Former Seahawks' head scout Scot McCloughan will become Washington's new GM, per multiple reports. McCloughan has an illustrious track record for scouting and talent acquisition -- he came to Seattle with Mike Holmgren in 1999 and became the Seahawks' director of college scouting (i.e., the guy that runs the team's draft, more or less), working closely with John Schneider that year. Schneider left in 2001, and Ted Thompson came to Seattle to become the VP of personnel, where McCloughan and Thompson worked together to build the team that went to the Super Bowl in 2005. McCloughan would head to San Francisco, first as VP of Football Operations from 2005-07 then GM from 2008-10.
On June 21, 2010, several months after being ignobly relieved of duties as San Francisco's General Manager only five weeks before he was supposed to be running their Draft, McCloughan was hired by John Schneider and the Seahawks.
He worked in Seattle until just before the Draft last year, when he abruptly resigned. According to a really great profile on McCloughan by Seth Wickersham, it seemed to have been related to his inability to quit drinking for good. "Neither side will discuss the specifics publicly, but Schneider says: 'Everybody had to be held to the same standard, and because he's one of my closest friends I couldn't let him get away with things that others couldn't get away with.'"
Bottom line, McCloughan had a big part to do with building the Seahawks' 2005 Super Bowl team, the Niners' 2012 team (though he was gone at that point, he put together the foundation), and of course the Seahawks' 2013 Super Bowl team. As long as he can handle the role and avoid some of the trappings that got him (effectively) fired in San Francisco and Seattle, Washington is bound to get better the next few years.