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Report: Scot McCloughan back to running scouting service, has two NFL clients

Report: Scot McCloughan back to running scouting service, has two NFL clients

Scot McCloughan made an impact on the Redskins draft board, that much seems certain. The selections of Ryan Anderson and Samaje Perine scream of McCloughan influence; two very physical players that slipped past other combine warriors. 

As all Redskins fans know, McCloughan was fired by the team March 9. He helped set the team draft board, as Redskins director of college scouting Scott Campbell explained, but plenty of information shifted between early March and April 27, when the draft began.

Washington team president Bruce Allen explained in late March at the NFL Owner's Meetings that following McCloughan's dismissal, he was free to work anywhere in the NFL. 

Well, it didn't take long for him to find work. 

Getting back to his consultant business makes total sense for McCloughan. Throughout his time with San Francisco, Seattle and in Washington, he's considered one of the best scouts and talent evaluators in the NFL. Prior to his arrival with the Redskins, McCloughan was running the scouting service.

From McCloughan's standpoint, running his own scouting service cuts out the tertiary, tangential responsibilities that he dealt with in Washington. There are no media commitments, no corporate sponsors, and, ultimately, McCloughan can be his own boss. 

The flip side? McCloughan is not around NFL players. He does not get to feel the goosebumps of an NFL sideline the minutes before a big game. 

Knowing the former Redskins GM, not being part of a team would appear to be hard. Watching tape, making the evaluations, that's what McCloughan does. But he also engages with his team - interacting with players before or after big games, walking the sidelines at practice - and that might be hard to let go. 

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Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

What a difference a year makes for Freddie Kitchens.

After a tumultuous season in his first year as the Browns head coach in 2019, Kitchens was fired at the end of the season. On Monday, reports surfaced that Kitchens would be joining new Giants head coach Joe Judge's staff in New York.

According to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, Kitchens is expected to be hired as the Giants tight ends coach.

From head coach to position coach in just a month's time, that's quite the fall off for Kitchens.

Kitchens and Judge had previously worked together at Mississippi State in 2005. Kitchens served as the Bulldogs' running backs coach, while Judge was just starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant.

The two have not crossed paths since, but obviously maintained a relationship strong enough for Judge to bring the former head coach onto his staff.

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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