One would not have blamed Scot McCloughan for being bitter about the way the Redskins let him go in early March, right at the start of free agency and with reports of a power struggle and a trail of anonymous reports about him drinking appearing in the wake of his firing.
But that does not appear to be the case. The Redskins former general manager took the high road in an interview today with Grant and Danny on 106.7 The Fan.
“It’s too bad what happened here but it is mutual,” said McCloughan. “There’s a lot of good people in this organization, from the ownership down, throughout the whole building, players, coaches. [Owner] Dan [Snyder] was nothing but great to us. You know, it just didn’t work out. As you’re well aware, it’s a big business and it just didn’t work out.
“It’s a good organization, it’s a really good organization. It just wasn’t meant to be.”
McCloughan said that the Redskins did well in the draft. He acknowledged that he had the board mostly set up prior to his departure, although some adjustments were made based on medical and other factors. But he deflected credit.
“I thought they did a good job,” he said. “The thing that’s cool about this organization, I’ve been to three other ones, the head coach, Jay [Gruden], is a good evaluator. He can see it and identify it. I leaned on him, he leaned on me. Knowing I wasn’t there, he can still see it. I was with [Mike] Holmgren, he didn’t want any part of it. Pete Carroll didn’t want any part of it. Mike Nolan, didn’t want any part of it, Mike Singletary didn’t want any part of it. But Jay really, really studies a lot of tape and he can identify, you know, which helped me out quite a bit. You can always use good opinions because it’s not an exact science.”
Holmgren was that head coach of the Packers and Carroll is the head coach of the Seahawks when McCloughan was in personnel departments with each of those teams. Nolan and Singletary coached the 49ers while McCloughan was the GM in San Francisco.
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As hard as it may be to believe, McCloughan will be rooting for the Redskins this fall.
“A lot of players have reached out, a lot of coaches have reached out, front office have reached out,” he said. “It’s not a bad relationship whatsoever. Like I said, I hate that it came to this but I treated them fairly, they treated me fairly and that’s what it’s about. Like I said, I’m pulling for them.”