Most casual Seahawks fans probably don't know who Scot McCloughan is, but he was an extremely important person in the organization who will be missed.
McCloughan, who was the team's senior personnel executive, had a big role in finding many of the players who helped lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory.
He is leaving the team for what is listed as a personal issue. It's a much bigger loss than most people realize.
McCloughan was general manager John Schneider's right-hand man. McCloughan led Seattle's scouting group and was instrumental in helping Schneider and coach Pete Carroll build a foundation of talent that is second to none in the NFL.
McCloughan had a similar role with the San Francisco 49ers, staring in 2006, before being named GM in 2008. He helped draft top players that include running back Frank Gore, linebacker Patrick Willis and tight end Vernon Davis, to name a few.
But McCloughan left the 49ers after the 2009 season, also to attend to a personal matter. Schneider, who worked with McCloughan in Green Bay 14 years earlier, convinced him to join the Seahawks' new staff in 2010.
McCloughan worked behind the curtain to most Seahawks fans, but the team would not be where it is today without him.