09 Mar 2017
In a sad story, one of the NFL's best talent evaluators has been fired by his third team in the past eight years due to his ongoing struggles with alcoholism.
"After weeks of speculation, the Washington Redskins fired General Manager Scot McCloughan on Thursday, a little more than two years into a four-year contract," reads a report in the Washington Post.
"An official with direct knowledge of the situation attributed the decision to McCloughan's ongoing problems with alcohol, which also led to his firing from front office positions with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and Seattle Seahawks in 2014."
McCloughan had not been with the team since before the combine. Just yesterday, his agent said that McCloughan was "very healthy" and "in contact with the team, and denied that the absence was related to alcohol.
McCloughan was with the 49ers when they drafted Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Patrick Willis, and Joe Staley. He was with Seattle when they drafted Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner, and Russell Wilson. In two years in D.C., he drafted Pro Bowl lineman Brandon Scherff, plus Jamison Crowder, Preston Smith, and Su'a Cravens.
UPDATE: Post reporter Mike Jones had this to say:
Was told late in the season of jealousy up top and how they'd one day use McCloughan drinking as an excuse to can him. Exactly what happened
— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 10, 2017
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