1963 Los Angeles Rams season
OwnerDan Reeves
Head coachHarland Svare
Home fieldLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record5–9
Division place6th NFL Western
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Uniform
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The 1963 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 26th year with the National Football League and the 18th season in Los Angeles. The Rams were attempting to improve on a disastrous 1–12–1 record in 1962, the worst in franchise history at the time. The Rams lost their first 5 games, including a 52–14 loss at home to the Chicago Bears, the worst home loss in franchise history at the time. The 52 points allowed in that game are the most ever surrendered by the Rams in a home game in franchise history. The Rams then split their next four games to stand at 2–7. Los Angeles then won three consecutive games to stand at 5–7 and keep their slim playoff hopes alive, but two final losses sealed their fate as they finished with a 5–9 record, missing the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.

Offseason

NFL draft

Main article: 1963 NFL draft

Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 1 Terry Baker Quarterback Oregon State
1 10 Rufus Guthrie Guard Georgia Tech From Chicago
2 15 Tom Nomina Defensive tackle Miami (OH)
3 29 Dave Costa Guard Utah
3 37 Johnny Baker Linebacker Mississippi State
4 43 John Griffin Running back Memphis State
5 57 Joe Auer Running back Georgia Tech
5 60 Roland Benson Tackle Miami (FL)
5 67 Don Chuy Tackle Clemson
6 71 George Saimes Safety Michigan State
6 79 Terry Monaghan Tackle Penn State
7 85 Bill Zorn Tackle Michigan State
8 99 Anton Peters Tackle Florida
9 113 Mel Profit Slotback UCLA Played for the Toronto Argonauts and never in the NFL
10 127 Curt Farrier Tackle Montana State
11 141 Dave Theisen Running back Nebraska
12 155 Bill Moody Back Arkansas
13 169 Al Hildebrand Tackle Stanford
14 183 Alan Arbuse Tackle Rhode Island
15 197 Larry Campbell Tight end Toledo
16 211 Walter Burden Linebacker McNeese State
17 225 Jerrel Wilson Punter Southern Mississippi
18 239 Buddy Söfker Back LSU
19 253 Dornel Nelson Back Arizona State
20 267 Bill Redell Cornerback Occidental
[1]
= Pro Bowler

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 14 Detroit Lions L 2–23 0–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 49,342
2 September 21 Washington Redskins L 14–37 0–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 29,295
3 September 29 at Cleveland Browns L 6–20 0–3 Cleveland Municipal Stadium 54,713
4 October 6 at Green Bay Packers L 10–42 0–4 City Stadium 42,327
5 October 13 Chicago Bears L 14–52 0–5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 40,476
6 October 20 Minnesota Vikings W 27–24 1–5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 30,565
7 October 27 San Francisco 49ers W 28–21 2–5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 45,532
8 November 3 at Minnesota Vikings L 13–21 2–6 Metropolitan Stadium 33,567
9 November 10 at Chicago Bears L 0–6 2–7 Wrigley Field 48,312
10 November 17 at Detroit Lions W 28–21 3–7 Tiger Stadium 44,951
11 November 24 Baltimore Colts W 17–16 4–7 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 48,555
12 December 1 at San Francisco 49ers W 21–17 5–7 Kezar Stadium 33,321
13 December 7 Green Bay Packers L 14–31 5–8 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 52,357
14 December 15 at Baltimore Colts L 16–19 5–9 Memorial Stadium 52,834
Note: Intra-conference opponents are in bold text.

Standings

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Chicago Bears 11 1 2 .917 10–1–1 301 144 W2
Green Bay Packers 11 2 1 .846 9–2–1 369 206 W2
Baltimore Colts 8 6 0 .571 7–5 316 285 W3
Detroit Lions 5 8 1 .385 4–7–1 326 265 L1
Minnesota Vikings 5 8 1 .385 4–7–1 309 390 W1
Los Angeles Rams 5 9 0 .357 5–7 210 350 L2
San Francisco 49ers 2 12 0 .143 1–11 198 391 L5

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

References

  1. ^ "1963 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 4 January 2022.