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Former GM proud of his old team, while trying to beat them

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Next weekend, as the 49ers are preparing to play for a championship, one of the men who helped build them will be plotting their demise.

Former 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan now works for the Seahawks in the scouting department, and will be sitting in a pre-draft personnel meeting next Saturday, trying to figure out a way to get his new team where his old team is.

“There’s no animosity whatsoever,” McCloughan told Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “It’s the same as last year – I’m pulling for them. I have relationships up and down that organization, from the ownership on down to the players.”

Even the he left the team in 2010, the relationship he has with the team is strong, in part because he was responsible for putting much of it in place. Half the team’s starters (11 of 22) were acquired under his watch, including five of their nine Pro Bowl selections (Dashon Goldson, Frank Gore, Justin Smith, Joe Staley and Patrick Willis).

The team he’s helping build now has a strong base of young talent as well, which will make the NFC West one of the toughest divisions in the league for years to come.

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10 Responses to “Former GM proud of his old team, while trying to beat them”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Jan 25, 2013 2:34 PM

    That’s the squarest head I’ve seen in quite a while.

  2. jjb0811 says: Jan 25, 2013 2:34 PM

    Lifespan in an NFL job (coach, player, office staff) is probably 4 years so why burn bridges?

  3. fumblenuts says: Jan 25, 2013 2:37 PM

    “I have relationships up and down that organization, from the ownership on down to the players.”

    I smell a mole??

  4. aresarrow says: Jan 25, 2013 2:48 PM

    Translation: before Harbaugh. He’s a good coach, but there were many other contributing factors to their success.

  5. strangelove74 says: Jan 25, 2013 2:54 PM

    There was speculation at the time why he was fired, but did we ever get definitive reason?

  6. tennis22drew says: Jan 25, 2013 2:56 PM

    I was pretty irritated when he left because I thought he was bailing on the team. But everything happens for a reason, I guess. Baalke/Harbaugh for life!

  7. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:15 PM

    Thanks a bunch! 49ers fans are legit again, and he did help, but still shaking my head at some of the coaching hires he is responsible for, not only in san fran!

  8. cosanostra71 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:28 PM

    He helped build the team. You can question why he was let go, but the Niners have fared pretty well since. He still deserves some credit for helping us get here though.

  9. sonoco says: Jan 25, 2013 3:40 PM

    I believe McCloughan was having some significant family issues at the time he departed and there were some rumors of a problem with alcohol, but nothing was definitive. He surely had some great drafts and a couple of bombs as well. Kentwan Balmer and the Chilo Rachal over Desean Jackson was clearly the most epic fail. But the good far outweighed the bad.

  10. mi6agent says: Jan 25, 2013 4:00 PM

    Niners would not fire a GM from his family matter. Alcohol? Come on. Players who had done drug just only got suspension after warnings. So why he was then hired by the Seagulls? Scott was let go overnight. It seems like the matter was discovered then the settlement followed the next day. Probably Steven Spielberg will make a movie about this mystery someday.

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