In Part 1, we discussed the scout's Black Monday and explained why the Redskins front office will likely have a new look in the very near future. We also compared the structure of Washington's personnel department to the other personnel shops around the league.
We'll wrap things up today by looking at the makeup of every front office that McCloughan has worked in and the colleagues that he worked with at each stop. This will help to give us of an idea of how many people he will hire and what roles he'll put them in.
Most importantly, we may even be able to determine exactly who McCloughan will hire as he attempts to create a new and improved version of the Washington Redskins' player personnel department. And we already saw him bring in three of his "guys" in free agency (Jean-Francois, Johnson and Goldson), so it only stands to reason that he would do it again with the front office.
Before we discuss all of that, we need to look backwards. For each of McCloughan's former teams I'll provide a few brief thoughts and then we'll go back to the future to tie everything together. Time for our first stop.
Set the dial on your DeLorean's to 1994. A simpler time when NFL murderers were found not guilty, the only Kardashian we knew was a lawyer, Dumb and Dumber movies were funny and we were still on our first Bush and Clinton. A time when a bright-eyed baseball burnout and football-film nerd named Scot McCloughan got his first job with an iconic NFL franchise: the Green Bay Packers.
Great Scot! Going Back In Time With McCloughan
Green Bay Packers (1994-2000):
|Position/Title||1994||1995||1996||1997||1998||1999||2000 Pre Draft|
|General Manager||Ron Wolf||Ron Wolf||Ron Wolf||Ron Wolf||Ron Wolf||Ron Wolf||Ron Wolf|
|VP of Player Personnel||Ken Herock||Ken Herock|
|Director of Player Personnel||Ted Thompson||Ted Thompson||Ted Thompson|
|Director of Pro Personnel||Ted Thompson||Ted Thompson||Ted Thompson||Reggie McKenzie||Reggie McKenzie||Reggie McKenzie||Reggie McKenzie|
|Pro Personnel Assistant||Reggie McKenzie||Reggie McKenzie||Reggie McKenzie||Matt Boockmeier||Will Lewis||Vince Workman||Vince Workman|
|Pro Personnel Assistant||John Schneider||John Schneider||John Schneider|
|Director of College Scouting||John Math (West)||John Math (West)||John Math (West)||John Dorsey (SE)||John Dorsey (SE)|
|College Scout COORD/Admin||Bryan Broaddus||Bryan Broaddus||Bryan Broaddus||Danny Mock||Danny Mock||Danny Mock||Danny Mock|
|College Scout||Red Cochran (North)||Red Cochran (North)||Red Cochran (North)||Red Cochran (North)||Red Cochran (North)||Red Cochran||Red Cochran|
|College Scout||Shaun Herock (SW)||Shaun Herock (East)||Shaun Herock (MW)||Shaun Herock (MW)||Shaun Herock (MW)||Shaun Herock||Shaun Herock|
|College Scout||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan (RM)||Scot McCloughan (RM)||Scot McCloughan (RM)||Scot McCloughan (RM)||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan|
|College Scout||John Dorsey (Rockies)||John Dorsey (SE)||John Dorsey (SE)||Johnny Meads (SW)||Johnny Meads (SW)||Alonzo Highsmith||Alonzo Highsmith|
|College Scout||George Steeter (MW)||George Steeter (MW)||Sam Seale (SW)||Sam Seale (West)||Sam Seale (West)||Sam Seale||Sam Seale|
|College Scout||Dave Hanner (SE)||Dave Hanner (SW)||Todd Bowles (East)||Will Lewis (East)||Matt Boockmeier (East)||Brian Gutekunst||Brian Gutekunst|
|College Scout||Ray Wietecha (East)||Lee Gissendaner (NFS)||Lee Gissendaner||Lee Gissendaner|
|College Scout||Lenny McGill|
- This is where McCloughan first met Ted Thompson, Jon Schneider and Alonzo Highsmith.
- Those three weren't the only big names that Scot McCloughan rubbed shoulders with in the frozen tundra. His GM was the legendary Ron Wolf and he was colleagues with several other future executives in John Dorsey (Chiefs GM), Will Lewis (Chiefs director), Reggie McKenzie (Raiders GM), Shaun Herock (Raiders director) and Brian Gutekunst (Packers director).
- Gutenkunst, Sam Seale, Lee Gissendaner and Alonzo Highsmith are still with the Packers to this day. It could be hard to pry these potential cheese-head lifers from Green Bay and "King in the North", Ted Thompson.
- Green Bay's personnel staff never exceeded 13 people, but they did have nearly seven college scouts per year during McCloughan's tenure there.
Seattle Seahawks (2000-2004):
|Position/Title||2000 Post Draft||2001||2002||2003||2004|
|General Manager||Mike Holmgren||Mike Holmgren||Mike Holmgren||Bob Ferguson||Bob Ferguson|
|Executive VP||Mike Holmgren||Mike Holmgren|
|VP of Football Operations||Ted Thompson||Ted Thompson||Ted Thompson||Ted Thompson||Ted Thompson|
|Director of Player Personnel||John Schneider|
|Director of Pro Personnel||Will Lewis||Will Lewis||Will Lewis||Will Lewis||Will Lewis|
|Asst. Director of Pro Personnel||Tag Ribary|
|Pro Personnel Assistant||John Jamison||John Jamison||John Jamison||John Jamison||John Jamison|
|Pro Personnel Assistant||Eric Stokes||Eric Stokes||Eric Stokes||Eric Stokes|
|Pro Personnel Assistant||Lake Dawson||Lake Dawson||Lake Dawson||Lake Dawson|
|Director of College Scouting||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan|
|College Scout COORD/Admin||Kirk Parrish||Kirk Parrish||Kirk Parrish||Kirk Parrish||Kirk Parrish|
|College Scout||Derrick Jensen (SE)||Derrick Jensen (SE)||Derrick Jensen (SE)||Derrick Jensen (SW)||Derrick Jensen (SW)|
|College Scout||Matt Malaspina (NE)||Matt Malaspina (NE)||Matt Malaspina (NE)||Matt Malaspina (SE)||Matt Malaspina (SE)|
|College Scout||John Peterson (SW)||John Peterson (SW)||John Peterson (SW)||John Peterson (NE)||John Peterson (ML)|
|College Scout||Mike Murphy (NW)||Mike Murphy (MW)||Mike Murphy (MW)||Mike Murphy (MW)||Mike Murphy (MW)|
|College Scout||Bucky Brooks (West)||Bucky Brooks (West)||Bucky Brooks (West)||Charlie Fisher (ML)||Charlie Fisher (NE)|
|College Scout||Eric Stokes (ML)||Scott Fitterer (ML)||Scott Fitterer (ML)||Scott Fitterer (West)||Scott Fitterer (West)|
|Scouting/Personnel Assistant||Mike Peterson||Mike Peterson||Mike Peterson||Mike Peterson||Mike Peterson|
|Scouting/Personnel Assistant||Joe Whitesel||Chris Culmer||Chris Culmer||Chris Culmer||Chris Culmer|
- Seattle became Green Bay West with Holmgren, Thompson, Schneider (briefly), Lewis and McCloughan running the show.
- Scot McCloughan was on a much bigger staff this time, as the Seahawks averaged over 16 total player personnel members, almost five executives and two assistants per year.
San Francisco 49ers (2005-2010):
|Position/Title||2005 Pre Draft||2005 Post Draft||2006||2007||2008||2009||2010 Pre Draft|
|General Manager||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan|
|VP of Player Personnel||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan|
|Director of Player Personnel||Trent Baalke||Trent Baalke||Trent Baalke|
|Director of Pro Personnel||Tom Gamble||Tom Gamble||Tom Gamble||Tom Gamble||Tom Gamble||Tom Gamble|
|Asst. Director of Pro Personnel||Mike Williams||Mike Williams||Mike Williams|
|Pro Scout||Quentus Cumby||Quentus Cumby||Quentus Cumby||Quentus Cumby|
|Pro Scout||Ryan Meyers||Ryan Meyers|
|Pro Personnel Assistant||Mike Williams||Mike Williams||Quentus Cumby|
|Director of College Scouting||David McCloughan||David McCloughan||David McCloughan||David McCloughan||David McCloughan||David McCloughan|
|College Scout COORD/Admin||Ethan Waugh||Ethan Waugh||Ethan Waugh||Ethan Waugh|
|College Scout||Todd Brunner||Todd Brunner||Todd Brunner||Todd Brunner||Todd Brunner||Todd Brunner||Todd Brunner|
|College Scout||Justin Chabot||Justin Chabot||Justin Chabot||Justin Chabot||Justin Chabot (SW)||Justin Chabot (SW)||Justin Chabot (SE)|
|College Scout||Oscar Lofton||Oscar Lofton||Oscar Lofton (SE/SC)||Kent Kahl (ML)||Kent Kahl (ML)||Kent Kahl (ML)||Kent Kahl (ML)|
|College Scout||Brian Gardner||Matt Malaspina||Matt Malaspina||Matt Malaspina (NW)||Matt Malaspina (SE)||Matt Malaspina (SE)||Matt Malaspina (Nation)|
|College Scout||Jim Abrams||Roylin Bradley (ML)||Roylin Bradley (ML)||Roylin Bradley (West)||Roylin Bradley (West)||Reggie Cobb (West)||Reggie Cobb (West)|
|College Scout||Jim Zeches||Trent Baalke (West)||Trent Baalke (West)||Trent Baalke (SW)||Ethan Waugh (MW)||Ethan Waugh (MW)||Ethan Waugh (MW)|
|Scouting/Personnel Assistant||Kyle Strongin||William Homer||William Homer|
|Personnel Consultant||John Brunner|
- Scot McCloughan finally made his nut when he got the big corner office by the bay with the San Francisco 49ers.
- He opted to go with a leaner approach that only saw the department staff a maximum of 13 people.
- All indications are that McCloughan worked with 49ers' scouts Brian Gardner, Jim Abrams and current Redskins' scout Jim Zeches prior to the 2005 draft and then fired them soon afterwards. There's a fair chance that unless McCloughan feels sorry for Zeches because of last time, that he'll shit-can the old scout again. It was less clear as to when consultant John Brunner left the organization.
- The front office was pretty bare when McCloughan first arrived in San Francisco, but he essentially turned over half of the staff within less than two months after the draft by firing the aforementioned men and bringing in his brother David McCloughan, one of his scouts from Seattle in Matt Malaspina, Trent Baalke, Tom Gamble and Roylin Bradley. He also added Quentus Cumby to the pro personnel team in early 2006. In the writing game, all of this is what we like to call "foreshadowing".
Seattle Seahawks (2010-2014):
|Position/Title||2010 Post Draft||2011||2012||2013||2014 Pre Draft|
|General Manager||John Schneider||John Schneider||John Schneider||John Schneider||John Schneider|
|Senior Personnel Executive||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan|
|Executive VP of Football Ops||Pete Carroll||Pete Carroll||Pete Carroll||Pete Carroll||Pete Carroll|
|VP of Football Operations||Will Lewis||Will Lewis|
|Director of Pro Personnel||Tag Ribary||Tag Ribary||Tag Ribary||Trent Kirchner||Trent Kirchner|
|Asst. Director Pro Personnel||Trent Kirchner||Trent Kirchner||Trent Kirchner||Dan Morgan||Dan Morgan|
|Pro Scout||Dale Thompson||Dan Morgan||Dan Morgan||Nolan Teasley|
|Director of College Scouting||Scott Fitterer||Scott Fitterer||Scott Fitterer||Scott Fitterer||Scott Fitterer|
|Asst. Director College Scouting||Eric Stokes||Eric Stokes|
|College Scout COORD/Admin||Kirk Parrish||Kirk Parrish||Kirk Parrish||Kirk Parrish||Kirk Parrish|
|College Scout||Jason Barnes (MW)||Jason Barnes (MW)||Jason Barnes (MW)||Jason Barnes (MW)||Jason Barnes (MW)|
|College Scout||Matt Berry (SW)||Matt Berry (SW)||Matt Berry (SW)||Matt Berry (SW)||Matt Berry (Nation)|
|College Scout||Ed Dodds (SC)||Ed Dodds (SC)||Ed Dodds (SC)||Ed Dodds (SC)||Ed Dodds (Nation)|
|College Scout||Aaron Hineline (ML)||Aaron Hineline (ML)||Aaron Hineline (ML)||Aaron Hineline (ML)||Aaron Hineline (ML)|
|College Scout||Derrick Jensen (SE)||Derrick Jensen (SE)||Derrick Jensen (SE)||Jim Nagy (SE)||Jim Nagy (SE)|
|College Scout||Charlie Jackson (NE)||Charlie Jackson (NE)||Todd Brunner (NE)||Todd Brunner (NE)||Todd Brunner (NE)|
|College Scout||Tyler Ramsey (West)||Tyler Ramsey (West)||Tyler Ramsey (West)|
|College Scout||Josh Graff (NFS)||Josh Graff (NFS)|
- In his second tour in the great Northwest, Scot McCloughan was reunited with John Schneider, Scott Fitterer, Will Lewis, Tag Ribary, Kirk Parrish and Eric Stokes.
- Former 49ers' scout Todd Brunner followed McCloughan to Seattle two years later in 2012.
- Once again Seattle went with a "bigger is better" approach with their front office. They average 15.6 total personnel, nearly seven executives (includes assistant execs), over nine total college personnel and nearly seven college scouts.
Before we are able to compare the environments that McCloughan has worked in with other teams to the one he's in now we need to take one more quick look back.
Washington Redskins (2012-2014):
|Position/Title||2012||2013||2014||2015 Pre Draft|
|General Manager||Bruce Allen||Bruce Allen||Bruce Allen||Scot McCloughan|
|Executive VP||Mike Shanahan||Mike Shanahan|
|Senior Executive||A.J. Smith||A.J. Smith|
|Personnel Executive||Doug Williams||Doug Williams|
|Director of Player Personnel||Scott Campbell||Scott Campbell||Scott Campbell||Scott Campbell|
|Director of Pro Personnel||Morocco Brown||Morocco Brown||Alex Santos||Alex Santos|
|Pro Scout||Alex Santos||Alex Santos||Jeff Scott||Jeff Scott|
|Pro Scout||Richard Mann II||Richard Mann II||Richard Mann II||Richard Mann II|
|Pro Scout||Josh Washburn||Josh Washburn|
|College Scout||Kyle Smith (SE)||Kyle Smith (SE)||Kyle Smith (SE)||Kyle Smith (SE)|
|College Scout||Tim Gribble (MW)||Tim Gribble (MW)||Tim Gribble (MW)||Tim Gribble (MW)|
|College Scout||Cole Spencer (NE)||Cole Spencer (NE)||Cole Spencer (NE)||Cole Spencer (NE)|
|College Scout||David Whittington (SW)||David Whittington (SW)||David Whittington (SW)||David Whittington (SW)|
|College Scout||Jim Zeches (West)||Jim Zeches (West)||Jim Zeches (West)||Jim Zeches (West)|
|College Scout||Darryl Franklin (NE/BLESTO)||Darryl Franklin (NE/BLESTO)||Darryl Franklin (BLESTO)||Darryl Franklin (NE/BLESTO)|
|Scouting/Personnel Assistant||Jeff Scott||Matt Evans||Matt Evans|
|Scouting/Personnel Assistant||Josh Washburn|
- We already discussed the Redskins scouting department in Part 1, but if there's anything positive that you can say about this operation is that it has seen a fair amount of continuity. However, they've also had continuity with their lack of success.
- To learn more about the Redskins current staff click the links on their names under the 2015 column.
The Typical Scot McCloughan Front Office vs. The Washington Redskins
|Position||McClougan Average||2015 Redskins||Difference|
|Total Player Personnel||14.0||14||0.0|
|Total Pro Personnel||2.9||4||1.1|
|Total College Personnel||8.3||6||-2.3|
Once again we see that there is a very strong likelihood that the Redskins will look to buttress their college staff with more scouts while also letting go of at least one member of their pro scouting wing. They will also likely add another executive and discontinue their use of a BLESTO scout. Here are some more fast facts about McCloughan's former teams.
- There were one or fewer pro scouts on 61% of the staffs that McCloughan was a part of and three or fewer members of the pro personnel team on 83% of them. There was also an assistant director of pro personnel on nearly 40% of his teams.
- I would bet good money that a director of college scouting and a college scouting coordinator will be hired or appointed. The Redskins have neither and there has been one on 91% and 87% of McCloughan's team's respectively.
- The college football focus doesn't stop there either. There have been at least six college scouts (not including BLESTO or NFS) in 100% of the personnel departments that Scot McCloughan has worked in. Twenty-six percent of those departments had more than six of them. The Redskins currently have five college scouts on staff.
- It's the same story when you look at the entire college personnel department (includes scouts, BLESTO, coordinators, directors, etc.). The Redskins only employ six college personnel men, while there was eight or more of them on a whopping 87% of the new GM's former teams.
All Player Personnel Staff Worked With (1994-2014)
Now let's figure out who Scot McCloughan is going to build his new Washington Redskins team with. Below you will see a list of quite possibly every person that has worked alongside him in a full-time scouting role.
The table is sorted by the number of years that the personnel man worked with McCloughan. You can also use the search bar to filter the results by name, team, calendar years and position.
This information should definitely put us on the right track. Logic tells us a few things here. First, McCloughan would probably prefer to bring in people he knows and trusts and that is more likely to be the case with those that he's worked with for a while.
We also shouldn't expect another GM to take a demotion just to work with his old buddy Scot again; and likewise, it would be surprising for McCloughan to reach by attempting to resurrect the NFL careers of current realtor Mike Murphy and State Farm insurance agent Matt Boockheimer.
As you can see Scot McCloughan has worked with Matt Malaspina longer than anyone. He may be eager to leave what looks like a sinking ship in San Francisco. Malaspina followed McCloughan once, so perhaps he'll be willing to do it again.
Kirk Parrish, Scott Fitterer, Todd Brunner and Will Lewis are all right behind Malaspina in terms of experience with McCloughan. However, it could be tougher to get them to leave the cushier confines of Seattle and Kansas City. Perhaps giving better titles and more money to experienced scouts like Ethan Waugh, Ed Dodds, Matt Berry or Reggie Cobb is the answer.
Potential New-Look Front Office
Based on the information from the preceding table I've created something of a rough wish list for the team's new front office. Most of these decisions were based on the amount of time that McCloughan worked with the individual and their current positions and titles with other teams.
|Position/Title||Option 1||Option 2||Option 3|
|General Manager||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan||Scot McCloughan|
|Director of Player Personnel||Matt Malspina||Alonzo Highsmith||Scott Fitterer|
|VP of Football Ops||Alonzo Highsmith||Lake Dawson|
|Director of Pro Personnel||Quentus Cumby||Ryan Meyers||Alex Santos|
|Asst. Director Pro Personnel||Ryan Meyers||Don Warren||Richard Mann II|
|Pro Scout||Richard Mann II||Josh Washburn|
|Director of College Scouting||Justin Chabot||David McCloughan||Matt Berry
|College Scout 1||Todd Brunner||Todd Brunner||Reggie Cobb|
|College Scout 2||David McCloughan||John Peterson||Jason Barnes|
|College Scout 3||John Peterson||Jeff Beathard||Tim Gribble|
|College Scout 4||Jeff Beathard||Tim Gribble||David Whttington|
|College Scout 5||Tim Gribble||Josh Graff||Kyle Smith|
|College Scout 6||Josh Graff||A.J. Highsmith||Dale Thompson|
|College Scout 7||A.J. Highsmith||Cole Spencer
|Scouting Coordinator/Admin||Teddy Atlas||Matt Evans||Kirk Parrish|
|Scouting Assistant||Matt Evans||New Hire||Matt Evans|
Highsmith, Malaspina and Fitterer were already discussed, so no need for further explanation there. David McCloughan is Scot's older brother and was his director of college scouting with the 49ers. Chabot is a very experienced and well-regarded scout, Lake Dawson is looking for work and Cumby and Meyers would both gladly accept their first job as a top-level pro scouting executive.
Option one would probably be my ideal scenario. Giving the team two new experienced lieutenants and an almost completely new staff. Option three is probably the most realistic scenario, as there is a virtually an even split between current Redskins personnel staffers and scouts from McCloughan's most recent stop in Seattle.
I admittedly got a little cute with Beathard, Don Warren and A.J. Highsmith, but the Redskins are huge fans of nepotism and bringing in big names that might have more style than substance, so I thought, why not? Beathard and Warren are both from Virginia and hiring the young Highsmith might entice Dad to head south for a little on-the-job father-son bonding.
Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen have insisted on employing an antiquated approach that prioritizes free agency over the draft as a primary means of roster construction. Come to think of it, when has that approach ever worked? It certainly hasn't ever produced the desired results here.
Luckily for the Redskins, Scot McCloughan does not subscribe to this philosophy. He is an ardent believer that teams must be built through the NFL draft. And for that reason, it is clear that there will be change and there will be casualties. He will likely make many of the aforementioned moves that we discussed, but my question is: why stop there?
The Redskins will likely hire more scouts, a college scouting coordinator and a director of college scouting among others, but if McCloughan truly believes that the draft is the lifeline of an organization and if Dan Snyder is really fully committed to helping McCloughan, then they should be using everything at their disposal to improve the player personnel department.
Snyder needs to realize that teams are built on the backs of their scouting staffs. There is no salary cap for the player personnel department of teams and the Redskins are worth an estimated $2.4 billion (third most in the NFL). If you're going to throw your money somewhere, then this is where you should do it. Especially, since based on everything that I've seen personnel staffers are severely underpaid relative to their importance.
The Redskins could hire a scouting coordinator, three additional college scouts and three more executives, and it would likely cost them less than $1 million a year. That's a drop in the bucket for this team and the value that a move like that would create would be immense.
The Washington Redskins finally have found the right personnel man to lead this team out of the dark ages, and they should give him more than what he needs to just succeed. They should provide him with the tools and the support that will allow him to thrive.
*All front office information courtesy of official team media guides and websites*