0 8 0 0.0 0 0.0 8 8.0 8.0 8.0 0.8 100.0 0 0
Hosea Rodgers 28 FB 12 9 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Dick Wilkins 24 le 11 3 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 25.2 12 114 285 40.0 1728 9 3.2 23 8.1 8 6.1 3.1 15.2 144.0 37.6 0 0
Opp Total 12 148 290 51.0 2414 22 7.6 21 7.2 8.3 6.58 16.3 201.2 74.4 0 0 8.3 6.6 0.0

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
Hosea Rodgers 28 FB 12 9 131 494 5 0 3.8 41.2 10.9 7 97 13.9 0 0 0.6 8.1 591 5 0
George Taliaferro 22 tb 11 4 95 472 5 0 5.0 42.9 8.6 0 42 1 42 0.0 3.8 514 6 0
Billy Grimes 22 KR/RH 12 7 83 429 4 51 5.2 35.8 6.9 13 189 14.5 2 0 1.1 15.8 618 6 0
Glenn Dobbs 29 P/TB 12 6 34 161 3 0 4.7 13.4 2.8 161 3 0
Earl Howell 25 hb 12 3 31 116 1 0 3.7 9.7 2.6 5 11 2.2 1 0 0.4 0.9 127 2 0
Jim Spavital 23 fb 12 3 15 44 0 0 2.9 3.7 1.3 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 43 0 0
Harper Davis 24 11 0 13 33 1 0 2.5 3.0 1.2 2 13 6.5 0 0 0.2 1.2 46 1 0
Walt Clay 25 b 10 1 9 34 0 0 3.8 3.4 0.9 34 0 0
Dick Wilkins 24 le 11 3 8 28 0 0 3.5 2.5 0.7 32 589 18.4 3 0 2.9 53.5 617 3 0
Shorty McWilliams 23 PR 12 2 3 15 0 0 5.0 1.3 0.3 15 0 0
Bob Kennedy 21 db 10 1 2 14 0 0 7.0 1.4 0.2 14 0 0
Lew Holder 26 e 12 1 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 5 71 14.2 0 0 0.4 5.9 70 0 0
Burr Baldwin 27 LE 9 8 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 2 26 13.0 0 0 0.2 2.9 27 0 0
George Murphy 22 BB 11 7 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 1 17 17.0 0 17 0.1 1.5 17 0 0
Paul Crowe 25 7 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.3 0.1 2 0 0
Ed Kelley 25 t 12 2 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.2 0.1 -2 0 0
Len Ford 23 RE 12 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 36 577 16.0 1 0 3.0 48.1 577 1 0
Joe Aguirre 31 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 37 12.3 1 0 0.8 9.3 37 1 0
Ab Wimberly 23 de 12 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 22 7.3 0 0 0.3 1.8 22 0 0
Bob Hoffman 32 bb 12 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 21 10.5 0 0 0.2 1.8 21 0 0
Ed Henke 22 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 15 15.0 0 15 0.1 1.4 15 0 0
Bob Reinhard 29 LT 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.1 0.2 2 0 0
Team Total 25.2 12 429 1840 19 51 4.3 153.3 35.8 114 1728 15.2 9 42 9.5 144.0 3568 28 0
Opp Total 12 484 2148 20 4.4 179.0 40.3 148 2414 16.3 22 12.3 201.2 4562 42 35

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
Billy Grimes 22 KR/RH 12 7 5 67 0 0 13.4 16 411 0 0 25.7 1096
George Taliaferro 22 tb 11 4 2 53 1 52 26.5 13 313 0 0 24.1 880
Shorty McWilliams 23 PR 12 2 8 112 0 0 14.0 127
Jim Spavital 23 fb 12 3 6 58 0 0 9.7 1 32 0 32 32.0 133
Paul Crowe 25 7 0 6 96 0 0 16.0 98
Harper Davis 24 11 0 2 37 0 0 18.5 4 87 0 0 21.8 170
Earl Howell 25 hb 12 3 1 7 0 7 7.0 4 74 0 0 18.5 208
John Donaldson 24 1 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
Dan Dworsky 22 11 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
Bob Hoffman 32 bb 12 5 1 14 0 14 14.0 35
Team Total 25.2 12 31 448 1 52 14.5 40 945 0 32 23.6 4961
Opp Total 12 30 1490 0 49.7 43 824 0 19.2

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
Robert Nelson 29 C/K 12 11 6 3 50.0% 35 34 97.1%
Glenn Dobbs 29 P/TB 12 6 39 1650 0 0 42.3
George Taliaferro 22 tb 11 4 27 982 0 2 36.4
Team Total 25.2 12 6 3 50.0% 35 34 97.1% 66 2632 0 2 39.9
Opp Total 12 12 6 50.0% 44 40 90.9% 52 2080 40.0

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
Jim Spavital 23 fb 12 3 4 58 0 0 0
John Brown 27 lb 12 3 3 46 0 0 0
Burr Baldwin 27 LE 9 8 2 4 0 0 0
Harper Davis 24 11 0 2 5 0 0 0
Shorty McWilliams 23 PR 12 2 2 35 0 0 0
Dick Woodard 23 12 0 2 39 1 33 0
Paul Crowe 25 7 0 1 25 0 25 0
Dan Dworsky 22 11 0 1 3 0 3 0
Len Ford 23 RE 12 8 1 45 0 45 0
Bob Hoffman 32 bb 12 5 1 7 0 7 0
Bob Kennedy 21 db 10 1 1 33 0 33 0
Ab Wimberly 23 de 12 4 1 16 1 16 0
Team Total 25.2 12 21 339 2 45 0
Opp Total 12 35 18

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
Robert Nelson 29 C/K 12 11 34 35 3 6 43
George Taliaferro 22 tb 11 4 5 1 1 7 42
Billy Grimes 22 KR/RH 12 7 4 2 6 36
Hosea Rodgers 28 FB 12 9 5 5 30
Glenn Dobbs 29 P/TB 12 6 3 3 18
Dick Wilkins 24 le 11 3 3 3 18
John Brown 27 lb 12 3 2 2 12
Earl Howell 25 hb 12 3 1 1 2 12
Ab Wimberly 23 de 12 4 1 1 2 12
Joe Aguirre 31 4 0 1 1 6
Paul Crowe 25 7 0 1 1 6
Harper Davis 24 11 0 1 1 6
Len Ford 23 RE 12 8 1 1 6
Dick Woodard 23 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.2 12 19 9 1 2 4 35 34 35 3 6 253
Opp Total 12 20 22 1 1 40 44 6 12 322

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1949-09-02 BCL W, 49-17 1 rush Earl Howell unknown yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
2 1949-09-02 BCL W, 49-17 1 rush Glenn Dobbs unknown yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
3 1949-09-02 BCL W, 49-17 2 rush Hosea Rodgers unknown yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
4 1949-09-02 BCL W, 49-17 3 pass Dick Wilkins unknown yard pass from George Taliaferro (Robert Nelson kick)
5 1949-09-02 BCL W, 49-17 4 4 rush Harper Davis 4 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
6 1949-09-02 BCL W, 49-17 4 35 pass Billy Grimes 35 yard pass from George Taliaferro (Robert Nelson kick)
7 1949-09-02 BCL W, 49-17 4 rush Billy Grimes unknown yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
8 1949-09-09 CHH L, 21-23 2 57 pass Dick Wilkins 57 yard pass from George Taliaferro (Robert Nelson kick)
9 1949-09-09 CHH L, 21-23 3 7 rush Billy Grimes 7 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
10 1949-09-09 CHH L, 21-23 4 7 rush Glenn Dobbs 7 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
11 1949-09-18 @ SFO L, 14-42 1 33 interception Dick Woodard 33 yard interception return (Robert Nelson kick)
12 1949-09-18 @ SFO L, 14-42 4 7 pass Joe Aguirre 7 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Robert Nelson kick)
13 1949-09-22 @ NYY L, 7-10 1 8 pass Earl Howell 8 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Robert Nelson kick)
14 1949-10-02 @ CLE L, 7-42 4 fumble John Brown unknown yard fumble return (Robert Nelson kick)
15 1949-10-09 BUF W, 42-28 2 12 pass Billy Grimes 12 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Robert Nelson kick)
16 1949-10-09 BUF W, 42-28 2 12 rush Billy Grimes 12 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
17 1949-10-09 BUF W, 42-28 2 3 rush Glenn Dobbs 3 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
18 1949-10-09 BUF W, 42-28 3 32 pass Dick Wilkins 32 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Robert Nelson kick)
19 1949-10-09 BUF W, 42-28 3 1 rush Hosea Rodgers 1 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
20 1949-10-09 BUF W, 42-28 4 30 fumble Ab Wimberly 30 yard fumble return (Robert Nelson kick)
21 1949-10-14 CLE L, 14-61 1 rush Hosea Rodgers unknown yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
22 1949-10-14 CLE L, 14-61 4 9 rush George Taliaferro 9 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
23 1949-10-23 @ BUF L, 14-17 3 56 fumble Paul Crowe 56 yard fumble return (Robert Nelson kick)
24 1949-10-23 @ BUF L, 14-17 4 2 rush Hosea Rodgers 2 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
25 1949-10-28 @ CHH W, 24-14 1 16 interception Ab Wimberly 16 yard interception return (Robert Nelson kick)
26 1949-10-28 @ CHH W, 24-14 2 2 rush George Taliaferro 2 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
27 1949-10-28 @ CHH W, 24-14 4 10 rush George Taliaferro 10 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
28 1949-11-13 SFO L, 24-41 2 21 pass Len Ford 21 yard pass from George Taliaferro (Robert Nelson kick)
29 1949-11-13 SFO L, 24-41 2 8 rush Billy Grimes 8 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
30 1949-11-13 SFO L, 24-41 4 30 fumble John Brown 30 yard fumble return (Robert Nelson kick)
31 1949-11-20 @ BCL W, 21-10 1 4 rush George Taliaferro 4 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
32 1949-11-20 @ BCL W, 21-10 1 42 pass George Taliaferro 42 yard pass from Billy Grimes (Robert Nelson kick)
33 1949-11-20 @ BCL W, 21-10 2 1 rush Hosea Rodgers 1 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
34 1949-11-24 NYY L, 16-17 1 44 rush George Taliaferro 44 yard rush (Robert Nelson kick)
35 1949-11-24 NYY L, 16-17 4 52 punt George Taliaferro 52 yard punt return

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1949-09-02 BCL W, 49-17 2 21 pass Bus Mertes 21 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
2 1949-09-02 BCL W, 49-17 2 66 pass Billy Stone 66 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
3 1949-09-09 CHH L, 21-23 1 9 pass Dan Edwards 9 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Jim McCarthy kick)
4 1949-09-09 CHH L, 21-23 2 63 fumble Fred Negus 63 yard fumble return
5 1949-09-09 CHH L, 21-23 2 2 rush Johnny Clement 2 yard rush (Jim McCarthy kick)
6 1949-09-18 @ SFO L, 14-42 2 7 rush Frankie Albert 7 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
7 1949-09-18 @ SFO L, 14-42 2 59 rush Joe Perry 59 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
8 1949-09-18 @ SFO L, 14-42 2 75 pass Eddie Carr 75 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
9 1949-09-18 @ SFO L, 14-42 3 23 rush Norm Standlee 23 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
10 1949-09-18 @ SFO L, 14-42 3 24 rush Verl Lillywhite 24 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
11 1949-09-18 @ SFO L, 14-42 3 39 pass Alyn Beals 39 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
12 1949-09-22 @ NYY L, 7-10 4 1 rush Eddie Prokop 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
13 1949-10-02 @ CLE L, 7-42 2 74 pass Bill Boedeker 74 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
14 1949-10-02 @ CLE L, 7-42 2 2 rush Marion Motley 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
15 1949-10-02 @ CLE L, 7-42 3 20 interception Lou Saban 20 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
16 1949-10-02 @ CLE L, 7-42 3 33 rush Marion Motley 33 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
17 1949-10-02 @ CLE L, 7-42 4 3 pass Mac Speedie 3 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
18 1949-10-02 @ CLE L, 7-42 4 39 rush Ed Susteric 39 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
19 1949-10-09 BUF W, 42-28 1 35 rush Ollie Cline 35 yard rush (Chet Adams kick)
20 1949-10-09 BUF W, 42-28 2 4 rush Chet Mutryn 4 yard rush (Chet Adams kick)
21 1949-10-09 BUF W, 42-28 2 10 pass Jim Lukens 10 yard pass from George Ratterman (Chet Adams kick)
22 1949-10-09 BUF W, 42-28 3 8 pass Al Baldwin 8 yard pass from George Ratterman (Chet Adams kick)
23 1949-10-14 CLE L, 14-61 1 46 pass Dante Lavelli 46 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
24 1949-10-14 CLE L, 14-61 1 42 pass Dub Jones 42 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
25 1949-10-14 CLE L, 14-61 2 31 pass Dante Lavelli 31 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
26 1949-10-14 CLE L, 14-61 2 67 pass Dante Lavelli 67 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
27 1949-10-14 CLE L, 14-61 2 2 pass Dante Lavelli 2 yard pass from Otto Graham
28 1949-10-14 CLE L, 14-61 3 12 pass Mac Speedie 12 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
29 1949-10-14 CLE L, 14-61 3 27 pass Mac Speedie 27 yard pass from Cliff Lewis (Lou Groza kick)
30 1949-10-14 CLE L, 14-61 4 2 rush Warren Lahr 2 yard rush
31 1949-10-14 CLE L, 14-61 4 2 rush Cliff Lewis 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
32 1949-10-23 @ BUF L, 14-17 1 1 rush Lou Tomasetti 1 yard rush (Chet Adams kick)
33 1949-10-23 @ BUF L, 14-17 1 16 pass Al Baldwin 16 yard pass from George Ratterman (Chet Adams kick)
34 1949-10-28 @ CHH W, 24-14 1 1 rush Johnny Clement 1 yard rush (Jim McCarthy kick)
35 1949-10-28 @ CHH W, 24-14 4 2 pass Dan Edwards 2 yard pass from Johnny Clement (Jim McCarthy kick)
36 1949-11-13 SFO L, 24-41 1 rush Joe Perry unknown yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
37 1949-11-13 SFO L, 24-41 2 12 pass Alyn Beals 12 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
38 1949-11-13 SFO L, 24-41 2 57 pass Joe Perry 57 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
39 1949-11-13 SFO L, 24-41 3 60 rush Don Garlin 60 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
40 1949-11-13 SFO L, 24-41 4 12 pass Alyn Beals 12 yard pass from Frankie Albert
41 1949-11-13 SFO L, 24-41 4 pass Len Eshmont unknown yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
42 1949-11-20 @ BCL W, 21-10 1 32 rush Billy Stone 32 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
43 1949-11-24 NYY L, 16-17 4 1 rush Bob Kennedy 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
44 1949-11-24 NYY L, 16-17 4 1 rush Bob Kennedy 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)