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Scot McCloughan speaks (through Michael Robinson)

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After heading to the Scouting Combine with a nonexistent P.R. plan for dealing with soon-to-be-ousted G.M. Scot McCloughan, Washington’s contingent to the league meetings in Phoenix consisted of team president Bruce Allen painting a positive picture to multiple reporters. (Despite multiple requests made this year and in prior years, the team has not made Allen available for an interview with PFT.)

Michael Robinson, a former NFL fullback, a current NFL Network analyst, and a friend of McCloughan, explained on a Richmond radio show a recent phone conversation with McCloughan.

“He knew the players loved him, and he started feeling the hate from Bruce Allen right around, well, he’s been feeling it, but when they didn’t let him speak [to reporters] at the Senior Bowl, he said to him that was his last straw, and he knew that he was on his way out,” Robinson said Thursday on The Wes McElroy Show, via the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “He said it was after a draft meeting, after the Combine, Bruce called him up to his office and was just like, ‘Nobody likes you in this building. Nobody wants you here.’ And Scot was like, ‘Well, I guess I’m out of here.'”

McCloughan also told Robinson he doesn’t have “an issue right now drinking,” and that “I haven’t touched a drink in a while.”

Amid the possibility of a grievance and/or litigation from McCloughan, it’s possible if not likely that the two sides are attempting to work something out informally. If McCloughan were hell bent on a legal pound of flesh, he’d already be seeking it; the fact that he hasn’t initiated proceedings strongly suggests that efforts are underway to resolve the situation before it gets to that point.

If litigation is looming, it probably makes sense for McCloughan not to do any further talking, either directly to the media or to friends who are in the media. When it comes to any form of court proceedings, anything you say and will be used against you, if the other side can find a way to spin what was said into a benefit.

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  1. thebirdofprey says: Mar 30, 2017 6:01 PM

    Scot McCloughan looked to be turning things around there. I know as a Seahawk fan it feels like the draft there have been far more misses since he left. That 49ers team that was stacked with talent was not Balkee but the true core was from him.

    Is it Dan Snyder or Bruce Allen who work so hard to ever let this team rise to the top tier of NFL.

  2. binarymath says: Mar 30, 2017 6:03 PM

    “McCloughan were hell bent on a legal pound of flesh, he’d already be seeking it; the fact that he hasn’t initiated proceedings strongly suggests that efforts are underway to resolve the situation before it gets to that point.”

    Another possibility is that McCloughan is simply taking the high road, and showing dignity and restraint in the midst of the public humiliation that Allen has inflicted. That should serve Scot well when seeking future opportunities.

    If I’m a front office guy from a different NFL team, I have formed an opinion on both individuals. McCloughan showed his class, but Allen left out the “cl” part of that…

  3. snowdood163 says: Mar 30, 2017 6:03 PM

    They call it a problem, I call it a solution.

    -Drinkers

  4. PhD says: Mar 30, 2017 6:12 PM

    Still can’t figure out why a team doesn’t just hire him as a consultant for draft or FA personnel decisions. That way they aren’t depending on him to be reliable or always showing up someplace at a scheduled time.

  5. tjacks7 says: Mar 30, 2017 6:15 PM

    Because Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen are so well known for the dynasty they have built and all the championships they have won. I feel for Redskin fans but as long as these two boneheads run the show the NFL essentially has 31 teams.

  6. smarterthanpft says: Mar 30, 2017 6:18 PM

    Scot should sue Dan Snyder and that garbage fire of a franchise for every penny he can get. This joke of a franchise should be taught a lesson. Instead of the league worrying about suspending players for dancing in the endzone, they ought to spend more time on how to properly treat employees and not let their fat egos ruin their product.

    I’ve been working in pro sports for years and this is one of the worst and most alarmingly disgraceful things I’ve ever seen a team do.

    I’ve lost any and all respect for that franchise (not that I had much to begin with).

  7. kegowhisky says: Mar 30, 2017 6:56 PM

    I just hope Robinson’s words don’t get McCloughan in hot water if there was a “No comment” clause to a financial agreement between the team and Scot. As a Skins fan, it just keeps getting more disheartening if Bruce Allen runs the team into the ground for his own misplaced ego. He could never hold a candle to Scot. And yes, even if Snyder isn’t culpable this time, he needs to refocus the bifocals and see what his “buddy” Allen is doing.

  8. rockbot69 says: Mar 30, 2017 6:56 PM

    As the guy side up above…. He built that powerhouse 9ers team that Harbaugh steered through the playoffs not Baalke. This guy has a real eye for talent.

  9. officialgame says: Mar 30, 2017 7:02 PM

    If there two bigger JO’s in sports then Lil Danny Snyder and Brucey daddy’s boy Allen then I haven’t found them.

  10. trollaikman8 says: Mar 30, 2017 7:16 PM

    Can’t wait for Cooley’s totally authentic and organic response tomorrow.

  11. faithful49er707 says: Mar 30, 2017 7:49 PM

    Yea no denying he has an eye for talent.

    But let’s not forget he was one of the guys in the 9ER front office at the time who chose Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers. While every 9ER fan and even local media were wanting the kid out of CAL.

    And then there was the 1st rd bust Kentwan Balmer DT out of North Carolina pick from Mcloughan. Along with giving Nate Clements 80million dollars on first day of free agency.

    Don’t induct him in Canton just yet

  12. parkboy7 says: Mar 30, 2017 7:56 PM

    I like Scot as he has done more for Skins in the last 25 years then any Snyder hires! Myself being a hardcore alcohol consumer at one time, his not at this time problem may well be a large problem! Scot is a wonderful talent evaluator and I’m hoping he has a handle on the booze!

  13. bucfaninclearwater says: Mar 30, 2017 8:02 PM

    Amazing that Bruce Allen continues to bamboozle NFL ownership #GoBucs

  14. sopadegato says: Mar 30, 2017 8:44 PM

    I wonder if their refusal of your interview requests has anything to do with your childish refusal to use the name of their team.

    Naah.

  15. altajo3 says: Mar 30, 2017 10:05 PM

    Long time Redskins fan, after this firing I may reconsider. Especially after watching 20 years of bad football. We should have fired Allen. I been a Redskins fan my entire life. I now live 15 minutes from Panthers stadium. I’m tempted!!! If we take a step back from last year I’m out……

  16. tonebones says: Mar 30, 2017 10:47 PM

    McCloughan is a good guy, but he’s highly overrated. He chose Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers. But I’m not going to sit here and start blaming Scot, or Allen, or even Cooley. This is the Dan Snyder show, and it’s getting old. Real old.

  17. skins26portis says: Mar 30, 2017 11:01 PM

    So we just take this information from Michael Robinson and believe thats the reason Scott Mcloughan was fired because they just did not like him. So because the players liked Scott Bruce was jealous and wanted him out. Really and that’s his story. Come on please don’t play all of us for fools. Whatever cause them to want to remove Scott was biggger than him being so beloved by the players. So lets just agree that they had a reason that they believed he needed to go and let’s just leave it at that. If Scott was drinking again lets hope he gets help cause once a alcoholic you always have to guard against that diease. If Bruce Allen and Dan Synder had to reach the point that they had to remove Scott thats their decison as Scott’s boss. Regardless nobody in the NFL is safe and can’t be repalced. To all the Redskins haters, keep hating cause we will be ok. Only 1 team can win it all every season so worry about your own team, we got this.

  18. hibcid16 says: Mar 31, 2017 12:42 AM

    skins26portis says:
    Mar 30, 2017 11:01 PM
    So we just take this information from Michael Robinson and believe thats the reason Scott Mcloughan was fired because they just did not like him. So because the players liked Scott Bruce was jealous and wanted him out. Really and that’s his story. Come on please don’t play all of us for fools. Whatever cause them to want to remove Scott was biggger than him being so beloved by the players. So lets just agree that they had a reason that they believed he needed to go and let’s just leave it at that. If Scott was drinking again lets hope he gets help cause once a alcoholic you always have to guard against that diease. If Bruce Allen and Dan Synder had to reach the point that they had to remove Scott thats their decison as Scott’s boss. Regardless nobody in the NFL is safe and can’t be repalced. To all the Redskins haters, keep hating cause we will be ok. Only 1 team can win it all every season so worry about your own team, we got this.
    __________________________________________
    I guess if the team I rooted for was owned by the NFL’s version of Donald Sterling, I too might be drinking the kool-aid…

  19. keys2heat says: Mar 31, 2017 7:21 AM

    Yeah, we’ve got our problems, but I’ll never bail on the Redskins regardless of what idiotic stunts they pull. We’re resilient and, in many ways, glutton’s for punishment. HTTR4LIFE.

    Signed,

    Native American from Rez 254 Devil’s Lake North Dakota

  20. joedskins1959 says: Mar 31, 2017 7:53 AM

    :
    Mar 30, 2017 11:01 PM

    So we just take this information from Michael Robinson and believe thats the reason Scott Mcloughan was fired because they just did not like him. So because the players liked Scott Bruce was jealous and wanted him out. Really and that’s his story. Come on please don’t play all of us for fools. Whatever cause them to want to remove Scott was biggger than him being so beloved by the players. So lets just agree that they had a reason that they believed he needed to go and let’s just leave it at that. If Scott was drinking again lets hope he gets help cause once a alcoholic you always have to guard against that diease. If Bruce Allen and Dan Synder had to reach the point that they had to remove Scott thats their decison as Scott’s boss. Regardless nobody in the NFL is safe and can’t be repalced. To all the Redskins haters, keep hating cause we will be ok. Only 1 team can win it all every season so worry about your own team, we got this.
    ———————————————————-

    100% agree. Redskins are in decent shape. HTTR

  21. edavidberg says: Mar 31, 2017 8:08 AM

    He may be trying to find a new job before he sues his old employer. Or maybe he’s taking the high road. Employers can be sensitive when it comes to hiring litigious people.

  22. chalkruz1989 says: Mar 31, 2017 8:37 AM

    Is this not typical for our society nowadays? Stories are released feverishly and the consensus is to accept it wholeheartedly without credible sources or input from a different perspective.

    I hope we can start to discredit stories unless it contains hard-hitting evidence or first-hand accounts instead of an anonymous source or sources who do not wish to be named.

    I’m not sure what the true story is but I can tell you that the Washington Redskins have not been a functioning organization for some time under the Snyder regime.

  23. kissmysandwich says: Mar 31, 2017 8:56 AM

    When are the rest of the owners going to start squeezing Snyder to sell? He’s a disgrace and a black-eye on the league. I guess it’s fitting to have the team in DC be as utterly worthless and embarrassing as the Federal Government though. Two peas in a pod!

  24. getyourownname says: Mar 31, 2017 9:05 AM

    “McCloughan were hell bent on a legal pound of flesh, he’d already be seeking it; the fact that he hasn’t initiated proceedings strongly suggests that efforts are underway to resolve the situation before it gets to that point.”

    Another possibility is that McCloughan is simply taking the high road, and showing dignity and restraint in the midst of the public humiliation that Allen has inflicted. That should serve Scot well when seeking future opportunities.
    ************************

    True, but another possibility is that he does not want to endure the personal intrusion, and likely some embarrassment, which usually results from litigation, even when you are mostly in the right. Outsiders with no stake in the game usually fail to take account of the personal toll of litigating. Any decent lawyer will advise their client not to just jump in.

  25. jfholdforth says: Mar 31, 2017 9:09 AM

    (Despite multiple requests made this year and in prior years, the team has not made Allen available for an interview with PFT.)

    This is like Fox News complaining about the Obama Administration. You hate the franchise.

  26. milkcan44 says: Mar 31, 2017 9:10 AM

    News item – Mike McCarthy, Offensive Coordinator of the 49er’s, also chose Smith over Rodgers.
    Anyone can draft in hindsight.

  27. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 31, 2017 9:22 AM

    Speaks through Michael Robinson? Is he too plastered to talk? Lmao J/K

  28. edon8334 says: Mar 31, 2017 9:54 AM

    I hope he punches Chris Cooley in the mouth

  29. pft264 says: Mar 31, 2017 10:33 AM

    As a long suffering Skins fan, I cannot fathom why Allen & Snyder put their egos ahead of re-establishing a winning tradition. McCloughan was a key building block; the man has skills. Just when it seemed like the Redskins were turning the corner toward stability, Snyder allows insanity to reign again.

  30. elvoid says: Mar 31, 2017 10:54 AM

    “Redskins are in decent shape.”

    Funniest thing I’ve read on these boards in years – and I’m a ‘Skins fan.

    Denial is not just a river in Egypt, folks. I’d be shocked if the Skins win 8 games this season. Happily shocked, but shocked nonetheless.

  31. granadafan says: Mar 31, 2017 11:27 AM

    Now why am I not surprised that the scumbag Bruce Allen would plant a story about McCloughan drinking? At least the 49ers got rid of the incompetent and egomaniac Trent Baalke. Now if only we could get rid of Jed York. It’s mommy’s team, not his. The poor Redskins fans are still stuck with Snyder AND Allen.

  32. longtimefanh8tr says: Mar 31, 2017 12:23 PM

    Scot consider yourself lucky to be out of that circus.

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