While he may lack the accolades of such NFL quarterback legends as Peyton Manning and Brett Favre, Doug Williams is still among the most respected men in football. Now it appears that the Washington Redskins executive could be working against one of his own family members.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Williams’ son, D.J. Williams, has accepted a job as an offensive quality control coach for the New Orleans Saints. Back when Doug Williams was head coach of Grambling State, D.J. was one of his quarterbacks.
D.J. outlasted his father at Grambling State though. Williams was fired from Grambling State early in the 2013 season after a 0-2 start. D.J. stayed at school.
Williams has served as a front office executive for the Redskins since 2014. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel in 2017 after overseeing back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1997.
This is cool: The #Saints have hired DJ Williams, former Grambling QB, as an offensive quality control coach working in the QB room. DJ is the son of #Redskins Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams and an impressive young coach.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 28, 2019
The Redskins and the Saints are not slated to play against each other in the 2019 regular season, so it may be a while before we see a father vs. son matchup in the Williams family.
As an NFL quarterback, Doug Williams helped the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers reach the playoffs just two years after debuting.
He would later find his way to the Washington Redskins, where he went 0-2 as a starter in 1987 before being named the starting quarterback in the playoffs and leading the team to the Super Bowl.
Williams made history in Washington’s Super Bowl XXII win over the Denver Broncos, throwing for five touchdown passes in the second quarter and becoming the first African-American quarterback to lead a team to an NFL title.