The Washington Redskins front office had a strong offseason. They had a little change in the structure on Wednesday, as they parted with longtime scout Scott Campbell.
It’s not often that members of a scouting department stay in place in the NFL. The running joke around the league is that the NFL stands for “Not For Long.” That’s why there is so much turnover in scouting departments, front offices, and coaching staffs across the league.
However, the Redskins haven’t endured as much turnover in their front office in recent years, as the team has elected to keep Bruce Allen in a position of power for the better part of the last decade. Underneath him, there were some key scouts that had a lot of sway in the department. And for some time, Scott Campbell played a big role.
Campbell spent 17 years with the Redskins, and most recently had served as a Senior Personnel Executive after being the team’s Director of College Scouting. However, he ceded the latter role to Kyle Smith following the 2017 NFL Draft, and it seemed that Campbell was being phased out a bit as Doug Williams was gaining more responsibility.
However, after all the time with the organization, Washington officially parted with Campbell after his long tenure with the team. The news was first reported by ProFootballTalk on Twitter.
According to the team’s website, Campbell played a big role in identifying talent during 2014, and they said the following of some of his finds.
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"In 2014, Campbell’s draft board helped the Redskins identify third-round tackle Morgan Moses, whom the team rewarded with a multi-year contract extension in 2017 after the Virginia product blossomed into one of the game’s top right tackles. That 2014 draft also produced a number of other key contributors to the Redskins back-to-back winning seasons in 2015-16, including second-round linebacker Trent Murphy, third-round interior lineman Spencer Long and fourth-round cornerback Bashaud Breeland. In 2015, among the Redskins’ prominent draft additions were Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff (a first-round selection) and fourth-round wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who has become one of the league’s emerging slot receivers."
While Campbell had a long history with the team, parting with him isn’t a major surprise. Take a look at some of the players he was responsible for drafting. The Redskins let Murphy, Long, and Breeland walk in free agency and seemed to be leaning more heavily on Doug Williams to run the department. Campbell could have been losing some sway in the room, especially with his job being in the hands of Kyle Smith more. And with Campbell’s contract up, it made sense for the two sides to part ways.
Right now, it seems like the team is in good hands. Campbell will be missed a little bit, but the Redskins have some talented personnel executives, and if the 2018 NFL Draft is any indication, they will continue to do well moving forward.
And here’s hoping that Campbell will land a job with another NFL team moving forward. He had a solid career in Washington. It was just time to let some new voices to be heard under Williams.