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1936 Pittsburgh Pirates

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6-6-0, Finished 2nd in NFL East Division  · 1936 NFL Season Summary

Scored 98 points (8.2/g), 6th of 9 in the NFL. Allowed 187 points (15.6/g), 8th.
 Differential of -89 points (-7.4/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 2.1-9.9.

Coach: Joe Bach (6-6-0)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: South Park (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/General Manager Art Rooney

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 98 2178 670 3.3 28 0 117 81 198 1078 5 28 5.4 472 1100 4 2.3 117
Team Defense 187 3057 707 4.3 51 26 52 164 907 13 25 5.5 543 2150 11 4.0
Lg Rank Offense 6 7 8 1 6 3 5 5 8 5 7 9 7 9
Lg Rank Defense 8 9 4 5 1 3 3 9 3 7 8 9 5 8

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 13 boxscore W 1-0 Boston Redskins 10 0
1 Wed September 23 boxscore W 2-0 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 10 6 10 178 62 116 1 8 202 28 174 2
3 Sun September 27 boxscore W 3-0 New York Giants 10 7 9 184 61 123 1 11 327 86 241 2
4 Sun October 4 boxscore L 3-1 Chicago Bears 9 27
5 Wed October 14 boxscore W 4-1 Philadelphia Eagles 17 0
5 Sun October 18 boxscore L 4-2 @ Chicago Bears 7 26
6 Sun October 25 boxscore L 4-3 @ Green Bay Packers 10 42
8 Sun November 1 boxscore W 5-3 Brooklyn Dodgers 10 7 12 211 211 2 6 206 206
9 Thu November 5 boxscore W 6-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 6 0
7 Sun November 8 boxscore L 6-4 @ Detroit Lions 3 28
9 Sun November 15 boxscore L 6-5 @ Chicago Cardinals 6 14
11 Sun November 29 boxscore L 6-6 @ Boston Redskins 0 30 2 32 34 -2 3 10 237 10 227 6

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
Ed Matesic 29 TB 12 11 64 138 46.4% 850 4 2.9 16 11.6 0 6.2 1.5 13.3 70.8 36.5 0 0
Johnny Gildea 26 BB 12 9 9 29 31.0% 147 1 3.4 5 17.2 0 5.1 -2.0 16.3 12.3 21.0 0 0
Max Fiske 23 11 0 6 15 40.0% 64 0 0.0 3 20.0 0 4.3 -4.7 10.7 5.8 13.6 0 0
Silvio Zaninelli 23 b 12 3 1 6 16.7% 2 0 0.0 1 16.7 2 0.3 -7.2 2.0 0.2 0.0 0 0
Warren Heller 26 HB 12 4 0 5 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 20.0 0 0.0 -9.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
Bull Karcis 28 FB 12 12 0 4 0.0% 0 0 0.0 2 50.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0.0 0.0 0 0
Art Strutt 24 hb 10 5 1 1 100.0% 15 0 0.0 0 0.0 15 15.0 15.0 15.0 1.5 118.7 0 0
Team Total 25.6 12 81 198 40.9% 1078 5 2.5 28 14.1 15 5.4 -0.4 13.3 89.8 27.7 0 0
Opp Total 12 52 164 31.7% 907 13 7.9 25 15.2 5.5 0.26 17.4 75.6 38.4 0 0 5.5 0.3 0.0

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
Warren Heller 26 HB 12 4 106 332 0 0 3.1 27.7 8.8 12 160 13.3 3 0 1.0 13.3 492 3 0
Bull Karcis 28 FB 12 12 89 272 2 0 3.1 22.7 7.4 8 71 8.9 0 0 0.7 5.9 343 2 0
Art Strutt 24 hb 10 5 84 180 1 0 2.1 18.0 8.4 11 166 15.1 0 0 1.1 16.6 346 1 0
Max Fiske 23 11 0 58 92 0 0 1.6 8.4 5.3 7 96 13.7 0 0 0.6 8.7 188 0 0
Ed Matesic 29 TB 12 11 46 58 0 0 1.3 4.8 3.8 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 1.1 71 0 0
Johnny Gildea 26 BB 12 9 35 31 0 0 0.9 2.6 2.9 5 70 14.0 0 0 0.4 5.8 101 0 0
Silvio Zaninelli 23 b 12 3 31 61 1 0 2.0 5.1 2.6 2 12 6.0 0 0 0.2 1.0 73 1 0
Jim McDonald 25 5 0 9 18 0 0 2.0 3.6 1.8 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.2 1.6 26 0 0
Dick Sandefur 24 8 0 7 13 0 0 1.9 1.6 0.9 13 0 0
Jim Levey 30 4 0 4 3 0 0 0.8 0.8 1.0 3 0 0
Bill Sortet 24 re 12 5 1 47 0 47 47.0 3.9 0.1 14 197 14.1 1 55 1.2 16.4 244 1 0
George Kakasic 24 RG 12 7 1 -8 0 -8 -8.0 -0.7 0.1 -8 0 0
Bill Lajousky 23 rg 11 5 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 1 0 0
Ed Skoronski 26 LE 12 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 95 11.9 1 19 0.7 7.9 95 1 0
Jeep Brett 22 e 8 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 139 19.9 0 0 0.9 17.4 139 0 0
Vinnie Sites 24 RE 12 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 22 11.0 0 0 0.2 1.8 22 0 0
Vic Vidoni 24 e 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 35 17.5 0 0 1.0 17.5 35 0 0
Ed Karpowich 24 t 11 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -6 -6.0 0 -6 0.1 -0.5 -6 0 0
Team Total 25.6 12 472 1100 4 47 2.3 91.7 39.3 81 1078 13.3 5 55 6.8 89.8 2178 9 0
Opp Total 12 543 2150 11 4.0 179.2 45.3 52 907 17.4 13 4.3 75.6 3057 24 0

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
Armand Niccolai 25 RT 11 4 7 7 28
Warren Heller 26 HB 12 4 3 3 18
George Kakasic 24 RG 12 7 1 1 1 2 13
Bull Karcis 28 FB 12 12 2 2 1 13
Ed Skoronski 26 LE 12 6 1 1 6
Bill Sortet 24 re 12 5 1 1 6
Art Strutt 24 hb 10 5 1 1 6
Silvio Zaninelli 23 b 12 3 1 1 6
Team Total 25.6 12 4 5 1 10 9 9 1 98
Opp Total 12 11 13 22 1 187

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1936-09-13 BOS W, 10-0 2 26 fumble George Kakasic 26 yard fumble return (Armand Niccolai kick)
2 1936-09-23 @ BKN W, 10-6 1 3 rush Art Strutt 3 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
3 1936-09-27 NYG W, 10-7 2 11 pass Bill Sortet 11 yard pass from Ed Matesic (Armand Niccolai kick)
4 1936-10-04 CHI L, 9-27 4 4 pass Warren Heller 4 yard pass from Johnny Gildea (George Kakasic kick)
5 1936-10-14 PHI W, 17-0 1 16 pass Warren Heller 16 yard pass from Ed Matesic (Armand Niccolai kick)
6 1936-10-14 PHI W, 17-0 3 19 pass Ed Skoronski 19 yard pass from Ed Matesic (Armand Niccolai kick)
7 1936-10-18 @ CHI L, 7-26 2 2 rush Silvio Zaninelli 2 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
8 1936-10-25 @ GNB L, 10-42 4 1 rush Bull Karcis 1 yard rush (Bull Karcis run)
9 1936-11-01 BKN W, 10-7 3 1 rush Bull Karcis 1 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
10 1936-11-15 @ CRD L, 6-14 2 48 pass Warren Heller 48 yard pass from Ed Matesic

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1936-09-23 @ BKN L, 6-10 4 19 rush Red Franklin 19 yard rush
2 1936-09-27 NYG L, 7-10 3 59 lateral Kink Richards 59 yard lateral return (Tony Sarausky kick)
3 1936-10-04 CHI W, 27-9 1 8 pass Bill Karr 8 yard pass from Bronko Nagurski (Jack Manders kick)
4 1936-10-04 CHI W, 27-9 2 14 pass Carl Brumbaugh 14 yard pass from Keith Molesworth (Bronko Nagurski kick)
5 1936-10-04 CHI W, 27-9 3 40 pass Bill Karr 40 yard pass from Gene Ronzani
6 1936-10-04 CHI W, 27-9 3 36 pass Luke Johnsos 36 yard pass from Keith Molesworth (Joe Stydahar kick)
7 1936-10-18 @ CHI W, 26-7 1 2 rush Beattie Feathers 2 yard rush
8 1936-10-18 @ CHI W, 26-7 2 38 pass Gene Ronzani 38 yard pass from Carl Brumbaugh
9 1936-10-18 @ CHI W, 26-7 4 1 rush Bronko Nagurski 1 yard rush (Jack Manders kick)
10 1936-10-18 @ CHI W, 26-7 4 8 rush Beattie Feathers 8 yard rush (Jack Manders kick)
11 1936-10-25 @ GNB W, 42-10 1 12 pass Joe Laws 12 yard pass from Bob Monnett (Tiny Engebretsen kick)
12 1936-10-25 @ GNB W, 42-10 2 21 pass Don Hutson 21 yard pass from Arnie Herber (Ade Schwammel kick)
13 1936-10-25 @ GNB W, 42-10 2 2 rush Paul Miller 2 yard rush (Ernie Smith kick)
14 1936-10-25 @ GNB W, 42-10 2 58 interception Johnny Blood 58 yard interception return (Clarke Hinkle kick)
15 1936-10-25 @ GNB W, 42-10 3 7 pass Paul Miller 7 yard pass from Johnny Blood (Johnny Blood run)
16 1936-10-25 @ GNB W, 42-10 3 11 pass Don Hutson 11 yard pass from Arnie Herber (Ade Schwammel kick)
17 1936-11-01 BKN L, 7-10 4 2 rush Dick Crayne 2 yard rush (Ralph Kercheval kick)
18 1936-11-08 @ DET W, 28-3 2 rush Ernie Caddel unknown yard rush (Dutch Clark kick)
19 1936-11-08 @ DET W, 28-3 2 pass Harry Ebding unknown yard pass from Dutch Clark (Dutch Clark kick)
20 1936-11-08 @ DET W, 28-3 2 rush Ace Gutowsky unknown yard rush (Dutch Clark kick)
21 1936-11-08 @ DET W, 28-3 4 84 rush Ike Peterson 84 yard rush (Glenn Presnell kick)
22 1936-11-15 @ CRD W, 14-6 1 9 rush George Grosvenor 9 yard rush (Clarence Kellogg kick)
23 1936-11-15 @ CRD W, 14-6 2 38 pass Bill Smith 38 yard pass from Pug Vaughan (Clarence Kellogg kick)
24 1936-11-29 @ BOS W, 30-0 1 2 rush Cliff Battles 2 yard rush
25 1936-11-29 @ BOS W, 30-0 2 35 interception Victor Carroll 35 yard interception return (Sam Busich kick)
26 1936-11-29 @ BOS W, 30-0 4 fumble Flavio Tosi unknown yard fumble return
27 1936-11-29 @ BOS W, 30-0 4 24 rush Don Irwin 24 yard rush