Al LoCasale, an executive assistant with the Oakland Raiders, met yesterday with Redskin President Edward Bennett Williams to discuss the club's general manager vacancy, it was learned last night.
There were no details on the meeting, and LoCasale reportedly flew back to Oakland last night. Neither LoCasale nor Williams was available for comment.
Williams had said last week he would probably begin interviewing candidates for the general manager's job this week, but that he would probably wait until all the current vacant NFL coaching positions have been filled before making a final decision.
Williams had also confirmed last week that LoCasale had been recommended to him, along with a number of other candidates around the league.
LoCasale, 44 and in his 25th year in football, has been with the Raiders since 1969, serving as executive assistant to Raider managing general partner Al Davis.
LoCasale is an original American Football League executive who joined the San Diego Chargers in 1960. He served as director of player personnel for the Chargers and later held the same position with the Cincinnati Bengals.
He has a reputation around the league as a talented personnel man and a competent administrator, both traits Williams has said he wants from his new man.
Meanwhile at Redskin Park, Ralph Hawkins, the Redskins' secondary coach the last five years, yesterday became the first member of George Allen's coaching staff to make a move, accepting a similar post with the Baltimore Colts.
Hawkins confirmed yesterday that jack Pardee had offered him a chance to stay with the Redskins as teh defensive backfield coach. "I would have been glad to stay with Jack. But I just think this move is in the best interest of myself and my family," Hawkins said.
Hawkins was one of three former Allen aides offered positions by Pardee. Defensive coodinator LaVern Torgeson and special-teams coach Paul Lanham also have been asked to stay on, but have not announced their decision.
Both men are believed to be waiting to see where Allen goes before deciding.
Pardee, according to one source, may also ask backfield coach Joe Walton to stay on his new staff. Pardee has said he will announce most of his assistant coaches some time this week.