Redskin defensive coordinator LaVern Torgeson and special-teams coach Paul Lanham will rejoin George Allen in Los Angles and offensive backfield coach Joe Walton will remain here with added responsibilities, it was learned last night.
Torgeson and Lanham, both of whom were asked to stay with the Redskins by new Cach Jack Pardee, told The Washington Post that they had decided to take jobs elsewhere.
Sources close to the situation said the longtime Allen aides would be part of his Ram staff that will be announced shortly in Los Angeles. Allen, who was fired as Redskin coach and general manager Jan. 16, was named Rams' coach last week.
Pardee, who signed as Redskin coach Jan. 25, said yesterday that he will be ready to name his staff either today or Wednesday. Pardee said he would name eight assistant, plus a strength-and-conditioning instructor. He said no contracts had yet been signed.
But sources said that at least two Allen aides here, Walton and defensive assistant Kirk Mee, will stay in some capacity.
It was learned that Walton will have additional responsibilities under Pardee and a source said "it would not be bad speculation to say" he may wind up as the offensive coordinator.
Walton, 42, served four years under Allen and has been an assistant coach in the NFL for 11 seasons. Before coming to the Redskins, he coached New York Giant receivers and was in charge of that team's overall passing game for five seasons.
Walton played tight end at the University of Pittsburgh and was a No. 2 draft choice of the Redskins in 1957. He played four seasons for the Redskins and three for the Giants. He and his father, Frank, are the only father-son ever to play forthe Redskin. Ohe elder Walton was a guard in 1934-35 and 1943-45.
In his NFL career, Joe Walton caught 178 passes for 2,623 yeards and 28 touchdowns.
Mee was a little-known assistant under Allen. He was here six years helping coach the linebackers and spent a lot of time scouting opponents. His new assignment here, sources said, will probably deal more with scouting.
Thus, three of the top Redskin assistants Pardee asked to stay on have decided to go elsewhere. Ralph Hawkins, the defensive backfield coach, already has left, to join the Baltimore Colts.
Torgeson, 48, served with the Redskins 15 years as a player and assistant coach. His coaching career started with Washington in 1959. He left for Pittsburgh in 1962 and served there under three head coaches until 1968. In 1969 he joined Allen at Los Angeles as defensive line coach.
He became Allen's defensive coordinator with the Redskins in 1971.
"There's no specific reason why I'm not staying," Torgeson said. "Maybe it's better if I moved. I've been here seven years, I think the Redskins will have a good team and I think Jack will do a good job."
Lanham, 47, is considered the best special-teams coach in the NFL. He had been with Allen here five years and when he was named Ram coach, Allen made special mention that his team needed improvement in special-teams play.
Lanham said he had 10 job offers after Allen was fired here.