With George Allen out of the Washington picture, Redskins president Edward Bennett Williams will begin an extensive search to fill two jobs: head coach and general manager.
"Most clubs have come to the conclusion that separating the top football job from the general manager's position is the way to go," Williams said yesterday after confirming the dimissal of Allen.
"We're getting a late start in looking for people," Williams said. "But I'm going to move as quickly as I can, although our choice will not be made in haste."
Some of the people Williams likely will consider are: Chicago coach Jack Pardee, St. Louis coach Don Coryell, Baltimore coach Ted Marchibroda, Stanford University coach Bill Walsh and Cincinnati assistant Mike McCormack.
However, Williams has in the past gone for big names, such of Otto Graham Vince Lombardi and Allen.
Pardee, a former Redskin linebacker and Allen assistant, guided the Bears into the playoffs this year, his third in Chicago. Pardee's three-year contract there has expired and he has not yet signed a new one. He is unhappy with the Bears' home field - Soldier Field - and has expressed other unfavorable sentiments regarding the team's operation.
Pardee was a popular player with the Redskins and probably could get on well with the veterans here.
He earned his ribbons as a head coach of the Florida Blazers of the now-defunct World Football League. Pardee coached the team into the league finals, although his players were not paid much of the year by the financially strapped team.
Coryell, locked out of his office this week by Cardinals owner, Bill Bidwill, wants the Los Angeles Rams job badly. But Coryell, an excellent offensive coach, must now beat out Allen and Walsh for that job.
Walsh is another coach, who, like Coryell, is innovative on offense. He came to Stanford this year, after establishing a solid reputation as an assistant coach with Cincinnati, Oakland and San Diego.
Although he still is under contract to Stanford, sources says the university will allow him to get out of his contract to take a head coaching job in the pros.
Marchibroda, who was Allen's offensive coordinator at Los Angeles and Washington until he became head coach of the Colts three years ago, is popular with many Redskins.
While Marchibroda's contract with the Colts has expired, he has been offered an excellent raise and indications point to his returning to Baltimore.
McCormack was offensive line coach here under Graham, Lombardi and Bill Austin before getting a shot as head coach with the Eagles, from 1973-1975. His record was 16-21-1. Williams also said he will consider applicants from the present Redskin staff.