Instead of beating around the bush, the Redskins have simply fired general manager Scot McCloughan effective immediately.
“The Washington Redskins have released Scot McCloughan from the organization effective immediately. We wish him success in his future endeavors. The team will have no further comment on his departure. The organization remains confident in our personnel department as we execute our free agency plans as well as prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft,” team president Bruce Allen said.
Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports a source confirmed McCloughan was let go due to “multiple” relapses with his alcoholism.
“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. . . . This has been a disaster for 18 months.”
McCloughan has battled with the disease in the past which led to his dismissals in San Francisco and Seattle prior to joining the Redskins in Jan. 2015.
Jones added the source said that McCloughan had been receiving acohol treatments since joining the team back in 2015, but he had not been actively with the team in weeks. He referenced that before McCloughan was asked not to return on Feb. 20, he was placed in “timeout” for his behavior.
“He didn’t make the best of his third chance in the NFL,” the source added per Jones.
McCloughan has not made a statement since the news broke us his firing. However, his agent, Peter Schaffer, stated earlier on Thursday that his client was “very healthy” in an interview with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
Questions of McCloughan’s absence arose when Jones reported that the GM was restricted from talking to the media during the Senior Bowl in January. Then ESPN 980 analyst, Chris Cooley — the radio station is owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder — speculated that McCloughan’s absence was due to him drinking again. McCloughan reportedly was outraged that the team did not come to his defense in response to Cooley’s comments. Many insiders speculated there was no coincindence in Cooley’s statement, and that’s why the team never publicly had McCloughan’s back.
Then 106.7 the Fan reported McCloughan was sent home from Redskins Park by the team on Feb. 20. He was absent during the NFL Combine last week in Indianapolis. Allen said the GM was out due to “personal matters.”
McCloughan told reporters via text message he was out due to the death of his 100-year old grandmother. However, 106.7 the Fan revealed his grandmother passed away on Feb. 7 and the funeral was scheduled in Colorado back on Feb. 13. Jones reported the Redskins were looking to let McCloughan to go sometime after the NFL Draft. Meanwhile, the team was exploring new options to replace McCloughan as they publicly stated he would return soon.
On Tuesday, the NFL’s free agency negotiation period started with McCloughan not being present at Redskins Park. Instead he was seen walking his dog while wearing Redskins gear. Reports later surfaced that he was no longer handling personnel decision as the league’s new year started on Thursday.
McCloughan’s dismissal adds to the tumultuous offseason the Redskins have endured. The team lost out on key players from their first back-to-back winning seasons in two decades with DeSean Jackson and Chris Baker both bolting in free agency to Tampa Bay. They also lost 2016 leading receiver Pierre Garcon, who signed with San Francisco on Thursday. Their quarterback Kirk Cousins, who threw for 4,917 yards, has reportedly requested a trade but was denied by Snyder.
Top free agents have appeared to avoid the team in the first day of free agency, in part due to the uncertainty that has brewed with the front office, the quarterback, and the lost of their top two wide receivers.