One question plagues media and fans when it comes to the Redskins front office: Ultimately, who has the authority? Since the departure of Mike Shanahan following the 2013 season, that answer has largely been Bruce Allen. And, largely, it will likely continue to be Bruce Allen.
But when Allen and others in the Redskins front office were asked about final authority, a recurring chorus emerged.
"Overrated," Doug Williams, the Redskins new Senior Vice President of Player Personnel, said.
Williams will step into his new role with increased decision making on acquiring personnel. He explained that he doesn't expect to have many disagreements over players, and when the gap is too wide between Williams and another member of the Redskins front office, then that player is probably not the right fit for the organization anyway.
Eric Schaffer, recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Football Operations and General Counsel, agreed with Williams sentiment. Schaffer has been with the Redskins for 15 seasons and explained that the question of final authority rarely has come up.
Bruce Allen explained that the team makes "Redskins decisions" where input comes from all parties. The franchise feels strongly about their recent draft class and free agency moves, and there is an undeniable air of confidence surrounding the organization.
Williams, Schaffer and Allen will all have plenty of say in roster construction, as will head coach Jay Gruden.
In the end, make no mistake, the football organization runs through Bruce Allen.
"The last few years Jay and Scot have reported to me and that’s no different that Doug and Jay will report to me," Allen said.
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