1958 Green Bay Packers season

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1958 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Ray McLean
Home field City Stadium
County Stadium (Milwaukee)
Results
Record 1–10–1
Division place 6th NFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1957 1959 >

The 1958 Green Bay Packers season was their 38th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 1–10–1 record under first-year head coach Ray McLean for a last-place finish in the league in 1958 and the worst record ever posted by a Packers team. In the immortal words of New York sportswriter and Green Bay native Red Smith: "they overwhelmed one opponent, under-whelmed ten, and whelmed one." [1] The tie came in week two and the three-point win in week five; during the seven-game losing streak to end the season the Packers lost by an average margin of over 22 points and got no closer than ten.

McLean had a one-year contract and resigned,[2][3] which paved the way for the historic hiring of Vince Lombardi in January 1959.

The underachieving 1958 team was loaded with talent, with future hall of famers Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Ray Nitschke, Jim Ringo, and Forrest Gregg, as well as future All-Pros Jerry Kramer, Ron Kramer, Max McGee, Bill Forester, and Dan Currie.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

The first four rounds of the 1958 Draft were conducted in early December 1957, when Lisle Blackbourn was head coach. This draft by the Packers is among the best in NFL history.

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 3 Dan Currie Linebacker Michigan State
2 15 Jim Taylor Fullback LSU
3 27 Dick Christy Back North Carolina State
3 36 Ray Nitschke Linebacker Illinois
4 39 Jerry Kramer Guard Idaho
5 51 Joe Francis Quarterback Oregon State
6 62 Ken Gray Tackle Howard Payne
7 75 Doug Maison Back Hillsdale
8 86 Mike Bill Center Syracuse
9 99 Norm Jarock Back St. Norbert
10 110 Carl Johnson Tackle Illinois
11 123 Harry Horton End Wichita State
12 134 Wayne Miller End Baylor
13 147 Gene Cook End Toledo
13 153 Don Herndon Back Tampa
14 158 Harry Hauffe Tackle South Dakota
15 171 Tom Newell Back Drake
16 182 Arley Finley Tackle Georgia Tech
17 195 Joe Reese End Arkansas Tech
18 206 Chuck Strid Guard Syracuse
20 230 John DuBose Back Trinity (TX)
21 243 Jerry Kershner Tackle Oregon
22 264 Franklin Merlino Back Florida State
23 267 Jack Ashton Guard South Carolina
24 278 John Jereck Tackle Detroit
25 291 Larry Plenty Back Boston College
26 302 Esker Harris Guard UCLA
27 315 Neil Habig Center Purdue
28 326 Dave Crowell Guard Washington State
29 339 Bob Haynes Tackle Sam Houston State
30 350 John Peters Tackle Houston

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 28, 1958 Chicago Bears L 34–20 City Stadium
32,150
2 October 5, 1958 Detroit Lions T 13–13 City Stadium
32,053
3 October 12, 1958 Baltimore Colts L 24–17 Milwaukee County Stadium
24,553
4 October 19, 1958 at Washington Redskins L 37–21 Griffith Stadium
25,228
5 October 26, 1958 Philadelphia Eagles W 38–35 City Stadium
31,043
6 November 2, 1958 at Baltimore Colts L 56–0 Memorial Stadium
51,333
7 November 9, 1958 at Chicago Bears L 24–10 Wrigley Field
48,424
8 November 16, 1958 Los Angeles Rams L 20–7 City Stadium
28,051
9 November 23, 1958 San Francisco 49ers L 33–12 Milwaukee County Stadium
19,786
10 November 27, 1958 at Detroit Lions L 24–14 Briggs Stadium
50,971
11 December 7, 1958 at San Francisco 49ers L 48–21 Kezar Stadium
50,793
12 December 14, 1958 at Los Angeles Rams L 34–20 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
54,634

Standings[edit]

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Baltimore Colts 9 3 0 .750 381 203 L-2
Los Angeles Rams 8 4 0 .667 334 278 W-3
Chicago Bears 8 4 0 .667 298 230 W-2
San Francisco 49ers 6 6 0 .500 257 324 W-2
Detroit Lions 4 7 1 .364 261 276 L-2
Green Bay Packers 1 10 1 .091 193 382 L-7

Roster[edit]

Green Bay Packers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Rookies and first-year players in italics

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maraniss, David (September 14, 1999). "In throes of winter, a team in disarray is reborn". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. book excerpt. p. 1A. 
  2. ^ "Packers shake up front office; McLean quits, Detroit Lions next?". Milwaukee Journal. December 17, 1958. p. 18, part 2. 
  3. ^ "McLean quits, joins Lions staff". Milwaukee Sentinel. December 18, 1958. p. 8, part 2.