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Scot McCloughan: All three Redskins quarterbacks were winners in college

(By John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

There are only so many ways you can say “no comment” when you’re the Redskins’ new general manager and you’re being asked about your team’s stable of quarterbacks. But Scot McCloughan at least manages to say “no comment” in interesting ways.

Here’s yet another version of his quarterback speech, when asked about about the position — and about Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy — by Larry Michael on Redskins Nation.

“You know, I withhold judgment,” McCloughan said. “I just know this: When I [scouted] Robert coming out [of college], when I did even Colt coming out, and Kirk, I liked them all from the standpoint that they all three were winners. And that’s the bottom line when it’s said and done for quarterbacks. Some injuries have plagued people, and that happens. So hopefully we can get this ship righted, and hopefully one, two, all three of them are here, helping us win games.

“But again, we’re going to take good football players,” McCloughan went on. “And it’s not just about the individual quarterback; we’re going to take offensive linemen, we’re going to take tight ends, we’re going to take maybe another receiver, another running back, to surround those guys so that they can be successful. …

“If you want to play in the playoffs, especially in a division like this, you’re going to play in bad weather,” he said moments later. “You’re not going to be able to drop back and throw it 15, 20 times.You’ve got to run the rock, and [larger linemen] usually stay healthier, they’re usually meaner, I don’t know why. But they can get movement up front, so all of a sudden you’re running between the tackles or coming down hill. That’s what you need. And to each their own philosophy, but I’ve had more success with the bigger-bodied guys than smaller.”

In a separate appearance with Brian Mitchell on Comcast SportsNet, McCloughan was asked to name the Redskins’ strengths and weaknesses. The GM explained that after 15 years in the NFC West and a few hours in D.C., he wasn’t yet ready to say.

“I’ve seen them on TV quite a bit,” he said. “I mean, the word on the street’s to find out about the quarterbacks and all that stuff. That’s fine to me. The whole key is just to find good football players for the organization, and understand that you can’t turn the thing around in one year, but you can start taking steps in the right direction pretty quick.”

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