Mike McCormack, the man the Baltimore Colts apparently have chosen to be their new coach, will meet today in Chicago with team owner Robert Irsay and General Manager Dick Syzmanski, it was learned last night.
Contacted at his home in Cincinnati, McCormack said he had been given "an outline" of a contract at his first interview in Mobile, Ala.
McCormack, an assistant coach with the Bengals last season, said the terms of that outline were acceptable to him. Asked what remained to be cone, McCormack replied, "The job to be offered to me."
The Baltimore Sun reported in its Sunday editions that McCormack, former All-Pro lineman with the Cleveland Browns and former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles after serving as a Redskin assistant, had the job.
It said today's second interview will serve merely as "a final briefing" on how authority will be divided between McCormack and Syzmanski. It also will involve final contract negotiations.
Syzmanski said yesterday the formal naming of the new coach could come as early as Tuesday. Noting he was not talking about McCormack specifically, the general manager said:
"We're pretty close to naming a coach. I am not going to say definitely, but this is a second meeting and I am going to try and name a coach before I leave for the Super Bowl (on Wednesday)."
McCormack would replace Ted Marchibroda, like McCormack a George Allen assistant with the Redskins. Marchibroda was fired Dec. 27 after five seasons, in which he won three AFC East championships and compiled a 41-33 record. But, with star quarterback Bert Jones injured, the Colts had stumbled to back-to-back 5-11 seasons.
With Jones playing, the Colts were 36-16 the past five seasons. They won only five games without him.
McCormack said that, if hired, he would be taking over a much better football team than the one he inherited at Philadelphia in 1973. Those Eagles, he said, did not have "an NFL quarterback" or a middle linebacker who had played a down at that position in the NFL.