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It's official: Redskins announce McCloughan as new general manager

It's official: Redskins announce McCloughan as new general manager

It's finally official. The Redskins have hired Scott McCloughan as their new general manager. He will be in charge of all personnel matters and will have final say in the draft, free agent signings, and the 53-man roster.

He will be introduced in a press conference at noon on Friday. Here is the press release from Redskins PR:


LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named Scot McCloughan as General Manager.

McCloughan (“Mc-LEW-ehn”) joins the Redskins with more than 20 seasons of NFL experience as an executive or scout. Teams featuring McCloughan’s acquisitions during his tenures with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks have accounted for each of the last five NFC West titles and have represented the NFC in each of the last two Super Bowls.

McCloughan was named as the Seahawks’ Senior Personnel Executive in 2010, a role that assisted the general manager in all aspects of building the roster. McCloughan departed to start his own business – Instinctive Scouting, LLC – prior to the 2014 NFL Draft.

McCloughan previously spent five seasons with the 49ers, serving as Vice President of Football Operations from 2005-07 and being named General Manager in 2008 before resigning following the 2009 season. While with the 49ers, McCloughan orchestrated successful drafts that included Pro Bowlers Dashon Goldson, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Joe Staley and Patrick Willis, helping establish the core of the roster that helped the 49ers to an NFC-best 36 wins and three consecutive NFC Championship berths across the 2011-13 seasons.

Prior to his time with the 49ers, McCloughan spent five seasons as the Seahawks’ Director of College Scouting from 2000-04. His efforts helped the Seahawks win the NFC Championship in 2005 and earn a berth in Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

Draft picks selected during McCloughan’s tenures in various roles with the 49ers and Seahawks from 2000-09, including guard Steve Hutchinson and linebacker Patrick Willis, have accounted for 35 Pro Bowl selections and 12 first-team All-Pro honors. McCloughan also contributed to the 2011-13 drafts as the Seahawks’ Senior Personnel Executive, drafts that included two-time All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson.

McCloughan worked in the Green Bay Packers’ scouting department as a regional scout from 1994-99. During his tenure in Green Bay, he was part of two Packers’ Super Bowl teams, including the 1996 Super Bowl XXXI championship squad.

McCloughan comes from a football pedigree. His father, Kent, was selected by the Redskins in the third round of the 1965 NFL Draft as part of a Washington draft class that included franchise legends Chris Hanburger and Jerry Smith. Kent went on to play six seasons with the Oakland Raiders (1965-70), earning Pro Bowl selections and first-team All Pro honors following both the 1966 and 1967 seasons. After his playing career, he was a member of the Raiders’ scouting staff for more than 30 years.

Scot’s brother, David, played 48 career NFL games with three starts as a safety for the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks from 1991-94. He is currently a scout with the Raiders.

Before entering the NFL, McCloughan played minor league baseball for three years in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, including spending part of two seasons with the Hagerstown Suns. He had a successful collegiate career at Wichita State, where he contributed in two collegiate World Series as a designated hitter and third baseman.



  • 2014:               Founder, Instinctive Scouting, LLC
  • 2010-13:          Senior Personnel Executive, Seattle Seahawks
  • 2008-09:          General Manager, San Francisco 49ers
  • 2005-07:          Vice President of Player Personnel, San Francisco 49ers
  • 2000-04:          Director of College Scouting, Seattle Seahawks
  • 1994-99:          Scout, Green Bay Packers

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.


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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?