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Seven questions for Redskins GM Scot McCloughan

Jan 9, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT


The Redskins will introduce Scot McCloughan at a press conference today at noon. Here are some questions that the team’s first true general manager since 1999 that are likely to be asked.

When did the possibility of McCloughan coming to Washington first come up? There are some who suspect that the Redskins acted after all of the negative fallout following Bruce Allen’s disastrous New Year’s Eve press conference. That’s possible but it’s likely that this goes further back.

What’s his take of the team’s quarterback situation? McCloughan won’t have a definitive answer here but he certainly studied Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins coming out of college and has developed some opinion on them.

What does the power structure look like? I doubt that we can get them to draw up a specific organizational chart as to who has authority in specific areas but we can at least get a statement on the record that McCloughan will be in charge of all football personnel matters.

What does he think of Jay Gruden? The head coach and McCloughan have never worked together but they may know each other; the NFL is a fairly tight circle. It’s assumed that Gruden will coach the team in 2015 but we should find out if he is on a “prove it” basis.

What’s the status on hiring a defensive coordinator? This may or may not be something in which McCloughan is involved heavily; that’s one of the things we will have to find out. But whether we get the information from him or from Allen, we’ll try to get some light shed on where they are in the process.

What is his vision for how the football team will look in four years? Does he want a power team as opposed to finesse? Size over speed? What about the culture in the locker room and the culture of the organization as a whole?

Has he put his personal issues behind him? This might not be an appropriate question in a news conference under most circumstances. However he let his problems with alcohol out for the public to see in an ESPN magazine article so it’s fair to ask him about them.

What would you like the media to as McCloughan? Let me know in the comments.

  1. mr.moneylover - Jan 9, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    I wanna know how much time do he put in to study a team that had two bad seasons ????and will he bring in his scouting team or will he expand the scouting team ??? And is it impossible to improve a team that has holes at D-line,saftey,and o-line ???

    • deepball1 - Jan 9, 2015 at 11:30 AM

      You have just asked a dumb question….”AND IS IT IMPOSSIBLE TO IMPROVE A TEAM THAT HAS HOLES AT D line, safety, and o-line???”

      REALLY??? You think that maybe he will say “yes, its impossible. This team is hopeless”. There is only one other answer he could possibly give for that question. You could never be a reporter mr.moneylover.

      • Penz - Jan 11, 2015 at 7:13 AM

        Its great when you see Skins fans ridicule each other, very classy.

  2. Steven Bradford - Jan 9, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Very interested to know how he plans to develop and hire additional scouts for the Organization and the general structure of the Personnel Department under him. Read where he established a very strong scouting organization in San Francisco.

  3. deepball1 - Jan 9, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    look for Scott M. to give standard pat answers for EVERYTHING. Lots of terms like “we’re evaluating”,,,,,,”IT’S A PROCESS”……”he has a lot of talent or Potential” “our relationship is good” “we’re going to look at a lot of different options”

    BUT….I am willing to bet that he will speak on his past alcohol abuse and put that out there simply because it is already out there. I think that his alcohol problem will actually be the ONLY truthful and open answer we will get from him today because he is a very smart guy and he will not reveal anything pertinent about his plans for free agency or the draft. Look for a whole lot of GENERIC answers.

  4. cowboyhater - Jan 9, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    I’m just curious if he will say the word “rebuild”, and they have mentioned he has the philosophy of building through the draft, but how does he feel about adding pieces to this roster through free agency.

    • deepball1 - Jan 9, 2015 at 11:35 AM

      you have identified a word that will be used…just take out the “RE”. I don’t think I have ever heard anybody in the NFL ever use that term. That is for us to use but not them Scott M. will use the word BUILD but no…he will not mention the word rebuild. Not going to happen.

      “yes Mr. Snyder and BRUCE have destroyed this once great franchise….so I must REBUILD it” LOL no no no…not gonna happen in this press conference.

      • Stephfan - Jan 9, 2015 at 12:11 PM

        So you know what he is going to say… Quick what are the lotto numbers cause you must be physic? Second it doesn’t matter if he says we are or atent. We should. Untill our entire d not including amerson or Kerrigan( they had good seasons) gets over hauled we won’t win. Same goes for Oline. Keep Trent and rebuild on the Oline. Recover is fine so is running back and wr… Resign helu

        • skinsgame - Jan 10, 2015 at 7:52 AM

          Amerson had a good season? Oh. I didn’t see that part. I thought he was mediocre to serviceable. Kerrigan, Robinson, and Breeland are the only players on D that will be here in 3 years.

        • Joe Greene - Jan 10, 2015 at 3:09 PM

          Amerson was solid most of the season. He’s a good tackler, has good speed, but struggles with shifty/quick players. He seems built for FS with his size and speed (6’1″, 4.44).

  5. gurnblanstonreturns - Jan 9, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    One question: Do you have final authority to hire/fire/sign/cut all football personnel, including players, coaches and front office staff such as scouts and personnel directors?

    If McCloughan answers yes – the Skins have some hope of conducting the full rebuild necessary to become consistently competitive.

    If he answers no – get your column ready to solicit “what went wrong” questions for Bruce Allen when McCloughan leaves the organization.

  6. redskinsreloaded - Jan 9, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Are you ready to do deal with the media market in a town that will chew you up and spit you out in a short period of time, that has NO patience to let ANYONE do their job and has quite possibly the quickest knee jerk reaction in all of football except for maybe Dallas? Are you willing to deal with the scrutiny that comes with having any position in D.C. from the fans and media alike? And finally Do you even pay attention to any of these factors? Cause if you do, rent ,don’t buy a home.

    Please for the love of God dont run this guy out of town when he makes a couple mistakes. He will make some. They all do. Let the guy be. In four years if the results are the same then he’s free game to crucify .

  7. des1124 - Jan 9, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    I hope he says we are rebuilding and give us a few years to be contenders. That will tell if he is serious. Also I would like to know his philosophy on free agents

  8. wonderfulfaison - Jan 9, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    I would like to know if he plans on shedding any light on his plans for the draft

    • des1124 - Jan 9, 2015 at 12:06 PM

      Sounds like Shanny’s press conference. Looks very nervous I hope he can handle the pressure

      • skinsgame - Jan 10, 2015 at 8:04 AM

        I didn’t think he came across as nervous at all. This isn’t his first rodeo.

    • des1124 - Jan 9, 2015 at 12:07 PM

      Me too.

  9. charley42 - Jan 9, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    How can anyone be expected to give anything but generic answers about a company that you’ve just been hired at?

    I think it’s more appropriate to ask what and how he plans on looking at and how he will do things.

    • des1124 - Jan 9, 2015 at 12:20 PM

      very true

  10. brucealmty - Jan 9, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Re: getting involved with the media. I hope he takes the Ozzie Newsome (GM of the Baltimore Ravens) approach and detaches from weekly/monthly interaction with the media. That is the head coaches job to report team goings-on. I hope Scot sticks to the knitting of building a team and speaks to the media 4 or 5 times a year.

    • skinsgame - Jan 10, 2015 at 7:54 AM

      Amen. For whatever reason, Rich seemed to think that Bruce Allen owed the media updates throughout the season. The GM should talk during the offseason and then shut up.

  11. goback2rfk - Jan 9, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    What is McCloughan’s take on the QB situation. I wonder if McCloughan is a RG3 guy.

    • goback2rfk - Jan 9, 2015 at 7:01 PM

      I just saw the interview when he mentioned RG3 a little, honestly, he said some positive things about RG3 but too me it looked like there was an underlining uncertainty in his voice when he was mentioning the number 2 pick super star out of Baylor Robert Griffin III Archives

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