Promoted to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel, Doug Williams will oversee a personnel department that will help construct a roster that Jay Gruden and his staff will try to get the best out of during the season.
While Doug Williams has links with the Redskins dating back to 1986 when Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs decided to bring in the quarterback to eventually lead the team to a Super Bowl XXII championship, Tuesday marked a new chapter in his life in Washington.
Williams was promoted to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel after serving in the role of Senior Personnel Executive for the last three seasons (2014-16). He will be tasked with overseeing a restructured personnel department and help build up a competitive football team for head coach Jay Gruden to work with on the field.
"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 in a press conference Tuesday at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va. "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."
Redskins President Bruce Allen said the organization talked to more than a dozen candidates to fit the role that Williams is now going to serve in, but it was clear from the start who was best suited to serve as Senior Vice President of Player Personnel.
"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," Allen said. "This job is daily communication and leadership of the personnel department. Its 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."
Allen added that when he hired Williams with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2004, he used him as a "people-meter" to help gauge personalities to best fit the front office and the roster.
The Washington Redskins on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, announced that Doug Williams has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel along with additional personnel department changes.
"He had an uncanny ability to talk to a player or a coach in one or two minutes and be able to read that person," Allen said. "I was proud of when Doug presented his plan because his vision was a team. He was a quarterback again leading a team, and the way he talked just now and the way he talked when we had discussions about his teammates and what they bring to the table and the necessity of having good people really, really shined."
The two sat down four times to go over future plans for the Redskins, and while Williams will have an increased voice in the decision-making process, everyone will have a hand in making decisions for the team.
"It's going to be a Redskin decision," said Allen when asked about the process of talent evaluation. "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."
Eager to build on his legacy in Washington, Williams is thankful that the team promoted him. Now the next step is to get the Redskins back to the Super Bowl.
"Standing here today, I'm a real humble individual and I'm going to say something my college coach used to always say to me, he 'had to be the luckiest man in the world,' and that's how I feel this morning to be in this position proudly," Williams said. "I'm humbled this morning, but it's my job to lead the personnel department and we're going to do that with all the continuity that we have back there. So I want to say thank you to Bruce again, thanks to Mr. Snyder for giving me this opportunity, and thanks to all the fans in Washington, D.C."