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Four questions raised by the Redskins’ McCloughan hire

Jan 6, 2015, 4:50 PM EDT


Will Jay Gruden stay on as the head coach? A general manager will often have the authority to name his own head coach. We don’t know what McCloughan thinks of Gruden, who went 4-12 in his rookie season as an NFL head coach. It’s possible that McCloughan will use this as an evaluation year for Gruden and then decide what to do in January of 2016.

What does this mean for the future of QB Robert Griffin III with the Redskins? McCloughan will not be tied by what was done by the previous administration so the fact that they spend three first-round picks and a second to get Griffin won’t be much of a factor in his thinking when evaluating the most important position on the field. When Kevin Sheehan of ESPN 980 asked him about the quarterback situation on Tuesday afternoon, he said that he’s “not sure yet”.

Will he have the autonomy to do the job? It would be hard to imagine McCloughan, who had interest from other teams, would come in without the proper authority to do his job written into his contract. But we will have to see.

What happens to the Redskins’ existing personnel department? Scott Campbell, the head of college scouting, Alex Santos, in charge of pro personnel, personnel executive Doug Williams, and others have been in charge of acquiring talent for the Redskins presumably will be evaluated by the new sheriff in town to see if they will stick around. We will also see if McCloughan will expand the scouting staff, which is one of the smallest in the NFL.

  1. corleonemd - Jan 6, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    I’m happy for the move. It looks like he has a history of good personnel choices when he was with Seattle and San Francisco. I hope the stress of the job, doesn’t drive him over the edge and resort to bad habits. Good move for the ‘Skins. He’s still has an uphill battle in turning this roster around.

    • corleonemd - Jan 6, 2015 at 5:13 PM

      I think he should come in with a clean slate and make any decision he feels is in the best interest of the team. Hopefully Mr. Snyder doesn’t get in the way.

  2. Mark - Jan 6, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    This seems like a good move at first. Everyone seems to agree he’s got the track record to be a successful GM. My only question is how well will he blend with the executives who have the ability to fire him.

  3. ajbus1 - Jan 6, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Sweeeet! Hopefully Danny stays outta his way…

  4. gurnblanstonreturns - Jan 6, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    We should find out about McCloughan’s authority very quickly. Free agency and the draft process wait for no man. If he doesn’t clean house in the front office immediately, his authority is doubtful. I hope he reviews Gruden closely as well. The DC job is open, the special teams under a 1st year coach were quite special and the rarely used secondary market of playoff coaches is adding new names weekly. It may be too late to join the Todd Bowles sweepstakes, but it’s possible to send feelers to his camp about coming home. Nothing should be off the table or beyond the new GM’s authority. We should know soon if it’s a brave, new world in Ashburn.

  5. kenlinkins - Jan 6, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    McCloughan “To Do List”; 1. Fire many of the Redskins scouting department and bring in his own guys (Due date 2-01-15) 2. Figure out which of the 17 Redskins free agents should be signed back and at what price (Due date 3-01-15). 3. Make required Cap Space moves to increase money to sign Free Agents hitting the street (Due date on going and as required). 4. Figure out which Free Agents can be play makers and are a real value, find stop gap players to 2015. (Due date: on going until Training camp) 5. Pull off a Outstanding 2015 draft for the Redskins. If he can be successful with 3 out of 5 the Redskins can go 8-8 in 2015. It seems that 2014 was a lost year due to ex GM Allen, but the Redskins have corrected that mistake. IMO McCloughan understands that the Redskins are locked in for 2015 at Head Coach but everything else is wide open to be changed. While I do not see him using a high draft pick on a QB in 2015, my guess is that he will take a shot at a QB in the later rounds (project type) to show RG3 how QB’s can move up the depth chart by studying film. Rich: Do you see more turn roster turn over (as I do) with a new GM coming in and isn’t this the first draft class under the new CBA to hit the street? (what effects will that have)?

  6. gasngo14 - Jan 6, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Rich i can finally say i am excited to be Redskins fan, haven’t been able to say that for many many years!

    HAIL to Dan & Bruce now move over into the slow lane and allow our new man to move forward!

    I really was starting to believe i would never see this day…..and what a way to start the New Year. Scot work your magic and welcome to the Burgundy and Gold . HTTR!!

  7. nomaan78 - Jan 6, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    GM Scot McCloughan. We finally got one!! Yay!!

    Now Hire a DC. Likely Wade Phillips which would be a nice signing. Good defenses everywhere he has been a DC.

    Let McCloughan build this roster and let Gruden coach em up.


    • brucealmty - Jan 6, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      Gotta disagree with Wade; he’s 20yrs past his prime. Redskins need a young gun.

      • skinsgame - Jan 6, 2015 at 11:29 PM

        Why? Do you think younger coordinators somehow know things he doesn’t? What did his last few years of coaching result in? Excluding him because he is in his 60’s is incredibly stupid. Incredibly. No credibility.
        Credibility – 1 You – 0

      • Joe Greene - Jan 7, 2015 at 5:57 AM

        20 years past his prime? Have you bothered to pay attention to any statistical information or did you literally stop the moment you saw his age and decide to leave an uninformed comment.

        • brucealmty - Jan 7, 2015 at 10:43 PM

          GREAT!!! You guys think stability comes by changing coaches every couple years. 60 ~ 80 hr work weeks come easy to a 70 year old. The NFL has changed guys, try to keep up.

        • Joe Greene - Jan 8, 2015 at 1:27 PM

          Okay, since you clearly don’t know anything at all, here’s what Wade Phillips last 3 defenses did in the NFL (and note the most recent year):

          2011: 2nd
          2012: 7th
          2013: 7th

          Phillips has actually gotten better with age and is legitimately one of the elite DCs in the league, even at his current age.

      • samhuff96 - Jan 8, 2015 at 9:10 AM

        As most women know, men don’t reach maturity until 70, if they ever mature.

      • wonderfulfaison - Jan 8, 2015 at 12:40 PM

        Age should not be a factor in this hiring; the performance record of the DC should. The Steeles DC, Dick Lebeau is 78 years old. 10 years older than Phillips.

  8. Joe Greene - Jan 6, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    It’s almost like Christmas morning here. McCloughan has actually done the job, and done it well, in two places and is still young enough to be around for a while if working for Snyder doesn’t drive him back to his old habits.

    Sounds like Brittle Bob’s goose is cooked. Maybe we’ll finally have a real QB in the next year or two.

    • skinsgame - Jan 6, 2015 at 10:47 PM

      Maybe you didn’t get the memo. Robert isn’t to blame for not throwing the ball to wide open receivers.

  9. jscx3 - Jan 6, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    I really can’t believe that they did this. It’s great! I have hope, but maybe cautious optimism. They took a positive step. As a fan if my team is trying to make smart decisions I support them. This guy does have a history, but it would be a great comeback. I get a feeling he might push for someone from SF to become new DC.

  10. skinsgame - Jan 6, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Even if this happens, it can not “officially” happen until the Redskins interview a “minority” candidate. I expect tomorrow the Redskins will announce they’re interviewing the great Morroco Brown for the GM title. So ridiculous.

    Rich, is it possible the team could give Miggilicutty a title other than GM and avoid the Rooney Rule? Forcing teams to go through interviews strictly based upon ethnicity seems absolutely backwards and inherently racist. It started with good intentions but is now just a hoop to jump through.

    • ajbus1 - Jan 6, 2015 at 11:54 PM

      Doesn’t that only apply to head coaching positions?

      • Joe Greene - Jan 7, 2015 at 6:00 AM

        HC and GM positions and they’re thinking of expanding it to coordinators.

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 7, 2015 at 6:30 AM

      Not a good idea to create technicalities to dodge the rule. In any case, the Redskins have complied.

      Report: Redskins have satisfied Rooney Rule for GM hire

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