Three months after relieving Scot McCloughan from general manager duties, the Washington Redskins are set to announce a new front office structure Tuesday morning, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.
Last month during a charity golf event, team president Bruce Allen said the team was “getting closer” to finalizing front office plan. He added one to three people could be added. However, many insiders expect the organization to simply reshuffle pieces in-house.
Allen is expected to remain in his current role while gaining more power within the organization. He previously was the team’s GM before bringing in McCloughan to replace him.
Senior personnel executive and former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Doug Williams has been rumored for a promotion. It’s unclear if that promotion would involve the title of GM or another role such as senior vice president of player personnel. A pair of in-house guys, Alex Santos, director of pro personnel, and chief negotiator Eric Schaffer are both also candidates for general manager.
Regardless who is the general manager or shuffled into a title with a similar role, there is expectation that along with Allen, head coach Jay Gruden will have a huge say in personnel decisions. Following the dismal of McCloughan, it was revealed Gruden had a lot of say in decisions with McCloughan in office. That won’t change with any new person in his seat.
Despite McCloughan being gone, the Redskins are coming off one of its best offseasons in quite some time. The team made key signings in free agency with wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, safety D.J. Swearinger, linebacker Zach Brown, and defensive linemen Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee.
The team reportedly used the framework of McCloughan’s draft board in April’s NFL Draft. In doing so, the team may have drafted one of its best classes ever. They addressed its weak link front-seven by drafting defensive end Jonathan Allen in the first round. They followed up with a steal in the second round with Allen’s Alabama teammate edge rusher Ryan Anderson. They also added tall and rangy cornerback Fabian Moreau in the third round. Its biggest steal may have come in the fourth round when they selected former Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine.
That success could have boosted the front office’s confidence about life after McCloughan. Of course, whatever the team decides to do, there will be all eyes on the team’s rookie class and free agents. They will also have to prove continued success next offseason as they move forward.