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Washington fires Scot McCloughan

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On Thursday’s PFT Live, Washington G.M. Scot McCloughan’s agent said McCloughan is healthy and that McCloughan’s recent absence from the team is unrelated to alcohol issues.

The team apparently disagrees; according to the Washington Post, the franchise fired McCloughan.

An unnamed source (really gutsy, Washington) attributed the decision to McCloughan’s “ongoing problems with alcohol.”

“He’s had multiple relapses due to alcohol,” the unnamed source told the Post. “He showed up in the locker room drunk on multiple occasions. . . . This has been a disaster for 18 months.” The source also said McCloughan “has received alcohol treatment” since joining the team, and the source suggested that McCloughan was fired by both the 49ers and Seahawks for alcohol abuse.

On the record, team president Bruce Allen said this, in a statement released to the media: “The Washington Redskins have released Scot McCloughan from the organization effective immediately. We wish him success in his future endeavors. The team will have no further comment on his departure. The organization remains confident in our personnel department as we execute our free agency plans as well as prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft.”

Per the Post, McCloughan has been fired for cause, which means that the team won’t have to pay the two years left on his contract. Ultimately, however, that question could be resolved in a grievance before the Commissioner and/or in a court of law — especially since players told the Post that they never noticed any issues with McCloughan.

“Of a half-dozen Redskins players reached Thursday afternoon, none said they’d ever seen McCloughan drink in the locker room,” the Post explains. “All but one said they never saw him act if he weren’t composed and in control. They added that they never felt he wasn’t able to do his job, and they seemed surprised the question was being raised.”

The smart move for Washington would be to pay the money and move on. They knew McCloughan had alcohol issues when they hired him, and the industry is rife with alcohol use/abuse. (Hell, Jay Gruden’s latest contract extension was negotiated AT A BAR.) Short of any evidence that alcohol actually impaired his ability to do his job, this is nothing more than an effort to move on from a guy they no longer want and to rely on something they already knew about to justify not paying him.

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49 Responses to “Washington fires Scot McCloughan”
  1. joeredskin43 says: Mar 9, 2017 7:41 PM

    If Snyder opened a funeral home nobody would die !

  2. BIGGSHAUN says: Mar 9, 2017 7:42 PM

    Just when you thought the Redskins couldn’t get more Redskinsy, they go out and prove us wrong!

  3. wedemboyz88 says: Mar 9, 2017 7:42 PM

    So Chris Cooley was right?
    Watching yet another Redskins downward spiral is entertaining for all!

  4. sportoficionado says: Mar 9, 2017 7:44 PM

    Yup, pretty much figured this was the next step. Dumpster fire burning bright in DC.

  5. tjacks7 says: Mar 9, 2017 7:45 PM

    The GM of the freaking team didn’t go to the NFL combins. Not sure if you’ve heard but that’s a pretty big event for scouting potential players. To me, that’s enough to fire him “for cause” without even delving into anything else that he messed up.

  6. fmckenney says: Mar 9, 2017 7:46 PM

    ….and Trent Balke fired Jim Harbaugh…the similarities between these two dysfunctional organizations…two owners who allow bad GM/Presidents to make bad decisions continues…way to go Dan.

  7. connfyoozed says: Mar 9, 2017 7:46 PM

    Boy, does this whole saga just reek of shady dealings. The way this has been handled by the Redskins has been beyond unprofessional, whether any of these anonymous claims are true or not.

  8. raidernation37 says: Mar 9, 2017 7:47 PM

    No wonder Cousins doesn’t want to sign that franchise tag

  9. whatevnfl says: Mar 9, 2017 7:50 PM

    This is sad. All the best to the McCloughlan.

  10. rmac71 says: Mar 9, 2017 7:51 PM

    I’ll drink to that! 🍺🍸🍷🥃

  11. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 9, 2017 7:51 PM

    Well never really know what happened. McCloughan has had a history of alcohol abuse, Allen has a history of power struggles, and Snyder has a history of being an dumb owner. I’ll just go with a little bit of both. I feel bad for Scot, he had to resign because of his alcoholism in SF and he may have been fired from his 2nd role as GM due to a power struggle. I hope its that not alcoholism. However we will probably never know with all sides trying to save face.

  12. kenmasters34 says: Mar 9, 2017 7:52 PM

    Sounds like the Redskins are winning the offseason again.

  13. bassplucker says: Mar 9, 2017 7:52 PM

    This guy knows talent better than 80% of the guys in the league. If the allegations from this “unnamed source” about his relapse turn out to be false, that is slander and I would hope Scot sues Danny for every penny, and then gets picked up for a personnel gig with the Giants, Eagles or Cowboys.

  14. 4sacroc says: Mar 9, 2017 7:52 PM

    Chris Cooley should be fired for spreading a lie.

    Then sued.

  15. maust1013 says: Mar 9, 2017 7:52 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Mar 9, 2017 7:45 PM
    The GM of the freaking team didn’t go to the NFL combins. Not sure if you’ve heard but that’s a pretty big event for scouting potential players. To me, that’s enough to fire him “for cause” without even delving into anything else that he messed up.

    If you really believe that was his choice then Jimmy Haslam has this rebate program you need to check out.

  16. selliott504 says: Mar 9, 2017 7:55 PM

    Come on ‘Skins, stay classy!

  17. eljefedelmundo says: Mar 9, 2017 7:55 PM


  18. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 9, 2017 7:55 PM

    He was running Irish whiskey through the office coffee percolator.

  19. sportswart says: Mar 9, 2017 7:57 PM

    Browns, east.

    No wonder why Cousins wants out.

  20. birdsfan1215 says: Mar 9, 2017 7:58 PM

    The Washington football team is very amusing to me. Just when they seem to be climbing out of the shell of mediocrity, they remember who they are and all is right with the word.

    My team has not won a championship since 1960, yet I still would not trade places with a Washington fan. I imagine those of you old enough to remember past glory feel the embarrassment most acutely.


  21. lizardlickk says: Mar 9, 2017 7:59 PM

    Titanic hitting the iceberg, again. The bottom has dropped out. After 20+ years of follwing/ supporting this dysfunctional circus, and after 2 back-to-back winning seasons in 20+ years, I am officially out. Team isn’t concerned with winning. I won’t be concerned to support. Absolute trash. All starts at the top.

  22. realfootballfan says: Mar 9, 2017 8:00 PM

    You already know what this is. Washington doing Washington things. Vinny Cerrato 2.0 bumped heads with him and went on a political campaign against him. As usual, Snyder takes the side of the dummy in the organization. You saw this from when lumphead Cooley was sent out to start the rumors before they kneecapped him so that they could fire him for “cause,” which is funny because before he even took that job he said he wasn’t going to stop drinking. So even if he was full blown boozing it up at the office, you went into this with your eyes wide open and were asking him just to nail picks, which he was doing, with out expectations of his personal problems.

  23. mrclutch5569 says: Mar 9, 2017 8:03 PM

    What a disgrace this organization has become. A once historic and proud franchise has become rotten by Dan Snyder and his meddling ways. If his drinking is true then that’s terrible and I understand his dismissal but the sense you get is he was the scapegoat. They can’t keep anyone in that office besides golden boy Bruce Allen. We give crap to Jerry Jones about the same thing but at least he isn’t anywhere near as incompetent as Mr. Snyder

  24. amanistumor says: Mar 9, 2017 8:04 PM

    Next up trade Cousins to 49ers and then sign RG3 back.

    Things are looking better all the time in racist team name land.

  25. bert1913 says: Mar 9, 2017 8:04 PM

    irsay on line 1, 2 and 3

  26. thermo321 says: Mar 9, 2017 8:08 PM

    The Redskins wish they were as well run as the Browns. If Cousins leaves they are an easy 0-16 next year

  27. josh1973sun says: Mar 9, 2017 8:12 PM

    Everyone knew this was coming for a while now but leave it to that slime ball owner to try to get out from paying the guy by slandering him.

    Skins fans deserve better than Daniel “outdated peanuts” Snyder.

    A Lions fan.

  28. jackedupboonie says: Mar 9, 2017 8:17 PM

    Just when I was starting to worry about the Redskins….they completely implode again and will be starting from scratch, with a clown show in the front office.

  29. bigjd says: Mar 9, 2017 8:17 PM

    Been a Skins fan for over 40 years. I’m done!

  30. oswizard says: Mar 9, 2017 8:24 PM

    The same thing keeps happening over and over in Redskinland. This time in the role of Vinny Cerrato, I give you Bruce Allen. Back to the ship of, “hey, don’t make me look bad”. Instead of accountability.
    Kind of ironic that Cerrato calls Orakpo, Arapco. Allen constantly refers to Cousins as Kirt Cousins.
    This is so sad because of the talent evaluator they lose. And the classless way everyone who gets the door here has nasty things said about them. But I guess I should expect that from the non accountable leaders of this franchise.

  31. kevpft says: Mar 9, 2017 8:25 PM

    Wow, Washington. Wow. While the Cowboys are in terrific shape and the Giants and Eagles are busy supercharging their offenses, you fire your best personnel man, lose some of your prime skill-player talent, and are close to losing the best QB you’ve had in ages.

    It takes a lot of persistence and determination to be this lousy.

  32. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 9, 2017 8:26 PM

    I’ll drink to that.

  33. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 9, 2017 8:30 PM

    Bruce Allen is ruining his rep. All to stay in solid with that inconsequential jelly bean Dan Snyder.
    NFL people know what’s happening here. Bruce better hope that little Danny keeps him on until he retires.
    After this, he won’t get another job.

  34. normaneinstein7 says: Mar 9, 2017 8:30 PM

    kevpft says:
    Mar 9, 2017 8:25 PM

    Wow, Washington. Wow. While the Cowboys are in terrific shape and the Giants and Eagles are busy supercharging their offenses, you fire your best personnel man, lose some of your prime skill-player talent, and are close to losing the best QB you’ve had in ages.

    It takes a lot of persistence and determination to be this lousy.


    The Cowboys are a fraud and will fall back to Earth like they always do.

  35. tonebones says: Mar 9, 2017 9:03 PM

    I don’t judge anybody by what they did in Washington since Dan Snyder has owned the team. There is a long list of very successful coaches and front office people who came to work for Dan Snyder and all of the sudden went bad. This doesn’t make any sense at all. Bruce Allen is the only smart one. He doesn’t coach. He doesn’t scout. He doesn’t do anything consequential. He can just work there for 20 years and hire and fire people. Gruden will be the next one to go.

  36. tizomps says: Mar 9, 2017 9:22 PM

    Terrible owner. The fish rots from the head down.

  37. intrafinesse says: Mar 9, 2017 9:34 PM

    If I was a GM looking for a job I’d be terrified of coming to the Redskins. Look how they handled this.

    And they are going to lose a good QB and end up with garbage like Colt McCoy.

    The only way they will get a GM is like how the 49ers got Shannahan. Huge salary, long contract, fully guaranteed.

    My franchise sucks but these guys are a new level.

  38. weepingjebus says: Mar 9, 2017 9:48 PM

    If only there had been some sort of warning.

  39. mogogo1 says: Mar 9, 2017 10:18 PM

    If he has relapsed I hope he gets help. But anybody who thinks the Redskins wouldn’t lie about this to justify pushing him doesn’t know anything about the Redskins.

  40. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 9, 2017 10:50 PM

    strong, bold, decisive action by mr snyder. kudos. wish we had more owners (and people) like him.

  41. thesmartestmanever says: Mar 9, 2017 10:51 PM

    Wow, there’s one born every minute. The truth is he Redskuns didn’t want the alcohol thing to go public. The media kept snooping around until they dug it up. Even Bruce Allen, who I don’t like, tried to keep a lid on it. Do your homework, the Allen’s and McGloughans go way back in football. Nobody wanted to smear Scot McCloughan, the media desperate to make the skins look inept umbled upon the truth leaving no other recourse.

  42. droppedinagreasefire says: Mar 9, 2017 10:55 PM

    Come on now, drinking in the Nations Capitol is mandatory. Riggo told me so. So did Dick Nixon.

  43. k0mbucha says: Mar 9, 2017 11:42 PM

    In a December, 2014 ESPN The Magazine article by writer Seth Wickersham, McCloughan spoke openly of his prior issues with alcohol, but insisted he was not an alcoholic. McCloughan did spend 30 days at a Betty Ford Center in 2008, but told Wickersham his divorce from his ex-wife Kelli fueled another descent into drinking and led to his departure from San Francisco.

    Even from the day he was hired, Allen and Snyder and acknowledged McCloughan’s struggles and said they would do everything to provide support if needed. Allen, who has known McCloughan for 30 years, expressed confidence that McCloughan’s troubles were behind him at his introductory press conference.

    “I was aware when Scot was going through his situation,” Allen said. “I did talk to him about it, and we had a very forthright conversation. We’re here to support him, and he would not be taking this job if he thought that was going to be a concern.”

  44. itpgdev says: Mar 10, 2017 12:03 AM

    Unfortunately I do think SM was let go justly…hear me out…

    If you get baught out, as the skins should have done if they had to part ways, even if due to alcohol, then there’s a clause in there as part of the settlement where neither party will divulge any information that can damage the other.

    If SM gets fired outright, as has happened here, then all bets are off – SM or likely his agent can air all the dirty laundry and dysfunction that came to make this to be.

    Snyder and Allen are buffoons but not stupid and have had legal consul – if they fired him outright then they are not scared of any he-said she-said crap that come-out..

    long way of saying is that unfortunately, the allegations are likely true and they had cause to fire him.

  45. itpgdev says: Mar 10, 2017 12:04 AM

    I don’t know how many of you have had issues with alcohol or have known a daily drinker who has real, fundamental problems but..

    You can see it in his face, from pics over th past few months and longer – the extremely puffy & bloated face, the broken blood vessles/capillaries and general rosesia…not saying anything was deserved, all i’m saying, if you know alcolhism you can clealy see it manifested in his pictures recently…and longer

  46. a1b24312 says: Mar 10, 2017 12:08 AM

    Ah, but they already have a GM. His name is Bruce Allen. Or, better yet, Dan “The Danny” Snyder.

  47. omeimontis says: Mar 10, 2017 12:18 AM

    They probably think he was drunk when he re-signed Vernon Davis for a 3 year contract. LOL

  48. ihavenoeyedeer says: Mar 10, 2017 7:11 AM

    Is it possible that there was a clause in his contract regarding his drinking since it had been an issue with him previously?

  49. drman8182 says: Mar 10, 2017 10:30 AM

    The Redskins front office “unnamed source” just could be Bruce Allen’s yes man Alex Santos the Director of pro personal. He has always been an adversary to Scot.

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