Should Packers Pursue Scot McCloughan?
On Wednesday, Eliot Wolf signed a deal with the Cleveland Browns to join John Dorsey and Alonzo Highsmith in what’s becoming ‘Green Bay East.’ Packers still have a nice roster of personnel people, but they need to add a few new bodies as that’s priority one for new general manager Brian Gutekunst. One person he spoke highly of in his press conference was Scot McCloughan, who worked for the Packers, Seahawks, 49ers and Redskins, and is well respected in the industry. McCloughan has some demons, but he might be worth adding to this staff.
The demons might be hard to conquer in Green Bay, Wisconsin. McCloughan had issues with alcohol in the past. He’s in messy legal battle with Washington about his alcohol use, and the former executive is accusing Washington of creating an uncomfortable work environment. From what I know, there’s no way that would be an issue in Green Bay. But working here is leads to the copious amounts of bars and booze that around the area of Green Bay when he’s not on the clock. That might too hard for him to manage with his working life.
If he were to think the demons could be conquered, it would be a coup for the Packers. McCloughan built Super Bowl rosters with San Francisco and Seattle plus set Washington up for future success before having to depart. He’s a very bright mind who could really help Gutekunst develop into a better general manager. There’s no question he carries some risk, but it might be worth it considering how talented he is at evaluating talent. Who knows what McCloughan is without the demons, but if he were still working, Packers would have 1000 percent made a pitch to him to be the next general manager.
Regardless if he joins Gutekunst at Green Bay, my guess he will reach out to McCloughan to ask him about the possibility of joining the Packers staff. Just because Wolf is leaving doesn’t mean Green Bay can’t find talent elsewhere to help wtih this roster.