1953 New York Giants season
|1953 New York Giants season|
|Head coach||Steve Owen|
|Home field||Polo Grounds|
|Division place||5th NFL Eastern|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1953 New York Giants season was the franchise's 29th season in the National Football League. The Giants were looking to improve on their 7-5 record from the previous season. However, the Giants hit rock bottom in 1953, losing their first 3 games of the season on their way to a disappointing 3-9 record and in 5th place in their division. The season included a 62-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns, the 62 points being the most points surrendered in franchise history at the time, until it was surpassed by the 1966 team that gave up 72 points to Washington in the highest scoring game in NFL history. Steve Owen was fired at the end of the season. After the firing of Owen, rumors emerged that legendary coach Vince Lombardi was a candidate to replace him as the next head coach. However, the Giants ultimately settled on Jim Lee Howell as their next coach, while Lombardi was hired as co-offensive coordinator.
|1||September 27||at Los Angeles Rams||L 7–21||0–1||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||49,579||Recap|
|2||October 3||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 14–24||0–2||Forbes Field||31,500||Recap|
|3||October 11||at Washington Redskins||L 9–13||0–3||Griffith Stadium||26,241||Recap|
|4||October 18||Chicago Cardinals||W 21–7||1–3||Polo Grounds||30,301||Recap|
|5||October 25||Cleveland Browns||L 0–7||1–4||Polo Grounds||30,773||Recap|
|6||November 1||at Chicago Cardinals||W 23–20||2–4||Comiskey Park||17,499||Recap|
|7||November 8||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 7–30||2–5||Connie Mack Stadium||24,331||Recap|
|8||November 15||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 10–14||2–6||Polo Grounds||20,411||Recap|
|9||November 22||Washington Redskins||L 21–24||2–7||Polo Grounds||16,887||Recap|
|10||November 29||Philadelphia Eagles||W 37–28||3–7||Polo Grounds||20,294||Recap|
|11||December 6||at Cleveland Browns||L 14–62||3–8||Cleveland Municipal Stadium||40,235||Recap|
|12||December 13||Detroit Lions||L 16–27||3–9||Polo Grounds||28,390||Recap|
Note: Intra-conference opponents are in bold text.
|NFL Eastern Conference|
|New York Giants||3||9||0||.250||3–7||179||277||L2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
New York Giants coaching vacancy
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. 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. Despite being Red Blaik's top aide, Vince Lombardi was anxious and frustrated. Three other Army assistants, including Murray Warmath were now head coaches. In June, Lombardi had turned forty years old. Lombardi would be hired as the offensive co-ordinator for the 1954 season.
- Giants Among Men, p. 152, Jack Cavanaugh, 2008, Random House, New York, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6
- Giants Among Men, p. 153, Jack Cavanaugh, 2008, Random House, New York, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6
- When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.146, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
- Giants Among Men, p. 154, Jack Cavanaugh, 2008, Random House, New York, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6
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