Front office shakeups

Scot McCloughan to become the Redskins GM

This has the potential to become an excellent hire. McCloughan is a “football man” who comes from a football family. His dad Kent, played for the Oakland Raiders and then scouted for the Raiders until his retirement. His brother David was a defensive back at Colorado and played a few years in the NFL before becoming a scout for various teams.

At 43 years of age, this will be McCloughan’s second opportunity to run an NFL club as General Manager. His first stint was with San Francisco from 2008 – 2010. As has been reported, he was let go in San Francisco because of personal issues that were related to alcohol abuse. He was out of the league for a short time but was hired by the Seattle Seahawks as a personnel executive. He left Seattle earlier this year for the same reason he left San Francisco.

In talking to some people who know McCloughan well, I’ve been told that Scot has spent the last nine months getting his life in order. With that being the case, the Redskins have hired an excellent personnel man to run their team. McCloughan’s reputation around the league is that of an extremely hard worker and a talented evaluator. That should help Washington tremendously going forward. With Scot running Washington’s football operations, don’t be surprised to see his brother Dave join the Redskins shortly.

Mike Tannenbaum to Miami

Mike Tannenbaum has worked for the Miami Dolphins as a consultant since August. In that role, he observed and evaluated everything having to do with football operations. Earlier this week, it was announced that Tannenbaum has been hired as executive vice president of football operations. In that role, he will basically oversee everything having to do with football for the Miami Dolphins.

What makes this situation odd is that it has been reported that head coach Joe Philbin will report to Owner Stephen Ross and not Tannenbaum. General Manager Dennis Hickey, who has control of scouting operations, the draft, and the roster will report to Tannenbaum. It has also been reported that Philbin will receive a contract extension shortly but nothing was mentioned about Hickey. I bring this up only because when Hickey was hired a year ago, he was only given a two-year contract, which is unheard of for a person being hired for the general manager position.

With Hickey having to report to Tannenbaum, and with no contract extension in hand, how safe is his job going forward? If Hickey’s contract is not extended soon, the writing is on the wall. Mike Tannenbaum will become the General Manager of the Miami Dolphins in the not too distant future.

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