Redskins Fire GM Scot McCloughan

The Redskins are firing GM Scout McCloughan after two seasons at the helm, according to The Washington Post. McCloughan is being let go due to his ongoing issues with alcohol, one official says. Scot McCloughan (vertical)

He’s had multiple relapses due to alcohol,” said the official. “He showed up in the locker room drunk on multiple occasions. . . . This has been a disaster for 18 months.”

The same official intimated that McCloughan also lost his two previous NFL jobs due to alcohol abuse. The exec did not “make the best of his third chance” in the league, in the anonymous source’s estimation.

Meanwhile, there were rumblings late in the season that some in the Washington front office were jealous of McCloughan’s power, Mike Jones of the Washington Post tweets. Ultimately, he was told, team management would one day use McCloughan’s drinking as an excuse to fire him. McCloughan’s players, scouting staff, and even coaches all respected and appreciated him, Jones tweets.

The Washington Redskins have released Scot McCloughan from the organization effective immediately,”Redskins president Bruce Allen said in a statement. “We wish him success in his future endeavors. The team will have no further comment on his departure. The organization remains confident in our personnel department as we execute our free agency plans as well as prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft.” .

This brings an end to a bizarre saga that has been playing out in D.C. for weeks now. McCloughan has been out of pocket during the most critical part of the offseason and things got really strange when he was not present at the Scouting Combine in late February. This week, as the madness of free agency swirled, agents found themselves negotiating with other officials in the team’s front office. Reportedly, the chaos in Washington made the representatives of free agents question the team’s stability. Quarterback Kirk Cousins may also feel the same way – he personally asked owner Dan Snyder to trade him.

The Redskins have been “entertaining” new general manager options for “quite some time,” according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. He mentioned Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik as a candidate whose name has surfaced in internal talks. La Canfora also suggested that the team could promote executive Alex Santos to the GM spot, but it’s not clear if that has been a consideration. The Redskins have never promoted an executive from within to fill the GM role.

Without their GM in the building, the Redskins made a number of notable moves this week. Here’s a quick rundown:

The Redskins also lost DeSean Jackson and Chris Baker to the Buccaneers, lost Pierre Garcon to the 49ers, and came up short in their efforts to sign Calais Campbell.

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21 comments on “Redskins Fire GM Scot McCloughan

  1. Z-A

    Has nothing to do with giving Kirk 40 something million over 2 years?

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  2. bts76

    Well there you have it. The glorious conclusion to the worst front office culture is again turning over… RG3 comeback in the works next ?

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    • Ram15004x4BadassStrongToughMan

      Redskins big mess. Browns way worse. Both horrible and crap

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        • gmflores27

          If you’ve seen the osweiler trade you’d know that front office knows what it’s doing

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  3. julienk

    Sounds like a good thing to me. Scot made some great team choices but there were some solid signings today for cheap without him; doubt alcohol was the actual issue but doesn’t matter. Looking forward to the new faces on defense with Galette, McGee, McClain, and Swearinger. Trade Kirk for the 2 first round picks, bulk up on defense and OL picks in the next couple years, let fat rob eat and keep the young players that want to be there. Sorry to see Scot go but I doubt this is going to impact the team negatively. Sounds like the front office has their stuff together.

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      • julienk

        His worth has been marked at 2 first rounders. His value is high right now, and Jed York wouldn’t surprise me by making that offer.

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        • jschnitzler23

          Where has his worth been marked as two 1st rounders? Jed York isn’t the GM. Redskins lack leverage. They will be lucky to get a 2nd rounder and additional picks.

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        • Not happening. Redskins have little leverage at this point. Kirk coming to SF in ’18, book it!

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    • Clark

      Any team that isnt close to contending and trades a first rounder for him is dumb, hes average at best and giving away your future for a guy in his 30s that will get paid 25M per year. Personally if i was a GM i would only offer a 3rd rounder at most nothing more

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      • Ram15004x4BadassStrongToughMan

        Hit dat nail on head. He not that great not a franchise player just an avrij QB usually

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      • julienk

        Yep, I never said the 49ers front office was smart. You have Jed York on one hand, and in the other a desperate browns team with over 100M projected cap space for 2017. And now essentially a QB-less Texans team. Remember Bradford raked in a first round pick when he was traded to the Vikings last year, and he wasn’t a top ten QB (like Kirk was this last year), and he was just a sub for one year in Teddy’s absence. Kirk’s value is much higher, and if you haven’t seen the monster deals for sub-par QBs in the past few years (Brock Osweiler ring a bell?) just know that teams are more than willing to overpay for QBs. Kirk has proved himself more than Bradford did, teams need QBs just as much as the Vikings did, seems a little ridiculous to not believe that Kirk couldn’t pull in at least one first round pick.

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      • julienk

        Also Kirk isn’t in his 30’s. He’s 28, that’s young for a QB.

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  4. ffjsisk

    Dumb, dumb, dumb. Next they trade Cousins and try to get cute with the draft. Glad I’m not a Skins fan.

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  5. Rondon

    Having been close to 2 people who dealt with alcohol addiction (one of them died), I have nothing but compassion for the guy. I hope he overcomes it. More important than any job, is his life.

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  6. realfootballfan

    Like I said about this last night, you’re firing him for being drunk when he said before he took the job that he was not going to stop drinking and all of your players say that they never saw his drinking as a problem, lol. All righty then. But at least he has that reporter that his wife snapped on his first year there to comfort him. He’ll be back working for somebody’s college scouting department shortly. If a team that has lots of picks like Cleveland is smart, they snap him up because all he wants to do is scout players.

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    • browns

      Agreed, was just thinking that this would be a guy that the Browns could get, put him in the group with Brown and DePodesta. Not as much pressure to be the “guy” in the front office and he can assist them in scouting players. Good call

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