They aren’t direct quotes from Scot McCloughan, but for the first time since McCloughan was fired by Washington earlier this month we have an idea of what happened between the former general manager and other members of the team’s front office.
Mike Robinson, now an NFL Network analyst and a former fullback who split his eight-year career between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, appeared on a Richmond, Va. radio station on Thursday and shared some details of a phone conversation between himself and McCloughan.
“He knew the players loved him,” Robinson told Fox Sports 910. “And he started feeling the hate from [team president] Bruce Allen right around, well, he’s been feeling it, but when they didn’t let him speak [to reporters] at the Senior Bowl, he said to him that was his last straw, and he knew that he was on his way out.
“He said it was after a draft meeting, after the combine, Bruce called him up to his office and was just like, ‘Nobody likes you in this building. Nobody wants you here.’ And Scot was like, ‘Well, I guess I’m out of here.'”
McCloughan was the general manager in San Francisco and a personnel executive in Seattle during Robinson’s time with both teams, and the two have maintained a relationship, Robinson said. They spoke on the telephone on Wednesday.
While a team source told the Washington Post that McCloughan was fired after just two years due to his ongoing troubles with alcohol, McCloughan told Robinson he hasn’t been drinking.
“He said, ‘Mike, I don’t have an issue right now drinking. I haven’t touched a drink in a while’,” Robinson said. “‘But of course they wouldn’t let me say it because they silenced me.'”
Like many outsiders, McCloughan wanted to get quarterback Kirk Cousins signed to a long-term contract; currently, Cousins is slated to play on the franchise tag for the second straight year.
“He also talked to me about how he wanted to get Kirk Cousins signed, because he knew the longer you wait, this guy’s going to break the bank,” Robinson said. “And also the longer you wait, he may not want to come back. He may not want to come back, because you know what I mean, you’ve been negotiating for so long.
“The guy really has an eye for talent that not many people are born with.”
Again, McCloughan hasn’t given any on-the-record interviews since he was fired on March 9.