“I haven’t paid much attention to it, but I know all the players, they loved Scot,” Garcon said. “Scot was a great guy, he was a football guy. All the players loved Scot and are definitely gonna miss him. And hopefully he’s still around football, to tell you the truth, because he was a great guy. All the players love him. He was all about football; it didn’t matter who you were, where you were from, he was just happy that you were playing football for him and he was happy that he scouted you and you trusted him to bring you to D.C.”
This mirrors the comments some players made about McCloughan while he was in D.C., although it’s fair to point out that employees have a strong incentive to offer public praise of their boss. Anyhow, at least one member of the McCloughan family — wife Jessica — appreciated Garcon’s remarks.
Host Mike Florio also asked Garcon about the not-so-subtle rumors that McCloughan’s problems with alcohol contributed to his downfall, and whether Garcon ever saw signs of this.
“Nah, no, I never really did,” Garcon said. “Scot’s not a vocal, vocal guy. He’s a quiet guy, he kind of stays to himself, but when he starts talking to you in the locker room you can tell the passion and love he has for it. But I don’t think I ever [saw] him drunk or anything. I’ve never seen him act any kind of way to make me even question he was drunk. So that’s very far beyond what I was even looking for, to tell you the truth, especially in the football building.”
Garcon said he didn’t think the Redskins ever made him an offer to remain in Washington, but that he remained “happy about the time I spent in Washington,” and that he hopes “they do very well” in the future. He also said San Francisco’s coach — former Redskins coordinator Kyle Shanahan, whom he called “an offensive guru” — was among the top factors that led him to the NFC West.
“Kyle wanted me in D.C., and it worked out well for me in D.C.,” Garcon said. “And Kyle got the opportunity out in San Francisco, and he asked me to come back, and I was like, ‘Hey, of course.’ We made it work in D.C., we can make it work in San Fran.”
And Garcon was asked whether players questioned the team’s decision not to sign Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal.
“As players, as teammates, you always want players to get paid,” Garcon said. “But it’s all business. If the team has an option to do something that better suits them, I’m sure they will do it. … We always wanted Kirk to get that deal, because he stood the test of time and he’s played well and gotten better. But it’s just a business part of football, where we have no control. The team does.”