When Scot McCloughan left the Seattle Seahawks in 2008 to become the San Francisco 49ers general manager, then-Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren hated to see him go.
''I think Scot is one of the bright young talents in this league. I fought like crazy to keep him here,'' Holmgren said on 49ers.com.
McCloughan is thrilled that Holmgren returned to the NFL this year as the Browns' president after spending 2009 out of football.
''He’s a great person, very classy and very professional,'' McCloughan said of Holmgren Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. ''He has a way about him to be your buddy but also to – I don’t want to say intimidate you, but to put you on your toes and make sure you produce.
''And then just seeking how he worked with players and how he developed them. He worked with the quarterbacks like Matt Hasselbeck. He brought them along and got them to reach their full potential. I’m glad he’s back in the NFL. The NFL needs him and deserves him.''
In Seattle, McCloughan’s efforts came to fruition when the Seahawks won the NFC Championship in 2005 and made a trip to Super Bowl XL in Detroit to play the Pittsburgh Steelers. On that roster, 25 of the 28 draft picks on McCloughan’s draft scroll were still on the team when he left his post to join the 49ers in 2005.