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

AP

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.

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

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

    I smell a mole??

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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