The Curious Case of Scott McLoughan

Scott McLoughan erstwhile GM of the San Francisco 49ers, and more recently the Seahawks GM, has once again abruptly left his team right before the draft. Whether his work was completed before his departure is a bit of speculation, but I’m sure the leg work is done and his wished are at least duly noted. This happened to San Francisco back in 2010, before the team had even tasted success. The guys he brought in, starting with blog favorite Alex Smith, include the following:

Frank Gore
Vernon Davis
Patrick Willis
Joe Staley
Justin Smith
Ray McDonald 
Michael Crabtree 
Ahmad Brooks 
Dashon Goldson

There was much made about McCloughan’s departureand since most of it is conjecture, it was for ‘personal reasons’ and not job performance. When he left, McCloughan was apparently going through some hard times. He said at the time “I understand now that the job can’t consume your life. I’m still young, and I still love football. But it was consuming my life, and it’s just not as important as your health or taking care of your family.”

McCloughan had become overwhelmed, so he said. “I got almost numb. And I had no one to blame but myself. I was losing my family, and I sat back and had to think about that. As we know in this business, jobs come and go. Family doesn’t. Those three kids, you’ve got a chance to impact their lives, and I wanted to be a part of that.”

The rumors were he had a drinking and marriage problems, but nothing more was said, and with all that swirling around him,  he immediately took the Seattle GM job, and picked up right where he left off to build a winner in Seattle.

Among the guys he drafted for Seattle were Russdell Wilson. KJ Wright, Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, and your friend and mine, Richard Sherman.

Yesterday, he pulled the same stunt. He hasn’t cited burnout or all-consuming or anything, but he did say has was leaving for personal and family reasons. 

His next move is to apparently start his own independent scouting service. He’s going to sell his picks to the highest bidder? Strange, but the guys track record pretty much speaks for itself. And hey, if it weakens the Seahaeks just a little, why not?

I expect the Arizona Cardinals will be making a big push to sign him next month.

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9 Responses to The Curious Case of Scott McLoughan

  1. unca_chuck says:

    No Scotty fans out there? Shit, the dude built the two best teams in the NFL right now.

    • Spitblood says:

      I disagree. McCloughan wasn’t very good. He certainly didn’t build the Seahawks. Look at the drafts when McCloughan had “the trigger,” and look at how many of those players are currently starters on this team.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    As Niner GMs go, he’s near the top. The Hawks aren’t very thrilled with Scotty bailing.

    • Spitblood says:

      Not really. I’d rather have Baalke, Nolan and Walsh. The only one McCloughan beats out in the last thirty years, in my book, is Donahue, and if you got Webster drunk and gave him a frontal lobe lobotomy and retard pills, Webster’d still out-draft Donahue. Donahue got so pissed at TO, he let TO walk for zero compensation. In my book, that goes down as the worse GM move ever, and gives Donahue the worst GM crown by a long shot. Thing that irks me is that Walsh recommended the guy. But Walsh also brought us Jeff Garcia who I hated almost as much as Alex Smith. Why? Because the qb game is all about winning Super Bowls, and Garcia was never going to do that …. just like Alex Smith.

      My GM list:
      Walsh
      Baalke (still to be determined)
      Nolan
      McCloughan
      Donahue

      McCloughan’s not near the top in my book.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    No criminal conspiracy or felony charges for Aldon Smith. His charge is now a misdemeanor.

    • Nipper says:

      Just for stupidity he should at least do a night in jail. In the Commissioner’s Court he’ll do hard time. What a stupid fool.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . .

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