The Washington Redskins have promoted senior personnel executive Doug Williams to senior vice president of player personnel, the team announced Tuesday.
The Redskins’ Super Bowl XXII winning quarterback joined the franchise’s personnel department in 2014 but has been coaching and serving as a personnel executive since 1994. Williams was a personnel executive and a coordinator of pro scouting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was a general manager for the UFL’s Virginia Destroyers.
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“His résumé is impressive, as you all know, but it’s really remarkable when you consider everything he’s done that matters in this job,” Redskins president Bruce Allen said, via Washington’s team website. “This job is daily communication and leadership of the personnel department. It’s daily communication and leadership of our coaches and players. And Doug being a high school coach, a high school athletic director, obviously an outstanding player, fits the role perfectly for where we want to be as Washington Redskins.”
The Redskins fired general manager Scot McCloughan in March but did not officially name anyone to the position on Tuesday. Instead of naming a general manager, Allen stated that Williams, himself, and head coach Jay Gruden would all have an input on roster decisions.
“It’s going to be a Redskin decision,” Allen said. “No different than how we did free agency, no different than how we did the draft. Coach Gruden will have influence, Doug will have influence and between them, they ought to be able to work it out and yes, I will be involved.”
Washington’s director of college scouting Scott Campbell becomes a senior personnel executive, while Kyle Smith will take over his old role. The Redskins also promoted vice president of football administration Eric Schaffer to vice president of football operations. Schaffer has been the franchise’s chief negotiator for the past ten years.
Washington is looking to get back to the postseason after missing the playoffs with a 8-7-1 record in 2016, and owner Dan Snyder is clearly trying to create some unity between the team’s front office and coaching staff.
“Together, we’re going to have a good marriage between Jay and myself and the personnel department and that’s what it’s all about,” Williams said. “Our job is not to coach ‘em, our job is to pick ‘em. And we’re going to try to do the best job – we will do the best job – to give Jay and his coaching staff the players he needs to take all of us back to the Super Bowl.”