Doug Williams to see larger role as part of Washington Redskins front office restructure
The Washington Redskins have finally announced changes to their front office. Doug Williams is going to see a larger role.
It was largely expected that the Washington Redskins were going to fill their general manager vacancy internally. After parting ways with Scot McCloughan in March, the Redskins operated without a general manager. Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden helped to run the show while there was not a GM, but they needed to add another executive to help manage player evaluation.
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So on Tuesday, the Redskins announced changes to their front office to help replace that vacancy. While they did not give anyone the official title of general manager, they promoted a few people to higher level positions to complete tasks that would normally be completed by the GM. Most notably, Doug Williams received a promotion to senior vice president of player personnel.
Williams is one of the best quarterbacks in Redskins history. He was the first African American starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl title, and has spent 20 years in the NFL as a player and as an evaluator. By all accounts, Williams is a solid talent evaluator and there is a good chance that he will be able to find some talented players. His hiring drew the praise of NFL Network’s Charles Casserly and others praised his ability to evaluate character.
While Williams is going to see a bigger role, that will not entirely change that way that decisions are made in the front office. According to the Redskins official Twitter, the decision is still going to be a group decision.
Involving this duo is not a bad idea. Gruden should obviously be involved in nearly all decisions, as he should decide which players fit his scheme best. Involving Allen is not a bad move given how the previous offseason was run. Provided that Williams has a lot of clout in the draft and can help with players in free agency, this organizational structure will work well.
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In addition to the promotion of Williams, Eric Schaffer was elevated to vice president of football operations. His knowledge of the salary cap and contract language will make him a major asset in free agency, and it was widely expected that he would get more responsibility prior to Tuesday. The other two promotions of note were Kyle Smith to director of college scouting and Scott Campbell to a senior executive role.