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Seahawks executive Scot McCloughan resigning to tend to personal matters

The Seattle Seahawks are losing a key member of their front office staff.

A source confirmed to PFT that Seahawks’ senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan is resigning from his position in order to tend to personal matters that require his attention. The move was first reported by Jason La Canfora of

McCloughan joined the Seahawks in 2010 in a supporting role to general manager John Schneider. McCloughan had previously been the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers before stepping down following the 2009 season. McCloughan’s departure from San Francisco was also to tend to a “private personal matter.”

McCloughan has been a key figure in building the rosters of both of the NFC West’s powerhouse teams.

McCloughan drafted Dashon Goldson, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Joe Staley and Patrick Willis during his time with the 49ers as GM and VP of football operations. He then helped identify key players for Seattle such as Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson, K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner that allowed Seattle to win their first Super Bowl in February.

It’s a big blow to the Seahawks personnel department. McCloughan intends to build his own independent scouting service to work from home so he can be around his family.

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32 Responses to “Seahawks executive Scot McCloughan resigning to tend to personal matters”
  1. rukkus1 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:39 PM

    Great move for his family I can respect that

  2. slbasegame257 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:40 PM

    He was our secret weapon, one of the best in the business. GO HAWKS

  3. realfootballfan says: Apr 23, 2014 11:40 PM

    It’s a huge blow. I don’t know how good Dorsey is, but I know McCloughan is excellent, and he’s basically been their top college scout since arriving after the 49ers fired him.

  4. Gordon says: Apr 23, 2014 11:40 PM

    Damn…this guy can spot serious talent. Wonder why his name doesn’t come up often for GM openings.

  5. naes says: Apr 23, 2014 11:42 PM

    Seems like the Hawks should just let him watch tape and scout players from home. Rather than let him set up an independent scouting service.

  6. mcfleezy12 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:49 PM

    Next stop, Oakland.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 23, 2014 11:50 PM

    I already work from home anyhow and do scouting for free, can you add me to the payroll?

  8. sundaybutter says: Apr 24, 2014 12:00 AM

    When Scot McCloughan talks about the nfl draft GMs listen.

  9. isphet71 says: Apr 24, 2014 12:11 AM

    He has a lot of personal matters.

  10. kd75 says: Apr 24, 2014 12:26 AM

    Family comes before work. Take care of biz man…

  11. frk49rs says: Apr 24, 2014 1:14 AM

    That is a huge loss… He had a gifted eye for talent. Intrestingly enough his two tenures as go lead to the two best teams in the nfl.

  12. chawk12thman says: Apr 24, 2014 1:18 AM

    Effective, before or after this next draft, I wonder. Sorry to see him go.

  13. dirtysouthniner says: Apr 24, 2014 1:41 AM

    Damn good football guy. Good luck to u sir,thanks for your work with the Niners and thank god u left the hawks

  14. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Apr 24, 2014 2:25 AM

    This IS a big blow to our front office. McCloughan is not going to be easy to replace. It’s a good thing that Carroll and Schneider have good working relationships with front offices and football staffs going way back, though.

  15. mkelly534 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:04 AM

    I do not like losing this guy. He was a great secret weapon for John Schneider. I guess it will be next man up in the front office as well.

  16. 49erstim says: Apr 24, 2014 7:11 AM

    It was only a matter of time before he abandoned ship. It’s his M.O.

  17. ravenswhat says: Apr 24, 2014 7:32 AM

    If you can’t come out and just say what that matter is I’m sorry, that just sounds sketchy.

  18. largent80 says: Apr 24, 2014 7:49 AM

    Doesn’t sound good on the home front. Best wishes for whatever the situation is and this will be a loss to the Hawks’ front office.

  19. mikeschmitt1217 says: Apr 24, 2014 8:17 AM

    What’s the deal with this guy? He left the 49ers in a similar fashion…a lot of hush-hush behind the reasoning and the buzz word was “personal reasons” then as well.

  20. beastmode5150 says: Apr 24, 2014 8:59 AM

    Sucks, best talent evaluator in the organization.

  21. bzillaz says: Apr 24, 2014 9:20 AM

    Misleading title when you read that he is also going to start his own scouting company. One that presumably will sell their services to other NFL teams.

  22. thebirdofprey2 says: Apr 24, 2014 9:20 AM

    Scot McCloughan is just maybe one of the best scouts in football. 49ers and Seahawks have maybe the two most talented rosters in NFL and he was key in building both. Best of luck to you. Go Hawks!

  23. nyninerfan says: Apr 24, 2014 9:23 AM

    A shame really. Guy’s obviously got some issues as well as an incredible eye for talent. A key player in building the two best teams in the league right now. Best wishes. Hope you conquer your demons.

  24. madroaddog says: Apr 24, 2014 10:11 AM

    Get your house in order and then join the Raiders, building them into a winner would be a real feather in your cap.

  25. realfootballfan says: Apr 24, 2014 12:06 PM

    I meant Schneider. Got my former Packer executives mixed up.

  26. mi6agent says: Apr 24, 2014 12:50 PM

    McCloughan played a key role in building both winning franchises in SF and SEA. He is apparently still not able to get off the “matters” that have previously triggered his overnight resignation from the Niners.

  27. 64post says: Apr 24, 2014 1:10 PM

    His father and brother are also scouts in the NFL so it runs in the family, best of luck to McCloughan. His draft’s in SF were sometimes downright awful if you consider Kentwan Balmer, Chilo Rachal and countless late rounders that never made it. But he did get Willis, VDavis, Staley etc.. so it was not all bad.

  28. realfootballfan says: Apr 24, 2014 1:45 PM

    It wasn’t all bad, but rather it was very good because most of the players the 49ers have been winning with were his draft picks. Besides Aldon Smith and Kaepernick, I think most of the picks or FA acquisitions were on his watch, and I include that 2010 draft because he was fired like a month before the draft thus it was his board. Whenever the Raiders wake up out of their stupor, they’d be wise to let him have the keys to their personnel department, assuming he can get through whatever the personal issues are that are bugging him.

  29. apehangers says: Apr 24, 2014 3:06 PM

    That statement is corporate speak for being let go or rehab, sometimes both.

  30. cri33 says: Apr 24, 2014 10:38 PM

    bzillaz ..misleading title? Don’t think so. He wants to be around his family more and be more independent. I think that qualifies as “personal”.

  31. italia1970 says: Apr 25, 2014 2:09 PM

    The man has skills.

    He can now give those skills to each team that bids highest.

    He is a business man.

    He is smart to leave on top, when is brand is at its most lucrative.

  32. sirdrinksalot says: Jan 4, 2015 2:57 PM

    Welcome to Buffalo Scot.

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