Back in March, the Washington Redskins fired the popular general manager Scot McCloughan. Speculation and rumors suggested the dismissal may have been due to a relapse of his alcohol abuse. While that is very debatable, one thing seems obvious, McCloughan’s relationship with team president Bruce Allen was strained and ultimately for whatever reasons was a large factor in McCloughan being outed.
On Tuesday, McCloughan appeared on the Grant and Danny Show on 106.7 The Fan. He addressed the split with the Redskins, calling the decision “mutual.”
“You know, it’s too bad what happened here, but it was mutual,” McCloughan said as transcribed by Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “And there’s a lot of good people in this organization, from the ownership down throughout he whole building. Players, coaches and Dan [Snyder] was nothing but great to us. It just didn’t work out. And as you guys are well aware, it’s a big business and it just didn’t work out. I hate leaving there because I’ve got so many close friends, not just guys that I drafted but there’s a lot of good people.”
McCloughan never mentioned Allen throughout the interview. He often times referred to the players and coaches but not once Allen.
“And you know what, it’s going to be a good team. Kirk’s going to play his tail off like he always does, and hopefully they get something done long term, but there’s guys around him that are just as special,” he went on. “It was so good to see in the weight room, in the training room, in the equipment room, the secretaries, the front office, the coaches. It’s a good organization. It’s a really good organization. It just wasn’t meant to be.”
McCloughan initially was on Grant and Danny to promote his auctioning of autographed Redskins merchandise. He plans to donate the proceeds of the auctioning to the Redskins Charitable Foundation. A classy move from the perceived scorned former GM. He said the idea was his wife after he put his camo hat on EBay for auctioning and with help from her promoting the auction on Twitter, “blew up overnight.”
Often times during the interview McCloughan appeared to be thankful for the opportunity to be with what he called a “great organization,” and at times regretful that the situation did not work out to his liking. When he referenced how good the Redskins are and the team chemistry and good character on the roster, he made sure to in a remorseful way, verbally noted he was integral in building those qualities on the roster.
“…I wish I could have been here longer to see it come to fruition, but I can’t, so it is what it is. But still, I’m gonna pull for them. I don’t have any grudge. It is what it is. Again, it’s a marriage that didn’t work,” McCloughan said.