Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The Washington Redskins will hire Morocco Brown to be the new director of pro personnel, according to league and team sources, completing the reshaping of the front office under vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato.
Brown, a native of Hampton, Va., and a former assistant scout with Washington, replaces Louis Riddick, who was released recently from the organization. Brown has agreed to start work in Washington next month, sources said.
Brown had been assistant director of pro personnel for the Chicago Bears since 2001, earning a reputation as a bright prospect, league sources said, and was someone the franchise did not want to lose.
Brown, who according to sources has told the Bears of his decision, will become the third-highest ranking official in Washington's organization behind Cerrato and Scott Campbell, who was promoted to director of player personnel shortly after coach and team president Joe Gibbs resigned. Brown worked under Cerrato with Washington and has strong ties to the area.
The Redskins overhauled the coaching and organizational hierarchy after Gibbs's sudden departure, with Cerrato the central figure in the football operations. Riddick had been with the team for seven years and was Cerrato's longtime assistant. Brown will now have a significant role in helping identify and evaluate talent throughout the NFL, as well as within Washington's roster.
Brown, whose father, Charles, was a former assistant football coach at Hampton University, was a linebacker for North Carolina State from 1994 to 1997. Brown did not play professionally but worked for the Indianapolis Colts after graduation and joined the Redskins as an intern in 2000.
With the Redskins' front office in transition in 2001, and Marty Schottenheimer taking over both coaching and personnel duties, Brown left for the opportunity to assist Bears pro personnel director Bobby DePaul in Chicago.
Brown left an impression in Washington, however, and in a 2001 interview with WolfpackChicago.com (a Web site devoted to N.C. State grads in that area), he said that owner Daniel Snyder mentioned him by name during an organizational meeting following the firing of head coach Norv Turner during the 2000 season.
"The Redskins called a meeting and Mr. Snyder came to address the entire organization," Brown told WolfpackChicago.com. "They said there were two people doing an excellent job . . . Morocco and the janitor."
Brown's brother Milan is the head men's basketball coach at Mount St. Mary's in Maryland, and his brother Marseille was a collegiate athlete as well.
Redskins Notes: The Redskins are unlikely to hire a new college scouting director following Campbell's promotion, with Campbell slated to continue traveling to college games and overseeing the college scouts. . . . The Redskins signed undrafted free agent safety Stephen Tate of Hofstra, a former standout at Centreville High.
-- By Jason La Canfora