Rick Spielman on Commanders' role
The fact Josh Harris was able to keep the short-term hirings of Bob Myers and Rick Spielman from getting leaked to the media is a testament to how differently the Washington Commanders are going about their business. Both were tasked with assisting during an important hiring cycle for the franchise - one that represents the start of a profitable new era now that Dan Snyder isn't complicating matters.
Spielman and Myers were part of the brain trust that pulled off a significant coup in the form of new general manager Adam Peters. Although the coveted front-office figure was interested enough in the post to turn down offers from elsewhere, the hiring team deserves praise for selling the project effectively to get the Commanders' offseason off to the best possible start.
During an interview with Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports recently, Spielman declared how excited he was to be part of Washington's process based on comments via USA Today Sports. He praised each candidate interviewed and also became intrigued by how the league has changed since his time as Minnesota Vikings general manager.
"I was excited because interviewing all the five candidates that came through, they were all more than qualified. I believe all of them are going to be a GM here in the near future. As much as I was trying to interview them I actually was really fascinated by the way the NFL has changed in the last five or six years."- Rick Spielman via USA Today Sports
Spielman added that he won't be part of the player personnel evaluations - that's up to Peters. But his influence has been felt positively behind the scenes in a short space of time.