Don Warren retires as Commanders pro scout

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Don Warren, a former star winger for Washington and current senior pro scout for the Commanders, is set to retire this week, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The move was expected internally – Warren informed coach Ron Rivera of his decision months ago – but it’s unclear how the team plans to fulfill its role in the personnel department.

Warren’s retirement, reported for the first time by Neil Stratton of InsidetheLeague.com, is ending his tenure with the franchise after 21 seasons, including his entire 14-year playing career from 1979 to 1992.

Drafted in the fourth round (103rd overall) in 1979 from San Diego State, Warren was an original member of the famous Washington “Hogs” offensive line and a starter in four Super Bowls, helping the franchise win three. . In 2002, he was named one of Washington’s 70 Greatest Players.

“He was our prototype player in terms of work habits, work ethic, attitude and playing time,” then-general manager Charley Casserly said in 1993. didn’t come to us with an all-pro talent. He came with a pro attitude. … For 14 seasons, he was the NFL’s best tight tackle. Players like Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks knew that afternoon the toughest they would face would be against the Washington Redskins because of Donnie Warren.

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Warren was a baseball and football coach at Centerville High in Virginia after retiring as a player, but joined Washington as a scout in 2005, spending five years in the front office before joining the Carolina Panthers scouting department . Throughout Rivera’s tenure as head coach at Carolina (2011 to 2019), Warren was a fixture in the personnel department, so it’s no surprise he joined him in Washington in 2020 as as the team’s senior professional scout.

At 6-foot-4, Warren stood out along the sideline in practice. He was primarily a blocking tight end in an era when the position was generally seen as an extension of the offensive line, but Warren was cited by Rivera as a role model for many of his moves on the roster. Warren was known for creating problems for the defense.

“You see Donnie Warren walking around,” Rivera said last summer. “Donnie was in better shape back then, but he was a tight end who blocked, and if the teams didn’t adjust when they brought him in, they put the ball in your throat. It really talked about clashes and the advantage you can create.

Rivera has kept his coaching staff intact this offseason, except for the addition of tight ends coach Juan Castillo after Pete Hoener retired. But the Washington personnel department now has two vacancies. In addition to Warren’s impending exit, the team lost college scout Sheldon White last week to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who named him director of pro scouting.

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