"We just came out so flat," Owens said. "George was so paranoid about us being in LA, and he was afraid we wouldn't focus on the game. But that was crazy. This was such an unusual team. These guys were pros. They were used to practicing and playing on three hours' sleep. We'd done it all season. But we had more meetings, we practiced harder and longer than usual. It really hurt us. We were ready to play that game the Sunday before. Our performance against the Dolphins was not the Washington Redskins. We had to take responsibility for that, too. But we just didn't perform."
Some of the players never performed for the Redskins again. Pardee decided to retire, though he stayed on as an assistant coach. Richie Petitbon also turned to coaching, working with Houston Oilers defenses until 1978, when he became the Redskins' defensive secondary coach. Jim Snowden, Mitch Johnson, Rosey Taylor, George Nock, receiver Clifton McNeil and special teams ace Jon Jaqua, among others, soon would be gone as well, either released, traded or forced to quit because of injuries.