Angered after his Eagles sank to 1-4 this season with Sunday's loss to St. Louis, Philadelphia owner Leonard Tose in a locker room speech urged his players to go back out on strike.
Confirming as much yesterday, Tose emphasized he spoke as an individual owner, not in his capacity as an NFL Management Council member when, "Specifically, I complimented the coaching staff and recommended that the team vote to strike. I guess what I'm most disappointed in is a lack of effort and a lack of concentration . . . In my opinion, we were the team most affected by the strike."
Coach Dick Vermeil won't blame strike effects for the team's poor play, and Tose says, "We have an honest disagreement but it doesn't lessen our rapport." If any changes are to be made, said Tose, "I'm guided by what Dick tells me . . . "
Baltimore Coach Frank Kush had a heart-to-heart talk with Curtis Dickey after the running back's renewed request to be traded. And it may have had something to do with Dickey's fine day as the Colts played the Bengals tough. Not only did Dickey run the ball effectively but Kush noted he "made an effort at blocking" . . . In Chicago, Walter Payton says pay no mind to his criticism of not being given the ball enough to suit him, he wants to complete his NFL career as a Bear. "I don't care how many yards I gain as long as we win" . . . Ex-NFL passer Roman Gabriel bounces from three years as head coach at Cal Poly Pomona, which dropped football last week, to coordinate offense for Coach Dick Coury's USFL Boston Breakers . . . Hmm. George Perles called his appointment last summer as coach of USFL's Philadelphia Stars the chance of a lifetime; how sweet must be the Michigan State job he took instead last week.