The Washington Redskins are making some changes to their front office. Among them will be a new role for Doug Williams.
Over the course of the past two weeks, the Washington Redskins have changed their franchise drastically. They’ve moved on from team president Bruce Allen and added Ron Rivera as their new head coach.
And after settling most of their positions on the coaching staff, the Redskins are starting to change up the front office.
On Thursday, it was announced that Eric Schaffer and the Redskins parted ways ahead of their original agreement to part ways in May. The Redskins brought in former Panthers executive Rob Rogers to replace him.
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And now, it seems that Doug Williams is getting a new role as well.
Williams has been reassigned by the Redskins from Senior Vice President of Player Personnel and now will serve as the Senior Vice President of Player Development. Here’s what Dan Snyder and Rivera said about Williams’ new role in a press release from the team’s official website.
"“Doug Williams is a legend within the Redskins franchise,” said Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder. “He is excited about this new role and in working with Coach Rivera. Doug is one of the most respected men in our building and I know that he will have an immediate impact on our players.”“I’ve had a chance to talk at length with Doug Williams since my arrival and he is ready to take on this new role,” said Washington Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera. “We want to create an atmosphere that is all about the players. Doug will be an invaluable asset in player development in making sure that all of our players have the guidance and resources needed to be successful on and off the field.”"
This seems like a good fit for Williams. He will be able to serve essentially as a player liaison and ensure that Rivera’s culture is working. It’s a good move that will iron out the kinks that could come along with any change. It will be important to have a connection from the players to the coach to the front office. And given the respect that Williams commands, he should be able to ensure things run smoothly.
That said, taking Williams out of player personnel is an iffy decision. Williams was a solid part of the Schaffer-Williams-Kyle Smith trio that helped the team operate successfully in recent drafts and free agency. Now, only Smith remains in that role.
Perhaps that will be good news. Smith is a very good talent evaluator and could grow into a bigger role in the front office. Still, retaining Smith and Williams as a player personnel tandem may have been better, but at least Williams is sticking around in a role that could suit him well.
The move for Williams will open up another spot in the team’s player personnel department, and the GM/President role is still open. The move to hire Rogers is a direct replacement of Schaffer, who was in charge of financials and analytics. But the front office could still add a show-runner and recently, they have been connected to current Panthers GM Marty Hurney.
Expect the Redskins to continue to make moves in their front office in the coming months. For now, these decisions aren’t bad, but they will have some holes to fill in the immediate future as they part with and reassign some respected executives.