washington Football Executive
Former Quarterback Coach
Douglas Lee Williams (born August 9, 1955) is a National Football League (NFL) executive and former quarterback and coach. Doug is best known for his performance with the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII against the Denver Broncos, where he was named Super Bowl MVP after passing for 340 yards and four touchdowns, a single-quarter Super Bowl record which he set in the second quarter, making him the first black quarterback to both start and win a Super Bowl. Doug currently works as an executive with the Washington Commanders where he actively communicates with the current and former players of the team's organization.
Doug attended Grambling State University, where he played under head coach Eddie Robinson. In his first two seasons, he played on the same team as future NFL receiver Sammy White. Doug guided the Tigers to a 36–7 a .837 winning percentage record as a four-year starter; and led the Tigers to three Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships. Doug was named Black College Player of the Year twice. In 1977, Doug led the NCAA in several categories, including total yards from scrimmage (3,249), passing yards (3,286), touchdown passes (38), and yards per play (8.6). Doug finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, behind Earl Cambell, Terry Miller and Ken MacAfee. Doug graduated from Grambling with a bachelor's degree in education, and he began work on his master's degree before the 1978 NFL Draft. Despite the success that he enjoyed on the field, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Joe Gibbs was the only NFL coach who visited Doug to work him out and scout him. Gibbs spent two days with the 6 ft 4 in 220 lb quarterback, reviewing play books, film, and going through passing drills. Impressed by his poise, work ethic, and studious nature, Gibbs rated Doug as the best quarterback in the draft, writing in writing in his scouting report that Williams had “a big-time arm with perfect passing mechanics” and was “a natural leader...very academic and extremely prepared...football smart,” and recommended that the Buccaneers select Williams with their first-round draft choice. Before Signing with the Redskins, Doug also played in the United States Football League with the Oklahoma Outlaws of the then upstart USFL. The Outlaws briefly called Hall of Fame coach and quarterback guru Sid Gillman out of retirement as director of football operations, and Doug was Gillman's highest profile signing. Doug signed a $3 million contract with a $1 million signing bonus, making him easily one of the highest-paid players in all of pro-football. Years later, he recalled that he was won over when Outlaws owners William Tatham Sr. and Bill Tatham Jr. "treated me as a human," rather than "a piece of cattle in a stockyard." In February 2014, Doug rejoined the Redskins as a personnel executive. The hiring marked Doug's return to the Redskins. Doug was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Player Personnel in June 2017. In 2020, following a front office restructure after the hiring of Ron Rivera as head coach, Doug was named the team's senior vice president of player development. The following year he became a senior advisor to team president Jason Wright.