A leading personnel executive made a bold prediction for new Washington Commanders general manager Adam Peters.
Making a statement was high on Josh Harris' list of priorities for the Washington Commanders this offseason. Convincing Adam Peters to be their new general manager was a great place to start.
Peters wasn't short of offers from around the league. Not surprising when one considers his influence with winning franchises throughout his career. It became clear from early on that this was the only job he was interested in. That speaks volumes about the project being implemented by Harris and how well it was sold by his brain trust.
The former San Francisco 49ers assistant general manager left a tremendous impression during his introductory presser. Peters laid out his intent for an aligned vision, to build through the draft, to find a legitimate leader for Washington's next head coach. He was also thrilled to be tasked with this substantial responsibility.
Commanders GM Adam Peters tipped for big things
There's a great deal of optimism, and rightfully so. This sentiment was echoed by Paraag Marathe, executive vice president of football operations with the Niners. When speaking to Ben Standig of The Athletic, the respected personnel executive highlighted Peters' strengths and made a bold prediction for the future.
"He is fantastic. He’s experienced, thoughtful, intelligent, intellectually curious and empathetic. He has been through different successful buildings, so he knows many different ways of what it’s supposed to look like. I think the first thing is some guys just see it better and know if this player can help (the team), and he can do that. Some guys have to work harder at it, but Adam is natural and sees it quickly. He just kind of has the ‘it’ factor. Someone you know has the right temperament for the job. I think in a few years, we are going to be talking about him as one of the top-tier GMs in the NFL."- Paraag Marathe via The Athletic
If Peters is regarded as one of the league's best general managers in the coming years, the Commanders should be among the leading contenders. That's the overall goal here. One that represents an ambitious yet attainable objective if the correct foundations are laid.
Peters has the necessary experience to hit the ground running. There are a lot of holes to fill and some hard decisions to be made, but he knows what it takes to build a winner. Marathe's revelations about his ability to see things quickly and react with conviction should be music to the ears of every Commanders fan.
Harris will be on hand to provide Peters with everything he needs to make a real go of things in Washington. This support system coupled with vast draft and financial resources no doubt sold the job. Making use of them effectively for short-term progress without jeopardizing long-term aspirations is of critical importance.
The Commanders are on the up. They are doing things differently. There's a level of purpose, poise, and stability rarely seen when Dan Snyder held absolute power. Peters leading the football operation only legitimizes this further.
It could - and often has - gone wrong for the Commanders. Fortunately for their long-suffering fanbase, a new, exciting era is officially underway.
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