Former Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan, who was fired by the team March 9, says he bears no ill feelings toward his old team despite the ugly breakup.
In an interview Tuesday on 106.7 The Fan’s “Grant and Danny” show in Washington, McCloughan called his departure a mutual decision and said he will continue to pull for the franchise.
“You know, it’s too bad what happened here, but it was mutual,” McCloughan told the show, via the Washington Post. ” And there’s a lot of good people in this organization, from the ownership down throughout he whole building. Players, coaches and was nothing but great to us. It just didn’t work out. And as you guys are well aware, it’s a big business and it just didn’t work out. I hate leaving there because I’ve got so many close friends, not just guys that I drafted but there’s a lot of good people.”
McCloughan, who had held the Redskins GM post since January 2015, saw his reign end in turmoil. Media reports speculated for weeks he would get the axe, with one Washington Post report citing McCloughan’s alcohol abuse as a factor. A source told the paper, “This has been a disaster for 18 months.”
But McCloughan, who was released with two years remaining on a four-year deal, says he wishes the team well.
“There’s good players there, and there’s good character there, there’s good chemistry there,” McCloughan said. “And that’s what I tried to build and build and build. I wish I could have been here longer to see it come to fruition, but I can’t, so it is what it is. But still, I’m gonna pull for them. I don’t have any grudge. It is what it is. Again, it’s a marriage that didn’t work.”