Doug Williams seemed like a natural addition to the Redskins’ front office after Bruce Allen became the general manager in December 2009. And if Allen has his way, Williams will join him with the Redskins at some point.
Williams worked in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ personnel department, most notably as their director of pro scouting, while Allen was their general manager from 2004-08. Allen doesn’t hide his desire to reunite with Williams in Washington.
“Doug is part of this history,” he said last month. “Doug knows he has an open door.”
Don’t expect Williams to walk through it anytime soon, though.
In February, he accepted the head coaching job at Grambling State, his alma mater. He coached the Tigers from 1998-2003, winning three straight SWAC titles. The allure of returning includes the opportunity to coach his son, D.J., an incoming freshman quarterback.
To return to Grambling State, Williams, who quarterbacked the Redskins to victory in Super Bowl XXII, left his post as the general manager of the UFL’s Virginia Destroyers before the expansion team ever played a game. The Destroyers endured a number of growing pains, including defections by the team’s owner and two head coaches.
And while it’s easy to see why Williams would opt for a Grambling State coaching job that seems more stable, he has repeatedly expressed a desire to be the general manager of an NFL team. His UFL gig would have been a solid precursor, considering he would have been in charge of all personnel decisions.
So regarding the possibility of Williams eventually joining the Redskins’ front office, a major question would be the scope of his responsibilities. That was the case when Williams spoke with Allen about joining the Redskins in early 2010 after he left the Buccaneers.
If Allen is still the Redskins’ general manager when Williams leaves Grambling State, or if coach Mike Shanahan still is in charge of personnel decisions, perhaps Williams would look elsewhere.
But if Williams ever decides he’s willing to work for Allen again, Allen would make it happen.
“He’s an honest man, whether I wanted him to agree with me or not, it was never going to happen because he would give me his honest opinion,” Allen said. “Not only could he evaluate talent, but he could evaluate people. His respect in this league, I don’t know any player—even today—that has the respect of Doug Williams.”