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:
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.