Just over a year ago, the Redskins let a young, promising up-and-comer leave for a head coaching gig. Sean McVay went on to lead the Los Angeles Rams to an 11-5 regular season record, an NFC West title, and the top scoring offense in the NFL. For his efforts, he was named the NFL Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America. At just 32 years of age, McVay is set up to have a long, promising coaching career.
The Redskins have a new, young up-and-comer in Director of College Personnel Kyle Smith. Smith is the son of long-time NFL executive A.J. Smith, who was a consultant for the Redskins from 2013-2015.
Kyle joined the Redskins as an intern in 2010. He became an area scout in 2011, and spent six years in that position before his promotion in 2017. During his time as a scout, he was responsible for the southeast region - an area that is incredibly fruitful among the national college landscape. The Redskins have recently taken advantage of the southeast in the draft, using high picks on Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson in 2017, and Da'Ron Payne and Derrius Guice in 2018. It’s not a stretch to say Smith’s fingerprints have been all over the Redskins past two drafts.
Recently, the Redskins parted ways with Senior Personnel Executive Scott Campbell. Campbell was a long-time scout for the team in different capacities for 17 years. He recently held the title of Director of College Scouting before moving to a more front-office role last year. According to sources, Doug Williams was the driving force behind the team’s decision to move on from Campbell.
Whether or not the decision to move on from Campbell has anything to do with the organization's future intentions surrounding Kyle Smith is unclear at this point, but some have suggested the move clears the way for an eventual promotion to General Manager for the young talent evaluator. Williams clearly has a big role in shaping the front office structure, and it has been reported he’s smitten with Smith. Currently, the Redskins do not have an official GM by title, instead having team president Bruce Allen, Williams, Jay Gruden and Smith all sharing input and responsibility in this area.
After years of upheaval and instability, the team finally appears to be on the right track within the front office structure. Doug Williams has done a tremendous job as Senior Vice President of Player Personnel. He’s brought stability, respect and name recognition to this high profile position. Bruce Allen does a good job delegating responsibility to his lieutenants, but he’s best in an operational role outside the acquisition of players. It is great to see Gruden have an increased role in both talent evaluation and player acquisition, and his role in that should continue to grow. Eric Schaffer is the contract guru, who also has a say in the draft. His presence among the front office is invaluable.
Still, the team is without a true General Manager.
It’s time for the team to step up, and lock in one of their own before another team poaches our young talent. Kyle Smith has everything you look for in a General Manager. He’s young, hungry, driven and has put in his time as a scout, while proving his ability to identify talent. He’s played the game at all levels and was schooled in the art of player evaluation by his father at a very young age.
In other words... he was born for this job.
Should Kyle Smith become the Redskins new General Manager?
This poll is closed
Yes - make this happen soon
No - he’s on his way, but he’s not ready yet
Keep him in his current role, and hire a GM outside the organization