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Riggins lacerates Snyder, Zorn, Cerrato. Again.

John Riggins’ latest anti-Redskins diatribe starts with an appeal to owner Dan Snyder to jettison GM Vinny Cerrato. The advice is delivered thusly: “Linus. You’ve got to lose the blanket.”

The Hall of Fame running back, perched on a pile of firewood somewhere in Maryland, starts out with deadpan nasty when addressing Snyder and Cerrato then gets mercilessly insulting when going after head coach Jim Zorn.

“Jim, you are not a head coach in the NFL. High school? Definitely. You can coach in high school, you can coach my son in high school anytime. Ankle-biters [youth football teams, we guess] for sure. You’re a very compassionate guy. You’re still, ‘Gee whiz, aw, shucks 21 games into your career. You come out of these games, crippling and mind-boggling losses and if I didn’t know better I’d think you won the game.”

Riggins also added that he would have put his foot “this far up [DeAngelo Hall’s] rectum” after a poor tackling effort on Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme last week.

Riggins concludes by saying, “You’re out of your league, Jim. But I wish you luck and you are gone.” 

No doubt, there will be many that applaud Riggins’ candor. Just as many may wonder why we’d call attention to his rantings since they’re becoming desperately repetitive and he fails to prescribe antidotes to the problems he’s diagnosing. It’s also worth wondering why Riggins didn’t get on the coaching/personnel track himself a long time ago. Our guess is he would have declared he had no stomach for the politics and back-slapping he would have had to engage in to get far in that line of work. Or been willing to put in the time. Zorn has. And it’s hard to argue that Riggins has done more for the NFL since retirement than Zorn has.

Riggins is smart, reasonably funny and a loose cannon. That combination works pretty well in today’s media. But when you drift too close to becoming a cartoonish, one-note parody of yourself, it might be a good idea to add a little depth to your schtick.

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54 Responses to “Riggins lacerates Snyder, Zorn, Cerrato. Again.”
  1. thecree says: Oct 16, 2009 1:45 PM

    As a Cowboy fan I applaud Dan Snyder for being such a loyal owner and keeping them both around, hopefully for forever.
    The fact is zorn cant coach and cerrato cant find talent. Cerrato can find bums and overpay them, if that were his job then he’d be on his way to the hall of fame.
    Now, a message to the owner-
    Dan, Cowboy fans across America are pulling for Jim Zorn!!
    hahahahahahahahaha

  2. Drat says: Oct 16, 2009 1:45 PM

    Riggins is a parody. He was when he played. Plenty of us disliked him because he was all about himself all the time, he was the most manly man of all time in his manly mind, and spoke violently and meanly to anyone not himself. He still is that way. The rants are all about kicking people in places that shouldn’t be kicked. And yes, indeed, he is contributing NOTHING to the Redskins, the league, or football in general. Even his denigrating comments about high school teams are the actions of a bully.
    So Rig-your-face, I know you’re reading this. Become mature and manly for the first time in your life. Do something useful or shut the trap.

  3. ProfessorEmmitt says: Oct 16, 2009 1:46 PM

    “The leadership definitely have to come from the leaders.”

  4. mnmaverick says: Oct 16, 2009 1:48 PM

    Funny stuff. He had good points there. He mi8ght be called a racist for what heaid about DeAngelo Hall though. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton will stick their bleeding heart reatoric up his rectum.

  5. encinitasraider says: Oct 16, 2009 1:48 PM

    it’s the new una-bomber?

  6. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Oct 16, 2009 1:53 PM

    “But when you drift too close to becoming a cartoonish, one-note parody or yourself, it might be a good idea to add a little depth to your schtick.”
    Like you humunculus boyfriend Keith Olbermann?

  7. SlipperyPete says: Oct 16, 2009 1:53 PM

    /Riggins then took another swig of whisky, fell off the logpile, crawled under some bushes and passed out.

  8. smiley says: Oct 16, 2009 1:58 PM

    DId he get old fast or what? Crank up that Diesel!! Hail beatches!

  9. Rickah99 says: Oct 16, 2009 2:02 PM

    @ thecree
    Philly and NY fans are pulling for both Wade Phillips(which we’ve been told his job is safe in ’09) AND Zorn!!
    Hard to tell which team is more of a debacle at this point!
    I’ll give the nod to Dallas, as expectations were higher for them!
    At least the Redskins won a playoff game this decade!

  10. purpleguy says: Oct 16, 2009 2:04 PM

    Is he sick or something? He looks like crap.

  11. dcfan-1212450 says: Oct 16, 2009 2:05 PM

    Riggins is crazy. Every Skins fan knows that. But at the same time, he is right. His method of relaying that message is exactly why he doesnt do anything related to football. A loose cannon. He isnt kidding what he would do to Hall. A lot worse than Tom Cable if Riggins was coaching the Skins. It all falls on deaf ears. Zorn gets fired for sure, Cerrato doesnt. All us Redskins fans know whats coming…

  12. slipkid says: Oct 16, 2009 2:07 PM

    riggins is right. of course, one cant ever be right and be vocal about it and be allowed to own an nfl team. or part thereof.

  13. bearsrule says: Oct 16, 2009 2:08 PM

    Riggins is a hateful prick. It’s easy to sit on a woodpile, and pile drive others verbally. What has he ever coached ? I was a fan of his as a player, but as a person, he’s a loser. It’s funny how a guy who got falling down drunk and slurred his words while having dinner with a Supreme Court Justice could be so critical of others.

  14. bearsrule says: Oct 16, 2009 2:10 PM

    # ProfessorEmmitt says: October 16, 2009 1:46 PM
    “The leadership definitely have to come from the leaders.”
    LOL. You’re killin’ me with these things ! Keep ‘em coming.

  15. boleyn9 says: Oct 16, 2009 2:10 PM

    Not that I expect you to be up on everything that happens here in D.C., but come on guy… this is like three or four days old. Turn the page and keep up.

  16. Drat says: Oct 16, 2009 2:13 PM

    It’s hilarious when somebody in the swamp, a little drunk, a little bit of a me-person, lays serious criticism on someone (Zorn) and then says “no offense to you.” Huh? Does that mean he’s a liar? Or does that mean Riggins is really dumb, on top of his other problems?

  17. Dude17 says: Oct 16, 2009 2:17 PM

    Lighten up Sandy baby.

  18. WetHog says: Oct 16, 2009 2:31 PM

    As a Skins fan it is sad to see the great Riggo reduced to sitting on a log pile in the woods spouting off insults. Doesn’t surprise me though. King George Michael has resorted to much the same.

  19. CincinnatiBowTie says: Oct 16, 2009 2:35 PM

    desperately repetitive and he fails to prescribe antidotes to the problems he’s diagnosing. wondering why Riggins didn’t get on the coaching/personnel track himself a long time ago.
    Sounds like fans or sports writers. But I guess only retired players should be held to that standard.

  20. doublestuffflorios says: Oct 16, 2009 2:36 PM

    Riggo better tarp that woodpile before the weekend.

  21. JuicyMelon says: Oct 16, 2009 2:36 PM

    Unless I am mistaken on the records, the Skins are still 2-3, right? So they could have have a chance at going 13-3? Five games into the season, you don’t fire a coach. That’s why the Skins will never succeed. It’s always on the Coach! Why can’t this one be on the players or even better, the Owner? I think Jim Zorn is a fairly good coach who just needs 3/4 years to get his team and coaches in there. Dan Snyder needs to back off and let his coach, coach!

  22. GoBrowns19 says: Oct 16, 2009 2:43 PM

    I wanna start making rants like that! Get all stoned and just ramble on about the Browns for four hours. Oh wait, I do that anyway.

  23. urinal mint says: Oct 16, 2009 2:43 PM

    “But when you drift too close to becoming a cartoonish, one-note parody of yourself, it might be a good idea to add a little depth to your schtick.”
    The same might be said for Florio these days.

  24. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Oct 16, 2009 2:45 PM

    @thecree: we’re pretty much all thinking the same thing about Wade Phillips in Dallas. Team has tons of talent, and yet they manage to choke in December and January every year? That’s coaching.
    @ John Riggins: you are an irrelevant clown and you always were, in spite of the success you had on the field. You should either try to offer something constructive, if you really care about the Redskins, or else keep your mouth shut.

  25. Cujo says: Oct 16, 2009 2:49 PM

    Subdued wow.

  26. RollyMac says: Oct 16, 2009 2:49 PM

    As a Skins fan, I thank God for John Riggins. It’s about time someone in DC has the balls to call out Dan Snyder. A lot of the media folks there have long tippy-toed around Snyder, somehow fearing reprisals. Riggins is his own man, and has always had a loose screw anyway. I hope the national media continues to give this coverage so that it will embarass Snyder into either selling the team (what a dream that would be), or hiring a real GM with football knowledge. Snyder and Cerrato bring in a “new set of eyes” to oversee Zorn’s offense. How about a “new set of eyes” to oversee Snyder’s and Cerrato’s ineptitude. They have done a far worse job than Zorn.
    My only regret is Riggins should have peppered Snyder more that he did. His wrath was directed more toward Cerrato and Zorn, who are simply pawns in Snyder’s game. The real problem is Dan Snyder. The guy is a selfish, money hungry guy who is far more concerned about making money than winning.
    Because he is a Redskin fan, people assume that all these crazy moves and signings are done because he wants to win. I’m sure he doesn’t want to lose, but he would rather lose doing it his way, than win with the right football minds running the operations.
    Zorn was set up for failure from the start, because Danny Boy was simply buying time to get one of the big name coaches. Who hires a head coach, and then dictate to him who his defensive coordinator and coaching staff will be. They didn’t even allow him to install his own running plays into the west coast offense. As a result, this offense (if you want to insult offenses by calling it that), is being run with Zorn’s passing plays, and Gibb’s running plays. How idiotic is that.
    I feel sorry for Zorn. He had no chance. He was set up to fail from the start. Snyder had a guy with head coaching experience (Gregg Williams) right there in DC who everybody thought would be promoted to head coach when Gibbs retired. In fact, it may have been written in Williams’ contract. But Snyder couldn’t control Williams which is why Zorn was hired.
    Hang in there Jim. You’re a good man and you will coach in this league again, unfortunately not as a head coach.

  27. ZombieRevolution says: Oct 16, 2009 2:53 PM

    “Just as many may wonder why we’d call attention…”
    PFT often posts things simply to generate traffic and/or comments, and at times simply puts things out because Florio has a quota of stories he has to complete on a daily basis. PFT has recently become even more oriented towards quantity and not quality.

  28. Bo Darville says: Oct 16, 2009 2:53 PM

    Maybe Snyder should sell the Redskins to Rush Limbaugh.

  29. VaBthang4 says: Oct 16, 2009 2:54 PM

    —-Florio is smart, reasonably funny and a loose cannon. That combination works pretty well in today’s media. But when you drift too close to becoming a cartoonish, one-note parody or yourself, it might be a good idea to add a little depth to your schtick.—-

  30. Wrath Of Conor says: Oct 16, 2009 2:54 PM

    Anagrams for Zorn, Cerrato, Snyder
    Nerdy Czar = No Roster
    Darn Roster = Cry Zone

  31. slipkid says: Oct 16, 2009 2:58 PM

    let me guess… zorn is a democrat in good standing with representatives of osamabama thus he qualifies as a contributor?
    and only officially designated contributors can deliver opinions worth evaluating without cynical commentary on their motives, politics or desire for publicity or outright dismissal?
    anymore… pft webmastering… could be very accurately described as cartoonish, a one-note parody of its former self, and needing depth to its shtick.
    riggo is right – zorn is in trouble, and vinny should have been gone anyway.

  32. Big J says: Oct 16, 2009 2:59 PM

    This is old news. The tape has been out for days now. It’s already played on all the Washington news shows. I saw it on Tuesday. Way to keep on top of things.

  33. delboskins says: Oct 16, 2009 3:00 PM

    Man, Riggo is dead-on with his comments. Basically it’s the same damn thing Jimmy Johnson said on Fox except with bigger balls.

  34. Troy Kelsey says: Oct 16, 2009 3:02 PM

    “Riggins is smart, reasonably funny and a loose cannon. That combination works pretty well in today’s media. But when you drift too close to becoming a cartoonish, one-note parody or yourself, it might be a good idea to add a little depth to your schtick.”
    Look in the mirror Florio, you sound a lot like you are describing yourself to a tee. Your schtick gets REALLY old and you look a lot like a cartoon to me.

  35. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Oct 16, 2009 3:08 PM

    Yeah, definitely sucks for to be a Cowboys fan right now because there has been so many expectations for the last couple of years.
    Also, no vote of confidence looking at Wade and Garrett walking up and down the sidelines.
    But being a fan since BEFORE Jones ever bought the franchise, its just another drought and we’ll come out of it.
    Riggins? He looks like he’s aged and he may be cranky but given what he’s done on the field, the ‘ol guys have a right to calls it as they sees it.

  36. nolls boys says: Oct 16, 2009 3:13 PM

    it’s all a publicity ploy. not as sweeping as rush, but gotta push that twitter.

  37. NASHDOG says: Oct 16, 2009 3:14 PM

    Preach on, Riggo! Preach on!

  38. Cecil says: Oct 16, 2009 3:20 PM

    I love that the dittohead trolls just can’t help themselves.
    Guys, your boy wasn’t railroaded by a conspiracy. A bunch of rich, conservative white guys–much richer, actually, than El Rushbo–decided that he didn’t help them make $$.
    You know, it’s called the free market. Owners deciding how to run their business. The thing you all squawk about constantly. One would imagine that such a bunch of boss-friendly types as yourselves would be able to figure that out…oh, right, I forgot. Principles are only good when they’re convenient.

  39. mad555 says: Oct 16, 2009 3:24 PM

    First at the Christmas Feast last in the NFC EAST. BWHAAAAAAAAAA. The funny thing is that people are talking like they’re 0-5. Might as well be, right?

  40. Tony Alexander says: Oct 16, 2009 3:26 PM

    Many may think Riggo is a few eggs short of a dozen, sometimes his actions make it seem so. As it pertains to his recent comments about the Redskins, in my opinion, Riggo is spot on. To that point he is only saying what others don’t have the balls to say. Apart from B. Mitch, Lavar and recently Sonny J. no one associated past or present with the organization has been so rightfully critical of the front office.
    I guarantee all those downing Riggo, Mitchell and a few others would be singing a different tune if a few others would step up and speak out. Imagine what would be said if Gibbs or Darrell Green were to state the obvious. The chicken that is laying the eggs Riggo is “short” of even knows Cerratto and Zorn are not the answer in Washington. I play a mean Madden on the PS3, I use the Pats playbook when running with my boys, the Washington Redskins… I bet I could do a better job calling plays than Zorn’s dumb ass!

  41. smiley says: Oct 16, 2009 3:30 PM

    JuicyMelon – couldn’t agree more. No time to panic. DOE NOT PANIC!

  42. JSpicoli says: Oct 16, 2009 3:43 PM

    Florio is….. “smart, reasonably funny and a loose cannon. That combination works pretty well in today’s media. But when you drift too close to becoming a cartoonish, one-note parody of yourself, it might be a good idea to add a little depth to your schtick.”
    The kettle IS black. Does the pot have a mirror?

  43. Filbertkiwi71 says: Oct 16, 2009 3:52 PM

    I don’t know why some of you are commenting about Florio. It would be relevant if he were the one that actually wrote/typed the article. Tom Curran is the one that wrote/typed the article. If you are going to raise a big stink, at least you could address your comments to the person that actually wrote/typed the column.

  44. Viper21 says: Oct 16, 2009 4:08 PM

    I grew up in Northern Virginia. The term “anklebiters”… that is/was the youngest age group in peewee football in the area. I still have a trophy from my first football team in the 70’s, right on it it says Ankle Biters :)
    Now growing up in Northern Virginia, as a Dallas fan… (yes I was hated as a kid) haha but still had respect for some of the Skins’ greats. Art Monk, John Riggins, and Dexter Manley. I always liked/respected Riggo. Met him once. great guy. I think he is just as frustrated with the Skins as many fans are. From the outside, I think that Snyder has the same problem Jones, & Davis have. Until they stay in the booth & just pay the light bills….. leaving football to football people, none of em will ever win another Super Bowl.

  45. kaakwha says: Oct 16, 2009 4:18 PM

    It is amazing to me how many Florio-haters troll these pages,. Why bother reading these posts if you hate them and him so much?
    I am sure he is crying or laughing all the way to the bank.
    Get a grip!

  46. VoxVeritas says: Oct 16, 2009 4:38 PM

    “Philly and NY fans are pulling for both Wade Phillips(which we’ve been told his job is safe in ’09) AND Zorn!!
    Hard to tell which team is more of a debacle at this point!”
    That’s because you’re an Eagirls fan, and as such are one of the dumbest m@therf*ckers on the planet.
    The Eagirls and Giants would never make the playoffs if they had to face Phillips-coached teams all year. He’s 2-2 (.500) against the Eagirls and 3-3 (.500) against the Giants since he’s been with the Cowboys.
    But hey, at least the Deadskins have won the Super Bowl.

  47. FumbleNuts says: Oct 16, 2009 5:10 PM

    FINALLY! Someone has the balls to speak “the truth” about this team.

  48. SKINSFAN44 says: Oct 16, 2009 5:25 PM

    Riggo is telling it the way it is…no sugar coat! You either love this guy or hate him. By far, he was great to watch on the field.

  49. Bubba Maximus says: Oct 16, 2009 5:32 PM

    Cecil, don’t you have a liquor store to rob?

  50. Backinthesaddle says: Oct 16, 2009 6:41 PM

    What’s the matter Mr. Curran???…….don’t like “non-media” spouting off sports opinions in a public forum??? I guess you have to be a “professional” media hack to be allowed a public opinion.
    I agree whole-heartedly with Riggo. Its also very refreshing to get a real honest opinion without of the “professional” media spin.

  51. Jim Naizeeum says: Oct 16, 2009 8:07 PM

    “The Eagirls and Giants would never make the playoffs if they had to face Phillips-coached teams all year.”
    Hey, Vox Jerry’s Ass,
    The Eagles beat the Cowboys in the last game of the 2008 season, which was essencially a playoff game (the team that wins the game gets in the playoffs).
    I think Wade was coaching that day?
    How’d that work out for you, Mr Lonely?

  52. HughJassPhD says: Oct 16, 2009 8:33 PM

    Riggins is smart, reasonably funny and a loose cannon probably drunk.

  53. KeepDaNFLnSTL says: Oct 16, 2009 9:07 PM

    I guess that’s what happens when you take on too many melon to melon hits from LT and other linebackers during your career. You piss yourself and start blathering on how you can make the world a better place without actually doing ANYTHING to contribute.
    I myself you would never do such a thing to bring negative press to any coaches or players still trying to make a living playing the game that they love. I’ll always support them.
    Love,
    Fran Tarkenton

  54. 45yearskinfan says: Oct 18, 2009 11:28 AM

    Riggo hit the nail on the head. Vinny would’nt know tallent at a shuffleboard tournement. Of course Snyder wouldnt either as he hired Vinny. Poor ole Zorn though. Just another one of Snyder’s Zombies and will ruin his future head coaching opportunities in the NFL like he did Spurrier. I still remember his television interview when he stated, “I’m going to run the team like Dan wants me too” Lets face it, the Skins will never be great team again until the ownership changes so “Sell Dano Sell” Where oh where are you Bobby Bethard? We need your natural born abilities in picking tallent and your abilities as a GM in telling Danny boy to butt out!!!

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