Nearly three weeks after firing general manager Scot McCloughan, Redskins president Bruce Allen made his first public comments on the move Sunday night, saying it was in everyone's best interests.
“I thought it was the right thing to do for where we were at the time,” Allen said, via The Washington Post, at the NFL's league meetings in Phoenix. “We wanted to give clarity to our free agents and to our staff of where we were going. For Scot, it was good timing because it allows him to be hired by anyone right now before this draft.”
Allen may have achieved the former aim in finalizing a clumsy breakup with the GM he hired, but apparently not the latter, as there have been no reports of McCloughan getting another job.
The longtime NFL personnel man's employment prospects surely won't be helped by the way the Redskins handled the situation, which included an anonymous team official telling the Post after the March 9 firing that McCloughan's "ongoing problems with alcohol" were a reason behind his dismissal.
Allen wouldn't address that topic Sundaysaying, "Our team is a family."
Speaking of family, McCloughan's wife, Jessica, took to Twitter on Monday morning for the first time since March 11 with a post that could be read as a response to Allen breaking his silence on the matter: "Blah blah blah".
Blah blah blah
— Jessica McCloughan (@JessicaMcCloug1) March 27, 2017
While McCloughan himself hasn't commented publicly, Allen insisted there are no hard feelings on his end, anyway.
“I heard all the different things that were said afterward,” Allen said. “Scot and I had a wonderful relationship. I do like him as a person. And I wanted him to do great. And it just didn’t work out.”