The bizarre’ off season in the Redskins front office was clarified some on Tuesday morning, when the team officially promoted Doug Williams to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) June 13, 2017
The former Buccaneers star quarterback has been part of the Redskins front office since 2014 in a personnel role and was one of what team President Bruce Allen said was a list of “around a dozen candidates” to replace general manager, Scott McCloughan. McCloughan, a former successful front office member in Seattle, was fired in March after the Redskins floated anonymously to the media that alcohol relapse was a big factor in the move.
Two of the candidates that Washington was known to have to had serious discussions with were NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock and former Buccaneers G.M. and now former ESPN analyst, Mark Dominik.
Back to Williams, before he was the Washington Super Bowl XXII MVP, he quarterbacked the Bucs to their “worst to first” turnaround from 0-26 expansion start in 1976-77 to the 1979 NFC Championship Game by defeating the Eagles for Tampa Bay’s first playoff win. The Buccaneers lost the title game and a chance at that Super Bowl the next week to the Rams.
He was one of the iconic players of the franchise in the early 80’s who later left to play in the U.S.F.L. spring league, when he couldn’t get a fair contract offer from the Bucs. Williams was eventually welcomed back to the team under Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen in the early 2000’s as scout and personnel executive. He was put in the Buccaneers Ring of Honor in 2015.
But, he’s best known for the Super Bowl win over the Broncos, where Williams threw a staggering four TD passes in the second quarter alone, as the Skins won 42-10 making him a hero forever among football fans in the nation’s capital. He was included as one of the “80 greatest Redskins” ceremony a few years back.
Allen and Williams discussed in the Q & A Tuesday that while Williams will be in charge of actually securing players, debates and discussions will take place with the input of head coach Jay Gruden and Allen himself. And, there will be times that a player move will be a “Redskin decision” as they called it.
We also know that owner Dan Snyder has had heavy “say so” in most of the important draft and free agent decisions in his 20 years of owning the club. Clearly, he will be a large part of “Redskin decisions” too.