According to reports, the Washington Redskins will be without their general manager Scot McCloughan at the NFL Combine. McCloughan is away from the team dealing with a family matter.
In a stunning development on the eve of the NFL Combine, the Washington Redskins are going to be without their general manager. Scot McCloughan is currently not with the team as the the Combine is set to get into full swing on Thursday with player workouts. According to a team source, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post, McCloughan is away from the team dealing with “family matters.” Jones would later report on the nature of McCloughan’s absence on his Twitter account.
This is an unfortunate development for the Redskins. McCloughan has generally done a solid job of identifying talent in the college ranks. In the past couple of drafts, McCloughan has drafted Pro Bowler Brandon Scherff, athletic sack artist Preston Smith, and terrific hybrid player Su’a Cravens. The Combine would have been a great chance for McCloughan to get an up close look at this year’s top prospects. Now, he will have to do extra work watching tape to find quality players.
Of course, McCloughan’s absence will raise some questions, especially in the wake of some comments made by Chris Cooley about McCloughan. Cooley recently questioned if McCloughan was drinking, and that caused a stir. Cooley had no proof to support these allegations, but speculated that McCloughan’s lack of media accessibility, a measure put on by team president Bruce Allen, was indicative of drinking problems. That theory could make sense, but considering that Cooley has no proof of this, and was bitter about not being re-signed in 2015, he definitely has a strong bias.
There will undoubtedly be speculation about McCloughan having some issues, as missing the Combine is a pretty big deal. Still, it appears that he is just dealing with a family matter that had unfortunate timing. McCloughan will be back with the team soon enough, and the Allen and the other scouts will hold down the fort while he is out.