The Washington Redskins potentially made the smartest football decision they have made in a long time.
The team has hired Scot McCloughan as their new general manager. According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the deal is for four years.
McCloughan was previously the GM of the San Francisco 49ers until 2010 when they parted ways due to his past issues with alcohol abuse. The Seattle Seahawks then hired him to serve as a senior personnel executive. McCloughan resigned in 2014 due to some personal issues.
Known around the league as a natural talent evaluator, McCloughan should give the lowly Redskins a much-needed GM with a true scouting background. The number of talented players acquired though the draft under McCloughan's reign is astonishing. Most of those players are still on their respective team's rosters, while a number of them have been to the Pro Bowl—both of which are foreign concepts to the Redskins. Washington fans are used to seeing drafted players either A) not make the team, or B) traded/released but then blossom for another team.
With the signing of McCloughan, Bruce Allen's title will change from being the President and GM to simply being the President. This allows McCloughan to have control over picking players while Allen handles the business side of everything with the team.
When asked about his assessment of the team's quarterback situation with Robert Griffin III, McCloughan said, "Not sure yet." His brief comment will no doubt lead to speculation and rumors surrounding Griffin's future with the franchise. After all, McCloughan was not part of this organization who gave up a king's ransom to select Griffin in the 2012 NFL Draft.
This hiring proves that there is still some hope behind the doors of Redskins Park.