What Doug Williams Learned From Gibbs

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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