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— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) March 10, 2017
The Washington Post is reporting that the Redskins have fired GM Scot McCloughan Friday evening after two years with the team.
A source with direct knowledge of the situation attributed the team’s decision to move on from McCloughan to his ongoing issues with alcohol.
“He’s had multiple relapses due to alcohol,” an official told the Post. “He showed up in the locker room drunk on multiple occasions. . . . This has been a disaster for 18 months.”
However, Mike Jones mentions that he was told late in the season of jealousy at the higher levels of the team and that they would eventually use McCloughan drinking as an excuse to fire him.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, citing league sources and people who have been in contact with the Redskins’ front office, recently reported that the team’s brass had been entertaining new options at general manager for quite some time.
La Canfora mentions that former Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik has already surfaced as a potential candidate for the job, given that he previously worked with Bruce Allen. However, La Canfora isn’t sure that they will go with Dominik and wonders if Alex Santos could be someone they consider.
This couldn’t possibly be worse timing for the Redskins, considering that free agency just opened today and they’re over a month away from the draft. Given the situation they find themselves in, it seems like they will promote from within and possibly open things up next year.
McCloughan, 45, began his executive career with the Packers as a regional scout back in in 1994. He later took over as the Seahawks director of college scouting in 2000 before being hired as the 49ers VP of player personnel in 2005.
San Francisco promoted McCloughan to GM in 2008, but he lasted just two years in the position before the two parties mutually agreed to part ways. It was later revealed that McCloughan had been dealing with personal issues with alcoholism.
McCloughan returned to Seattle and spent three years with the Seahawks before the Redskins hired him as GM in 2015.
During his time with the Redskins, McCloughan’s team produced a record of 17-14-1, which includes one playoff appearance.
We’ll have more regarding the Redskins GM situation as the news is available.