Norman: Redskins Made Right Decision to Hire Doug Williams

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Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman speaks during a June 13 event at the Hawthorne restaurant in northwest D.C. to promote a youth foundation. (Travis Riddick/The Washington Informer)

News of the Washington Redskins’ promotion of former quarterback Doug Williams to senior vice president of player personnel was met with approval inside the organization.

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said hiring a former player to fill the role, particularly Williams, was a good call.

“It’s pretty cool to have him there to handle personnel,” Norman said Tuesday during an event at the Hawthorne restaurant in northwest D.C. to promote his Starz24 nonprofit foundation for youth and teens. “I talk to him every morning seeing him come up and down the steps [at Redskins Park] always having a conversation. When you got a guy who knows the game and knows the players, you feel a little better about it.”

Norman said the hire gets the upcoming season off on the right foot.

“We talked about that after practice. He’s going to help us win,” he said. “I’m feeling good. Ready to get the season going.”

Team President Bruce Allen said Williams was chosen from more than a dozen candidates.

“Together we are going to have a good marriage between [head coach] Jay [Gruden] and myself and the personnel department,” Allen said at Redskins Park in Loudon County, Virginia. “Our job is not to coach [the players]. Our job is to pick them. We will do the best job to give Jay and his coaching staff the players that he needs to take all of us back to the Super Bowl.”

Williams, 61, worked as the team’s personnel executive since February 2014. Before returning to Washington, he spent six years in the front office with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He’s best known for being named MVP of the team’s Super Bowl XXII victory in 1988 against the Denver Broncos, when he threw for 340 yards with four touchdowns in a 42-10 rout. He was the first black quarterback to win the Super Bowl.

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