When the Washington Redskins were making their successful pitch to secure the rights to sign All Pro Cornerback Josh Norman I saw the Hashtag #InScotWeTrust appear frequently on Twitter. When you read the tweets from Redskins fans you learn quite quickly that the Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan has earned tremendous respect from the Burgundy & Gold faithful. Since McCloughan has arrived in DC he’s made a positive impact on the fans with his player acquisition decisions.
McCloughan is a major reason why so many fans are upbeat about the upcoming 2016 season. It’s more than signing Josh Norman to a new contract or signing players like Jordan Reed, Ryan Kerrigan & Trent Williams to long term deals. What #InScotWeTrust emphasizes for Redskins fans that we have a team executive that’s building the Redskins the right way. McCloughan built a reputation of being smart & savvy evaluator of NFL talent and he can point to his good work that he performed with the 49ers & Seahawks.
In his first season with the Redskins, McCloughan has been responsible for securing players that have helped the Redskins win the NFC East in 2015. Redskins fans are getting the sense that the team is on the verge of doing something special and the player personnel decisions being made are critical to that future success. According to a recent Washington Post article McCloughan places a premium on the best player available in the NFL opposed to drafting for need.
McCloughan has also received praise for his player personnel prowess from outside of confines of the Washington Redskins faithful. Bucky Brooks of NFL.com gave the Redskins a letter grade of A for their successful draft & gave McCloughan high marks for his overall draft strategy. Building a champion requires a team to build a winning culture & securing talent that will nourish that culture. Just as it’s important to secure the best player that can win on the field you must obtain the brightest minds that can find those players. McCloughan is that type of General Manager & I expect we will see more Tweets with #InScotWeTrust in the near future.
What #InScotWeTrust really means for Redskins fans is a complete confidence that the team is moving in the right direction. If the Redskins are to win their 4th Vince Lombardi Trophy in the near future I’m sure right next #HTTR tweets being posted there will be many #InScotWeTrust tweets posted as well.