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Sports Reporters Crush Vinny Cerrato

Training camp photo by John McDonnell - TWP.

Maybe you read Jason La Canfora's report last night that Vinny Cerrato will soon host a two-hour, twice-a-week radio show on ESPN 980? Well, some ESPN 980 hosts heard it, and, well, let's just say they weren't exactly rolling out the burgundy carpet for their newest colleague.

No, actually, let's not just say it; let's extensively quote from their opening segment this afternoon in which they devoted 13 minutes to absolutely crushing their new co-worker. And let's also note that, whatever the final result of Daniel Snyder's local media buy-up, it has at least produced a week of the most entertaining local sports talk I can remember. I'll keep loving this right up until the day that Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin and Brian Mitchell and all the rest are shipped off to the Marty Schottenheimer Retirement Community.

Andy Pollin: Vinny executive vice president of football operations of the Redskins, a title he was given on January 22, 2008. In the Redskins media guide this is how Vinny's job is described: "Cerrato assumes all aspects of the team's football organization, including personnel, directing the Redskins' draft, identifying free agency needs and acquisitions, coordination of all pro and college player evaluations, and the day to day football operations of the organization." Now does this sound like a man who has time for another job, particularly during the football season?

Steve Czaban: Well I'll say Andy, that's a pretty big job....This is a big title. Biiiig job right here. VP of football operations....

Pollin: Well apparently all those duties made him kind of bored, because Vinny has now begun moonlighting on this station. And starting tomorrow he will begin a regular 10 to noon show on this station called "Inside the Red Zone with Vinny Cerrato."

Sound Effect: GOOD GOD!

Czaban, in ironic voice: Now Andy, wait a minute, doesn't he have football operations to operate?

Pollin: You would think.

Czaban, in naive voice: Where will he find the time to do all that AND do a radio show?

Pollin: He seems to have found the time in his busy day which includes all these duties to host a show on Mondays and Fridays from 10 to noon....Now I don't know anything about being the vice president of football operations but I do know something...

Czaban: ...About doing a radio show.

Pollin: Yes. And I've done one for about 30 years, and the general rule of thumb--as suggested by our boss, the CEO of Red Zebra, Bruce Gilbert--is one hour of preparation for every hour on the air, at least that.

Czaban: Are you saying that Vinny's gonna have to spend at least two to four hours prepping for this show on Mondays and Fridays?

Pollin: So I would think if he wants to do a good job its not four hours of radio a week, it's eight hours of radio a week....As a Redskins fan for 40 years, 42 years, I am angry about this because I like to see my team, the team I have rooted for, the Washington Redskins, WIN GAMES. And management of the Redskins and ownership is telling us that positive spin on what they are doing is more important than spending time helping the team to win.

Czaban, in confused voice: Oh Andy, you don't know if it's gonna be spin on the Vinny Cerrato Show. It might be straight talk, hard hitting, "unfiltered"--as the team likes to say--insight into what's going on with the team....

Pollin: On a Monday from 10 to 12, Vinny is liable to be talking to Bob from Bowie or Steve from Silver Spring or Frank from Falls Church, and might not know that Ryan Grant is available and needed at the running back position.

Czaban, in churlish voice: Oh what are the chances that somebody calls with a trade offer between 10 and noon, that would never happen. He's got voice mail, he'll just pick it up after the show....

Pollin: At the end of the year, if the Redskins don't win the Super Bowl, it is 100 percent completely fair to say that part of the reason they didn't win it was because the general manager--I'm sorry, the vice president of football operations--was spending four hours a week on the air flapping his gums instead of seeking out talent to help the team to win games....

Czaban: All I say is this: I want some control of the team dammit. If Vinny can do two hours on Mondays and Fridays, just give me a small slice of the team to control.

Well, yeah, welcome indeed. Later, Czaban suggested that the reason this show will suddenly debut in week three of the NFL weeks after Red Zebra took over 980, is because the shows hosts have been too critical in recent days. Well, if that's the case, today's program should have put those concerns to rest, huh?

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2008; 5:18 PM ET
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This is an absolute joke. I hope every caller rips Cerrato a new a-hole until he cries his way out of this job. I mean really.

Posted by: Ben | September 18, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh, come on. Howard Stern can't live forever. "Vinny In The Morning" should be a madcap laugh-a-minute of hijinx a-plenty! Face it, Vinny already has his own pet midget. We're talking GOLD!

Posted by: TMU | September 18, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

It's a horrible idea, glad they crushed him.

Posted by: prophet | September 18, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The only local GM I could see having the energy--and skills--for a talk show is Bowden. We'd even have the possibility for trades on the air!

Posted by: Rob | September 18, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

You know what my favorite part of the Patriots, Eagles, Cowboys and Colts general managers' radio shows? The fact that they don't have one.

Posted by: Geoff | September 18, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean Russ Parr is going to be running the Wizards next season?

Posted by: | September 18, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

haters, this is a great idea. anything to keep vinny away from the office for a few hours is good. maybe he'll have to hire a gm because he's too busy doing radio. can we say soft landing.

will danny get to be a special guest?

Posted by: FreeDC | September 18, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Cerrato is obviously going to bring the success he had in the 2008 draft to radio. Note - radio likely to be out of service for most of the season.

Posted by: RosslynRenter | September 18, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, they couldn't give up two hours on a Saturday morning for Phil Wood to have a show, but they can provide four hours during the week for Vinny Cerrato? What a joke.

Although I will say, if the Redskins are 2-5 and none of those first three receiver draft picks are contributing, this show could be pretty entertaining--if Vinny takes calls. With George Michael co-hosting though, he'll probably be the one asking the "tough" questions.

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Posted by: iCowboyFan | September 19, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

bill polian (GM of the colts) has a radio show. its ONE hour at NIGHT on mondays. i'm sure he does zero prep and just answers qustions and phone calls. oh yeah, he's also won a super bowl. ONE hour at night. why this dolt vinny seems to think he needs to do four hours DURING THE DAY is beyond me? i've heard him on the radio, his voice is horrible. then again, as someone pointed out, keeping him away from the park and ruining this team even further cant be all bad.

i'm calling on all skins fans to call this show and pummel him. ask him about his new punter and his pass catching draft picks (3 catches between them in 2 games). tell the phone screener you want to talk about the cardinals and then blast him with a question about what he saw in jason campbell that led him to believe he was a good fit for the WCO. or why he picked two WRs in the second round. ask him if he's still paying archuleta, lloyd, patton, etc. as a bonus question, ask him at what point he determined that he and danny were smarter than everyone else in football in determining that jim zorn was the best candidate for head coach. (ps. i like zorn and hope he succeeds, but c'mon).

Posted by: Czaban Army | September 19, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

First call, every show, please:

"Seriously... you drafted a PUNTER?!?"

Posted by: Goat | September 19, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"Spinside the Propaganda Zone with Vinny Cerrato."

Posted by: Kev | September 19, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

FreeDC is exactly right. If someone is great at his job, you don't want to take four hours away from his work. With Vinny, however, some time on the radio, some time on the racquetball court -- all good ideas.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Next up, Vinny works 4 hours a week buckling kids up on The Mind Eraser ride at Six Flags.

Posted by: Ken B. | September 19, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

He really doesn't have much to do until he f's up next years draft too.

Posted by: Kev | September 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

vinny, what is higher, the cost per catch for brandon lloyd or the cost per tackle for archuleta?

Posted by: Second Question | September 19, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Vinny call George McPhee and ask him how to build a franchise. I guarantee at least 3 calls a week from Larry Michael telling him how good he is doing. YOU ARE A JOKE!!

Thank God the Caps season starts soon.

Posted by: EsMyDee | September 19, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

You guys are all overreacting and falling hook line and sinker for the crap Czabe and Polian are spewing. Vinny is not looking to be a radio superstar. He will not be prepping as much they do, and they know it. They are completely aware that Vinny will be talking about things that he essentially "preps" for 24/7: The Washington Redskins. The fact that people are saying he will miss out on a player because he is on the radio for 4hrs a week is laughable.
Relax and try to enjoy hearing from our man in charge twice a week. We may learn something. Maybe it is that Vinny is completely useless, or maybe it will be an informative show about our favorite team.
Lets wait and see.

Posted by: Sebowski | September 19, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Next up, Vinny works 4 hours a week buckling kids up on The Mind Eraser ride at Six Flags.

Posted by: Ken B. | September 19, 2008 11:18 AM


Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

By the way, if the above photo represents what Vinny does all day, maybe he does have time to do some radio.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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