Tim Temerario used to play the role of the "heavy," the fellow whose task it was to tell luckless candidates for the Bedskins, "The coach wants to see you; bring your playbook."
Temerario, who was former coach George Allen's executive assistant, chuckled at his own experience after turning in his resignation, his credit card and his keys to Redskin Park.
"I saw the key man there on Friday," he said. "I'm sure they changed the locks on the doors. I had cleaned out my office, but I left my name on the door in case they wanted me to come back until my contract expires, on April 30."
In defending his former boss, Temerario said, Allen was blamed for forcing (Sonny) Jurgensen into retirement, but Ed Williams was in on it and I heard second hand that some of the board of directors were in favor of it, too.
"Allen took the rap 100 percent (Williams backed up Allen's decision '100 percent' a couple of days later). I was at the meeting when Allen told Jurgensen about it. We tried to couch it in polite . . . diplomatic terms. We did him a hell of a favor, he got into television and radio."
Temerario implied that Jurgensen knew his career was coming to an end because of the circumstances involved in his last contract negotiation.
"I signed Jurgensen to his last contract - for the same salary he received the year before," Temerario said. "When he retired he was on the option year after a one-season contract. He was supposed to take a 10 percent cut in his option year. He was supposed to sign a new contract before that, but never came in. I was at a meeting with our comptroller (the late Chester Minter) to verify that.
'Minter said, 'Shall I deduct 10 percent from his salary?' and I said no.
"Who was Jurgensen kidding? He kidded everybody else. He went out and made himself a big hero, I may not get paid the rest of my contract for saying this , but I don't care.
"When I negotiated with him on that contract, I said, 'I can't give you a raise: you only played three games last season.' Then he asked for a 'token' raise.
"It was in training camp. I said to him, 'It is not that the Redskins don't appreciate what you've done. You recently lost your father. I'm going to talk to you as if I were a father talking to his son - if I were you I'd sign that contract.' He signed."
Temerario said of Allen's future, "I wouldn't be surprised if George sat out next season. I think he thought he would be back here."
Temerario said club president Williams signed most of the high-salaried Redskins the last two years. "When he talked about busting the budget, it was not me or Allen.
"He signed John Riggins and Joe Theismann all by himself. When I was negotiating I sent some to Williams to sign and some to Allen.On my own I have signed some insignificant contracts in the last two years.
"I admire George Allen . . . he's more than a friend; he's a close friend. I never heard a harsh word from him in seven years. I think some owners - and ours (Williams and Jack Kent Cooke) - have misunderstood him.
"An owner can save money - but it is important to win. You can do it (save money) but don't blame someone else when you do."
Harking back to player transactions during coach Otto Graham's regime, Temerario said, "I was in charge of the draft but Ed Williams was in the meeting with Graham and myself when we took Ray McDonald.
"I think Williams was 100 percent responsible for taking placekicker Charlie Gogolak on the first round. Bucko Kilroy had almost taken over the scouting at that time. I was not involved in the trade wth the Rams for quarterback Gary Behan and I wasn't involved in the signing of Joe Don Looney. Looney was a guy I didn't care for."