The Redskins finally making it official after the story of their interest broke on Monday, Scot McCloughan is the newest general manager of the Washington Redskins. This is one of the best moves the Redskins could have made this offseason, and one that a lot of people didn't expect them to go through with. Fan anger and indifference was once again high after a disappointing 4-12 season, that followed a 3-13 season. Bruce Allen had taken over full control as GM after Head Coach Mike Shanahan's firing following the 2013 season. The results of free agency were a huge disappointment, and the draft is still too early to tell, but there were some questionable moves there as well.
Scot McCloughan brings a long history of player personnel work, drafting talented players, and team building which is exactly what this team needs to crawl out of the basement of the NFC East and the NFL in general. The team has their full slate of draft picks going into this season and the #5 overall pick. After cutting a few veterans who are not living up to their contracts, and with the estimated cap increase, the Redskins will be in comfortable shape going into free agency. McCloughan believes in building through the draft, but some players will need to be brought in to replace what could be a high number of players being released or not re-signed in the coming months.
McCloughan comes with red flags, and his history of alcohol abuse has been well documented. He left his last two positions(San Francisco 49ers GM and Seattle Seahawks Personnel Executive) due, in some part, to his issues with alcohol abuse. But that was not before he helped build teams that went to NFC Championships, Super Bowls, and eventually won a Super Bowl. This is a good day for Redskins Nation, but there is a lot of work ahead, and this is not an instant fix. Patience is key with a roster that has produced 7 wins over the last two seasons. Alright, now go celebrate for the third(?) day in a row!
Scot McCloughan, the Washington Redskins' new general manager, understands what it takes from a personnel perspective to find success in the National Football League.
The Redskins announced on Thursday that McCloughan will serve as the team’s general manager after more than 20 years in the league split across the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.At each stop he’s made, McCloughan has helped his organization reach success and new levels of glory, as he’s won Super Bowl titles with the Packers and Seahawks – the organization’s first – and helped build a 49ers team that appeared in the NFC Championship Game three straight years between 2011-13.