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What Doug Williams Learned From Gibbs

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on March 7, 2014 – 4:10 pm

Doug Williams is feeling lucky like it’s 1986.

The personnel executive told Larry Michael he never thought he would be back with the team he led to victory in Super Bowl XXII. So when Williams and Bruce Allen agreed on a position in February, he said he felt just like he did when he got a phone call from Joe Gibbs offering him a job as the back-up quarterback in D.C.

“Things just worked out,” Williams said on “Redskins Nation. “And I’ll tell you what, it’s one of the best things that happened to me. It’s kind of like 1986 over for me, to be able to come back under different circumstances.”

In his new role, Williams will work with both the college and professional scouting departments. His specialty is reading people, a skill he said he picked up from the legendary coaches surrounding him for his entire career.

“I’ve been fortunate,” Williams told Michael. “I look back, and I always say I was the luckiest guy in the world. (I) played for Eddie Robinson, played for John McKay, played for Frank Kush, played for Joe Gibbs and I always watched them when it came to people.”

Williams said  learned how to treat players and prospects by watching Gibbs’ demeanor at practice.

“I realized he was a great people person because he knew everybody’s button’s to push,” Williams said.

“He knew what buttons he didn’t have to push. He knew the ones that he had to get in their face. He knew the ones that he just had to give them a thumbs up. I said, you know what, that’s a great trait. And what I try to do, I try to watch people – I’m a people watcher – and listen.”

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6 Responses to “What Doug Williams Learned From Gibbs”

  1. By Kevin bullis on Mar 7, 2014 | Reply


  2. By 172flyer on Mar 8, 2014 | Reply

    Mr Williams is a positive addition to the Redskins. Now, to get some of the players to play with the same intensity.

  3. By George Slater on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    I am happy to see Doug Williams back and maybe he can give the players a little incentive to play ball like the old players did back in the 80’s.I remember back then the players were different in there spirit to win and not concentrating on how much money they were getting paid. That is the problem not the coaches or that the players can’t do it and succeed. It is not the owner. Everyone on the team has to come to a agreement that they want it so bad to go to the super bowl and guess what? They will go!. It is also not going to never happen if each person can’t give each other respect and work together. There is no such thing as a one person team. It takes everyone working together to win a game. I tell you what I am 44 years old and I got heart and I can still play some great football and that is what it takes. It is not the age or the Redskins not capable. “It is the “Spirit”.

  4. By Dan on Mar 9, 2014 | Reply

    Doug sure knows what it takes to win against all odds

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