In the third time in as many weeks, the Washington Redskins announced the departure of a member of their front office—the latest being their Director of Player Development, Phillip Daniels. Daniels, a 15-year NFL veteran defensive end who spent seven season with the Redskins until 2010, left to pursue a possible coaching position, one that was not available with the team.
Daniels last major project with the team was related to a similar scenario that surrounded 2012 Heisman runner-up Manti Te'o. Daniels worked with Redskins players who could be "duped" by a person using direct messages via Twitter and Facebook.
Daniels posted a locker room memo in December 2012 warning, “Stay away from @RedRidnH00d. Avoid her on Twitter. Avoid her on Instagram. Do not converse with this person on any social media platform. She is not who she claims to be.”
The NFL investigated the case and no response has been made publicly.
As the Director of Player Development, Daniels conducted seminars and workshops with Redskins players on a variety of matters—including off-field issues, money management, life skills (peer pressure, long-distance relationships, anger management) and most importantly, life after football.
The NFL has strived for the development of a program for current players and their transition in and out of the league. With the sudden wealth and media exposure, not to mention everything the player does on and off the field under scrutiny, the league emphasizes the importance of protecting the NFL image and the $9 billion per year business.
In his capacity as player development director and in conjunction with the NFL Players Association, Daniels worked with current Redskins to support, guide, direct and ease players into life in the NFL.
Upon a player's departure from the active roster, the director works with them on life after football—everything from resume writing, job interview skills, marketability and resuming their college education should they have left college early for a career in the NFL.
The Redskins three current vacancies include Daniels position, special teams and wide receivers coach.