1953 New York Giants season

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1953 New York Giants season
Head coach Steve Owen
Owner Tim Mara
Home field Polo Grounds
Results
Record 3–9
Division place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1953 New York Giants season was the 29th season for the club in the National Football League.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 27, 1953 at Los Angeles Rams L 21–7
49,579
2 October 3, 1953 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–14
31,500
3 October 11, 1953 at Washington Redskins L 13–9
26,241
4 October 18, 1953 Chicago Cardinals W 21–7
30,301
5 October 25, 1953 Cleveland Browns L 7–0
30,773
6 November 1, 1953 at Chicago Cardinals W 23–20
17,499
7 November 8, 1953 at Philadelphia Eagles L 30–7
24,331
8 November 15, 1953 Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–10
20,411
9 November 22, 1953 Washington Redskins L 24–21
16,887
10 November 29, 1953 Philadelphia Eagles W 37–28
20,294
11 December 6, 1953 at Cleveland Browns L 62–14
40,235
12 December 13, 1953 Detroit Lions L 27–16
28,390

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 11 1 0 .917 9–1 348 162 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 4 1 .636 6–3–1 352 215 W1
Washington Redskins 6 5 1 .545 6–3–1 208 215 L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 6 0 .500 5–5 211 263 W2
New York Giants 3 9 0 .250 3–7 179 277 L2
Chicago Cardinals 1 10 1 .091 0–10 190 337 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

New York Giants coaching vacancy[edit]

Before the end of the 1953 season, the New York Daily News had a headline in their paper that Vince Lombardi was the top candidate to become the Giants new head coach.[1] Although Giants co-owner Wellington Mara was a classmate of Lombardi at Fordham University, the Giants were actually interested in Army head coach, Colonel Red Blaik. Blaik had declined the job, but recommended Lombardi, who was his offensive co-ordinator at Army.[2] Despite being Red Blaik's top aide, Vince Lombardi was anxious and frustrated. Three other Army assistants, including Murray Warmath were now head coaches.[3] In June, Lombardi had turned forty years old. Lombardi would be hired as the offensive co-ordinator for the 1954 season.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Giants Among Men, p. 152, Jack Cavanaugh, 2008, Random House, New York, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6
  2. ^ Giants Among Men, p. 153, Jack Cavanaugh, 2008, Random House, New York, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6
  3. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.146, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  4. ^ Giants Among Men, p. 154, Jack Cavanaugh, 2008, Random House, New York, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6