Redskin coach George Allen, insisting once again that "I would think I'll be here," yesterday said he would like to get his contract situation settled as quickly as possible.
"I'm not concerned or worried about it, really," Allen said yesterday. "I just think the longer we wait, the more difficult it is for everyone to make plans.
"There's no question that anyone who is a lame-duck coach, or a president like (Lyndon) Johnson, well, it's a difficult position to be in. It hurts the organization, the coaches, the players and the fans."
Does that mean, Allen was asked, that there have been some problems in his dealings with team president Edward Bennett Williams over renegotiating his original contract?
"Well, I think you have to talk to the guy who is president of the club," said Allen, who returned to Washington Tuesday after spending two weeks in Hawaii. "It's the same as when I left. We've had one meeting, and not necessarily about that (the contract).
"I don't think there should be a problem. But this has been going on now for how many weeks."
Two days after the Redskins were defeated by Minnesota in the opening round of the National Football League playoffs, Williams announced that he would soon begin talks to renegotiate Allen's original seven-year, $125,000-a-season contract. There is one year remaining on that pact.
Williams said at the time, "There's no urgency on this, but we do want him back." He also said Allen deserved a raise and an extension, and added that Allen had done a superb coaching job in 1976.
Williams told The Washington Post last week that there were no problems and that negotiations would resume when Allen returned from Hawaii. He was not available to comment yesterday.
Allen also said yesterday that he had not been approached by any teams looking to fill head-coaching vacancies, and that he had not approached any clubs himself. As of now, only the Detroit Lions position is open.
"Of course, I'm making plans for the season," he said. "I wouldn't have signed Willie Spencer, I wouldn't have hired this new coach, if I wasn't going to be here."
The new coach was Pete McCulley, hired yesterday to handle the Redskin receivers. That position was vacated last week when Dick Bielski resigned to coach the Colt receives.
McCulley was fired by Colts head coach Ted Marchibroda two weeks ago, the apparent victim of a power struggle between former Colt general manager Joe Thomas and Marchibroda.
McCulley coached the Colt receivers for four years, and also handled their strength and conditioning program last season.
"He's a teacher and he knows our system,," said Allen. "A lot of guys applied for the job, but the Colts' offense is similar to ours because of Teddy, and it's not often you can find someone who doesn't have to be trained. He did a fine job with their receivers, and he'll be a valuable addition."
On other Redskin matters, Allen said he was confident that the club would get able to get together on a new contract with running back Mike Thomas. Earlier this week, Thomas' agent, Guy Draper, said talks on Thomas' contract had reached a major impasse.
Allen also said he foresaw no difficulty in signing three of the four option-playout players - Harold McLinton, Tim Stokes and Paul Laaveg - to new contracts. If they are not signed by May 1, they will become free agents.
Allen said the fourth player in his option year in 1976, wide receiver Roy Jefferson, had indicated he probably would not be back in 1977. Allen said he will talk to "all of those guys very soon."