Thursday, January 8, 2015

Redskins Finalize Deal with New GM Scot McCloughan

NFL:
Washington has taken a progressive step forward in upgrading their personnel department.

Scot McCloughan and the Redskins finalized a deal Wednesday to make him the team's new general manager, per NFL Media's Albert Breer. The former 49ers general manager and Seahawks personnel executive will report to team president Bruce Allen and will have final say over the 53-man roster in D.C.

McCloughan also held discussions with the Jets and Raiders, per Breer. Breer added the Redskins satisfied the Rooney Rule on Monday by interviewing Jets executive and former Cardinals GM Rod Graves, per two sources.

McCloughan was named San Francisco's vice president of player personnel in 2005, then was promoted to general manager in '08. He left the team shortly before the 2010 draft for personal reasons. He then served as John Schneider's assistant in Seattle until leaving shortly before last spring's draft. He also served as the Seahawks' director of college scouting from 2000 to '05. McCloughan admitted to Seth Wickersham in an ESPN The Magazine profile that he battled alcohol issues.

"I had a drinking problem," he told Wickersham. "I'm a good person. And I know how to run a team."

McCloughan is known in league circles as one of the most naturally gifted scouts in football. Though he was let go from the 49ers, he will be remembered for stockpiling one of the league's most talented rosters for Jim Harbaugh to inherit. His work with the Seahawks, whose late-round gems over the past four years built the foundation for a Super Bowl championship, was also heralded by executives around the league.

Washington has been desperate to improve their personnel department over the past few seasons and should do well to add someone with a true scouting background.

In his year away from football, McCloughan maintained a private scouting service, so he should be able to immediately contribute to Washington's draft class in 2015.

Bleacher Report:
Following a 4-12 season in which the team allowed 438 points, Washington and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett have agreed to go their separate ways.

Defensively, the Redskins have given up more points than 27 other NFL teams this season. In their four previous seasons under defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, the Redskins have ranked tied for 31st (2013), 22nd (2012), 21st (2011) and T-21st (2010) in points against per game.

Haslett has been with Washington since 2010. During that time, the franchise has made the postseason once and only finished in the top 20 of total defense twice. A deeper dive into the numbers, via Rob Carlin of Comcast SportsNet Washington, shows the problems on defense were vast: 'Under Jim Haslett, #Redskins have allowed 2nd most pts.. 4th most total yds.. 2nd most pass yds.'"

More information:
» Bleacher Report: Top 4 Replacements for Jim Haslett
» ESPN The Magazine: "Football savant Scot McCloughan"

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