Redskin quarterback Mike Kruczek, who knows a lot about winning football games, having played on two Pittsburgh Super Bowl champions, does not believe that shaking hands and saying, "Nice game," to opposing players after a loss is the sin that Billy Kilmer and George Allen have made it out to be.
"I can't be mad at Billy for the comments he made," said Kruczek, now starting in place of the injured Joe Theismann. "But it seems like a picayune thing. Things like this would go unnoticed if we were winning. I don't see anything wrong with giving everything you have on the field, then telling an opposing player, 'Good game,' after it's all over."
Kruczek and several other Redskins shrugged off Kilmer's recent criticism of postgame fraternization with opposing teams. A couple expressed slight anger toward Kilmer.
"That's the only way Billy knows how to play," said Kruczek, "because he is so competitive. I talked to him last Friday and I know he means well. But everybody reacts differently in postgame situations. Sometimes I might want to go over afterwards to say hello to a guy I played in college with for a couple of years.
"But I realize players didn't do that a few years ago when Billy was playing. He carries (former Redskin Coach) George Allen's philosophy and it shows in his feelings."
Allen, now a CBS sports commentator after coaching the team from 1971 to 1977, told a viewing audience after the Redskins' 10-6 loss to Atlanta Sunday that opposing players and coaches should not shake hands after a game.
The general consensus of the Redskins, after a lengthy workout yesterday at Redskin Park, was that they have enough deficiencies and weaknesses to blame for their 3-10 season without hearing a retired player and coach-turned-television-analyst recommend a gag rule after games.
"Regardless of what happens on the field you don't have to walk away from the competition after the game," said Redskin halfback Bobby Hammond."It's the nature of sport to shake hands after a contest. Pro football is one of the biggest fraternities anywhere."
Said placekicker Mark Moseley: "You don't have to hate people to play against them. You have respect for them. I'm a little disappointed in Billy."
"It's just something else to pick on, something else to blame the losing on," Kruczek said. "(Steeler Coach) Chuck Noll didn't like us to mess around with the opposition too much after a game, but instead go straight to the locker room. But he wasn't real strict on it. Nobody credited all the Steelers' success to handshaking and so-called fraternization after ball games. So why blame a poor performance on something that happens after the final score?"
Punt returner Mike Nelms played several years in the Canadian Football League for the Hamilton Tigercats, whose coaches forbit postgame socializing with the opposition.
"That was the only team I've ever heard of in the NFL or CFL that insisted on its players going straight to the locker room after a game," Nelms said. "But a professional shouldn't have to go to such extremes to do a job. It's hard for me to socialize before a game with opposing players, but I have no problems with it afterward. . . I don't understand why Billy and Coach Allen think everyone should follow one set rule.
"Is there supposed to be a time limit of two hours after a game before you can talk to your ex-roommate or a friend from college or former teammate?
"If a guy hits me good, I'll get up and tell him 'Good hit, man.' It's professional to do that. But I'll also say, 'You won't do that again today.'"
Coach Jack Pardee said veteran linebacker Brad Dusek may be released from the hospital today, despite still being in traction and suffering from back spasms. "We anticipate him being able to practice today or Friday," said Pardee. . . Lemar Parish (bruised ribs), Perry Brooks (sprained ankle) and Theismann (pulled right hamstring) all participated lightly in yesterday's workout. "Theismann's leg is better than it has been," Pardee said.