Washington G.M.: “We’re not gonna be the best team”

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One of the best things about being an NFL fan is that the league is so unpredictable that you can go into every season thinking maybe this could be the year that your favorite team wins it all. Except in Washington, where realism trumps optimism.

That’s the word from Washington General Manager Scot McCloughan, who says he’s well aware that his team is undergoing a rebuilding process that won’t be finished this season.

“You know what, we’re not gonna be the best team out there this year,” McCloughan told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via the Washington Post. “But the one thing that I emphasized — and I told them in the opening meeting — was listen, I want us to compete every day: on the field and off the field. Find a way to make yourself a better player, and a better person. And I think we’ve done that so far. We’ve got a ways to go, but we’re going in the right direction. We’re taking small steps; we’re going in the right direction.”

McCloughan also shared some surprising thoughts about first-round rookie Brandon Scherff, an offensive lineman McCloughan selected with the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft. Usually, when a G.M. spends a Top 5 pick on a player, the idea is that the player could become an All-Pro. But McCloughan said his view of his first-round pick is more that Scherff has the right character traits for the kind of team Washington is trying to build.

“Is he the most talented guy? Absolutely not,” McCloughan said. “But you know what, you put the whole package together as a person: competitiveness, toughness, smarts, and what [offensive line coach Bill Callahan’s] looking for, that’s exactly what I want. I don’t need five all-pros every year. Give me five guys that are gonna fight together, battle together and play together. And [I’m] not knocking him, because I’m sure he’ll be a Pro Bowler. He’s got the ability to do that. But just the whole package was very important to me. My first pick, I wanted to prove to everybody — it’s a football player.”

If McCloughan is right, Scherff is the kind of guy who can be part of building a winner in Washington. Even if they won’t be winners this year.

109 responses to “Washington G.M.: “We’re not gonna be the best team”

  1. Washington is nuts. They go from totally unrealistic expectations to no expectations at all. “We stink. We know it. But we are still nice people.”

  2. They will remain bottom feeders with no hope of being the “best team” until Snyder sells it.

  3. Top five picks aren’t about “proving to everybody” imo. Top five picks are about finding All-Pros. Late-round picks are where you “prove to everybody” what you’ve got.

  4. This group of Redskin coaches are the most depressing bunch I’ve ever seen.

    Geez. Bring back Shanahan, at least he had a clue and was trying to work with RGIII’s talents. Fire these guys & hire any college football coach or pop warner coach.

    This is pathetic.

  5. I’m a Niners fan, and I full faith that McCloughan will turn this team around. He did it the 49ers, did it for the Seahawks and will do it for the Skins. Just need a good HC to put it all together.

  6. A top five pick should have character AND talent. Is he trying to bite off his nose to spite his face with his first pick?

    Sounds idiotic to me and now he is trying to lower expectations to give himself some breathing room with ownership.

  7. Being realistic is not a character flaw. He’s a solid talent evaluator with a record of finding guys that fit what he wants on the field. They should be competitive in a couple years if they stick with his blueprint.

    I sure would feel better being a fan of this team than being a fan of the Eagles over the next few years.

  8. I’m sure Danny Snyder loves to hear his GM say stuff like “we’re not going to be the best team” and the guy we picked 5th overall was “absolutely not” the most talented guy.

    While I’m all for being realistic in the expectations and agree the Skins probably aren’t even close to a playoff team, its not really a message that gets the fan base excited for a new season – which is what every other team is trying to do during preseason no matter how bad they really may be.

    Makes me wonder if RGIII is continuing to regress, because you’d think that if he was looking good, there would be more optimism on their short-term future.

  9. McCloughan has proven that he can build rosters – in Seattle and in San Francisco. He’s saying that the Redskins need a lot more talent to compete at a high level, and I think everybody would agree with that.
    Hopefully years of losing have convinced Dan Snyder that he should meddle less and less with the operation of the team. Now if he’d only stop lavishing favors on RG3…

    As for the draft, McCloughan had the guts to pick Brandon Scherff when Leonard Williams was still available. Time will tell if that was a good decision or not.

  10. Try to be better people like the owner of the team with the name that offends millions. Just try…

  11. You dont have to be the best team, you just have to peak at the right time and carry that into the playoffs. See the Steelers and Giants as examples.

    Washington is my pick for surprise team in the NFC. And RGIII is going to help me win my fantasy league.

  12. Is Gruden still the head coach?? Then the only baby steps being made are in the wrong direction.

  13. There were reports that the Redskins and the Texans had a brawl at their combined training camp practice this past weekend. Sources say that J.J. Watt supossedly bodyslammed one of the Redskins Offensive Linemen, while several of the Redskins secondary hit the Texans with their purses.

  14. This should help move tickets and secure sponsors. Vice President of Sales, Jason Friedman is softly banging his head against his desk right now.

  15. inbillwetrust says:
    Aug 11, 2015 1:04 PM

    superbowls the redskins have won since they admitted they are not gonna be the best team:
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    There hasnt been a superbowl yet since they said that

  16. Seems most of the posters with experience with McCloughan indicate he is a capable guy.Too bad, he has a snowballs chance in DC as long as the great owner/GM/coach/ Daniel Snyder is micro-managing the franchise.

  17. Scott has a track record, of solid drafting (see SF & Seattle) – So I will gladly sit back and let him do his thing!
    Haters gonna hate!
    HTTR 4 Life
    RIP ST 21

  18. I predict this guy’s approach will last until Little Danny sees that his marketing revenue isn’t increasing.

  19. Every morning I wake up and pray the Redskins were sold in the middle of the night and that Goodell resigned. Alas….my nightmares are when I’m awake.

  20. Unfortunately the Redskins have a long road ahead of them. They may be able to gain some ground on the New York team this year but they are still a few years away from competing with the Dallas and Philly teams.

  21. metalman5150 says:
    Aug 11, 2015 1:14 PM
    Scott has a track record, of solid drafting (see SF & Seattle) – So I will gladly sit back and let him do his thing!
    Haters gonna hate!
    HTTR 4 Life
    RIP ST 21
    ——————
    Please research his positions with both teams each yeat and his actual involvement with players still in the league.

    Good but not great. In the draft. Media makes him sound better than he really wad

  22. In other obvious news, Washington’s GM also reports that water is wet, the sky is blue, etc.

  23. yeah, great character guy in Gallete that you just hired DOOF! Must be on the sauce again huh Scott. Then again, If I was the Rwords GM I’d be drunk all the time too!

  24. You never know. Look what the Boys did last year. They were expected to have the worst defense in the history of the NFL. Having said that, they won’t beat the Cowboys this year.

  25. RGIII is balling in Training camp,They have a nice young Receiver in Duke University product Jamison Crowder,Check out Matt Jones out of Georgia.Hes a bruising Marshawn Lynch type……Agree with the GM totally!!!! They are not the best,But……..

    They wont be the worst like most of you think/Hope…….Eagles will finish last in that division bank on it!!!!

  26. At least he was smart to make this candid comments AFTER the tickets were mailed. Meantime,

    gtrav says:
    Aug 11, 2015 12:50 PM
    Water is wet

    I hate this saying because, in actuality, it’s not true. “Wet” is what one experiences when they come in contact with water. Thus, scientifically speaking, water cannot be wet!

  27. “I want us to compete every day: on the field and off the field”

    There they go with that “off-the-field” nonsense again.

    Remember when Bruce Allen came out earlier this year and said “At least we’re having success off of the field”. What is that? THAT’S not even true. Between the REDSKINS name issue and Danny boy tarping a quarter of the stadium. How are they having success in any facet?

  28. Yeah we stink and we may very well finish dead last in 2015.

    But at least we’re under the cap by a lot and we finally have our first round draft picks.

    Detroit Lions model of rebuilding.:Top 3 picks 4 years in a row.

  29. One thing about using that pick on Scherff-
    Critics have been noticing how he’s been inserted at Guard, instead of tackle, and lamenting the fact that they used a #5 overall pick on a guy who may end up being a guard. I question if that matters as much any more with the rookie salary cap and all..
    It’s not like they’re overpaying for a guard. The got the best OL in the draft, he’ll make rookie money, and if he pans out as a guard not a tackle, it will be reflected in his 2nd contract. I don’t think it matters as much as it used to. It really was between him and Leonard Williams at 5, and we’ll see who ends up having a longer more prosperous career. Maybe they both will. Only if Scherff goes bust, will it really matter.

  30. Sad day when he left Seattle. A lot of what he said mimicks Pete Carroll and the Hawks way. He’s especially good at evaluating players in the draft. Good luck to him and Washington.

  31. Everybody, trying to sound smart and bag on the Redskins, just make themselves look like idiots. Does Washinton’s roster gave more talent than Philly’s? No question…more than NYG…no question except for QB and Head Coach. Dallas has a very competitive roster but their defense will have to continue to overachieve. The Redskins, WR, RB and LB’s are as good as anyone’s in the league. I’ll reserve judgement on the DL because I haven’t seen them play. Worst in the league? Far from it. Try, Jacksonville, Oakland, Tampa Bay, Tennessee dare I say San Fransisco and maybe Philly…ol’ Chip has really turned that roster.

  32. “Washington G.M.: “We’re not gonna be the best team”
    And rain is wet.
    Captain Obvious is the GM in Washington now? Wonder who they’ll get for those TV commercials now

  33. schmedley69 says:

    So he’s looking for high character guys. Bye bye, DeSean.

    DeSean is playing for (perhaps) his last contract; Junior wants to continue to be in the league. Rebuilding teams don’t need to keep talented but players who are considered locker room problems and he basically said we are rebuilding (or at least building). Scot (with one t) is trying to take the pressure off the players who are here now; remember that 5-11 is still an improvement but only if they are in more games and can keep from getting blow out.

  34. dirtydrynn27 says:
    Aug 11, 2015 1:55 PM
    RGIII is balling in Training camp,They have a nice young Receiver in Duke University product Jamison Crowder,Check out Matt Jones out of Georgia.Hes a bruising Marshawn Lynch type……Agree with the GM totally!!!! They are not the best,But……..

    They wont be the worst like most of you think/Hope…….Eagles will finish last in that division bank on it!!!!
    _________________________________________
    The only thing to ever bank on in the NFC East is the Redskins in last place. The Cowboys had an offense the Redskins don’t have. Jamison Crowder is another Anthony Armstrong with a little more size. Matt Jones is not as good as Roy Helu was, and nothing like Marshawn Lynch.

    They won’t be the best, but they will win less than 5 games.

  35. Too funny when people try to act knowledgeable about football by regurgitating something from a news article

    From the Washington Post:
    “Coach Jay Gruden has said he believes that the 6-foot-2, 231-pound Jones has the potential to develop into a punishing, Marshawn Lynch type of runner. However, Jones still is feeling his way along in the NFL game, and that has diminished his impact.”

  36. Anyone saying that Schereff wasn’t the most talented player there watched absolutely none of his 2013 college tape, which was as good as any in the past 10 years. Scot wasn’t saying the dude wasn’t the most talented player, he said physically he isn’t the most talented but he is the whole package and that is what makes him great.

  37. Scot McCloughan probably is laughing at the trolls who believed what he said. It’s obvious he is giving this young and talented Redskins team motivation to shock people by winning more games then most think .Redskins will be 7-9 and no playoffs but they will have everyone’s respect.

  38. Did I just read the words “Except in Washington, where realism trumps optimism”?? Even in the area of sports, realism rarely has anything to do with our nation’s capital.

  39. I believe the REDSKINS will be in the running for NFC EAST this year- with the new Defensive additions and a little better O line and RG3#…

  40. Not a fan but give the man props for honesty and he di an outstanding job in Seattle. I do question talking a player 5th overall who exemplifies certain quality’s you are looking for but I wouldn’t do that in the top 5 of the draft. High second and beyond, OK but you also need a few game changers when your team is down near the bottom.

  41. It’s about time that the Skins have a general manager that tells it like it is. True fans don’t need to be sold, they need to see progress and I think the draft/FA pickups have shown that this team is moving in the right direction. Athleticism, Toughness, Youth and Size. It can’t all happen in one offseason, but the key will be how hard they compete and how dedicated they are to getting better. If Mr. Snyder allows Scot to do his thing then the Skins will be in good shape for years to come.

  42. Logically that came straight from the horses mouth.

    We Stink, We Know It, And there is nothing we are going to do about it.

    Even the Management has given up on the Dysfunctional Franchise.

    #ICWT

  43. “Is he the most talented guy? Absolutely not,” McCloughan said.

    I think “Absolutely not” is really not the way you want to talk about a top 5 pick. You don’t have to say he’s going to Canton, but at the same time you really should have high expectations for a pick that high. Of course, if the Redskins start winning, nobody will remember McGloughan’s comments. But if goes the other way, they might not look so good a few months from now.

  44. I only wish the Viking fans and Gm would take notice, sometimes being realistic is a better approach than thinking you are going to the playoffs when history shows a bottom place finish.

  45. Dallas fans really???? You have 1 great season and then you talk about how bad the Skins were

    Were they such a bad team when they splapped your Cowboys around with a 3rd string QB in your own stadium on a monday night with Nation watching????

  46. I’m glad that we have a GM like Scot that will say something that is realistic then a bumbling fool like Vinny Cerrato who says he built a SB roster and honesty believed it. The future is bright with Scot running the team. It has been proven that Dan Snyder has nothing to do with player personnel anymore.

  47. Matt Jones went to Florida, Not Georgia. He will be nothing like Lynch and crowder from Duke will probably do little more than teams.

  48. “You know what, we’re not gonna be the best team out there this year,” McCloughan told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via the Washington Post.

    Was Scot sober when he said it?

  49. dirtydrynn27 says:
    Aug 11, 2015 1:55 PM
    RGIII is balling in Training camp,They have a nice young Receiver in Duke University product Jamison Crowder,Check out Matt Jones out of Georgia.Hes a bruising Marshawn Lynch type……Agree with the GM totally!!!! They are not the best,But……..

    They wont be the worst like most of you think/Hope…….Eagles will finish last in that division bank on it!!!!

    Matt Jones went to Florida, buddy. I’m a huge redskins fan, but I am not a blind homer who makes crazy statements. I do have faith in Scot McLoughlin though.

  50. This just proves that Scherff was taken to keep him away from the Giants. Well done. Now what? Ask Detroit how that worked for them last year taking Ebron and “leaving” us ODB. When Flowers is shredding your DE’s, this pick is going to look even dumber than it does already. The beauty of this situation is that Washington already has a great coach in Gruden and the fans don’t even know it. Pretty much every organization this guy has touched has turned to gold, even from his AFL days. Thus if he can’t get it done in DC, that will pretty much seal things going forward for this organization as far as I’m concerned.

  51. It’s called reverse Pychology… everyone always says we’re gonna be great… he’s taking a different approach. The players will be all amped up to “over-achieve”now.

  52. Now if we had a quarterback that had a spine, could read defenses, could actually lead, would shut his trap, would think while playing, and would admit he has much to learn and would be willing to improve – something he has not done in four years in Washington.

    Oh, well. Every circus needs a clown.

  53. This is a curious statement after almost the entire team was involved in an all out brawl with the Texans.

    “Find a way to make yourself a better player, and a better person. And I think we’ve done that so far.”

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