The tumult from the Great Redskin Reorganization announced two weeks ago has ended. For now.
They are no longer playing musical offices at Redskin Park. File cabinets, desks, bookshelves, pictures or wives, children and family pets are in place.
"I think we all know where we're supposed to be now," Bobby Mitchell was saying from his new office, a larger model that nicely fits his title as executive assistant to the club president. "I think we even know what we're supposed to be doing."
Bobby Beathard, the new general manager, has taken over the quarters formerly occupied by the team's publicity office, with the view of the practice field and the woods beyond.
Jack Pardee is firmly entrenched in George Allen's old office, although he has thrown out that soft couch Allen occasionally snoozed on (and you thought he was always watching game film) in favor of a more functional conference table for staff meetings.
Pardee has been on the job six weeks. With the hiring this week of Richard Urich as defensive coordinator and line coach, Pardee has completed his staff with the exception of a strength and conditioning coach.
The Xs and Os are everywhere.
Beathard began work on Monday, he and Pardee will be flying to the NFL meeting next week in Palm Springs. After that, Beathard will be visiting college campuses to scout spring practices.
At Redskin Park, is considerable talk about the team concept approach to running a football team, as opposed to the one-man-one-rule under Allen.
"We've got people here who all get along," said Mitchell. "There're no great egos. There'll be differences of opinion, but you have that in any organization. We all want the same thing, and with our people, I think we can get it."
Around the NFL, talk is that Pardee probably will wield the most power in the organization, although neither he nor anyone else has the sort of control Allen excercised for seven years.
In deadlocks, team president Edward Bennet Williams says he will break ties. Pardee and Beathard, he said two weeks ago, have equal power.
It is obvious that Beathard is not the general manager in the Al Davis, Jim Finks or Joe Thomas mold.
Beathard's strength has always been in the area of personnel and scouting. Apparently that will not change. He will be in the field searching for talent as will Mike Allman, director of player personnel and, to some extent, Mitchell.
Those three also will handle player contract negotiations, and singings, areas Pardee says he wants no part of.
Mitchell's role as executive assistant to Williams has never clearly been defined. Mitchell says that he intends to stay active in personnel - "the lifeblood of the game," he calls it - and will serve as Williams' liaison with Beathard and Pardee.
Dick Myers, an executive assistant under Allen, and Joel Margolis, the club's business manager, have been given new titles: assistant general manager. Their roles will not change much from the past.
Myers is the resident expert on league procedures and rules. In the last few years he also became in volved in player contract negotiations and signings. That is expected to continue.
Margolis will run the physical plant at Redskin Park, work with RFK Stadium officials on game days, coordinate halftime shows, prepare the program and - best of all - oversee the Redskinettes.
Gerard Gabrys, the new comptroller, will deal exclusively with fiances.
The Redskins already have lowered the payroll by eliminating three personnel scouts.
Allman hopes to further lower expenses by placing Redskin scouts in bases around the country, probably in Ohio, Dallas and Los Angeles. In the past, all scouts worked out of Redskin Park.