This isn’t what we would call an ideal scenario for the Washington Redskins. On the day that free agency opened up around the National Football League, the suddenly drama-filled franchise has fired second-year general manager Scot McCloughan.
“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,” The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
It’s not a shocking move in the least. McCloughan has been away from the team since the NFL Scouting Combine last week and has been away from the team since. There’s been suggestions that something unknown is happening in his personal life. Thursday’s report seems to clarify that.
“He’s had multiple relapses due to alcohol,” said the official, who spoke on a condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on personnel matters. “He showed up in the locker room drunk on multiple occasions,” the report continued. “This has been a disaster for 18 months.”
What we do know is that a rift reportedly grew between the former San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks executive and the Redskins’ brass. What exactly what means remains to be seen. What it does tell us is that everyone within Washington’s brass up until Thursday were not on the same page.
Now in the midst of dealing with Kirk Cousins reported trade demands and the rest of the NFL’s off-season slate, the Redskins themselves will be looking for a new general manager.