Redskins confirm Cerrato's resignation

The Washington Redskins have issued a statement confirming that executive V.P. of football operations Vinny Cerrato has resigned.

“We agreed that the franchise needs someone different in this position,” Cerrato said.  “I’m thankful to Dan Snyder and other members of his ownership team for the opportunities I’ve been given over the years.

“Of course, I am disappointed with this year’s results, but I strongly believe that with outstanding draft picks and encouraging performance by our younger players, we have laid a strong foundation for the franchise.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great coaches such as Joe Gibbs, Greg Blache and Sherman Lewis, great people on the Redskins staff, and, most especially, some of the best professional football players in the world. I wish them all the best.  I’ve also had the privilege of working for a franchise supported by the most loyal fans in the NFL.”

Curiously, Cerrato didn’t mention coach Jim Zorn, the embattled head coach who could end up getting another shot if his former boss, Mike Holmgren, takes over the team in the near future.

And Holmgren is the focal point of the initial speculation, since there’s no other reason why the move would be made before the end of the 2009 season.  Given that the Browns are engaged in intense negotiations with Holmgren, the Redskins needed to clear out the spot at the top of the front office in order to have a shot at the Big Show.

Cerrato worked for the team through the 2000 season.  After Marty Schottenheimer was given full control of the organization in 2001, he fired Cerrato, who then spent a year wearing white shirts and working a Commodore 64 in the back room at ESPN.   

Then, when Snyder fired Schottenheimer after only one 8-8 season, Snyder promptly brought back Cerrato.

League insiders long have believed that Snyder allowed his friendship with Cerrato to cloud the owner’s assessment of Cerrato’s skills.

“[H]e is my friend, and he has always been there for me and the Redskins,” Snyder said in the team-issued statement.  “He’s the consummate optimist and has always made decisions based on what would be the best for the team.”

The problem is that the best of Cerrato’s abilities and intentions haven’t been good enough, and that the time has come for the friendship to take a back seat to the franchise.

Some Redskins fans would argue that it’s several years overdue, but they’re nevertheless glad that the day finally has arrived.

28 responses to “Redskins confirm Cerrato's resignation

  1. This is actually better news than Gibbs return was because it shows that Snyder has learned something about his own abilities.

  2. It’s about time. Even Eagles fans felt bad for DC people with that clown running their org into the ground season after season.

  3. “…they’re nevertheless glad that the day finally has arrived.”
    Thank you, Captain Understatement, for that astute assessment. Allow me to expound…..

  4. You mean, 1 assbag has left the building. Now Danielle gets to hire all the front office personnel for the new GM like he did coaches for his last head coaching hire.
    BUT, “DS saying “he’s a blah blah…and he’s always done what’s best for the team.”???? Really ? What’s best for this team is a loaded revolver(for fans) and a name change that doesn’t desecrate the native American Indian.

  5. As a long time Redskin fan. This is way long overdue.
    Now, if Holmgrem comes in, will he keep Sherm Lewis and make him the offical OC and keep Zorn as coach?

  6. I don’t understand why teams keep doing this. Especially after a year of great draft picks. Why let go of a guy who’s clearly showing significant improvement?

  7. does it really matter who runs this losing organization? My god, they have been the doormat for the NFC East since that weasel has owned them and will continue to be.

  8. And if everyone knows they are going after Holmgren, that means it will be very difficult to comply with the Rooney rule and get a minority to interview. Unless they’re going to “interview” Sherman Lewis first.

  9. “I don’t understand why teams keep doing this. Especially after a year of great draft picks. Why let go of a guy who’s clearly showing significant improvement?”
    Nobody understands Snyder. Hes a fruitcake. It never makes sense.

  10. @boysroll
    The Skins have been a doormat for a long time in that Division, but your team has been the “knob” on the front door..and everyone gets their “turn” on you. They walk through you and get to the playoffs when you choke at the end of every year.

  11. Oh there is boysroll once again with his intelligent comments. I really think boysroll is Vox undercover!
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  12. I am afraid that if they did not put a stake in his heart, the bloodsucker will be back. Someday, somehow his butt buddy will return.

  13. Vinny is such an ass kissing moron.
    “I’ve worked with some great Coaches like Joe Gibbs, Greg (are you shitting me) Blache and Sherm (Bingo Boy) Lewis.”
    The moron also worked with Norv Turner, Marty Schottenheimer, for about 15 minutes or as long as it took to Marty to find him and fire him, Gregg Williams, one of the best DC’s currently in the NFL, Joe Bugel, Russ Grimm and more than a few others that are excellent coaches.
    But then it isn’t such a surprise since Vinny has no eye for assessing talent anyway.
    Good riddance fool.

  14. Merry Christmas Redskins fans. Maybe in a few years we’ll welcome you back into the NFC East as competitors.
    Don’t get too happy: the biggest d-bag of all is still your owner.

  15. I’m always happy to see another poorly run franchises’ fan base get to rejoice at yet another front office boob getting his papers.

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