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Scot McCloughan Brings Success To Washington

Posted Jan 8, 2015

A veteran of more than 20 NFL seasons, Scot McCloughan has had success at every place he's been and helped build some of the best rosters in the NFL.

Scot McCloughan, the Washington Redskins' new general manager, understands what it takes from a personnel perspective to find success in the National Football League.

The Redskins announced on Thursday that McCloughan will serve as the team’s general manager after more than 20 years in the league split across the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

At each stop he’s made, McCloughan has helped his organization reach success and new levels of glory, as he’s won Super Bowl titles with the Packers and Seahawks – the organization’s first – and helped build a 49ers team that appeared in the NFC Championship Game three straight years between 2011-13.

1994-99: Scout, Green Bay Packers
McCloughan got his start in the NFL in Green Bay as a scout in 1994.

With the team until 1999, Green Bay would amass a regular season record of 67-31 regular-season record during that span. In Super Bowl XXXI, the Packers would defeat the Patriots 35-21.

Many of the players on that team were scouted by McCloughan, including Adam Timmerman, an eventual Pro Bowler.

2000-04: Director of College Scouting, Seattle Seahawks
In 2000, McCloughan was named the Seahawks' Director of College Scouting.

In that role, McCloughan would help the organization in selecting two cornerstones of their offense: running back Shaun Alexander and offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson.

Alexander -- a first-round draft pick in 2000 – would record five straight 1,000-yard seasons between 2001-05.

In 2005 – his best season statistically – Alexander ran for an NFL-high 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns, an NFL record at the time. He was selected to three Pro Bowls and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2008 during his tenure in Seattle.

Hutchinson, meanwhile, was the Seahawks' first-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft.

In 12 seasons in the NFL, the first six coming in Seattle, Hutchinson would earn seven Pro Bowl appearances and five first-team All Pro selections.

2005-09: General Manager/VP Of Player Personnel, San Francisco 49ers
In 2005, McCloughan joined the 49ers, first as Vice President of Player Personnel followed by a two-year stint as the team’s general manager starting in 2008.

During his time in San Francisco, McCloughan would be key in bringing in several Pro Bowl-caliber players to the franchise including running back Frank Gore, linebacker Patrick Willis, wide receiver Michael Crabtree and offensive lineman Joe Staley.

Gore, drafted in the third-round of the 2005 NFL Draft, is widely regarded as the best running back in 49ers history.

He’s a five-time Pro Bowler who is the franchise’s leader in rushing yards (11,073) and is second in rushing touchdowns at 68. He also ranks 20th all-time in career rushing yards in NFL history.

Willis, meanwhile, is a seven-time Pro Bowler and has been selected as first-team All Pro five times. Selected 11th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, Willis has accumulated 950 tackles with 20.5 sacks and 16 forced fumbles during his career.

Since 2007, he is the only player in the NFL with at least 20 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and eight interceptions.

Seventeen picks after Willis that year was Joe Staley, a consistent face for the 49ers' offensive line over the last few years.

A three-time Pro Bowler who has helped lead one of the best offenses in the NFL in recent years, Staley has started all 114 games in which he's appeared.

In 2009, the 49ers drafted Crabtree, who in 2012 became the 49ers’ first 1,000-yard receiver since Terrell Owens did so in 2003.

In six seasons, Crabtree has recorded 4,286 yards and 26 touchdowns.

2010-13: Senior Personnel Executive, Seattle Seahawks
McCloughan returned to the Seahawks in 2010, this time in the role of Senior Personnel Executive.

His stamp on the franchise’s roster remains today, as many of the players acquired during his second stint there are starters and among the best at their positions league-wide.  

In 2010, the Seahawks leveraged a mid-season trade that landed them Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch. In each of his four full seasons in Seattle, Lynch has rushed for at least 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Paired with Lynch in the backfield over the last three seasons has been quarterback Russell Wilson, a third-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Wilson – a two-time Pro Bowler – has thrown for 72 regular-season touchdowns along with almost 2,000 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the football, McCloughan helped oversee the acquisition of players like Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner and Bruce Irvin.

Sherman – a two-time first-team All Pro – has amassed 24 career interceptions including an NFL-high eight during the 2013 season.

Wagner and Irvin, meanwhile -- along with K.J. Wright – a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft -- man the center of one of the league’s premier defenses. 

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