There is no blinking at the latest visual evidence that the Redskins have their sights set on matching the Dallas Cowboys gadget for gadget.
Coach Jack Pardee said that the Redskins have subscribed to a sort of speek-reading course from the Athletic Perception Institute and tested the eyes of all the Redskins who participated in their second mini-camp.
Involved is a "tachistoscope" designed to teach faster recognition skills. Pardee said it should not be confused with the hand-foot-eye reactor test the Cowboys and three other teams used in January, unbeknownst to other National Football League teams.
Washington was unhappy about Dallas, Seattle, Buffalo and San Francisco being permitted to use their reaction timers in conjunction with physical examinations without the Redskins and other teams being notified the device was allowable for every club.
Howard Bailey of Medina, Ohio, helped give the speed-of-visual recognition tests at the Redskins' mini-camp and has remarked that Sonny Jurgensen once had the fastest eyes in the East, and all other points.
The former quarterback moved his eyes from side to side 4.9 times a second. Baily noted that, given three seconds of pass protection, Jurgensen could have taken 15 looks at his receivers before throwing the football.
Fastest of all active passers using Bailey's process is quarterback Brian Sipe of the Cleveland Browns, who manages 4.18 looks a second.
How did Joe Theismann and other Redskins do?
Pardee was reluctant to say: "That would be like publishing all our times for 40-yard sprints," he said. "Our group was all very good."
Could the results of the process mean the Redskins will win three or four more games than they would have without it?
"No, but it may enable us to make an important play or two," Pardee said. "I don't see where it can hurt. It won't diminish the effect of blocking and tackling."
Does he expect the Cowboys to squawk to the commissioner about the Redskins' use of the device?
"No, it was perfectly permissible for us to give the test with physical examinations, and I expect the Cowboys are using it, too."
A call to Tex Schramm, general manager of the Cowboys, brought the news that they are not subscribing to the service of the Athletic Perception Institute, to the tune of $500.
"I ave never found anything that cost only $500 to be helpful," Schramm said. "We are not using the service. We've been written off by the rest of the league, anyhow."
Pardee said the system has been around so long that George Allen used it and Pardee himself took the test as a Redskin linebacker in 1971.
He said the use of it in the mini-camp this year was the first time he had used it as head coach.
"If I were in baseball, every player who swung a bat would take the test," Pardee said.
In that connection, API chief Bailey notes that Ted Williams was said to be able to read the label on a spinning, 78 rpm phonograph label. "While a baseball travels about 90 miles an hour," Bailey says, "we found many players moving their eyes at 30."
Pardee said the system might be more beneficial to defensive backs than to players on offense. He noted that "They have to find the target (the football) in flight, after having had their backs turned, whereas the receivers know where they and the ball are supposed to be going."
Pardee was careful to say the measurements had no correlation between the good and not-so-good players, but mentioned that players with some sight problems, such as Joe Lavender and Ken Houston, might benefit on bright days or in night games.