Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 20 hours, you know that Scot McCloughan has been released of his duties with the Washington Redskins. The question now turns to why did this happen. There are two competing theories, the first being that the Scot was showing up to work and games drunk, the second being that a power struggle ensued over the course of the last 18 months. Which of these theories are more plausible, i'll let you decide.
A. Scot was Drunk
According to the Washington Post, an unnamed team official stated that Scot was showing up to games, and work drunk. The team official went on to say that the last 18 months has been a disaster (https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/redskins-fire-gm-scot-mccloughan-after-two-seasons/2017/03/09/652aa4f0-04fc-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.cdc4252fbabc).
When looking at this possibility, several red flags are raised. The Redskins are not known as an organization that can keep a tight lid on things. For example, one need only look back to the last season under Shanahan. It seemed like every Sunday morning leaks were coming out of every pipe flooding the airwaves about the dysfunction. For this organization to hide from the press that Scot was drunk during games (in which one might assume the press saw and talked to Scot), and showing up to work drunk would require a suspension of disbelief.
This is not say that this is not impossible. We all knew that Scot had a drinking problem, and that it was well known that Scot never stopped drinking when he came to Washington. Scot said during his introductory press conference that he had the problem under control. Did Scot lose control? Perhaps.
B. The Power Struggle
The second option, one which has been widely reported on is that the Bruce Allen and Scot could not work together. In that same press conference that Scot said he had a drinking problem, he also said that Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen said that they were embarrassed and only wanted to win. They turned to Scot, a widely believed elite talent evaluator to turn this franchise around and it was reported (by Bruce Allen) that Scot would have total control over the roster.
The first sign that perhaps we were mislead about how much power Scot really had is that Scot was never able to hire his own scouting team. Instead he had to work with the scouting team already in the building. The second sign is that both Jon Gruden and Scot had to go to Bruce and Dan to convince them to start Cousins over RG3. Which is odd because anyone with limited football knowledge knew that RG3 could not play the Quarterback position at that point in time. We now know that Scot did not have complete control over the final 53 man roster. As reported in the same Washington Post report, Scot lost out on decisions including the decision to keep Ryan Grant, instead of Rashad Ross.
The most interesting report was that during a team, a cornerback left the practice, and went to the team locker room. Seeing this, Scot went into the locker and talked to the player, asking him to come by his office so they could further discuss what had happened. Bruce ripped Scot for doing so, and cursed at him telling him to never do such a thing.
The problem may be that we will never know what really happened inside of Redskins Park. Could it be a little of column A, and a little of column B? All signs point to that both probably played a factor in the decision. Scot was still drinking, and Bruce had enough of Scot.