The Redskins hosted roughly 60 franchise legends on Thursday at the team’s mandatory minicamp. They also invited Vinny Cerrato.
The deposed former Redskins head honcho was asked about Albert Haynesworth, who Cerrato was largely responsible for bringing to Washington.
Cerrato told Jason Reid of the Washington Post that Haynesworth “should stop thinking only about himself.” (Instead, think of the legacies you are further tainting.)
“When [Haynesworth] signed, he said he wanted to prove everybody wrong,” Cerrato said. “He said he wanted to show everybody that
it’s not about the money. He said he wanted to be the best that ever
played. He said he wanted to be like Reggie White.”
Cerrato strongly believed in Haynesworth, and doesn’t buy his current excuses.
“To me, he signed with the Washington Redskins and not the 4-3 defense
when he signed that contract,” Cerrato said.
We don’t hold Cerrato fully accountable for Haynesworth’s actions, but Cerrato remains largely culpable for the mess in Washington. Haynesworth was miserable last year and Cerrato didn’t see that coming.
Some of the alumni in attendance voiced happiness that Cerrato was out of the building, because new G.M. Bruce Allen is so welcoming.
“The Vinny guy was the exact opposite,” former “Hog” George Starke told DC Sports Bog. “He wanted to do it himself and he
didn’t know how to do it.”