McCloughan cites "great run" with 49ers
Have the San Francisco 49ers inspired much confidence in you that they will make the right decisions following the departure of Scot McCloughan this week?
Well, to this point the Niners have been unable to deliver an explanation for what happened with their general manager, who abruptly left with five weeks to go until the draft when the team holds the 13th and 17th picks in the first round.
There have been reports that it is an extended leave of absence. Reading a text message McCloughan sent Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, we would interpret it to be a permanent leave of absence.
“It was a great run,” McCloughan said. “Players I brought in will win division for next couple of years.”
Before we get into how a “great run” is defined, McCloughan also appeared on Sirius NFL Radio and per host Adam Schein’s Twitter account he said “family needs to come first and I lost sight of that with my position at the 49ers.”
It has been reported that McCloughan is in the process of a divorce. That would explain the family remarks. What cannot be explained is the silence by the organization. The only plausible explanation is it is working on an exit strategy from a contract that pays McCloughan more than $1 million annually.
But this is the type of front office/public relations fumble the club has been notorious for since the crumbling of the 49ers dynasty. It’s been missed opportunity after blown chance and the draft coming up is a huge step for the Niners with the NFC West wide open. McCloughan did make some solid moves that have the team in decent shape but San Francisco isn’t going to take the next step unless it converts this offseason.
Right now, the ball has been dropped in the Bay Area. Hopefully, the the team sorts its situation out and McCloughan is back working in the league again soon.
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