Mike Jones of the Washington Post first reported that Redskins GM Scot McCloughan was not at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Reports later mentioned that McCloughan’s absence was due to the death of his grandmother.
McCloughan tells Brian McNally that he won’t be attending the Combine at all this year, which is actually pretty big news, considering that he has been a central figure in the team’s draft strategy since taking over as the team’s GM.
Chris Russell of 106.7 The Fan reported that McCloughan was sent home from Redskins back on February 20 and was told not to return. However, McCloughan has disputed this report.
“I’m taking care of my family, plain and simple,” McCloughan tells McNally.
Even so, McNally and 106.7 The Fan stand by their report, saying: “Our source is adamant he was sent home on Feb. 20.”
Online records show that McCloughan’s grandmother passed away February 6 and her funeral was held on February 13.
Rumors have been circulating for a few weeks now that McCloughan’s job could be in danger and it’s possible that his role has been reduced.
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.
Since taking over the Redskins, McCloughan’s team has produced a record of 17-14-1, which includes one playoff appearance.
We’ll have more regarding McCloughan as the news is available.