Jan 7, 2015, 5:10 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 7, 62 days before NFL free agency starts.
Three and out—After trying everything else, Snyder may have it right this time
1. On Monday morning very few Redskins fans knew who Scot McCloughan was. Now, assuming that he and the organization are able to finish hammering out a contract agreement, he is the savior of their franchise. I’ll admit I’d heard the name but I didn’t know much about him and I live the NFL 365 days a year. Now I’ll be spending the next several days, possibly longer, digging in to his NFL past.
2. If you haven’t read the ESPN magazine article on McCloughan from last month you should do so when you have a little time. Here’s the part that I thought was very interesting. “This morning, he is consumed with an FBS middle linebacker projected by many to be a sixth- or seventh-rounder. But on a play in which the linebacker sprints to the sideline to make a tackle on a bubble screen, McCloughan sees something others might miss. The linebacker smelled a screen before anyone else and was just fast enough to get to the receiver. ‘You can’t teach that,’ McCloughan says.” McCloughan eventually gives the linebacker a second-round grade. That’s an eye for talent that is rare and can’t be taught.
3. Snyder had tried just about every organizational setup possible in the football operation—owner picking the players, head coach picking the players, whatever Vinny Cerrato was picking the players, the triumvirate of Snyder, Cerrato, and Joe Gibbs picking the players. The only on he hadn’t tried was the one that virtually every NFL team that is even somewhat successful uses, with a strong, experienced GM picking the players. Better late than never, I guess.
Out: Bruce Allen is now in a job better suited to his capabilities, negotiating contracts, defending the team name, and handling other such duties as team president. It appears that he relinquished his final say over personnel matters, perhaps because he didn’t think he was up to the task. If that’s the case, he deserves credit for voluntarily stepping aside.
—It’s been 10 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 248 days until they play another one
—Days until: NFL free agency starts 62; 2015 NFL Draft 113
If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.
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