Scot McCloughan, a successful scouting executive who helped turn the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers into perennial championship contenders, is in talks with the Washington Redskins to become the team's general manager, NFL.com reported on Tuesday.
McCloughan has more than 22 years of NFL experience under his belt as an executive or scout, and has spent the last year running his own business – Instinctive Scouting, LLC – in which he helps teams evaluate potential college prospects.
McCloughan – the son of Kent McCloughan, a longtime member of the Oakland Raiders' scouting staff – began his career in 1994 as a regional scout with the Green Bay Packers, a position he held until 1999. During his tenure in Green Bay, he was part of two Packers' Super Bowl teams, including the 1996 Super Bowl XXXI championship squad.
Since his time with the Packers, McCloughan has alternated in various scouting and front office roles with the Seahawks and the 49ers.
Draft picks selected during McCloughan's tenures in various roles with both teams have since accounted for 35 Pro Bowl selections and 12 first-team All-Pro honors, including guard Steve Hutchinson and linebacker Patrick Willis. McCloughan also contributed to the 2011-13 drafts as the Seahawks' Senior Personnel Executive, highlighted by selections that included two-time All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson.
Teams featuring McCloughan's acquisitions during his tenures with the 49ers and Seahawks have also accounted for each of the last five NFC West titles and have represented the NFC in each of the last two Super Bowls.
His efforts with the Seahawks from 2000-04 also helped the franchise win the NFC Championship in 2005 and earn a berth in Super Bowl XL in Detroit.
During his weekly radio appearance on Fox Sports 910 in Richmond, Va., Michael Robinson – a former fullback with the Seahawks and current NFL Network analyst – said McCloughan is "exactly what the Redskins need."
"He understands how to build a quality locker room," Robinson said. "He's not just looking for your attributes on the field. He's looking for, 'How can I infuse you into this locker room to make this … a place where it's conducive to winning?'
"He's a really bright guy," Robinson continued. "He looks at talent a whole different way, unlike I've seen in this business."
In his end-of-the-season press conference with reporters Dec. 31, Redskins President and general manager Bruce Allen said the team understands 4-12 – its record in 2014 – "is unacceptable … and if there's anything we can do to get this team back to where it belongs, we will do it."
"We owe it to the fans to look into any possible addition to this staff at any role in this organization, and that's what we're doing," Allen said. "We're evaluating everybody's job, everybody's role, and if we can add people to the Washington Redskins who are going to help us win, we're absolutely going to do that."