Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
If anyone believes we'll still follow the Scot formula, you're fooling yourself. Scot is gone for a reason...they can say it's "personal" all they want to, but you can't tell me that front office NFL professionals can't set their personal issues aside for a few more weeks until after the most important part of their season is over, and THEN take a personal leave of absence.
Come on, this is all about draft/personnel philosophy...Scot is old school in his approach and very stubborn about it (unlike Sing who has shown the willingness to change to meet the strengths of his personnel and the changes in the league). Unfortunately, Scot's approach has yet to net us a winning record. It's time for a change, and that's very likely the REAL reason Scot is no longer in charge.
Because of the timing, this will come down to logistics. You can't just quickly shuffle the draft board around to remove McCloughan's "formula". The research is essentially done, and the board is essentially set. You'd need another preparation cycle with the participation of different personnel to significantly remove McCloughan's influence. That's not going to happen for this draft.
IMO, the most likely place where the McCloughan change might be felt would be in draft-day maneuvers or trades. Unfortunately, if any of these changes occur, none of us will be able to perceive it.