Jay Gruden was disappointed by the firing of Scot McCloughan

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Washington head coach Jay Gruden was sorry to see G.M. Scot McCloughan go.

Gruden said at the league meeting that he was upset when he learned McCloughan had been fired.

“I was disappointed,” Gruden said, via Liz Clarke of the Washington Post. “I like Scot; I liked working with Scot. I think he’s a good person and a great talent evaluator. Anytime you lose someone, it’s disappointing. But at the end of the day, it’s professional football. Anyone who has been around it understands that change is going to happen.”

Gruden’s public comments stand in contrast with some of the anonymous sources out of Washington who bad-mouthed McCloughan out the door and suggested that he has a drinking problem that contributed to his firing. Gruden wouldn’t say directly when asked if the team needed to fire McCloughan.

“I’m not going to say it had to be made. It was made,” he said. “That’s all I can live with. When decisions are made of that magnitude, you reflect on the good things you learned from Scot and the good things he did for the team. And you move forward.”

Gruden sounds like he would have been perfectly happy to keep working with McCloughan. But the higher-ups in the organization, owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen, apparently thought otherwise.

27 responses to “Jay Gruden was disappointed by the firing of Scot McCloughan

  1. The firing of McCloughan didn’t have anything to do with his drinking problem, it was a power struggle between McCloughan and Bruce Allen. McCloughan was not a “yes man” and he didn’t sugar coat anything and refused to kiss BA’s and Dan Snyders rear end and that’s why he was fired. So same ole same ole dysfunction with the Redskins. HTTR!

  2. McCloughan wasn’t the answer to all of the Redskin’s woes (no one person could be), but he was starting to turn around the talent drought that plagued the team for quite a while. A solid football guy, probably not without his demons, but definitely a plus for the team. We mere mortals may not ever hear exactly what happened to lead senior management to let him go, but it’s certainly their loss and by extension, the team’s loss. Sorry to see Scot go.

  3. Maybe Scot was let go because he was overrated? He didn’t exactly hit home runs with any roster spots. They could have figured they can do what he’s done for less. I don’t know, I’m like the media, I just report what I heard at the car wash.

  4. I would also add that Chris Cooley was little better than a shill in Allen’s plan to back-stab McCloughan. I’d hold him more accountable if I thought he was intelligent enough to understand the part he was playing, but I don’t give him that much credit.

  5. McCloughan wasn’t the answer to all of the Redskin’s woes (no one person could be)
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    Excellent post but the problem is 1 person, Dan Snyder.

  6. not gonna lie it’s pretty funny that jay grudens job security is basically determined by colt Mccoy

  7. another mediocre season with at least 5 heartbreaking losses 3 at the hand of cousins and 2 on the defense not doing the job coming up

  8. whether or not this was a good move all depends on the results this coming year and next, I’d say.

  9. just another idiotic move by snyder and allen. this guy was finally bringing in solid talent for the redskins. and now the skins are out of a gm between FA and the draft.. (Prob the worst time to be without one). I like wmwhat Gruden is doing here tho.. the players looved scot.. so jons like yea me too

  10. If you follow the skins you’d realize it’s not an evil power struggle. He’s a scouting expert that wasn’t really up to par! In 2 years he drafted 1 starter. If he wasn’t at fault he sure is taking the super high road by not defending himself at all or talking with any teams in the U.S or Canada. At some point you have to start talking about the “dumpster fire” in Dallas. Screwed Romo over and everyone is bailing out of that place.

  11. jammer88 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 5:36 AM

    The firing of McCloughan didn’t have anything to do with his drinking problem, it was a power struggle between McCloughan and Bruce Allen. McCloughan was not a “yes man” and he didn’t sugar coat anything and refused to kiss BA’s and Dan Snyders rear end and that’s why he was fired. So same ole same ole dysfunction with the Redskins. HTTR!
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    How do you know? I don’t know but it wouldn’t be a shock to me if it had everything to do with his drinking problem. Seems to be a pattern with his two previous jobs. I hope not and wish him the best.

  12. All you need to know about the “higher ups” of this organization is that Little Danny Snyder actually said he fired Vinny Cerrato – the league-wide gold standard of GM incompetency – because he failed to prevent Danny from making mistakes.

  13. I’d imagine everyone who cheers for the team was saddened as well. It’s a team effort and you have to have a whole group of people with a similar vision, trust in each other, and respect for each, even when there is a disagreement. Here is how things look to a non redskins fan that now lives in the region. The team has been a disaster with Bruce Allen. He is the constant. McCloughan came in and in two years made them respectable. Bruce Allen, who for some reason is trusted by Snyder, didn’t like the fact that he sucks and McClughan managed to do what he couldn’t (field a competitive team), got him removed. And now I expect the team to implode back to Cleveland levels. Until Bruce Allen is gone, this team has no chance. Yes I admit you can probably argue that until Snyder sells the team they will remain at Cleveland levels, but I really think it’s Bruce Allen.

  14. I think it was philosophical differences, but like everything else… The Redskins didn’t get in front of the situation because they didn’t want McC to be a FA before the draft and thought they could just keep him in his hole until the draft but once he didn’t show up at the combine… The local media started asking questions and the Redskins could no longer stay status quo. Not to mention, McC’s wife was blasting them on twitter. Note to all dudes… Fight your own fight… don’t have anyone else do it for you when it comes to business.

  15. if he’s got the eye for talent and takes care of his personal issues somebody will bring him in! D. Snyder, not Twisted Sister but Twisted Owner, is and has been a joke since day 1 he needs to sell the ‘Skins and “Get Out!”

  16. Scott got shafted. The guy had problems, but many do. For Chris Cooley to slander him on the radio was quite shocking. I hope Scott lawyers up because if it can happen to a GM for the Washington Team, it can happen to anyone.

  17. Once again the media speculating on everything and trashing the REDSKINS as usual. If they guy started drinking again to the point it was affecting his job then he should have been fired.

  18. So if you have a company and an employee has a drinking problem, you hire them but you tell them “not at work” they come in and throw up in your trash can at 730am for the 3rd time in a year..You’re going to fire them. You may not want to because you like them, but peeing your pants at a board meeting is a bad look. This is all hypothetical of course. But nobody knows. HTTR

  19. Michael Robinson (former Seahawks RB, now NFL Network) does a guest spot every week on local radio here.

    This morning he was talking about his recent conversation with McLoughan – and I’m sure he’ll be talking about it in days to come and Florio will soon be talking about it here.

    Generally, according to McLoughan, this was mostly about Allen’s ego. And I believe him.

    The Cousin’s mess is all Allen – McCloughan wanted to wrap him up two years ago when a reasonable deal could have been made. Allen has the Redskins essentially bent over a table on this thing.

    Looks to me like Snyder backed the wrong horse (again). Unless of course, that sweet spot of mediocrity is right where he likes his team to remain.

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