George Allen insisted yesterday he was "not necessarily" disappointed over not getting the New York Giant coaching job, a vacancy filled last week when the Giants chose a San Diego Charger assistant, Ray Perkins, for the position.
"When the right job comes along, I'll consider it," Allen said by telephone, fresh from a Hawaiian vacation in Maui. ("That's the breeding grounds for whales," he added.)
"I don't know if the Giants' job was the right one, with one owner for you and the other against you."
Tim Mara, Giant vice president, had declared publicly that Allen was his No. 1 choice. Wellington Mara, team president, was less enchanted with Allen.
"Sooner or later some owner will want the type of football program that is a winner; a dedicated, commited owner," Allen said. "Then I'll consider. Very few guys have won year after year, in all circumstances."
Allen, insisting he did not want his remarks to be interpreted as sour grapes, added, "There seems to be a trend to hire somebody not qualified -- now I don't want to reflect on anyone -- who will be receptive to anything an owner wants."
Allen prudently declined to answer when he was asked if he would be interested in the last prospective vacancy, at New England if the Patriots settle their legal differences with Chuck Fairbanks, who wants to coach at the University of Colorado.
But Allen remarked, "Coming over from Honolulu, people said to me, 'It doesn't seem right not to have you in the NFL.'"
Of his record of not having a losing season in a combined 12 years as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams and Redskins, he said, "The Rams hadn't won in seven years and the Redaskins hadn't won but once in 15 years -- and that was only a 7-5-2 season (under Vince Lombardi). Then in two years we were in the Super Bowi."
"I got a call from an owner this morning. He said, 'Good head coaches are rare. What makes you a great' -- don't say great -- 'Coach is that you do it your way, you know what you're doing, and you believe in what you're doing."
"So, sooner or later, an apportunity will come from an owner who appreciates dedication, commitment and talent. The league has hired some compromised people. Compromises are all right; I'm not saying anything against them.
"But the coach won't be his own man and it makes it difficult to win. That compounds the mistake and the fans suffer."