1969 Green Bay Packers season
Head Coach Phil Bengtson
Home Field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Record 8-6
Place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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The 1969 Green Bay Packers season was their 49th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 8-6 record under coach Phil Bengston, earning them a 3rd place finish in the NFC Central division.

The Glory Was Gone[edit | edit source]

Without the disciplined guidance of Vince Lombardi steering the Packers for the first time in a decade, Green Bay started the season strong at 5-2, but stumbled down the stretch. Plagued by injuries and inconsistent play, the team clawed their way to their 10th winning season in the last 11 years.

Regardless of the winning record, by season's end several future Hall of Famers departed or retired (among those who retired or departed that year were the likes of Willie Davis and Herb Adderley.), leaving the team scrambling to rebuild its depleted roster. As eager as Packer fans were to recapture the winning ways of Lombardi, it was obvious Titletown would have to wait to regain its luster.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

The NFL Draft was held on Tuesday, January 28, 1969. The Packers had the 12th pick overall and selected Rich Moore, a Defensive Tackle from Villanova.[1] At this stage of the draft, several high profile players, such as running backs Calvin Hill and Ron Johnson, quarterback Terry Hanratty, and defensive lineman Dave Foley, Ted Hendricks and Fred Dryer were still available. The selection of Moore was made by Phil Bengtson.[1] The Packers Personnel Director Pat Peppler and Lombardi both disagreed with the selection. After the draft, Lombardi announced that he was leaving the club to coach the Washington Redskins.

Pick # Player Position College
12 Rich Moore Defensive Tackle Villanova
38 Dave Bradley Tackle Penn State
64 John Spilis Wide Receiver Northern Illinois
90 Perry Williams Running Back Purdue
116 Bill Hayhoe Defensive Tackle USC
142 Ken Vinyard Placekicker Texas Tech
168 Larry Agajanian Defensive Tackle UCLA
194 Doug Gosnell Defensive Tackle Utah State
220 Dave Hampton Running Back Wyoming
246 Bruce Nelson Tackle North Dakota State
272 Leon Harden Defensive Back UTEP
298 Tom Buckman Tight End Texas A&M
324 Craig Koinzan Linebacker Doane
350 Rich Voltzke Running Back Minnesota-Duluth
376 Dan Eckstein Defensive Back Presbyterian
402 Dick Hewins Wide Receiver Drake
428 John Mack Running Back Central Missouri State

Preseason[edit | edit source]

On August 30, a crowd of 85,532 fans viewed a doubleheader at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. In the first contest, the Chicago Bears played the AFL’s Buffalo Bills, while the Cleveland Browns hosted the Green Bay Packers in the second match.[2]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 21 Chicago Bears W 17-0 Lambeau Field
2 September 28 San Francisco 49ers W 14-7 Milwaukee County Stadium
3 October 5 at Minnesota Vikings L 19-7 Memorial Stadium
4 October 12 at Detroit Lions W 28-17 Tiger Stadium
5 October 19 at Los Angeles Rams L 34-21 LA Coliseum
6 October 26 Atlanta Falcons W 28-10 Lambeau Field
7 November 2 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 38-34 Pitt Stadium
8 November 9 at Baltimore Colts L 14-6 Memorial Stadium
9 November 16 Minnesota Vikings L 9-7 Milwaukee County Stadium
10 November 23 Detroit Lions L 16-10 Lambeau Field
11 November 30 New York Giants W 20-10 Milwaukee County Stadium
12 December 7 at Cleveland Browns L 20-7 Cleveland Stadium
13 December 14 at Chicago Bears W 21-3 Wrigley Field
14 December 21 St. Louis Cardinals W 45-28 Lambeau Field

Standings[edit | edit source]

Western Conference
Central Division
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 379 133
Detroit Lions 9 4 1 .692 259 188
Green Bay Packers 8 6 0 .571 269 221
Chicago Bears 1 13 0 .071 210 339

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 454, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  2. Rockin’ the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p.439, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-55022-797-0
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