Joe Harris, former Redskin reserve linebacker, blocked a Dallas punt for San Francisco last week, then got up and made the block that sprang teammate Cliff Laboy for a 23-yard touchdown return with the recovery.
Former Redskin assistant Pete McCulley, now the 49ers' head coach, says of his special teams, "I want people who can get there in a hurry, and arrive in a foul mood."
So, Willie McCray blocked a field-goal attempt, Terry LeCount had a 47-yard kickoff return, Mike Connell average 42.2 yards on six punts, including a 57-yarder, and the Cowboys were held to a 12-yard kickoff return average in three attempts.
Former Rams Coach Chuck Knox had no luck at Buffalo in a loss to Detroit. His Bills were penalized 19 times for 134 yards.
George Allen tried to shake up the Rams' offense with nine passes on first down and 35 throws in all, but still drew boos in a 14-7 loss to New England.
It prompted a press-box humorist to say a telegram was received afterward from Anaheim saying. "We demand that the Rams stay in Los Angeles."
Joe Wheeler was not taken seriously here when he drew up plans for a suburban staduim in a complex with shops, a hotel, restaurants and theaters. That is what Carroll Rosenbloom of the Los Angeles Rams and a Boston real estate developer are going to do with 95 acres around Anaheim Stadium.
As Dick Nolan, the onetime Maryland halfback who is now head coach of New Orleans, saw his No. 1 draft choice, Wes Chandler of Florida, perform his "Gator disco" on a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown, Nolan said. "You don't coach that. You watch it." His Saints are billing themselves as "champions of Mexico" after beating Philadelphia there.
When Miami played at New Orleans last night, there were two players wearing glasses - quarterback Bob Griese of the Dolphins and running back Chuck Muncie of the Saints.
Oakland traded for Raymond Chester of Baltimore because the Raiders, like the Cowboys, think a double-tight-end formation is an antidote for 3-4 defenses.
Bud Wilkinson has his wishbone-T formation at St. Louis and Denver has its option quarterback in Norris Weese, who befuddled the Houston defense with his runs and set up two touchdowns in a 17-12 victory with 77 yards on five carries and dashes of 27 and 16 yards.
The Redskins will encounter a challenge in Baltimore Friday night. The Colts' slogan is "Let's Make It Great in '78." How much did the Colts miss Lydell Mitchell against Pittsburgh last week? Well, he gained 99 yards as the Colts beat the Steelers last year, 31-27.
The Steelers invoked a Federal Communications Commission regulation to keep five cable television stations from picking up their game going back to Atlanta and showing it within 35 miles of Pittsburgh.
William F. Thayer of Hyattsville proposes that each coach be limited to one instant television replay challenge per half of a game official's decision and that he be penalized if he is wrong.