And did you know it? Own up.
As of January of this year Scott Campbell became one of the most important people with the Redskins:
Louis Riddick, director of pro personnel, and all of Washington's scouts now report to Campbell. Cerrato's new top lieutenant, Campbell has become "Vinny's eyes and ears for the whole [scouting] department," Campbell said. "It frees him to do other things now because he's got responsibility over more things. He's got the training staff to deal with, the PR staff, video . . . he has to make sure all that's working. He's got more duties, so I just see my role as enabling him not to worry about the personnel stuff."
First, Scott took the reporter back to the big draft board, which was blurred out. On the far wall were the players they were looking at, and I imagine they will alter that board daily. On the near wall, which was not viewable by the camera and Campbell said he was not permitted to show us, was a list of players who had been taken off the big board because of character issues; arrests for instance. The Redskins will have an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is on recruiting character come the actual draft (the big board does not apply to Jerome Mathis, obviously) but it's interesting to hear the team explicitly articulate, through Campbell, it's intention to not draft any questionable character guys.
Second, it may reveal much or nothing at all, but Campbell did say that Mr. Snyder -- he corrects himself, he really meant Danny -- will be in the room on draft day. Hardly surprising, as you'd expect the owner to be in the draft room on draft day. But he goes on to say that they'll be in there discussing a lot over the days up to the draft, and it isn't clear whether he meant "they" as in staff and Vinny and others or "they" as in Scott and staff and Vinny and Mr. Snyder/Danny. Is that even especially odd? No, it's his team, so he would give a shit about who they draft. What I want to know is his role in that room during those discussions. That is the aspect of the team's heirarchy which is under constant speculation and scrutiny that the team could go a long ways towards quieting by simply taking us step-by-step through a typical draft decision, after the fact so as to protect the integrity of the process. Is Snyder watching game tape? I can't imagine he would be, but a more likely role is that he's in there exerting influence on the staff because he wants player X or player Y... perhaps for the perfectly reasonable excuse that player X or player Y will increase ticket sales.
Now that's not how I want the team making personnel decisions, but an owner would certainly care about those kinds of considerations.
I doubt this post sheds much light on the manner in which decisions are made at Redskins Park, but it's a start. I'm going to focus this season and in the future on trying to find out, specifically, how it is decisions are made, by whom, and with what input. I think all fans want more access to how the team operates and naturally that would extend to draft day maneuvers and personnel decisions. What I'm really talking about is trying to figure out what the owner's role is.