Jack Pardee said yesterday that two points would have to be clarified before he could accept an offer to coach the Washington Redskins, were an offer to be made by club president Edward Bennett Williams.
Pardee, who resigned Thursday as coach of the Chicago Bears to seek the Redskin job, said in a telephone interview at his Lake Forest, Ill., home that the two points involve job description and an understanding that corners would not be cut to insure the team's financial success.
When Williams fired George Allen as coach and general manager last week, he said he would hire two people to fill those jobs. William said Saturday he had not yet determined how the coach and general manager would stand in the Redskins' hierarchy.
"I want the tools to work with to be a successful coach." Pardee said, "to operate in the framework, but not have to sacrifice something that has to be done."
"I understand fiscal policy, too. You can't operate at a deficit. But the initial goal can't be to chisel money and ignore the things the Redskins need to win. The Redskins have never done that. Mr. Williams has a good track record.
"But I have to make sure we're on the same page, that we have an understanding."
Pardee, 41, is the leading candidate to become coach, even though Williams said he interviewed a number of candidates yesterday, both in person and by phone, and plans to continue interviews for the next day or two.
"I don't see any problems at all on that," Williams said of Pardee's two concerns. "There's no problem with Jack. I'm just really satisfying myself by talking to a number of people I felt I should talk to."
He said he and Pardee would talk again Tuesday or Wednesday. "We still have a number of things to talk about we didn't talk about in the first discussion," Williams said.
Pardee said he had talked to Williams once, in a short telephone conversation, since they met here for seven hours Friday. Pardee said he was busy tying up loose ends in Chicago and Williams was busy trying to hire a new comptroller and follow the owners' meeting he was not able to attend in Tampa.
Williams said he already had interviewed Redskin offensive coordinator Charlie Walker and defensive coordinator LaVern Torgeson. He said he held almost nine hours of meetings yesterday, including those with candidates to replace the late comptroller, Chester Minter, who died last week.
"All my working days and nonworking days since Saturday a week ago, I've been working on this," William said. "I've done nothing else since then, but this."
It was learned that Robert Schulman, a member of the Redskins' board of directors as well as their tax attorney, and administrative aide Dick Myers are attending the meetings in Tampa.
Although Myers is a candidate to become general manager, sources said, that had nothing to do with his attending the Tarpin meeting. Myers is the top club official with a knowledge of the team's day-to-day operations since Allen's firing and the resignation of executive assistant Tim Temerario.
Williams said he plan to visit Redskin Park today to meet with the assistant coaches and the office staff.
Pardee said yesterday, "I'm busy getting things straightened out around here.I won't be back here for sure. I have a lot of winding up to do . . . Nothing is set on coming back in (to Washington)."
Pardee said Williams had given him the general outline of a contract, but it was "nothing firm . . . (It was the) general framework of what it would entail if there were an offer."
Pardee said Williams had told him both should consider "accepting or rejecting" the conditions each had put forth in Friday's meeting.
"Our thoughts were similar a lot," Pardee said, "and I'm receptive to different ideas as long as they are defined and have a workable solution."
"Pardee said yesterday he considers a strong personnel man a necessary tool to be successful.
The former Redskin player and assistant coach under Allen said he would not need as many assistant coaches as Allen, who had a dozen, including a conditioning coach.
"I don't care about a staff of 12, just enough to do the job," Pardee said. "Seven or eight assistant coaches, plus a weight man, for strength and flexibility and to run the offseason program."
At Chicago, where he took the Bears to the National Football League playoffs last season for the first time in 14 years, Pardee had a staff of seven assistants, plus a strength coach.
Assuming he got the job here, Pardee said, his staff would include some Bear assistants, plus some members of Allen's staff here. He would not name names.
He did say he would like to bring Bob Bowser, his special assistant with the Bears, back to Redskins. Bowser began his pro football career in 1972 as an assistant public relations director with the Redskins.
He accompanied Pardee, as public relations director, when Pardee went to the Florida Blazers in the then-new, now-bankrupt World Football League in 1974. In Chicago, Bowser, [WORD ILLEGIBLE] , handled much of Pardee's administrative work.
Pardee also said a story in the Chicago Tribune implying that the Redskin deal had been prearranged, because he "offered to sell" his house to a Bear player 10 days before his resignation there, was "very much out of context."
Pardee said he and his wife, Phyllis, had been looking at other houses around Lake Forest and that there was a good chance "we would have moved."
"I knew one player was looking for a house in the area (which is near the Bear's practice field. I asked him if he would want it if we moved," Pardee said.
Meanwhile, in Tampa, where he was attending the owners' meetings and the Pro Bowl, the St. Louis Cardinals' director of operations. Joe Sullivan, another one-time Allen aide, said he doubted he would accept the Redskin general manager's job if it were offered. He has been mentioned as a possible candidate.
"I'm flattered to be on that list," Sullivan said. "But I have to say this: I'm well satisfied and very happy at St. Louis. And (owner) Bill Bidwell has had enough problems already this year.
"Since I built Redskin Park . . . I'd love to get back there, and my wife and I love Washington. I would listen if the Redskins call. But I don't expect I'd be interested in breaking up my partnership with Bill Bidwell."
Sullivan said he thought Pardee would do well as the Redskins' coach.
"I'd be surprised if it wasn't him," he said. He's perfect for them. I wouldn't look forward to playing a Pardee-coached Redskin team twice a year. I wish they'd pick someone else.Is that a strong enough recommendation?"