Scot McCloughan

NFL draft 2019: Ex-49ers GM warns against picking Kyler Murray No. 1

NFL draft 2019: Ex-49ers GM warns against picking Kyler Murray No. 1

The Arizona Cardinals hold the No. 1 overall pick in next week’s 2019 NFL Draft, and there’s plenty of speculation they'll select reigning Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.

Back in 2005, the 49ers were in the same position, holding the first overall pick, with an obvious need for a quarterback. San Francisco's general manager at the time, Scot McCloughan, decided to use the selection on Alex Smith, and he has an opinion on the Cardinals' current situation.

In speaking to Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko, McCloughan had major concerns with making Murray the top pick in the 2019 draft, because of what he sees as a critical character flaw.

"To be a legit NFL quarterback, you’ve got to have leadership qualities,” McCloughan said. “Watching Kyler do an interview, it’s like, C’mon, guy, what do you got? Give me something. I’m sure they’re trying to train him up, but ... he’s just not a go-getter. Doesn’t mean he can’t be a good QB. Just means he’s not gonna be the guy in the locker room."

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McCloughan assisted the Browns in the lead-up to their selection of quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft, and that seems to have worked out nicely for Cleveland.

Of course, McCloughan also was the man who opted to select Smith with the first overall pick instead of eventual Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, so maybe he should keep his quarterback evaluations to himself.

Jimmy Garoppolo will soon return to 49ers' sideline as rehab continues

Jimmy Garoppolo will soon return to 49ers' sideline as rehab continues

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is nearing the stage of his rehabilitation that will enable him to make his return to the 49ers’ sideline.

Garoppolo's season ended when he tore the ACL in his left knee during the 49ers’ Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Garoppolo underwent surgery on Oct. 3. He recently was allowed to jettison his crutches to walk without assistance.

Next up, Garoppolo will be allowed to travel with the team and watch games from the sideline, coach Kyle Shanahan told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“The Tuesday after the Monday night game is the first time he was off his crutches, so it’s been nice for him to come out to practice and things like that,” Shanahan said. “There’s one more week before the doctors allow him to travel. So he’ll be able to come on some road trips with us.”

Garoppolo was shown to a national television audience during the 49ers’ game against the New York Giants watching the game from a suite at Levi’s Stadium. Former 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan asked on Twitter why Garoppolo was not with his teammates on the sideline.

Shanahan answered the question, stating that the 49ers’ medical staff was following its long-standing policy. Running back Jerick McKinnon, who also tore his ACL, was not been allowed on the team’s sideline until now.

“It’s not my rule. It’s the same rule that our doctors had when he was here,” Shanahan said of McCloughan's comments. “We have a policy here when guys are on crutches. They have a certain amount of time to return from injury. And when they’re on crutches we don’t allow them on the sideline. We don’t think they can protect themselves.

“That was a rule that was made before I was here. I think Scot would remember because he was here, too. It’s the same doctors, so I think he knows the answer to that. Fortunately, McKinnon just got cleared last week, and Jimmy will be cleared for our next home game.”

Garoppolo is attending all meetings and spends a lot of time with the team’s other quarterbacks: Nick Mullens, C.J. Beathard and Tom Savage, who was waived Saturday but is likely to be re-signed.

When the 49ers return to Levi’s Stadium for their Dec. 9 game against the Denver Broncos, Garoppolo is expected to be on the sideline.

“Of course, Jimmy wants to be down there. It’s a lot more fun. He wants to be with his teammates, but that’s our team’s policy, and it’s a pretty smart one,” Shanahan said. “We’d love to have guys down there to watch and be close, so people don’t get upset with them. But I’d also rather them stay healthy and not get injured for no reason.”

Ex-49ers GM roasted for asking why Jimmy Garoppolo not on sideline


Ex-49ers GM roasted for asking why Jimmy Garoppolo not on sideline

Scot McCloughan was mad online Monday night. 

The former San Francisco 49ers general manager took issue with injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo not standing on the sideline during his team's Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants. The longtime executive asked why Garoppolo -- whose season is over because of a torn ACL -- watched the game in a suite instead of with his 49ers teammates.

As NBC Sports Bay Area's Jennifer Lee Chan reported last month, neither Garoppolo nor running back Jerick McKinnon are allowed on the sideline while they recover from torn ACLs. But that didn't stop McCloughan from tweeting about it, and he pointed to Carson Wentz standing on the Eagles' sideline after tearing his ACL last year as an example.  

Of course, that's not exactly how it happened all of last year, either, as many people on Twitter were quick to point out.

The lesson, as always, is to think -- and use a search engine to fact check -- before you tweet. 

McCloughan worked in the 49ers' front office from 2005 to 2010. He was promoted from vice president of player personnel to GM in February 2008, He was dismissed, but he played a pivotal role building the 49ers into contenders, and he did the same with the Seattle Seahawks as a senior personnel executive from 2010 to 2013.

McCloughan last worked in the NFL as Washington's GM from 2015 to 2017. 

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