With the Scot McCloughan hire now official in Washington, here’s a few more notes regarding the Redskins new general manager and the kick in the ass it gives the organization.
– Covering your eyes and withholding your excitement? No one can blame you. While the addition of a proven guy like McCloughan is great for any team, we all know how good the Redskins are at screwing things up. You have more than enough reason to stay medium and tread cautiously.
As a healthy argument, however, know this: Scot McCloughan didn’t need to take a job. Sure, he longed to be part of a team again, to lead a front office, to build a Super Bowl champion machine, etc. But from all reports and information, he wasn’t desperate. Instead, he required a perfect situation in which he was provided full control of personnel and front office.
That said, we have no reason to doubt the Redskins have legitimately handed McCloughan the keys to the team, otherwise he wouldn’t have inked the deal.
— As mentioned before, having Bruce Allen serve as team president isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When it comes to crunching cap numbers, throwing political weight, planning team functions, weighing in on uniform choices, and serving as the team ambassador, Allen fits the bill quite well. And his tight BFF relationship with Dan Snyder could eventually serve as a healthy go-between for McCloughan.
— And yes, according to reports, McCloughan and Allen have a good relationship with one another.
— While I do believe this is arguably the best move Dan Snyder has made since purchasing the team over a decade ago, I also don’t expect this organization to be turned around in a summer. If you read about McCloughan’s style and what he looks to do long-term, that described culture change and strong locker room is impossible to create with the flick of a switch.
Additionally, even as a huge fan of McCloughan’s draft classes as a whole, clearly he’s seen his fair share of misses. But you can say the same thing for every other general manager and talent evaluator out there.
No McCloughan isn’t perfect. No he won’t snipe every mid-round gem in every draft class. No he won’t have the Redskins playing in February next year. The point is, he’s the first knowledgeable, respected football brain this organization has had overseeing personnel since Bobby frickin’ Beathard, and hiring him was the first step in the right direction.
If you’re not excited quite yet, you have a better grasp on your emotions than me. But at the very least, it’s almost impossible to not feel the relief.
- ie. Dan Snyder (back)
- I know, I know… (back)