Our initial impulse was to smirk and it had nothing to do with Doug Williams himself.
We didn’t belittle Williams’ promotion to Washington’s senior vice president of player personnel based on his resume. The derision wasn’t aimed at members of the Skins’ re-shuffled front office. The ridicule and mocking were guaranteed, whether an internal or external candidate was propped atop the hierarchy.
Without a change at the tiptop – i.e., owner Dan Snyder and president Bruce Allen – moves such as Williams’ elevation Tuesday (and former GM Scot McCloughan’s hiring two years ago) are bound to be scoffed at.
Allen and Smith fooled us momentarily with McCloughan, leading us to believe they saw the error of their era. The new hire was a bonafide football guy. He would bring the organization respect and credibility, terms that are punchlines more than characteristics associated with the Skins.