Redskins and McCloughan Are Familiar Guests At Foggy Bottom

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Redskins GM Scot McCloughan with President Bruce Allen
Jan 9, 2015; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen (left) listens as Washington Redskins new general manager Scot McCloughan (right) speaks at his introductory press conference at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

From the “bad timing” department, Redskins G.M. Scot McCloughan finds himself the bigger story than he would likely want to be. For fans, the bigger deal is and should be, wide receivers Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson, and the team’s quarterback, at least for another week, month, or season, Kirk Cousins.

Let’s get some things on the table first. CLEARLY, there is an issue with the Redskins General Manager. This morning on Mike & Mike, ESPN NFL Reporter Adam Schefter alluded to some concerns that have been hypothesized about in the media that may, OR MAY NOT be true. The organization is saying his absence is due to a death in his family. That said, the expiration date some have attached to his time allowed to mourn the death of a grandmother is in remarkable if not typical poor taste.

But the media and poor taste are familiar bedfellows.

What can’t be ignored is that Scot McCloughan is becoming an issue at the worst possible time. That’s simply a reality.

Also a reality is the fact that the Washington Redskins aren’t good in moments like these. The team is a leaky sieve from the front office to the locker room. If it’s hyperbole, it’s fit to print and opine on. If it’s innuendo, it’s in the Washington Post. It’s a business model that the Redskins can’t and won’t ever escape from.

Ultimately, logic should dictate that at some point, sooner rather than later, this team will make a decision on their embattled GM. For the sake of doing business, whatever condition McCloughan is in has now become an unneeded detriment at the most inconvenient of times. ANY organization with the best of intentions would need to make a call for the best of THAT organization.


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Again, that’s a reality.

McCloughan deserves credit for his effectiveness in cultivating talent. While he will be judged, and should be for wins and losses, that’s where the judgment should begin and end.

Unfortunately, this to is something the Washington Redskins and the media don’t succeed at.

The Collective “dog pile” happening to Scot McCloughan is what happens in D.C. It is predictable, and is an easy leap quickly made based on rumor and innuendo.

Which is, by the way, what all this still is until the Redskins and McCloughan officially say otherwise: rumor and innuendo.

But hey, when did the media ever let facts get in the way of a good story?

Even at Redskins Park.

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