Redskins Promote Kyle Smith To VP Of Player Personnel

The Redskins continue to shake up their front office. Washington has promoted Kyle Smith to vice president of player personnel, per a team announcement.

Smith, who served as the Redskins’ director of college personnel for the past three seasons, will assume the role that Doug Williams held before his recent reassignment to a non-personnel position. When new Washington head coach Ron Rivera spoke to reporters at his introductory press conference, he spoke highly of the club’s last three draft classes, which Smith oversaw.

Smith, 35, has spent 10 seasons with Washington and has long been mentioned as a future GM candidate. In his new role, he will oversee both the college and pro personnel aspects of the front office.

Recent reports have indicated that the Redskins will seek a new GM after the draft, though JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington suggests that, if Smith performs well over the next few months, Washington may forego such a hire and move forward with its present structure.

Smith, the son of former Chargers GM A.J. Smith, has received high praise from Rivera — who worked with the elder Smith during his time with the Bolts — and Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

“Kyle Smith has put in the work over the last 10 seasons and has proven to be a skilled talent evaluator,” Snyder said. Rivera added, “I have been impressed with Kyle’s track record and player evaluation process, and I’m confident in the vision we share for the future of the Washington Redskins.”

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  1. JJB0811

    “Kyle Smith has put in the work over the last 10 seasons and has proven to be a skilled talent evaluator,” Snyder said.

    Over the past 10 seasons, they have 6 4th place finishes, & 3 3rd place finishes. Great evaluating there, again, Dan.

    I know I’m cynical, but my god, Dan is single handily destroyed a 3 time SB winning franchise to have to brag about 3rd and 4th place finishes as an accomplishment.

    • crosseyedlemon

      To be fair, aside from the disaster that was Josh Doctson, the Redskins talent evaluations have been reasonably sound with Kyle Smith involved. Bad coaching and injuries to key players like Alex Smith have played a major role in the disappointing finishes and you can’t blame the scouting department for that.

      • JJB0811

        They are all at fault and it starts w/ Dan. Until he sells, we’ll be awful. Simple as that. To me, it’s a barren roster which is why we’re drafting 2nd. They alienated their best player LT Williams, & they over drafted the QB all because Dan’s kid was in school with him.

        When Marty S, Joe Gibbs, Steve S, and Mike Shananhon can’t win, it’s telling.

        • crosseyedlemon

          If you feel the situation is that hopeless maybe you should become a fan of the DC Defenders and the XFL.

          • JJB0811

            Like I’ve said, I live in Jacksonville and grew up on Gibbs’ Skins. Both are pretty terrible franchises this century. So I now just watch the Red Zone and can avoid them! Love the game, just wished my team would attempt to compete.

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