As a longtime fan of the Washington Redskins, I was angered at Dave Kindred's column of Nov. 5 that the 1979 Redskins were carried to their 10-6 record by Lady Luck.
I would like to know Kindred's criteria for judging if a team is good. Is it talent, or the number of first-round draft choices on a roster? I would say that the general consenus is that a team should be judged on its quality of play and its won-lost record. If a team wins a Super Bowl one year and folds the next, is the team that won the Super Bowl a bad team because of the next year's record?
The final statistics for the NFL last season show that the Redskins were at the top or near the top in several key categories. They had the top scorer and second-ranked quarterback in the NFL. They had a workhorse fullback who wouldn't quit. They were a good football team. They outperformed their opponents by outsmarting, outhitting and outhustling them. They kept errors to a minimum, and used a game plan that emphasized their strong points and compensated for their weak points. They gave the fans a great season, and they gained the league's respect.
I resent Kindred for trying to devalue last year and for blaming, for the zillionth time, George Allen's trades for the Redskins' fall this year. Allen has been gone for three years now, and besides, Bobby Beathard has made some trades of his own no different from Allen's, such as the one that sent a first-round draft choice to Cincinnati for Coy Bacon and Lemar Parrish, both over 30 years old.