After Cooley questioned McCloughan’s drinking, team’s silence speaks volumes

AP

Last week, former Washington tight end Chris Cooley, who works for the team and for a Dan Snyder-owned radio station, questioned on the air whether General Manager Scot McCloughan has been drinking. The team declined to comment.

But declining to comment doesn’t make a story go away, and a column today in the Washington Post suggests that the team’s silence speaks volumes. Columnist Jerry Brewer suggests that Cooley’s speculation about McCloughan’s drinking may have been planted by the team in an effort to reduce McCloughan’s popularity.

McCloughan has been open about his problems with alcohol in the past. For his employer to use that in an attempt to discredit him would be disturbing.

That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, however, and the Washington Post column features that possibility in a broader picture of a power struggle in Washington in which President Bruce Allen is really calling the shots, and McCloughan is being put in his place. It can’t be a comfortable position for McCloughan to be in, but he’s been muzzled by the team, and we apparently won’t hear his side of it any time soon.

76 responses to “After Cooley questioned McCloughan’s drinking, team’s silence speaks volumes

  1. The problem with the idea of the team using Cooley as a tool is that Cooley is a tool. If you were Allen would you trust Cooley to remain discrete?

  2. The Washington Post is a pathetic news outlet that shouldn’t even be considered relevant.

    Its liberal agenda has made me never ever read anything from that pathetic excuse of a news source.

  3. Maybe Mike Brown is smarter than everyone gives him credit for. The Bengals owner and president and GM never have these power struggles.

  4. McCloughan was supposed to be the first large building block to making this team respectable again, if this is Synders/Allens way of silencing him with their pawn Chris Cooley shooting off at the mouth then this is very very bad. Good GM’s like McCloughan are hard to come by. If anyone needs to go its freaking Bruce Allen…

  5. It would make sense that the team is trying to discredit him. He was on board with signing Cousins to a long term deal. As th y get ready to tag him again smart fans should realize the GM was right all along.

    I think the bigger question here is what exactly does Bruce Allen hold over Dan Snyder?

  6. I have a hard time imagining that Snyder is dumb. No one can be as successful as he has been (aside from his days as skins owner) and he dumb. But for 15 years this team has been an abomination. Just terrible in all measureable ways. They are the Cleveland Browns of the NFC. McCloughan gets hired, and for the last two years they have shown signs of life. They may actually become a team that is in contention for the next 5 years. And the results on the field apparently aren’t enough to show who should make decisions and who shouldn’t. Bruce Allen has been there for all of the terrible years, why would Snyder keep him around? And if he is going to keep him around, why would he give Allen the power??? It’s clear McCloughan is the guy you want making decisions. The proof is on the field. With just Allen they have a dozen years or futility. With both of them they have had two pretty successful building block seasons. I am starting to feel bad for the skins fan.

  7. Again, this seems like a lot of speculation. I live in the DC area and sometimes I feel like the local media is our own worst enemy. There are no credible sources in this article, just the idea of this Machiavellian conspiracy to damage someone’s reputation in order to justify firing him. It doesn’t make sense. If they wanted to justify firing him, they could do that with the fact that we’re between a rock and a hard place with Kirk Cousins’ contract, or that we’ve missed on some recent draft picks (Matt Jones, Josh Doctson, haven’t really gotten anything out of late round picks other than Kyshon Jarrett).

    Until there’s a credible source for some of these stories, I’m going to assume that the Redskins didn’t acknowledge it because there’s no point in dignifying it with a response. I think front office is probably preoccupied trying to figure out how to balance retaining some of their aging stars on offense and bringing in free agent talent on defense.

  8. I really hope McCloughan hasn’t fallen off the wagon again. He’s an amazing GM and has a great eye for talent. I wish he had gone back to the 49ers and was a little envious that the Redskins had signed him. However, the team is a mess as long as Snyder owns the team and keeps meddling. This reminds me of the irrational power struggles and egos when the Niners had Baalke and Harbaugh. They got rid of the best coach since Siefert.

    The Skins would be wise to ditch Allen and keep McCloughan. Better yet, come back to the Niners!

  9. Bruce Allen should have been sent packing the second after he uttered his most famous quote, “We’ve been winning off the field, now we need to win on the field.”

    Huh? These a$$hats make it hard to be a Redskins fan.

  10. Why would anyone want to work for Washington?

    I’m a fan of McCloughan’s work, and he’s done well with Washington in a short time. But really he should have shown better foresight when he took that job. There’s few places more dysfunctional. Reeks of micromanagement and unnecessary layers of bureaucracy. Go take your talents to a place that deserves and appreciates them. That can manage to get out of it’s own way and be consistently successful.

  11. Wait a second, isn’t an essential component of any job description which entails working for Dan Snyder a massive amount of alcohol consumption?

  12. that’s why it’s called Alcoholics ANONYMOUS –

    Bill knew that one of the many, many hurdles a person has to overcome in fighting addiction is the a-holes out there in the world happy to use another person’s problems to their advantage.

  13. Speculation needs to be bordered in caution tape like a crime scene. Because many people (and we have a lot of them in the US) can’t tell the difference between speculation and fact.

  14. Discredit him from what? Is he up for prom king? Why doesn’t management just lock themselves in a room, empty their purses on the floor, have a chardonnay and a good cry, and then get down to running a football team? Sheesh.

  15. “Washington Post is fake news. ”

    Free press. Any other parts of the Constitution you’d like repealed? Send Steve Bannon a note.

  16. Cooley is not stupid. There is no way he makes these public comments and jeopardizies his job without a green light from Skins management.

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    If that’s true its even more messed up than if Cooley was just shooting his mouth off; in that scenario Cooley is being used as a patsy to attack a fellow employee on behalf of the employer using a personal struggle as the weapon. Pretty low.

  17. First problem, this article was written by a Chicago sports writer who based his story from another story written in the Washington Post.

    Which brings us to the second problem, the original story was written by the Washington Post… who won’t even print the teams name. Am I the only person here who sees that the WP is nothing but FAKE NEWS especially when it comes to the Redskins?

    Someone please show me one positive article about the Redskins that’s been written in the WP… go ahead and search… I’m still waiting, I got all day.

  18. Free press. Any other parts of the Constitution you’d like repealed? Send Steve Bannon a note.

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    I didn’t say anything about eliminating the press. You are reading too much into it.

  19. @Uncle Bluck

    You are confusing Bruce Allen with his brother George Allen. Who is also the reason Fed Ex Field was built in Maryland instead of Virginia. Shameful when you consider that his father, also named George Allen, is one of the greatest coaches in team history.

  20. Cooley’s the same clown who signed a $$$ contract … then married a Redskins cheerleader — without a prenup.

    They divorced, of course.

    Good stock, that guy.

  21. Other than the team name, what is the agenda for fake news? I think many people posting here are confusing opinion pieces versus reporting. Newspapers run both types. Learn to recognize the difference.

  22. tdwise21 says:
    Feb 22, 2017 12:03 PM

    First problem, this article was written by a Chicago sports writer who based his story from another story written in the Washington Post.

    Which brings us to the second problem, the original story was written by the Washington Post… who won’t even print the teams name. Am I the only person here who sees that the WP is nothing but FAKE NEWS especially when it comes to the Redskins?

    Someone please show me one positive article about the Redskins that’s been written in the WP… go ahead and search… I’m still waiting, I got all day.

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    We’re all waiting for Washington to do something that doesn’t reek of stupidity.

  23. I’ve been keeping up with this story, and I’ve been watching the Redskins operate for years. The guy that has me scratching my head is Jay Gruden. He had other offers to become a head coach, and he chose Washington. If I am going to question anyone’s judgment, I’ll start with Jay.

  24. redlikethepig says:
    Feb 22, 2017 11:54 AM

    “Washington Post is fake news. ”

    Free press. Any other parts of the Constitution you’d like repealed? Send Steve Bannon a note.
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    Whoa there sparky. This has nothing to do with the Constitution. In case you weren’t aware, it is against the law to knowingly write false stories. The Post is full of them. Bannon knows this already. So, now that you have had time to think, say you are sorry.

  25. @12brichandfamous

    If you’ve lived in the area, you’ll have seen how much the Washington Post hates the team. They have a huge axe to grind with Snyder. Dallas newspapers treat the Redskins better than the local media.

  26. Why on Earth would McCloughan be forbidden to talk to the media? Who ever heard of that? And if that wasn’t the case, wouldn’t he have said something to the media by now? Like, “I’m allowed to talk, that’s crazy” or something?

    The silence from the man makes the story possibly true. If he’d make a statement, or someone like Allen would say it’s false, this’d go away. but they’re not, so what does that mean?We can’t help but wonder

  27. Why would the Redskins be a mess if an employee relapses into a drinking problem? I think that is on the employee. The Redskins are right to remain quiet on a sensitive topic like that. It’s personal to McCloughan and should remain private and none of the media’s business.

  28. How does “the team’s silence” speak volumes? An issue like this would be improper to discuss publicly so its really just proper behavior from the team if they are silent. This sounds more like the media has decided that the team respecting proper employer/employee confidentiality doesnt work for them so they want to force the issue.

  29. For the Post to write something that irresponsible that it was probably planted by the team is sad. Jerry Brewer is an idiot writer for the Post. He specializes in conspiracy theories which ALWAYS turn out to be wrong. Should never read the Post when it regards the Redskins. All lies in that newspaper.

  30. tdwise21 says:
    Feb 22, 2017 12:03 PM

    First problem, this article was written by a Chicago sports writer who based his story from another story written in the Washington Post.
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    Exactly. The Post only brings in reporters from other areas to ensure that they voice their disdain for the Redskins.
    Wilbon – from Chicago
    Brewer – Chicago
    LaCanfora – Baltimore

  31. I don’t think there silence says anything let alone “speaks volumes.” First, Chris Cooley is a clown. He has turned into a shock jock because fans are starting to not care about him and he just can’t have that. It’s a shame because he used to be a pretty good analyst. Second, who cares if he relapsed? Should the team fire him because he has a problem that harms no one but himself? Should every employer just fire people with issues like this as soon as some former employee flaps their gums? If so, that employer should be ashamed. If he does have a problem they should work with him to help him so he can get better as a person and as a professional. The only thing that speaks volumes is the insinuation by this Washington Post hack and the headline writer of this piece that McLaughlin should be tossed out like garbage because a former player said so.

  32. Complete speculation and trash!
    They like Cooley and don’t want to have to get rid of him because he said this. Off the air the next 4 days. They remained silent. Scott did an interview a few months ago and said something he shouldn’t have. They have asked everyone, including him, to stay silent until everything is worked out, one way or another, with Kirk. How does that not make sense?

  33. unclebluck says:
    Feb 22, 2017 11:52 AM

    Bruce Allens only 2 claims to fame……

    1) His father
    2) Losing his senate bid for 1 word……Macaca

    You don’t know as much as you think you do!
    Bruce Allen never ran for Senate

  34. this org is the worst in the NFL hands down…drama…drama…drama…..how about getting out the cellar and win a SB? gheez………….

  35. Trump: “I don’t like what the polls and newspapers say about me. FAKE NEWS! FAKE NEWS!”

    Today’s sports fans: “I don’t like what the newspapers say about my favorite team. FAKE NEWS! FAKE NEWS!”

  36. Welcome back, Dan Snyder & his Skins. The league has missed ya! Welcome back! This is going to be so much fun watching the mess that is about to occur.

    Instead of addressing issues behind closed doors, let’s use a former player to get the relapse rumors going. Total embarrassment of human beings that run the Skins. Just move to VA and be done with it. DC is becoming more of a Ravens city anyways. NW and NE have more Ravens bars then Skins now.

  37. In this case, the possible true reason (read speculation) as to why Scot is not saying anything might be because when he comes out with statements saying that the Skins want to keep a player (in this case Cousins) the Skins feel it may potentially erode their bargaining position. It also impacts what they might do with other free agents. Personally, the Skins would be fools to talk to the media and expose all of their plans. I have no problem not hearing from Scot every day about this and that. I trust he’s got a plan and he’s going to execute it.

  38. If you think the Redskins organization is more reputable than the Washington Post.. there’s a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to discuss with you.

  39. Bruce Allen is the problem. He so bad wants to be a GM but sucks st it. He doesn’t like not having control. I use to think he would just be a good cap and PR guy. After this that all changes. He needs to go.

  40. And Washington momentarily retakes the lead from Buffalo in the race to screw up a team that is finally promising for the first time in ages.

    San Francisco, having lapped the field in recent years, is no longer eligible for the prize.

  41. Real scumbag move if Snyder did ask Cooley to say this.

    No proof, but the team should have made a statement. Given this and the cousins situation, maybe they’ll sign Deion Sanders again

  42. It’s pretty disgusting that Cooley said it, worse that Jerry Brewer tried to create a storyline behind it, and awful all around that people are speculating over something that nobody even knows that’s happening or not. This isn’t news. It’s repeating an irresponsible comment.

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