A concerned Jack Kent Cooke, the owner of the Redskins, said yesterday he will meet with Coach Jack Pardee and General Manager Bobby Beathard later this week to discuss Pardee's belief that the organization currently has problems that prevent it from producing winning teams.
"I am going to meet with them and talk about it," Cooke said. "There will be a thorough investigation of the charges. But other than that, I have nothing to say. I want to find out first what he is talking about."
Cooke declined to comment when asked if he thought on whether he thought Pardee was criticizing him and/or Beathard by his statements, which appeared in monday's editions of The Washington Post.
Beathard said he disagreed with Pardee's contentions. "I think the Redskins can produce a winner," he said. "We have things going on the right track, but it takes time.
"I'd like to talk to Jack and see what he is talking about before saying much more. I really don't know what he means."
Pardee said yesterday he was not singling out either Cooke or Beathard with his comments. But team sources say the remarks appeared to be a reference to the general manager, who has disagreed with Pardee over personnel moves more and more as the season has progressed.
The Washington Post reported a month ago that growing philosophical differences between Pardee and Beathard about how the Redskins should be rebuilt were making it extremely difficult for the two to work together in the future.
"I wasn't taking a shot at Bobby or anyone," Pardee said. "I was just answering questions."
"I'm not unhappy with Bobby. But I will reevaluate my duties and responsibilities at the end of the season and I would think the same is true for everyone else in the organization.
"I wasn't singling him out. There are a lot of people in this organization. No, I don't think anyone is undermining me. It's just as a coach, I know how hard it is to prepare a team for a game and to see things happen that hurt that preparation, well, it's tough to see a team die on the vine before a game. And that's what I saw before Saturday's game (against the Giants, which the redskins won, 16-13)."
Pardee said in Monday's story that "there is no way a coach or a team has a chance here right now. No way at all. Things have got to be squared away, whether I'm here or not. And Cooke will straightgen them out, I'm sure. He doesn't want to lose.
"I'm not going to be in a situation that you can't win in. I'm not going to work in these conditions. I've got to be able to control things pertaining to the players if I'm going to be here."
Pardee also said in the story that the continual speculation over his future with the team had made it increasingly difficult for him to motivate his players. Cooke steadfastly has refused to say whether Pardee will be coach next year, which has served to prolong the controversy.
Under the present organizational setup, Pardee and Beathard are equals reporting to Cooke. On most other NFL clubs that have different men as coach and general manager the general manager usually ranks above the coach in the organizational chart.
Both Beathard and Pardee have a say in personnel decisions. They also discuss squad cuts, although Pardee has the final say on those. Beathard handles contract negotiations, the draft and trades.
Pressed to name specific changes he would recommend in the organization, Pardee declined further comment. "I want to concentrate on the Cardinals, our opponent this week. That's what my major concern is right now.
"After the season, we'll have year-end summaries, I'm sure. That would be a more appropriate time."
Pardee said he made the statements because of the stories in Saturday's papers quoting team sources, who named Redskins who probably wouldn't return next season.
"It was a very delicate week anyway, getting emotionally ready for the Giants," Pardee said."This is a delicate, tricky business, getting a club ready to play anyone. It doesn't take much to throw it off. Then to see those stories and see us go out and play so poorly for a half and fall behind 10-0, well it was a very emotional, very long day. It was just something that didn't need to happen.
"I'm upset about a team source that would single out players. That's the conditions I'm talking about."
Pardee was concerned yesterday about the players' concentration for the Cardinal game. "I'd be fooling myself if I thought they'd be thinking about nothing but football at this stage of the season, with one game left and the holidays and moving coming up," he said. "I will just ask them to concentrate completely on football while they are here and then worry about their personal stuff when they leave." . . . Quarterback Joe Theismann has set personal bests with 243 completions and 422 attempts this season. He needs 96 yards to better last year's passing yard mark of 2,797, which was the top output in the last decade by a Redskin . . . Art Monk's 53 receptions tie the club's rookie record for catches, held by Charley Taylor. It is also the most catches since Taylor caught 53 in 1975. . . The Cardinals don't know whether receiver Pat Tilley or quarterback Jim Hart will play in Sunday's finale. Tilley sat out the last game against Philadelphia and Hart played just a half.