Former star QB Williams assumes big role in Washington staff shuffle … Washington went through the 2017 without a general manager after the team and former G.M. Scot McCloughan parted company for undisclosed reasons in March. The team appears to have finally resolved the situation by promoting former QB Doug Williams, who led the Redskins to the 1987 Super Bowl, senior vice president of player personnel. Williams, who had worked as a senior executive with the team the past four years, will now oversee Washington’s talent evaluation department. However, it does not appear that Washington will have a nominal G.M. as owner Dan Snyder and President Bruce Allen handle many of those duties. With Williams moving up in the Washington food chain, the Redskins also announced that Eric Schaffer has been promoted to VP of football operations, while area scout Kyle Smith, the son of former San Diego G.M. A.J. Smith, will become the team’s new director of college scouting. At the same time, Tim Gribble, another former area scout, moves up to a national scouting role, while Richard Mann becomes assistant director of pro personnel. And former director of college scouting Scott Campbell now holds the title of senior executive, but will continue to scout NFL draft prospects.