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1956 Washington Redskins

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6-6-0, Finished 3rd in NFL East Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.7, Offense: -3.7, Defense: -0.1, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 183 points (15.2/g), 10th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 225 points (18.8/g), 6th.
 Differential of -42 points (-3.5/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 4.6-7.4.

Coach: Joe Kuharich (6-6-0)

Stadium: Griffith Stadium
 Training Camp: Occidental College (Los Angeles, California)

Team Info

Owner/President George Preston Marshall
General Manager Dick McCann

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 183 2961 731 4.1 35 17 14 176 104 215 1218 11 18 5.3 71 501 1743 5 3.5 91
Team Defense 225 3199 700 4.6 34 16 8 188 120 240 1629 11 18 6.4 83 446 1570 15 3.5 97
Lg Rank Offense 10 11 9 10 10 10 11 9 3 9 4 9 12 10
Lg Rank Defense 6 4 5 3 3 3 5 3 5 8 4 4 8 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 13 30 10 192 117 75 4 17 225 83 142 1
2 Sat October 6 boxscore L 0-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 9 13 13 194 48 146 3 13 207 99 108 2
3 Sun October 14 boxscore L 0-3 Chicago Cardinals 3 31 15 236 100 136 3 13 280 55 225 2
4 Sun October 21 boxscore W 1-3 Cleveland Browns 20 9 18 235 35 200 3 13 216 105 111 4
5 Sun October 28 boxscore W 2-3 @ Chicago Cardinals 17 14 17 334 141 193 2 19 299 161 138 5
6 Sun November 11 boxscore W 3-3 Detroit Lions 18 17 15 286 83 203 2 16 312 260 52 4
7 Sun November 18 boxscore W 4-3 New York Giants 33 7 23 391 160 231 1 15 249 175 74 5
9 Sun November 25 boxscore W 5-3 @ Cleveland Browns 20 17 14 237 140 97 2 13 184 48 136 2
10 Sun December 2 boxscore L 5-4 @ New York Giants 14 28 13 219 75 144 7 22 367 174 193 4
10 Sun December 9 boxscore W 6-4 Philadelphia Eagles 19 17 21 332 196 136 12 239 109 130
11 Sun December 16 boxscore L 6-5 Pittsburgh Steelers 0 23 5 85 15 70 6 11 253 177 76 1
12 Sun December 23 boxscore L 6-6 @ Baltimore Colts 17 19 12 220 108 112 2 24 368 183 185 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
16 Al Dorow* 27 QB 12 7 3-4-0 55 112 49.1% 730 8 7.1 8 7.1 51 6.5 4.7 13.3 60.8 64.2 0 0
14 Eddie LeBaron 26 qb 10 5 3-2-0 47 98 48.0% 554 3 3.1 10 10.2 33 5.7 1.7 11.8 55.4 36.2 0 0
25 Tommy Runnels 22 KR/LH 11 0 1 3 33.3% 34 0 0.0 0 0.0 34 11.3 11.3 34.0 3.1 77.1 0 0
11 Fred Wyant 22 10 0 1 2 50.0% 17 0 0.0 0 0.0 17 8.5 8.5 17.0 1.7 79.2 0 0
Team Total 25.8 12 6-6-0 104 215 48.4% 1335 11 5.1 18 8.4 51 6.2 3.5 12.8 111.3 50.4 0 0
Opp Total 12 120 240 50.0% 1739 11 4.6 18 7.5 7.2 4.79 14.5 144.9 58.0 14 110 6.4 4.1 5.5

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 Leo Elter* 27 FB 12 0 145 544 2 48 3.8 45.3 12.1 11 99 9.0 0 17 0.9 8.3 643 2 7
25 Tommy Runnels 22 KR/LH 11 0 96 334 0 17 3.5 30.4 8.7 6 56 9.3 1 22 0.5 5.1 390 1 4
41 Billy Wells 25 RH 7 0 69 185 1 17 2.7 26.4 9.9 6 86 14.3 0 34 0.9 12.3 271 1 2
46 Dale Atkeson 26 5 0 63 163 1 12 2.6 32.6 12.6 6 28 4.7 0 26 1.2 5.6 191 1 1
47 Dick James 22 10 0 58 280 1 41 4.8 28.0 5.8 7 127 18.1 2 34 0.7 12.7 407 3 0
16 Al Dorow* 27 QB 12 7 30 105 0 30 3.5 8.8 2.5 105 0 4
49 Sam Baker* 27 K/P 12 0 25 117 0 32 4.7 9.8 2.1 4 35 8.8 0 17 0.3 2.9 152 0 3
14 Eddie LeBaron 26 qb 10 5 11 6 0 9 0.5 0.6 1.1 6 0 4
42 Jerry Planutis 26 3 0 2 6 0 3 3.0 2.0 0.7 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.3 1.7 11 0 0
28 Joe Scudero 26 PR/RS 11 0 2 3 0 2 1.5 0.3 0.2 3 0 3
82 John Carson 26 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 504 12.9 3 26 3.3 42.0 504 3 0
86 Steve Meilinger 26 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 395 16.5 5 51 2.0 32.9 395 5 1
Team Total 25.8 12 501 1743 5 48 3.5 145.3 41.8 104 1335 12.8 11 51 8.7 111.3 3078 16 29
Opp Total 12 446 1570 15 3.5 130.8 37.2 120 1629 13.6 11 10.0 135.8 3199 26 25

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
25 Tommy Runnels 22 KR/LH 11 0 8 91 0 59 11.4 17 375 0 37 22.1 856
28 Joe Scudero 26 PR/RS 11 0 10 50 0 12 5.0 9 157 0 33 17.4 210
47 Dick James 22 10 0 6 84 0 24 14.0 9 181 0 27 20.1 672
32 Leo Elter* 27 FB 12 0 4 87 0 29 21.8 730
41 Billy Wells 25 RH 7 0 2 36 0 22 18.0 1 12 0 12 12.0 319
46 Dale Atkeson 26 5 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 1 25 0 25 25.0 228
49 Sam Baker* 27 K/P 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 152
76 J.D. Kimmel 27 RDT 12 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
40 Gary Lowe 22 11 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
70 Tony Sardisco 24 7 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
87 Ralph Thomas 29 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.8 12 29 273 0 59 9.4 44 864 0 37 19.6 4215
Opp Total 12 44 1438 2 32.7 40 989 1 24.7

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
49 Sam Baker* 27 K/P 12 0 25 17 68.0%% 19 16 84.2%% 59 2510 56 0 42.5
14 Eddie LeBaron 26 qb 10 5 4 161 47 0 40.3
Team Total 25.8 12 25 17 68.0%% 19 16 84.2%% 63 2671 56 0 42.4
Opp Total 12 15 8 53.3%% 29 25 86.2%% 61 2469 40.5

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
48 Norb Hecker 29 LS 12 0 8 26 0 14 0 0 0 2 17 1
32 Leo Elter* 27 FB 12 0 0 7 2 0 0
14 Eddie LeBaron 26 qb 10 5 0 4 3 0 0
28 Joe Scudero 26 PR/RS 11 0 2 26 0 24 0 0 3 2 0 0
25 Tommy Runnels 22 KR/LH 11 0 0 4 1 0 0
41 Billy Wells 25 RH 7 0 0 2 3 0 1
16 Al Dorow* 27 QB 12 7 0 4 0 0 0
49 Sam Baker* 27 K/P 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
27 Art DeCarlo 25 RDH 12 0 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 2 0 0
85 John Paluck 21 12 0 0 0 3 76 1
46 Dale Atkeson 26 5 0 0 1 1 0 0
21 Roy Barni 29 LDH 12 0 2 47 0 33 0
80 Gene Brito*+ 31 LDE 12 0 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
76 J.D. Kimmel 27 RDT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
88 Chet Ostrowski 26 RDE 12 12 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 Don Boll 29 LT 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
36 Chuck Drazenovich* 29 LLB 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
45 Ralph Felton 24 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 Bill Fulcher 22 MLB 9 0 1 0 0 0 0
40 Gary Lowe 22 11 0 1 30 0 30 0
86 Steve Meilinger 26 RE 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
79 Volney Peters 28 LDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
70 Tony Sardisco 24 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
60 Dick Stanfel*+ 29 RG 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 LaVern Torgeson* 27 RLB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0
Team Total 25.8 12 18 148 0 33 0 0 29 29 93 3 1
Opp Total 12 15 25 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
49 Sam Baker* 27 K/P 12 0 16 17 67
86 Steve Meilinger 26 RE 12 0 5 5 30
82 John Carson 26 LE 12 0 3 3 18
47 Dick James 22 10 0 1 2 3 18
32 Leo Elter* 27 FB 12 0 2 2 12
41 Billy Wells 25 RH 7 0 1 1 2 12
46 Dale Atkeson 26 5 0 1 1 6
48 Norb Hecker 29 LS 12 0 1 1 6
85 John Paluck 21 12 0 1 1 6
25 Tommy Runnels 22 KR/LH 11 0 1 1 6
73 Johnny Miller 22 rt 12 12 1 2
Team Total 25.8 12 5 11 3 19 16 17 1 183
Opp Total 12 15 11 2 1 25 8 1 225

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 @ PIT L, 13-30 4 13 pass Steve Meilinger 13 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Sam Baker kick)
2 1956-10-06 @ PHI L, 9-13 2 3 rush Dale Atkeson 3 yard rush
3 1956-10-21 CLE W, 20-9 2 5 rush Leo Elter 5 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
4 1956-10-21 CLE W, 20-9 3 9 pass Dick James 9 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Sam Baker kick)
5 1956-10-28 @ CRD W, 17-14 3 34 pass Dick James 34 yard pass from Al Dorow (Sam Baker kick)
6 1956-10-28 @ CRD W, 17-14 3 40 pass Steve Meilinger 40 yard pass from Al Dorow (Sam Baker kick)
7 1956-11-11 DET W, 18-17 2 41 rush Dick James 41 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
8 1956-11-18 NYG W, 33-7 1 15 rush Billy Wells 15 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
9 1956-11-18 NYG W, 33-7 2 7 pass John Carson 7 yard pass from Al Dorow (Sam Baker kick)
10 1956-11-18 NYG W, 33-7 2 fumble Billy Wells yard fumble return (Sam Baker kick)
11 1956-11-18 NYG W, 33-7 4 51 pass Steve Meilinger 51 yard pass from Al Dorow
12 1956-11-25 @ CLE W, 20-17 1 17 fumble Norb Hecker 17 yard fumble return (Sam Baker kick)
13 1956-11-25 @ CLE W, 20-17 4 26 pass John Carson 26 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Sam Baker kick)
14 1956-12-02 @ NYG L, 14-28 1 6 pass Steve Meilinger 6 yard pass from Al Dorow (Sam Baker kick)
15 1956-12-02 @ NYG L, 14-28 4 76 fumble John Paluck 76 yard fumble return (Sam Baker kick)
16 1956-12-09 PHI W, 19-17 3 4 rush Leo Elter 4 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
17 1956-12-09 PHI W, 19-17 4 5 pass John Carson 5 yard pass from Al Dorow
18 1956-12-23 @ BAL L, 17-19 2 35 pass Steve Meilinger 35 yard pass from Al Dorow (Sam Baker kick)
19 1956-12-23 @ BAL L, 17-19 3 22 pass Tommy Runnels 22 yard pass from Al Dorow (Sam Baker kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 @ PIT W, 30-13 1 2 rush Lynn Chandnois 2 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
2 1956-09-30 @ PIT W, 30-13 2 1 rush Ted Marchibroda 1 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
3 1956-09-30 @ PIT W, 30-13 3 17 pass Lynn Chandnois 17 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda
4 1956-09-30 @ PIT W, 30-13 4 5 rush Lynn Chandnois 5 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
5 1956-10-06 @ PHI W, 13-9 2 2 rush Don Schaefer 2 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
6 1956-10-06 @ PHI W, 13-9 4 1 rush Bobby Thomason 1 yard rush
7 1956-10-14 CRD W, 31-3 1 95 punt Frank Bernardi 95 yard punt return (Pat Summerall kick)
8 1956-10-14 CRD W, 31-3 2 1 rush Jim Root 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
9 1956-10-14 CRD W, 31-3 3 105 kickoff Ollie Matson 105 yard kickoff return (Pat Summerall kick)
10 1956-10-14 CRD W, 31-3 4 19 pass Alex Burl 19 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
11 1956-10-28 @ CRD L, 14-17 1 39 pass Max Boydston 39 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
12 1956-10-28 @ CRD L, 14-17 1 7 rush Johnny Olszewski 7 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
13 1956-11-11 DET L, 17-18 3 1 rush Gene Gedman 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
14 1956-11-11 DET L, 17-18 4 10 pass Dave Middleton 10 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
15 1956-11-18 NYG L, 7-33 3 12 pass Bob Schnelker 12 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
16 1956-11-25 @ CLE L, 17-20 1 65 punt Ken Konz 65 yard punt return (Lou Groza kick)
17 1956-11-25 @ CLE L, 17-20 2 1 rush Maurice Bassett 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
18 1956-12-02 @ NYG W, 28-14 1 29 pass Ken MacAfee 29 yard pass from Frank Gifford (Ben Agajanian kick)
19 1956-12-02 @ NYG W, 28-14 1 6 rush Frank Gifford 6 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
20 1956-12-02 @ NYG W, 28-14 3 14 pass Frank Gifford 14 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
21 1956-12-02 @ NYG W, 28-14 4 11 rush Frank Gifford 11 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
22 1956-12-09 PHI L, 17-19 1 45 rush Ken Keller 45 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
23 1956-12-09 PHI L, 17-19 3 11 pass Hank Burnine 11 yard pass from Don Schaefer (Bobby Walston kick)
24 1956-12-16 PIT W, 23-0 2 1 rush Sid Watson 1 yard rush (Sid Watson kick)
25 1956-12-16 PIT W, 23-0 4 48 pass Ray Mathews 48 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Sid Watson kick)
26 1956-12-16 PIT W, 23-0 4 10 pass Jack Butler 10 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Sid Watson kick)
27 1956-12-23 @ BAL W, 19-17 2 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush
28 1956-12-23 @ BAL W, 19-17 4 7 rush Lenny Moore 7 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
29 1956-12-23 @ BAL W, 19-17 4 53 pass Jim Mutscheller 53 yard pass from Johnny Unitas