Former Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard thinks newly hired general manager Scot McCloughan is “fantastic.”
“I think he’ll do a great job for the Redskins,” Beathard said Thursday on ESPN 980. “I don’t have any doubts about it.”
“[Team president] Bruce [Allen] recognizes the talent this guy has,” he said. “Bruce knows him. So I think it’s the perfect hire. Every aspect of it, from his ability as a talent scout to his getting along with people. He knew coming in what it would be like working with Bruce, and he figured it would be a great situation.”
Considered one of the best general managers in the history of the NFL, Beathard led the Redskins’ front office from 1978-88, making three trips to the Super Bowl and winning twice. He later served as general manager for the Chargers from 1990-2000.
He knew both McCloughan and his father Kent– a longtime scout with the Raiders–over the years and believes McCloughan will institute the correct structure of communication within the organization.
“It’s the only model to follow,” Beathard said of McCloughan choosing personnel and head coach Jay Gruden coaching them. “There’s too much going on to be head coach nowadays, that the head coach can [also] be a talent evaluator. …The coaches are going to have a say. But when you have a strong leader like Scot, he sets the way it’s going to go. He’s been successful. He’s worked with successful people. So I think they’ll all come into his way of doing it and be happy.”
Beathard mentioned how as general manager he would actively discuss personnel with scouts and specialty coaches to determine what they looked for in players. He’s confident McCloughan will do the same thing and work cohesively with everyone.
“When we had Joe Gibbs …shoot, Joe always had a say in what we wanted to do [in the draft and free agency],” he said. “The coaches always had a say. But I had the final say.”
Beathard expressed his optimism with the team and believed the Redskins have a lot of “good pieces” in place. The next step he admitted will fall mostly on building through the draft, something he knows McCloughan can establish early.
“I think [he’ll] rely mostly on the draft and [will] fill in some places if there’s a free agent out there that you feel, at the right price, can really help the franchise in both leadership or play at that position,” Beathard said. “This young guy is really good. He has a real feel for that. He’ll do it the right way. I’m a real fan of his.”
Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »