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Cerrato Agrees With Cerrato Critiques

Well this has been an interesting trip Inside the Red Zone. The fans are concerned about the play of both the offensive and defensive lines, and they've placed the blame at Vinny Cerrato's feet. And while Vinny Cerrato hasn't yet called for his own job, he seems to sympathize with the critique.

Question: "Vinny, hey listen, we have no pass rush Vinny. Vinny, I'm going back and getting the DVR again and watching the whole game again. I was at the game last night and I'll tell you what, they didn't get nowhere NEAR Tony Romo. They didn't even put one HAND on the guy. I mean, what's going on with the pass rush, and I believe that Mr. Taylor, it's starting to look like a bust, you've got to talk to me, what's going on there?

Answer: "I agree, we need to get more pressure on the quarterback....As you saw what they did with Jason, you kind of disrupt the rhythm, and a lot of it is you have to win one-on-one battles, and that's what it's about....We had some blitzes in there and we, I agree, we need to disrupt and get more pressure on the quarterback, especially with Romo, you want pressure up the middle with him to get pressure in his face....No, that's a good observation."

Question: "My Washington Redskins let me down yesterday because the o-line....We don't have an offense Vinny, we have a MossVence....Moss needs to be touching the ball at least 15 times....Vinny, as you being our GM, you should have seen this coming. I love my Skins, but let's get the o-line fixed."

Answer: "I think like we talked about it's o-line, tight ends, running backs....It was glaring and it's something that needs to be corrected, it's something that we'll work on to get corrected for Seattle this week. You watch it on film, you see it on film and we have to get it corrected."

It's nice of Cerrato the radio host not to have blamed Cerrato the personnel exec, but the former can't maintain his patience with the latter indefinitely. Eventually, he will hold his feet to the fire, because his listeners are pressuring him to pressure himself. Reasonable media members--and he is one--are slow to turn on new executives--and he is one--but this situation isn't tenable. It's also bloody confusing.

Question: "You the personnel guru, supposedly....You keep talking about fundamentals, blocking, doing this and that. Leave that to the coaches and you do the personnel part of the team. I mean, you've got three draft picks that aren't even playing. Malcolm Kelly, his knee isn't up to par, but I see him in the club two-stepping....And the only time we mention Jason Taylor's name is the day after the game when he doesn't make any plays. This is sickening, man. You need to have a little bit more anger, Vinny, instead of being passive and not saying anything. I'm done."

Answer: "Okayyy."

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2008; 10:44 AM ET
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The anger that you got in the final question does not come across in a transcript.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 17, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

f vinny he sucks even more than JLC

Posted by: jonthefisherman | November 17, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

To 99.9% of astute Skins fans, what was our most glaring need this past offseason?


So what do Burns and Smithers go out and get? Wide Receivers!

WTF!!! Why do we continue to support this madness?!!

How many fans is it going to take to get thru to these 2 dopes?

At this pt it is so far beyond embarrassing to be a fan of this p.o.s of an organization that repeats the same misguided offseason blunders year after year.

To Burns and Smithers: With whatever picks you have left (after trading for an over-the- hill injured dancer errr DE), get yourself some O-LINEMAN and D-LINEMAN otherwise we will continue to embarrass ourselves on National TV year-after-year-after year.

PATHETIC and quite frankly INSANE.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | November 17, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The anger that you got in the final question does not come across in a transcript.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 17, 2008 11:21 AM

Um...yes it does

Posted by: Barno1 | November 17, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The anger only comes out after a loss.

You would think that Vinny and the rest of the Redskins Organization don't get angry too? Of course they do, but they have the added fun of having arm chair GM's and arm chair coaches tell them how bad they are after each loss.....

hmmmmmm.. Fun isn't it?

Posted by: punchdaclock | November 17, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Jason Taylor is not gonna make it in the NFC East for sure. Why not work on making him a line backer. Heck most of our line backers are bigger than he is now. How can he be a DE? Even with blitzes we didn`t touch Romo. The Cowgirls did what the Steelers did..put a ton of pressure on the QB. JC has improved..but he falls apart under pressure. The O line is old..and not big or strong enough to handle good D lines. VINNIE..THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN OBVIOUS BEFORE THIS LAST DRAFT..DON`T YA THINK?

Posted by: blazerguy234 | November 17, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Burns & Smithers (props to Foley), Bush & Cheney, The Emperor & New Clothes... Vinny and Snyder live in a magical Disney bubble guarded by Yes Men. Even if they get the message, one does not replace 8 linemen in a year, two or even three. They take early round picks and usually a year or two to groom. We don't have a #2 this year, and our best two linemen, Samuels on the O and Carter on the D, are over 30... an age of rapidly diminishing returns. We've drafted one, count-em, O or D lineman in the first two rounds since 2008... Chris Samuels in 2000. EIGHT YEARS AGO. What league do they think we're playing in? And Cerrato is not taking blame, he's just deflecting blame on the players, coaching and the phantom known as 'execution'.

Posted by: SammyT1 | November 17, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

...err, since 2000 that is.

Posted by: SammyT1 | November 17, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

In contrast, over the same period (2000-2008), the Giants and Cowboys have drafted 7 O and D linemen in the first two rounds, and the Eagles 8.

Posted by: SammyT1 | November 17, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Fans give up too easy. Many are ready to make wholesale changes in scheme, team and management based on a loss or two. Some don't even wait for a loss -- a lackluster victory is enough to spur calls for major changes.

That's not how you build a winner, and everybody knows it.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 17, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse


With all due respect some Redskins fans have been waiting for a single home playoff game for over 10 years. There has been exactly one home playoff game in the past 15 years, a cup of coffee against the Lions before the infamous botched snap field goal from Turk against Tampa in Tampa. We are talking decadal drought.

Much like Saints fans, some of whom have been interviewed on NFL dot com, Skins fans are beginning to feel cursed. Every year seems it might be our year. Nice start to this year, Jason Taylor falls our way so does Deangelo Hall, but we never win the big game. We never get the media love, we have no stars that are respected by ESPN. We never get an identity. No steel curtain, no big ben, no smurfs, no posse, no hogs. Just lack-luster, and its old and getting older.

But most importantly, for years, we have not had dominant lines. We are always patchwork offensive and defensive lines with overpaid guys at the skill positions. I was at the Dallas game, you could feel the loseritus sinking in after Portis got the first down and then we gave up sad sacks to be pushed out of field goal ranges. Good teams, good coaches, they just down do those kinds of things and they don't suffer mediocrity. Why does Snyder want Cowher? Because he stuffs the missed play in the ref's pocket, he approaches the players. Zorn takes on the punter, but allows Jansen to totally stink it up without even a word. We just can't execute. The tired, sick of losing feeling just does not go away.

Posted by: DownTownClown | November 17, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

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