Redskins add Doug Williams to front office
Doug Williams is a Washington Redskin again.
The Washington Redskins have hired Doug Williams — who led the team to the Super Bowl XXII championship in January 1988 — to serve as a personnel executive working for General Manager Bruce Allen. Williams and the Redskins flirted with each other in 2010, but with ex-head coach Mike Shanahan running the entire football operation, the time was not right and Williams became a GM in the fledgling UFL instead. Now, with Shanahan gone and Allen running the show, the timing is right and the two sides came to an agreement after several weeks of negotiating.
Williams said, per the press release:
“It’s great to be home again. I have only one mission: to help this team obtain the talent it needs so the fans can experience the Super Bowl they deserve.”
This is not the first time Allen and Williams have worked together. Allen served as GM of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2004-2008 and Williams was a personnel executive working for Allen and the team during the same time frame. Jay Gruden, Washington’s head coach, was an assistant coach in Tampa Bay during that time. After Gruden and Allen left in 2008 following the firing of head coach Jon Gruden, Williams stayed in Tampa in 2009 as director of pro personnel.
Williams has also served as head coach for Grambling State during two stints — from 1998 to 2003 and 2011-2013. He was fired last September.
This hiring continues Allen’s habit of hiring people he has worked with before — people he knows well — to fill important positions on the Redskins. It’s notable that Williams was hired before the NFL Draft and the beginning of the free agency period. Expect Williams to have an important role in helping decide what the Redskins do in those areas. Allen has the final say, of course, but now he will be relying on the advice of Williams, in addition to the advice of Gruden and front office execs Morocco Brown and Scott Campbell.