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Redskins hire A.J. Smith as senior executive

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During the combine, word surfaced that former Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith was expected to take a role in the Redskins front office.

That came to pass on Wednesday with the announcement that Smith will be a senior executive for the team in 2013. Smith also spoke to the Chiefs, Patriots and Jaguars about jobs after getting fired by the Chargers following the 2012 season, but he wound up in Washington.

Exact job responsibilities are unknown at this point, but Smith’s expected to be an advisor/consultant to General Manager Bruce Allen on personnel matters. His relationship with Allen dates back to USFL days, so there’s quite a bit of familiarity there before Smith has even settled into the job.

A.J.’s arrival in Washington makes the Redskins employers of two members of the Smith clan. His son Kyle is a scout in the organization.

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34 Responses to “Redskins hire A.J. Smith as senior executive”
  1. joetoronto says: Mar 6, 2013 11:07 AM

    He must be friends with somebody.

  2. kevpft says: Mar 6, 2013 11:28 AM

    Just what a team with a promising young star QB and some emerging talent needs – a guy who failed spectacularly with a team with a promising young star QB and some emerging talent. And they’re assinging him to personnel? The guy who sabotaged the core of star skill players that could have gotten SD over the top if given more time?

    I’m a Cowboys fan, and have wished the Redskins well in this Shanahan/Griffin period – things are more interesting when the division is good. But this is a massive head-slapper of a move. Smith took what should have been a Super Bowl-winning team in SD and trashed it. Washington has a good thing going and shouldn’t blow it.

  3. patsfiend says: Mar 6, 2013 11:28 AM

    Good luck with that. I’m sure A.J. and Shanahan are going to really get along just great.

  4. onearmsteven says: Mar 6, 2013 11:29 AM

    good hire. might not have been the best GM of late, but I like him as an advisor

  5. jamaltimore says: Mar 6, 2013 11:31 AM

    Skins are raiding the AFC West for execs, shanny rat denver, aj smith chargers and allen raiders. Who’s next the great stonefaced romeo crennel!!

  6. bucrightoff says: Mar 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    Lord of no rings…sorry Redskins fans.

  7. paulsmith107 says: Mar 6, 2013 11:43 AM

    Just when you think the deadskins are moving in the right direction you are quickly given a reminder why they have been a joke for years. One lucky NFC east title and now no draft picks no money to spend and a franchise qb who’ll last like 4 more seasons. Hail lol

  8. sdb0ltz says: Mar 6, 2013 11:48 AM

    This is hands down the most arrogant man in football. And yes I know that says a lot.

    He made some good selections early on with help and teachings from the late Jim Butler (R.I.P) but after that he couldn’t get passed his own ego and continually outsmarted himself but passing on the sure thing and trying to find a “Gem” that no one has heard of with that First round pick.

    We got names like Devin Hester, Larry English (Bust), Sammy Davis (Bust), Antoine Cason (Bust) and Craig Davis (Bust)… while names like Troy Palumalu, A.J Hawk, Clay Matthews, Steve Smith, Ray Rice Among others went to other teams.

    “sigh”

  9. treesloth16 says: Mar 6, 2013 11:58 AM

    AJ Smith sucks. He’ll kill the ‘Skins singlehandedly. he doesn’t know players.

  10. nineroutsider says: Mar 6, 2013 12:00 PM

    I’d keep him away form the draft board…

  11. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    I’m thinking this is a bad move….Hopefully it doesn’t turn out that I’m right.
    Mostly my feelings are based on the chemistry they seem to be building, and I don’t want to see any other guys coming in disrupting the flow, or sabotaging.
    A guy like him could develop a rapport with Snyder, only to undermine Allen in a year or so trying to take over…..Ahhh, the controversy, the plotting and scheming…..I love watching, but I’d rather watch bad things happen to some other team.

  12. wolfmagic2012 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:05 PM

    Snyder must have a self-destruct-before-success button that he pushes when it looks like things are going a bit too well… How Freudian. If this guy continues his arrogant ways, he needs to be $h*t-canned but quick.

  13. terps125 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:09 PM

    Well we do not have any money to spend this year anyway. Just looking to hold the fort until we get a full cap next year (Complete BS, but don’t get me started…)

  14. rajbais says: Mar 6, 2013 12:13 PM

    So two men who are known to cut their noses to spite their faces are now partnering for action!!!

  15. leafeaterx says: Mar 6, 2013 12:19 PM

    I just want to know what exactly his role will be. In time I guess…

    I also wonder if the Morroco Brown interviews had any role in this.

  16. kane337 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:20 PM

    Maybe AJ can advise them on a name change. Maybe the Washington Warriors?

  17. timocracy13 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:23 PM

    jamaltimore says: Mar 6, 2013 11:31 AM

    Skins are raiding the AFC West for execs, shanny rat denver, aj smith chargers and allen raiders. Who’s next the great stonefaced romeo crennel!!
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    I’d have no problem with that. As much as I love Haslett for making lemons out of lemonade, Romeo Crennel is one of the best 3-4 D Coordinators out there.

  18. larrydavid7000 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:26 PM

    people lets just wait and see what this is all about. the past is the past. a new beginning look at it that way instead. can’t we all just get along.

  19. skinsfan91 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:30 PM

    As long as Bruce Allen remains our GM. He’s done a tremendous job. I’m sure they know what they’re doing in bringing this guy in.

  20. bbillsfan01 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:30 PM

    Just another arrogant bastard who thinks he’s more important than the team. He’ll fit right in

  21. skinsdiehard says: Mar 6, 2013 12:31 PM

    paulsmith107 says:
    Mar 6, 2013 11:43 AM
    Just when you think the deadskins are moving in the right direction you are quickly given a reminder why they have been a joke for years. One lucky NFC east title and now no draft picks no money to spend and a franchise qb who’ll last like 4 more seasons. Hail lol
    ——————————————
    Lucky? Obviously not a football fan. Cannot win a division on luck with the Giants and Cowboys in the division. Yeah, i guess 4 more division titles is nothing as well. Kiss the rings!

  22. tsizzlesucks says: Mar 6, 2013 12:37 PM

    If they’re smart, the Skins will make this guy take a month-long vacation at draft time! Just look at the job he did with the Chargers!

  23. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Mar 6, 2013 12:47 PM

    Wow, why not bring in Matt Millen while you’re at it? I am even more optimistic the Skins will finish dead last giving the Rams the first over all draft pick next year.

  24. jwreck says: Mar 6, 2013 12:51 PM

    bucrightoff says: Mar 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    Lord of no rings…sorry Redskins fans.
    __________
    While, in general, Washington fans want guys like Smith as far away from the franchise as possible; bringing the guy on in an advisory-only capacity can’t be that bad. He has no executive power over the team, he’s essentially a glorified scout: and remember that however terrible he is as a GM and team-builder, he did find Vincent Jackson, Antonio Gates, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Antonio Cromartie (when he was good).

  25. gochargersgo says: Mar 6, 2013 1:26 PM

    I agree. Keep this guy away from your team. His skills as a GM aside, he has an unfathomable ego. Never will forgive him for the way he ran LaDainian out of town and mocked him in interviews. This guy is a child.

  26. truefan2011 says: Mar 6, 2013 1:36 PM

    this is a great move for Washington, some of you fools would like to think this is going to destroy the skins in some fashion but that’s just dumb.

    He’s a great talent scout, nobody is perfect, but this man drafted Rivers, Merriman, signed Gates, drafted Micheal Turner, Cromartie, Eric Weddle, Darren Sproles, Vincent Jackson, and signed Malcom Floyd

    he knows talent, he may be a jerk who didn’t want to pay players, but he’s not in that position anymore, his scouting skills will be useful.

  27. pastorkh5055 says: Mar 6, 2013 1:37 PM

    Good Ole BOY Network in FULL EFECT!!

  28. ambitoos says: Mar 6, 2013 1:41 PM

    I can’t imagine a worse move by the Redskins. I know AJ’s son works for the Redskins but to bring in AJ Smith when they’re on the upswing is crazy. First thing he will want to do is cut the long time vet Redskins for younger wannabe’s. He’ll want to replace Shanahan with his guy. This is a major mistake by the Redskins.

  29. rushwarrior says: Mar 6, 2013 2:09 PM

    Yes I agree Aj smith is one of if not the worst GM in sports. He single handedly ruined the chargers. He ran Tomlinson out of San Diego and insulted him in the process. Tomlinson was one if the best RB’s in NFL at the time and deserved better treatment from smith. If nfl fans think Scott Pioli has an ego smith is far worse. Really bad move for skins and I would pay big money to see mike shanahan knock this fool out cold

  30. raiderapologist says: Mar 6, 2013 3:50 PM

    His exact job responsibility will be to ensure that Shanarat doesn’t do anything to injure the franchise QB again.

  31. truefan2011 says: Mar 6, 2013 4:03 PM

    I can’t imagine a worse move by the Redskins. I know AJ’s son works for the Redskins but to bring in AJ Smith when they’re on the upswing is crazy. First thing he will want to do is cut the long time vet Redskins for younger wannabe’s. He’ll want to replace Shanahan with his guy. This is a major mistake by the Redskins.

    ____________________________________

    how can he replace shanahan? with what power? he isn’t the owner or the GM, he’s a glorified scout, when will you people understand their is a HUGE difference between the two positions.

    similarly, Norv Turner won superbowls as a OC for the cowboys, sucked as a head coach, but he would be valued as an OC because that’s what he’s truly good at.

    AJ is great at finding talent, how is that a negative? they are going to use that talent

  32. brassknuckles47 says: Mar 6, 2013 4:24 PM

    truefan2011
    “He’s a great talent scout, nobody is perfect, but this man drafted Rivers, Merriman, signed Gates, drafted Micheal Turner, Cromartie, Eric Weddle, Darren Sproles, Vincent Jackson, and signed Malcom Floyd.”

    Let’s see….so out of 13 years (91 draft choice) AJ recruited 9 better than average players. “HOT CHEESE Batman….thats an INCREDIBLE track record!” AJ Smith couldnt spot talent from the front row of Dancing With The Stars.

  33. commonsensedude says: Mar 6, 2013 6:35 PM

    Not only am I baffled at how he got hired by the Redskins … I’m still trying to figure out how Smith got hired by San Diego.

    But, actually, Snyder and Smith actually have a lot in common. They both set their franchises back a decade by firing Marty Schottenheimer.

  34. noring4youstill says: Mar 6, 2013 11:12 PM

    Cause he did such a dandy job in San Diego.

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