Washington fires director of pro personnel, assistant director of pro personnel

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The coming season will require, perhaps more than any other in the history of the game, the ability to quickly identify and select potential replacement players from other teams (via trade), other teams’ practice squads (via signing to the active roster), the waiver wire (via priority determined by record) or available to anyone in free agency. Washington, less than three weeks before the start of training camp, has fired its two top employees from the department responsible for quickly identifying and selecting such players.

Les Carpenter of the Washington Post reports that the team has fired Alex Santos and Richard Mann II. Santos served as the director of the pro personnel department, and Mann worked as the assistant director.

No reason was reported for the decision, and the team declined to comment on the situation.

Santos joined the team as a pro personnel assistant in 2006. He had served in his current role since 2014. Mann was promoted into his current job three years ago; he had been with the team for a decade.

The team either will have to promote from within and then backfill the vacated scouting positions, hire outsiders who are currently unattached to any team, or ask front-office employees to do double duty. Whatever the team chooses, it’s hardly an ideal time to be finding someone else to perform such important functions as the NFL gets ready for football in a pandemic.

32 responses to “Washington fires director of pro personnel, assistant director of pro personnel

  1. Well you could argue they haven’t done a sufficient job to date. Couple that with Rivera being in town, and this is a simple case “get your own guy”.

  2. “There is no “Pandemic””

    There’s the most stupid thing I’ll read all day SMH

  3. Carolina fired two pro scouts earlier this week. I can see them joining their former boss in Washington. There are now two spots open there.

  4. The Bruce Allen acolytes are being shown the door. The rest of the NFL might not like it but Kyle Smith and Ron Rivera are building a juggernaut. To think, the next name on the Lombardi Trophy is a name that doesn’t even exist today. Great time to be a (name to be determined) fan.

  5. It’s not going to matter. They are still going to be terrible regardless of what they do.

  6. therealraider: Perhaps you saw that Rueters News reported Florida has 15000 new cases today, a new record for most cases in a day by any state.

  7. “Whatever the team chooses, it’s hardly an ideal time to be finding someone else to perform such important functions as the NFL gets ready for football in a pandemic.”
    ——————

    Ridiculous.

    When exactly is the “ideal” time to fire pro personnel?

    – In-season Weeks 1-17? Nope.
    – In-season playoffs? Nope.
    – Off-season before draft? Nope.
    – Off-season after draft and before college season? YES.

    Seriously, ALL the scouting is already done. It’s in your database. It’s not like players are playing and adding/subtracting value from their resume.

  8. It’s Snyder doing his best Mr. Burns imimpersonation.
    Smithers find me 2 employees to fire then…..
    Release the hounds!!!!

  9. At this point I think many of us really feel bad for long-time Redskin fans.

    Punch in the stomach day after day….

  10. This is no big deal. It makes sense if youknow what’s behind it.

    “Carolina fired two pro scouts earlier this week. I can see them joining their former boss in Washington. There are now two spots open there.” – Thanks to Jeff Schmitt

    Rivera wants his guys and they were available. This happens every season when coaches change jobs.

  11. Jeff Schmitt says: “Carolina fired two pro scouts earlier this week. I can see them joining their former boss in Washington. There are now two spots open there.”
    —————-

    Strange. Not a single word on how bad a time it was to fire the Panthers pro scouts, but when the Redskins do it…

  12. The CDC’s very own website shows that the death rate curve has flattened to a very low degree. So yeah. That’s just a fact.

  13. The ignorant comments on the pandemic here are truly depressing. The death rate curve is lower because the hospitals weren’t overwhelmed and NY and NJ got things under control. If the hospitals do once again get slammed, the death rate will rise again and quickly.

    The key requirement is to keep the infection rate low enough that the hospitals can function effectively.

  14. It’s Rivera’s show and he’ll bring in his guys. And I bet he is successful in DC.

  15. Rich and Alex are solid scouts and good dudes. Dougie Fresh is now in player development. I’m not sure there’s any guys left I like. But to fire these guys right before your season is so stupid and you are trying to ruin these guys landing elsewhere. Why not after the draft or season? You need pro scouts during season and pre season. These guys don’t get it. Pro scouts do advance work (as the Patriots scout was trying to show during that snafu)

  16. This was a FedEx call change the name and then change the staff, FedEx is going to teardown the stadium and make it a Hub location instead of seeing players we will see them loading planes

  17. When Washington is 2 and 6 at mid season Rivera is gone, Snyder isn’t going to forget Rivera’s outspoken views on the name.

  18. If you want there to be football this season wear a mask. If don’t care about sports the economy, human lives, then don’t wear a mask. Simply put, the virus makes the rules.

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