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1953 Los Angeles Rams

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8-3-1, Finished 3rd in NFL West Division  · 1953 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.5, Offense: 7.5, Defense: 0.0, SoS: -3.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 366 points (30.5/g), 2nd of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 236 points (19.7/g), 5th.
 Differential of 130 points (10.8/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 8.9-3.1.

Coach: Hampton Pool (8-3-1)

Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 Training Camp: University of Redlands (Redlands, California)

Team Info

Co-Owner Edwin Pauley
Co-Owner Dan Reeves
General Manager Chile Walsh

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 366 4713 763 6.2 40 22 5 214 173 324 2565 19 18 7.6 104 426 2148 23 5.0 105
Team Defense 236 3452 778 4.4 43 13 11 194 161 366 1882 15 30 4.7 92 375 1570 10 4.2 91
Lg Rank Offense 2 2 4 12 3 7 3 3 2 2 4 2 2 1
Lg Rank Defense 5 4 5 11 4 8 4 5 2 2 4 6 3 10

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 W 1-0 New York Giants 21 7 16 334 186 148 3 13 192 88 104 3
2 Sun October 4 boxscore L 1-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 30 31 21 387 272 115 2 21 296 190 106 3
3 Sun October 11 boxscore W 2-1 @ Green Bay Packers 38 20 16 412 320 92 2 18 278 172 106 4
4 Sun October 18 boxscore W 3-1 @ Detroit Lions 31 19 18 391 208 183 1 23 426 263 163 4
5 Sun October 25 boxscore W 4-1 Chicago Bears 38 24 19 525 312 213 1 24 376 296 80 6
6 Sun November 1 boxscore W 5-1 Detroit Lions 37 24 14 392 170 222 4 19 255 116 139 4
7 Sun November 8 boxscore L 5-2 San Francisco 49ers 27 31 18 333 52 281 3 17 414 301 113 4
8 Sun November 15 boxscore T 5-2-1 @ Chicago Cardinals 24 24 17 291 117 174 3 20 349 149 200 3
9 Sun November 22 boxscore W 6-2-1 @ Baltimore Colts 21 13 14 495 192 303 4 12 254 9 245 4
10 Sun November 29 boxscore L 6-3-1 @ Chicago Bears 21 24 19 356 215 141 4 10 303 177 126 1
11 Sat December 5 boxscore W 7-3-1 Baltimore Colts 45 2 19 334 216 118 4 6 70 39 31 3
12 Sat December 12 boxscore W 8-3-1 Green Bay Packers 33 17 23 463 305 158 9 11 239 82 157 4

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
11 Norm Van Brocklin* 27 P/QB 12 12 8-3-1 156 286 54.5% 2393 19 6.6 14 4.9 70 8.4 7.5 15.3 199.4 84.1 0 0
10 Rudy Bukich 21 8 0 14 32 43.8% 169 0 0.0 3 9.4 30 5.3 1.1 12.1 21.1 21.5 0 0
21 Skeets Quinlan 25 LH 12 0 2 4 50.0% 60 0 0.0 1 25.0 40 15.0 3.8 30.0 5.0 56.2 0 0
77 Vitamin Smith 30 11 0 1 2 50.0% 50 0 0.0 0 0.0 50 25.0 25.0 50.0 4.5 95.8 0 0
Team Total 26.0 12 8-3-1 173 324 53.4% 2672 19 5.9 18 5.6 70 8.2 6.9 15.4 222.7 77.3 0 0
Opp Total 12 161 366 44.0% 2181 15 4.1 30 8.2 6.0 3.09 13.5 181.8 43.1 37 299 4.7 2.1 9.2

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
32 Dan Towler* 25 FB 12 0 152 879 7 73 5.8 73.3 12.7 11 125 11.4 1 49 0.9 10.4 1004 8 6
21 Skeets Quinlan 25 LH 12 0 97 705 4 74 7.3 58.8 8.1 17 260 15.3 2 59 1.4 21.7 965 6 3
35 Tank Younger* 25 12 0 84 350 8 39 4.2 29.2 7.0 20 259 13.0 1 48 1.7 21.6 609 9 4
28 Brad Myers 24 12 0 40 124 3 31 3.1 10.3 3.3 4 13 3.3 0 9 0.3 1.1 137 3 1
23 Tom McCormick 23 RH 11 0 20 29 0 8 1.5 2.6 1.8 5 72 14.4 0 20 0.5 6.5 101 0 3
10 Rudy Bukich 21 8 0 14 28 1 17 2.0 3.5 1.8 28 1 4
77 Vitamin Smith 30 11 0 8 26 0 21 3.3 2.4 0.7 6 151 25.2 3 54 0.5 13.7 177 3 1
11 Norm Van Brocklin* 27 P/QB 12 12 8 11 0 6 1.4 0.9 0.7 11 0 3
20 Woodley Lewis 28 KR/PR 12 0 2 2 0 5 1.0 0.2 0.2 2 0 2
40 Elroy Hirsch*+ 30 LE 12 0 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.5 0.1 61 941 15.4 4 70 5.1 78.4 935 4 2
82 Bob Boyd 25 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 548 22.8 4 70 2.0 45.7 548 4 0
80 Tom Fears 31 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 278 12.1 4 31 2.9 34.8 278 4 1
88 Norb Hecker 26 LS 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 25 12.5 0 16 0.2 2.1 25 0 0
Team Total 26.0 12 426 2148 23 74 5.0 179.0 35.5 173 2672 15.4 19 70 14.4 222.7 4820 42 32
Opp Total 12 375 1570 10 4.2 130.8 31.3 161 1882 11.7 15 13.4 156.8 3452 25 22

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
20 Woodley Lewis 28 KR/PR 12 0 35 267 1 78 7.6 32 830 0 69 25.9 1099
77 Vitamin Smith 30 11 0 12 30 0 21 2.5 2 44 0 26 22.0 251
82 Bob Boyd 25 RE 12 0 5 26 0 13 5.2 3 42 0 21 14.0 616
23 Tom McCormick 23 RH 11 0 2 2 0 2 1.0 5 134 0 44 26.8 237
21 Skeets Quinlan 25 LH 12 0 2 38 0 22 19.0 1003
62 Bud McFadin 25 7 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
28 Brad Myers 24 12 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 138
66 Harry Thompson 27 8 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
70 Charlie Toogood 26 LDT 12 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 19
35 Tank Younger* 25 12 0 1 24 0 24 24.0 633
Team Total 26.0 12 55 326 1 78 5.9 48 1136 0 69 23.7 6282
Opp Total 12 45 2329 0 51.8 59 1600 0 27.1

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
3 Ben Agajanian 34 K 10 0 24 10 41.7%% 37 36 97.3%%
11 Norm Van Brocklin* 27 P/QB 12 12 60 2529 57 0 42.2
80 Tom Fears 31 8 0 1 1 100.0%% 6 5 83.3%%
40 Elroy Hirsch*+ 30 LE 12 0 5 4 80.0%%
Team Total 26.0 12 25 11 44.0%% 48 45 93.8%% 60 2529 57 0 42.2
Opp Total 12 23 11 47.8%% 29 27 93.1%% 75 3022 40.3

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
20 Woodley Lewis 28 KR/PR 12 0 7 87 1 45 0 0 2 0 0 0
32 Dan Towler* 25 FB 12 0 0 6 2 0 0
88 Norb Hecker 26 LS 12 0 7 91 0 24 0
81 Night Train Lane 24 RDH 11 0 3 9 0 8 0 0 0 3 26 1
10 Rudy Bukich 21 8 0 0 4 1 0 0
42 Herb Rich 25 RS 7 0 3 95 1 53 0 0 1 1 0 0
35 Tank Younger* 25 12 0 0 4 1 0 0
57 Don Paul*+ 28 RLB 10 0 3 50 0 32 0 0 0 1 0 0
21 Skeets Quinlan 25 LH 12 0 0 3 1 0 0
70 Charlie Toogood 26 LDT 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 21 0
11 Norm Van Brocklin* 27 P/QB 12 12 0 3 1 0 0
40 Elroy Hirsch*+ 30 LE 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
23 Tom McCormick 23 RH 11 0 0 3 0 0 0
82 Bob Boyd 25 RE 12 0 1 35 0 35 0 0 0 1 8 0
29 Jack Dwyer 26 LDH 12 0 2 31 1 31 0
62 Bud McFadin 25 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
84 Andy Robustelli*+ 28 RDE 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
66 Harry Thompson 27 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
83 Larry Brink 30 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
71 Tom Dahms 26 RT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
80 Tom Fears 31 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
85 Gene Lipscomb 22 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
28 Brad Myers 24 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
77 Vitamin Smith 30 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
65 Harland Svare 23 LLB 10 0 1 9 0 9 0
64 Stan West 27 MG 12 0 1 10 0 10 0
Team Total 26.0 12 30 417 3 53 0 0 32 23 55 1
Opp Total 12 13 22 9 1

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
3 Ben Agajanian 34 K 10 0 36 10 66
35 Tank Younger* 25 12 0 8 1 9 54
32 Dan Towler* 25 FB 12 0 7 1 8 48
21 Skeets Quinlan 25 LH 12 0 4 2 6 36
80 Tom Fears 31 8 0 4 4 5 1 32
40 Elroy Hirsch*+ 30 LE 12 0 4 4 4 28
82 Bob Boyd 25 RE 12 0 4 4 24
28 Brad Myers 24 12 0 3 3 18
77 Vitamin Smith 30 11 0 3 3 18
81 Night Train Lane 24 RDH 11 0 1 1 2 12
20 Woodley Lewis 28 KR/PR 12 0 1 1 2 12
10 Rudy Bukich 21 8 0 1 1 6
29 Jack Dwyer 26 LDH 12 0 1 1 6
42 Herb Rich 25 RS 7 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.0 12 23 19 1 1 3 1 48 45 11 366
Opp Total 12 10 15 2 2 27 11 1 236

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 NYG W, 21-7 2 1 rush Tank Younger 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
2 1953-09-27 NYG W, 21-7 3 15 pass Tom Fears 15 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
3 1953-09-27 NYG W, 21-7 4 15 pass Elroy Hirsch 15 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
4 1953-10-04 @ SFO L, 30-31 1 66 pass Bob Boyd 66 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
5 1953-10-04 @ SFO L, 30-31 2 7 pass Elroy Hirsch 7 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
6 1953-10-04 @ SFO L, 30-31 3 1 rush Tank Younger 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
7 1953-10-11 @ GNB W, 38-20 1 13 rush Brad Myers 13 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
8 1953-10-11 @ GNB W, 38-20 2 3 rush Brad Myers 3 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
9 1953-10-11 @ GNB W, 38-20 2 59 pass Skeets Quinlan 59 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
10 1953-10-11 @ GNB W, 38-20 3 2 rush Tank Younger 2 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
11 1953-10-11 @ GNB W, 38-20 4 1 rush Rudy Bukich 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
12 1953-10-18 @ DET W, 31-19 1 1 rush Tank Younger 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
13 1953-10-18 @ DET W, 31-19 2 40 pass Elroy Hirsch 40 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
14 1953-10-18 @ DET W, 31-19 3 78 punt Woodley Lewis 78 yard punt return (Ben Agajanian kick)
15 1953-10-18 @ DET W, 31-19 4 45 pass Bob Boyd 45 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
16 1953-10-25 CHI W, 38-24 2 59 rush Dan Towler 59 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
17 1953-10-25 CHI W, 38-24 2 43 pass Bob Boyd 43 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
18 1953-10-25 CHI W, 38-24 2 70 pass Bob Boyd 70 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
19 1953-10-25 CHI W, 38-24 4 23 rush Skeets Quinlan 23 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
20 1953-10-25 CHI W, 38-24 4 23 rush Dan Towler 23 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
21 1953-11-01 DET W, 37-24 2 5 rush Skeets Quinlan 5 yard rush
22 1953-11-01 DET W, 37-24 3 74 rush Skeets Quinlan 74 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
23 1953-11-01 DET W, 37-24 3 45 interception Woodley Lewis 45 yard interception return (Ben Agajanian kick)
24 1953-11-01 DET W, 37-24 3 31 interception Jack Dwyer 31 yard interception return (Ben Agajanian kick)
25 1953-11-01 DET W, 37-24 4 54 pass Vitamin Smith 54 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
26 1953-11-08 SFO L, 27-31 2 1 pass Elroy Hirsch 1 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
27 1953-11-08 SFO L, 27-31 3 2 rush Dan Towler 2 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
28 1953-11-08 SFO L, 27-31 4 39 rush Tank Younger 39 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
29 1953-11-15 @ CRD T, 24-24 2 2 rush Skeets Quinlan 2 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
30 1953-11-15 @ CRD T, 24-24 3 26 fumble Night Train Lane 26 yard fumble return (Ben Agajanian kick)
31 1953-11-15 @ CRD T, 24-24 4 1 rush Dan Towler 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
32 1953-11-22 @ BAL W, 21-13 3 73 rush Dan Towler 73 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
33 1953-11-22 @ BAL W, 21-13 4 26 pass Vitamin Smith 26 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
34 1953-11-22 @ BAL W, 21-13 4 53 interception Herb Rich 53 yard interception return (Ben Agajanian kick)
35 1953-11-29 @ CHI L, 21-24 1 5 rush Tank Younger 5 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
36 1953-11-29 @ CHI L, 21-24 3 15 pass Tank Younger 15 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
37 1953-11-29 @ CHI L, 21-24 4 7 pass Tom Fears 7 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
38 1953-12-05 BAL W, 45-2 1 13 pass Vitamin Smith 13 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Tom Fears kick)
39 1953-12-05 BAL W, 45-2 1 1 rush Dan Towler 1 yard rush (Tom Fears kick)
40 1953-12-05 BAL W, 45-2 2 1 rush Tank Younger 1 yard rush (Tom Fears kick)
41 1953-12-05 BAL W, 45-2 2 5 pass Tom Fears 5 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Elroy Hirsch kick)
42 1953-12-05 BAL W, 45-2 3 2 rush Dan Towler 2 yard rush (Elroy Hirsch kick)
43 1953-12-05 BAL W, 45-2 3 14 pass Dan Towler 14 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Elroy Hirsch kick)
44 1953-12-12 GNB W, 33-17 1 31 rush Brad Myers 31 yard rush
45 1953-12-12 GNB W, 33-17 1 4 pass Tom Fears 4 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin
46 1953-12-12 GNB W, 33-17 1 46 pass Skeets Quinlan 46 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Tom Fears kick)
47 1953-12-12 GNB W, 33-17 1 4 rush Tank Younger 4 yard rush (Elroy Hirsch kick)
48 1953-12-12 GNB W, 33-17 3 30 blocked field goal Night Train Lane 30 yard blocked field goal return (Tom Fears kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 NYG L, 7-21 4 9 pass Ray Pelfrey 9 yard pass from Bill Mackrides (Randy Clay kick)
2 1953-10-04 @ SFO W, 31-30 2 3 pass Billy Wilson 3 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
3 1953-10-04 @ SFO W, 31-30 3 11 pass Joe Perry 11 yard pass from Hugh McElhenny (Gordie Soltau kick)
4 1953-10-04 @ SFO W, 31-30 3 11 rush Joe Perry 11 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
5 1953-10-04 @ SFO W, 31-30 4 1 rush Billy Mixon 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
6 1953-10-11 @ GNB L, 20-38 2 3 rush Fred Cone 3 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
7 1953-10-11 @ GNB L, 20-38 4 7 rush Johnny Papit 7 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
8 1953-10-18 @ DET L, 19-31 2 16 pass Leon Hart 16 yard pass from Bobby Layne
9 1953-10-18 @ DET L, 19-31 3 36 pass Dorne Dibble 36 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
10 1953-10-25 CHI L, 24-38 1 5 rush John Hoffman 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
11 1953-10-25 CHI L, 24-38 4 5 rush Fred Morrison 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
12 1953-10-25 CHI L, 24-38 4 10 pass Billy Stone 10 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
13 1953-11-01 DET L, 24-37 1 92 interception Jack Christiansen 92 yard interception return (Doak Walker kick)
14 1953-11-01 DET L, 24-37 2 3 pass Leon Hart 3 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
15 1953-11-01 DET L, 24-37 4 1 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
16 1953-11-08 SFO W, 31-27 2 7 pass Billy Wilson 7 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
17 1953-11-08 SFO W, 31-27 2 60 pass Joe Perry 60 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
18 1953-11-08 SFO W, 31-27 3 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
19 1953-11-08 SFO W, 31-27 4 17 pass Gordie Soltau 17 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
20 1953-11-15 @ CRD T, 24-24 1 62 pass Johnny Olszewski 62 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
21 1953-11-15 @ CRD T, 24-24 1 37 interception Ray Ramsey 37 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
22 1953-11-15 @ CRD T, 24-24 4 17 pass Don Paul 17 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Pat Summerall kick)
23 1953-11-22 @ BAL L, 13-21 1 1 rush John Huzvar 1 yard rush (Buck McPhail kick)
24 1953-11-22 @ BAL L, 13-21 3 43 rush George Taliaferro 43 yard rush
25 1953-11-29 @ CHI W, 24-21 1 29 pass Billy Stone 29 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
26 1953-11-29 @ CHI W, 24-21 2 29 pass Jim Dooley 29 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
27 1953-11-29 @ CHI W, 24-21 2 fumble Bill McColl yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
28 1953-12-12 GNB L, 17-33 1 17 fumble Carl Elliott 17 yard fumble return (Fred Cone kick)
29 1953-12-12 GNB L, 17-33 2 80 pass Billy Howton 80 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)