- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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Doug Williams was happy to be home. But not only will the town be familiar, so, too, will the job. It’s the same one he performed for five seasons in Tampa Bay when Bruce Allen was the Bucs’ general manager.
“It’s a great day for me to come back into the family,” Williams said.
Williams, hired Monday, as a personnel executive, will have a crossover role. He’ll help both director of pro personnel Morocco Brown and director of player personnel Scott Campbell, who focuses on college players.
Williams has had chances to return in the past, but the timing wasn’t right for whatever reason. After Tampa Bay let him go in May of 2010, Williams spoke to the Redskins but opted to become the general manager of the Virginia Destroyers. A year later Williams talked to them again, but returned to become head coach at Grambling.
“It’s the right fit because of the turnover and the direction the organization is going at this time,” Williams said. “As we know coach [Mike] Shanahan, when he was here he had the last word on whatever decision or player. Now it will be more of a team effort situation with Bruce and Morocco and Scott and the other scouts. Everyone will have a voice.”
Williams said he has not yet studied the Redskins’ roster closely enough and will use the next several weeks to catch up and prepare for the scouting combine.
“Full speed ahead for the next few weeks,” Williams said.
Williams also said he saw “bits and pieces” of quarterback Robert Griffin III this past season. He also made it clear he wasn’t going to be coaching him at all. They spoke after the Dallas game in December and have traded text messages.
“With coach [Jay] Gruden, I don’t think he could ask for a better guy to be his coach,” Williams said.