“Bob Myers is a winner. Who wouldn’t want him on your team trying to help the franchise identify talent,” Harris said during a press conference on Monday (h/t Ben Standig of The Athletic). “…He’ll be around as an advisor to me. He’s not going to be involved with the x’s and o’s but he’ll be involved with the search process and beyond as it relates to the Washington Commanders, helping us build an amazing franchise, a winning culture.”
The two executives will work with Harris, Mitch Rales, Magic Johnson, and David Blitzer (the latter three being limited partners of the Commanders) as part of a committee “designed to reshape” the Commanders’ front office and coaching staff, per ESPN. Members of the current front office will also remain on staff for at least the time being.
The Commanders’ current front office, including GM Martin Mayhew and executive VP of football/player personnel Marty Hurney, will remain on staff through the search process, officials said. The new head of football operations and head coach will determine their long-term futures with the Commanders, team officials told ESPN.
Myers Championship Insights To Washington
Myers, who joined the Warriors in 2011 as an assistant general manager before being promoted to general manager in 2012, led the production of four NBA championships in Golden State. He was recognized as the NBA’s Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.
Notable Warriors roster moves under Myers’ leadership include:
♥ Trading for Andre Iguodala in a 2013 offseason deal that sent away a pair of future draft picks and surrendered significant depth, signaling an all-in strategy behind the team’s core (Myers previously said it was the hardest deal he’s ever had to make).
It’s not the first time NFL franchises have hired NBA executives and vice-versa.
The Wizards, for example, had long-time NFL executive Sashi Brown in-house as their chief planning and operations officer from 2019-2022 before the Harvard grad took the role as President of the Baltimore Ravens. Former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie began his sports career as an advisor to the 49ers and Texans while earning his MBA at Stanford University (Hinkie would also advise the Broncos after his time with the Sixers concluded).