The Scot McCloughan era in Washington is over.
The Redskins announced the firing of their general manager two years into a four-year deal. Team president Bruce Allen released the following statement:
"The Washington Redskins have released Scot McCloughan from the organization effective immediately. We wish him success in his future endeavors. The team will have no further comment on his departure. The organization remains confident in our personnel department as we execute our free agency plans as well as prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft."
McCloughan, hired in January of 2015, was kept away from media for weeks and did not attend last week's NFL Combine for "family matters" according to a team spokesman. However, the mystery over absence became the dominant conversation in town if not around the NFL. One week ago at the NFL Combine Allen told Breaking Burgundy, "He's taking care of his family matters first. After that, he'll be at work again." When asked for a timeline, he added, "I'm not going to get into all the personal stuff," Allen stated. "Scot is more than a worker with us. He's a friend."
Return to work, that didn't happen. Numerous reports of internal organizational issues did. Some screamed dysfunction. Label the situation whatever you want, but the Redskins are done with McCloughan despite back-to-back winning seasons and a 2015 NFC East title. Considered a top talent evaluator, McCloughan had some strong draft selections in guard Brandon Scherff and wide receiver Jamison Crowder. There were also several misses, notably in free agency.
McCloughan was previously fired from front office positions with San Francisco in 2010 and Seattle in 2014 because of issues with alcohol. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Redskins cited alcohol as a primary factor in his contract termination in Washington.
The Redskins have not announced a replacement plan. Allen oversaw the team's draft in 2014 which included future starter Trent Murphy, Spencer Long, Morgan Moses and Bashaud Breeland.