George Allen said yesterday that if he returns to the NFL as a coach next year, Billy Kilmer and the rest of the Redskins' Over the Hill Gang would be high on his shopping list.
"I don't know if he'd be the first guy I would try to get, that would depend on the situation of the team," Allen said yesterday from his home in Palos Verdes, Calif.
"But I think Kilmer can still play, and for him to be effective, he's got to play a lot. It's hard for him not to play and come in and turn it around. But he can help a team either as a starter or as a backup man. He's a tremendous person. I he never threw a pass he'd help a team.
"I'd be interested in (Ron) McDole, Kilmer, (Diron) Talbert, Jake Scott, Harold McLinton, Mike Curtis, Kenny Houston, Terry Hermeling, Ted Fritsch. I'd even be interested in Lenny Hauss and Rusty Illman. I wouldn't be interested in Myron Pottios."
Allen was interested to read what Redskin General Manager Bobby Beathard said about him, particularly Beathard's assertion that "he (Allen) has done everything he can to screw up the Redskins."
"Bobby Beathard is making a federal case out of simple observations I made on CBS regarding Frank Grant, Calvin Hill, Lenny Hauss and Kilmer," Allen said. "CBS hired me as an analyst and I was doing my job.
"I live 3,000 miles from Washington. It seems to me that Beathard is going out of his way to link me to the Redskins' problems and frustrations.
"I am responsible for the troubles and I don't want to get in any further quarrels with Washington. That's all I want to say about it."
But it wasn't all he had to say. Later, in the course of a 20-minute telephone interview, he said:
"Beathard inherited a tremendous organization. He inherited great players who have character. He inherited winners. And he inherited the best facilities in the NFL. And look what they did with it.
"For them to say it was our fault, that's an inaccurate statement. I tell you something else: He (Beathard) had a first-round pick in the 1979 draft and he traded it away (for Coy Bacon and Lemar Parrish), not me. He didn't have to trade that. Aaah, I don't want to say anything else about it. Let the record speak for itself. We never lost over two games in a row, I know that."
Allen also insisted that talk linking him to coaching vacancies with the New York Giants and New England Patriots was just that: talk.
"Every time there's a job open or about to open, my name comes up," he said. "It's all strictly rumors. I haven't talked to anyone in New York and they haven't called me. New England, either.
"That's an unbelievable situation. Chuck Fairbanks is a good friend, I'm going to give him a call. It's a very unusal thing, though.
"I don't know what I'm going to do next year. If the right job comes around, I'll be back in it. But I'm not in the kind of situation where I have to press for anything. I've got security. Television has been great; I do two shows a week for CBS radio.
"Coaching was my life, and I'd love to get back in. But I just don't have to take any job that comes along. It's got to be a job where they want my program and we'd have a good relationsions with Houston "and there is absolutely no problem."
"Kenddy wants to come back and be with the Redskins," Beathard said. "We talked during the season and he said he didn't really want to get into it until after the season. He was in yesterday and we will get together on it right away.
"Kenny is a great person, and a great player and he will be back with us. I would imagine he wants to play a few more years.There will be no problems with Kenny Houston."
The same cannot be said for the Redskins' other option-playout, running back Mike Thomas. John Dickens, Thomas' Dallas-based attorney, said yesterday, "Several other teams have definitely expressed interest in Mike and we are pursuing our options in the NFL, and Canada, too."
In another Redskin development, Coach Jack Pardee said quarterback Joe Theismann and running back Benny Malone, both of whom played on slightly injured knees this season, will not need offseason surgery.