Consider the scale of the changes that have come to Redskins Park for one second.
Overall, Rivera has consolidated power. At his introductory press conference, he said Snyder was looking for a "coach-centered approach."
"For weeks, he's explored the reasons why some teams win and some teams don't," Rivera said. "(Snyder) told me the common factor in that transitional success of teams like the Patriots, the Seahawks and the Chiefs... was the decision to take it and make a coach-centered approach. Not an owner-centered approach, or a team president or a GM, but a coach-centered approach. I told Mr. Snyder that I appreciate the fact that he believes the head coach matters. But I told him I would be honored, but under one condition: it had to be a player-centered culture."
And in this system, Williams and Rob Rogers, who the Redskins announced the hiring of Thursday to be the senior VP of football administration, will report to the head coach. Snyder said Rogers is "a skilled NFL executive who brings many years of valuable experience in contract negotiation and salary cap management to our front office."
With new voices, new ideas, and a new regime, what does that mean for the players from the old regime?
Change, which once seemed impossible in these parts, has become a constant in the Rivera Era. Could further bombshells be forthcoming? It isn't out of the realm of possibility.
And, of course, time will tell how long the new era will last.