The Los Angeles Rams plans to contact George Allen to see if he is interested in replacing Chuck Knox as head coach of the Rams, The Washington Post has learned.
"I'm sure we will be talking to Allen, if he's available," said Steve Rosenbloom, assistant to the president of the Rams and son of the team's owner, Carroll Rosenbloom.
The Ram job became open yesterday when Chuck Knox quit to become head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
The leading candidates to replace Knox are St. Louis coach Don Coryell, Allen, Stanford coach Bill Walsh and Baltimore coach Ted Marchibroda.
Allen's seven-year contract with the Redskins expires in March and he and Redskins president Edward Bennett Williams are stalemated in negotiations over a new contract.
Allen, asked yesterday at Redskin Park if he will talk to the Rams, said, "I don't know. I'm more interested right now in getting this thing (his Redskin contract settled.
I'm not looking for a job."
Carroll Rosenbloom said he was starting immediately his search for a successor to Knox. He said he will talk to several coaches.
"In the past there has been one man who has stood out," he said. "Now there are four or five who have excellent credentials."
The owner said if he offers Allen a job it would be only as a head coach, and not as general manager. The Rams general manager is Don Klosterman. Allen is both coach and general manager with the Redskins.
With Allen mentioned so prominently in regard to the Rams job, speculation at Super Bowl headquarters in New Orleans began yesterday as to who the Redskins might get to replace him if he left.
Foremost among those who likely would be interested in talking with Williams is Chicago Bears head coach Jack Pardee, who is having his own contract problems.
Allen, who has kept a low profile since the end of the season, said Knox's departure surprised him.
"He had a heck of a record," Allen said.
Asked how he felt about being a candidate, at least in the media, for the Rams job, Allen said, "It's all news to me, because I understand they (the Rams) interviewed Coryell. So I don't see how I can be a leading candidate."
Allen coached the Rams from 1966 to 1970. He was fired by the then owner of the team, the late Dan Reeves.