This was an expected move in recent days, as we told you about first here on DCHotRead.com, with Dan Snyder’s involvement in the front-office reorganization locking down the position for Williams.
On Sunday, there was a strong indication that Williams was in good standing and then late on Monday night, a trusted source informed me that Williams was going to be a prominent part of the plan.
He indeed was.
No. They did not officially hire or name a general manager, as many wanted them to do, but Williams is essentially the GM without a title, while getting the Senior Vice President of Player Personnel title from his previous title of Senior Personnel Executive.
The Redskins also promoted area scout, Kyle Smith, the son of long-time NFL GM, A.J. Smith, to be their new Director of College Scouting.
(Redskins Director of College Scouting, Kyle Smith, meeting with reporters Tuesday)
Redskins President Bruce Allen conducted a long introduction to the promotions, but described Williams as having presented a plan and “we accepted Doug’s plan.”
Allen said that Williams had a vision and stressed that the job was about “daily communication and leadership of the personnel department” along with the same requirements translating to players and coaches.
Apparently it was Williams’ plan to not be named to the general manager title and to elevate Smith that was important in locking down the job.
“One of the guys that really took the lead, he was a scout on the road but he stood out like a sore thumb and that was Kyle Smith.”
Williams’ ability to lead the scouting staff when Scot McCloughan was sent home in late February was huge, as we reported back then. Essentially, Williams showed he could step up and be a leader and a great communicator with another very important individual, Jay Gruden.
“I’ve never seen a coaching staff work together like the one we have,” Williams told reporters, of Gruden’s 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.”
Tim Gribble, another college scout was also named Assistant Director of College Scouting while Richard Mann was promoted to Assistant Director of Pro Personnel while Eric Schaffer gets an adjusted title of Vice President of Football Operations.
Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Sports Network (www.DCHotRead.com) & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN