The Green Bay Packers are one of the most successful and popular teams in National Football League history. The team has won championships and had some of the best players to every play the game. Let’s take a look at the worst season the Packers have ever had.
The year was 1958, and the Packers had just come off a 3-9 season. The team had a new coach, Ray McLean, who had actually served as the Packers’ head coach during two games of the 1953 season. Babe Parilli was the quarterback, future legend Paul Hornung was in his second season with the team, and veteran Max McGee was leading the team in receiving.
-The high point of the season came in week 5 when despite giving up 21 fourth quarter point to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Packers were able to hang on to a 38-35 victory. Sadly, this would be the team’s only win of the season.
-Although the Packers started out their season with a loss to the rival Chicago Bears, they would rebound the next week (well, sort of) and tie the Lions 13-13.
-The low point of the season came in week 6, the very next week after lodging their first and only victory of the season, when the Packers played the Baltimore Colts. The Packers would throw five interceptions that game and the Colts, led by Johnny Unitas, Lenny Moore, and Alan Ameche would shut them out by the score of 56-0. In that game the Packers would amass just 47 total yards passing and 95 total yards rushing.
The 1-10-1 record the Green Bay Packers would put up in 1958 is their worst record in team history. Future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Bart Starr would start some of the games that year as well, but even he couldn’t right the ship. This would be Ray McLean’s only full season as a head coach in the NFL as he was replaced the following season by Vince Lombardi. That would be the beginning of the turnaround and the Packers would be headed back to better days, leaving the painful memories of 1958 in their rear view mirror.