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Zorn to remain coach for remainder of season

Washington Redskins executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said on his radio show Friday morning that Jim Zorn will remain the head coach of the team for the remainder of the season.

"Let me start by making a few things very perfectly clear: Jim Zorn is the head coach of the Washington Redskins, and will be for the rest of this season, and hopefully into the future," Cerrato said on ESPN 980's Inside the Red Zone.

In his opening remarks, which lasted about 15 minutes, Cerrato also defended the team's organizational structure, called Steve Largent's recent comments about the front office "off the wall," and said this week's news that Sherm Lewis would call the plays was meant to help Zorn, not undermine him.

"The team is tight, the relationships are tight, and we're just trying to prepare to win a game Monday Night and excite the fans and get the fans back excited about this football team," Cerrato said. "We just want to beat the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night. That's what we're trying to accomplish through all these other things that are going on, off-the-wall comments here, off-the-wall comments there. Everybody's frustrated. The owner's frustrated. He wants nothing more than to win for the fans. For the fans. He wants to please these fans, and he's so frustrated because of the struggles."

Later, he called Zorn's future "totally crystal clear." And several times, he expressed frustration with the media, and with the criticism that has been directed at the front office in recent weeks.

"There's been a lot of false rumors, media speculation, unnamed sources out there all the time," he said. "I hired Jim, along with Dan Snyder. And obviously, obviously we're all very disappointed by the season performance thus far. In fact, Dan constantly talks about how disappointed he is for the fans. And we've got great fans. We feel the frustration for the fans, and we need the fans big-time Monday night. We want to entertain them, we want to make them proud, we want to make them happy [for] this football team.

"And there's a lot of media people like you and everybody else out there that says Dan Snyder needs to come out and talk, Dan needs to say this, do that. Dan has never spoken to the media during the season for over a decade now. And Dan's thing is, he feels that during the season, the stage belongs to the head of football operations, the coaching staff, the players. That's why he doesn't talk, all right?

"The frustration is very high, everywhere around here, but the relationships internally within this organization quite frankly remain the same. Later today Dan and I and Jim have our weekly Friday lunch, like we always do, and like Dan's done forever with the head coach, to go over the upcoming game. You know, we'll sit there, we'll have lunch, we'll bring in our pizza or Dan's health food and all this, and chitchat about, you know, 'All right Jim, tell us about the game, what do you think about Philly, what are we gonna do, how are we gonna do this?' You know, and that's what we've always done over time."

Of course, much of the speculation about Zorn's future was sparked by the decision this week to bring in Sherm Lewis as an offensive assistant, and then to promote him to playcaller. That move seemed to cause Zorn obvious discomfort and led to an onslaught of national criticism and speculation about the coach's future. Multiple media outlets, including The Post, reported that Cerrato settled on Lewis as the playcaller Sunday night, when he asked Zorn to relinquish those duties after the loss to the Chiefs, but Cerrato disputed that version of events.

"Let me just talk about how I made the decision to take the take the responsibilities off of Jim's plate," he said. "So what happened was, was the game ends. So I'm in the locker room and the owners come up to me and they ask me,' How do we score more points?' And we're coming off against the 32nd-ranked defense, we score two field goals and have seven first downs. So I tell them, I recommended to them that Jim's plate is too full. He's the head coach, he's the offensive coordinator, he's the quarterback coach, let's take something off the plate to help him. So they said 'Ok, go talk to him.'

"So then I go into Jim's office at the stadium there. He's not there yet, he's coming from his press conference. And I sit down with him and he comes in, we sit down, we close the door. And contrary to what you read everywhere, it was just Jim and I. There's no cameras, microphones, anything else in there. It's just like you and I right here. There's Jim there, there's me here. Two people. And I said to him, I said Jim, I says 'We're struggling scoring points. It's been over 14 weeks now that we've struggled on offense, and I think that you have too much on your plate, that a new voice may be good for the offense, to get us going, give us a spark, get us something going.'

"Because the defense is playing outstanding, and let's get something going, because it's been over a continuous long time. So he says, 'All right, let me think about it.' Because number one, he's frustrated from the game, and then I am asking him to give up the playcalling also. So he says, 'Let me think about it, and I'll talk to you later.'

"So he calls me back later on and I was on the phone, so he left me a message, and I called him right back, and he says 'I'm in. Let's talk about who calls plays in the morning. And let's move on. But I'm in.' So then we go the next morning, we decided it would be Sherm Lewis and everything, and that's kind of where we're at now. So I think that kind of clears up that stuff."

Later, co-host Frank Hanrahan pointed out that Zorn has described the situation as awkward. Indeed, Zorn admitted that is comfort level was not a 10 on a scale of 1-to-10.

"Well, I think, you know, it's change," Cerrato sid. "So it's different than what they've been used to over the last 20 games or whatever it is. So it is a bit different....This is what I explained to Jim and some of the offensive coaches, it hasn't been one or two games. You look at when we started the season we were struggling a little bit on offense, and on defense we were struggling with getting off the field on third down. That lasted three games. Since that point we've been one of the best in the league at getting off the field on third downs, so we fixed that. All right, we're still having the point problem, and to score two field goals against the 32nd-ranked defense is not progress.

"And Jim, to me, in his press conference, what he said was great. If it's me calling plays, then I'm willing to change. Because he is the head coach of this football team, and he is over everything, so if something is struggling somewhere, he looks at it. He looks at the offense and says, 'All right, the offense is struggling, let me talk to the offensive coordinator.' The offensive coordinator happens to be him. So lemme see if I do something offensively, we shake something up offensively, that we can get going, or get started, jump started, get a spark. So I give him credit for looking at it that way and saying all right, I am the head coach, and I've got to look at every area."

Some analysts have wondered why the Redskins didn't wait until their upcoming bye week to make this change, giving Lewis two more weeks to learn the terminology, but Cerrato said this arrangement will work well.

"To do it now, then we have the bye, so then you have two more weeks to get ready," he said. "So doing it now and getting a taste of it, and then having two weeks I think only helps Sherm Lewis."

Cerrato declined to mention Largent by name, but he focused in on the receiver's assertion this week that Zorn was asked to win immediately with players and coaches he didn't choose.

"Maybe his friend thought that he was protecting Jim because he thought something was going to happen to his career for whatever [reason], but I think his friend forgets this: that we were a top 5 defense [when Zorn was hired]," Cerrato said. "We had just been to the playoffs. Last year we had four Pro Bowlers on offense. And in Jim's contract, he controls everything over his staff. And the thing about it is, the other thing is that his friend doesn't mention was that Jim worked with all these coaches for a week prior to becoming the head coach, and he said during the interview, 'Those are my guys, I want those guys, those are the guys I want, I don't want to go hire anybody else.'

Cerrato also took issue with Largent's shot at Lewis, who had been volunteering at a senior center before being hired by the Redskins earlier this month. He also managed to ding the Hall of Fame receiver for not winning a Super Bowl ring.

"You know what, you don't forget all the things that you've learned over 20-some years of experience in the same offense," Cerrato said. "And those four Super Bowl rings are very pretty on his [fingers], and I don't think [Largent] has a one. So the guy has a ton of experience, he's been in battles, so it upsets me very much that [Largent] wants to attack what this guy has done in the past. What he's been doing now compared to what he's done in the past. You don't forget how to ride a bike if you hadn't rode your bike in four years. So that was very, very frustrating, some of those comments, because it's to me off-the-wall comments."

Cerrato also took issue with media reports that some people in Ashburn have been making Zorn's life miserable.

"You know, the thing about it is, what's funny about that is, actually this summer, Jim and his wife were in Aspen with Dan [Snyder] and his wife, vacationing together," Cerrato said. "It's a beautiful house, and they're biking every day and going to dinner and all that. But I guess that's a miserable life right there now. I'd like to have that miserable life, you know, biking in beautiful Aspen, having beautiful dinners and everything. Actually, they were out there also and [rookie defensive end] Jeremy Jarmon, that's when he flew out and met Dan and Jim out there. So for a guy to say that we're making life difficult and relationships are bad and all those things, I think that is kind of out there a little bit."

"We've been under a lot of attack by a lot of people, and there's so much false stuff and people just keep piling on stuff, I wanted to get some facts out there, let people know the facts and what's happening and what's going on in this building."

Cerrato mentioned the fans repeatedly, saying they're a huge part of this organization.

"Really, what the fans want to see, they want to be entertained at the game," he said. "So two field goals and stuff, that's not entertainment....But we've been very entertaining [on] defense, and the defense is getting better. And we're fifth in defense, and our sacks I think were like fifth, and our turnovers are up, so everything defensively is coming up. So we've just got to improve the offense some. If we can just match what the defense is doing, we can get on a roll.

"And the thing about it, last year, Philadelphia was 2-3, Miami was 2-4, exactly where we are sitting. Then they got on a run. They got a spark by doing the Wildcat. They beat New England and then they went on a run. And Philadelphia was 2-3, and they were booing them. We had just beat them and they were booing them and yelling for [Bill] Cowher and wanting the coach fired and doing all those things, and they turned it around and went to the NFC Championship game. So we've got to find a way to get a win. Because to go on a run, you have to win one, and that's what we've got to find a way to do, is find a way to win the game on Monday Night."

Wrapping up the biggest issue, Hanrahan, the co-host, pointed out that Cerrato evidently has faith in Zorn and believes the second-year coach can get the job done.

"Yeah, that's why we brought in a consultant," Cerrato said. "Look at all the things that we've done to try to help. You could have done other things drastically. No, you have confidence in him, because you want him to do well."

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2009; 8:08 AM ET
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CONTINUITY

Posted by: REXskins | October 23, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I think the biggest problems with Zorn were the playcalling and extranous timeouts. The extraneous timeouts were a result of his inability to get a play call in on time. Since he's not calling the plays anymore I have no problem with him.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 23, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

"For the fans" - What a joke. If the Redskins organization really cared about the fans at all they would stop SUING PEOPLE and lower their exhorbitant prices. The cost of taking a family of 4 to a Redskin game is almost as much as a trip to Disney these days.

Oh, and they would fire Vinny and sell to an owner who understands football.

Posted by: lmanion | October 23, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

CRYSTAL CLEAR UNTIL SNYDER FIRES THEM BOTH AFTER MONDAY NIGHT'S DEBACLE..............

CLEGG

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | October 23, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Richard Nixon use terms like "crystal clear" and "perfectly clear" when he was claiming that he wasn't a crook?

I do NOT have a good feeling about this.

Posted by: SkinsfaninNebraska | October 23, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

That's a crystal clear kiss of death.

Posted by: simpleton1 | October 23, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

If Cerrato is going to lie for Dan Snyder, he needs to do a better job at it. How pathetic. It just makes him looking really sleazy. For the fans? Yeah, right.

Posted by: Shawn1968 | October 23, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Vinnee, bunkerDan's mouthpiece, sounded defiant, on the radio.
I was hoping he'd try to defend his draft pick selections again.
I feel the RiggoRevolution comming on....

Posted by: Max231 | October 23, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Zorn's furture is crystal clear, Vinny's is not....

Posted by: gixxer998 | October 23, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

WTF??? I mean, really, WTF??? Do these people think we're all that stupid? They've spent the week publicly humiliating Zorn, jerking our chains, and on Friday they come out with this???

Incompetence on steroids!

Posted by: brad40 | October 23, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I've been a fan for 30+ years and I find myself rooting against the team if only because the laughingstock of an owner will only learn through the dissatisfaction of the people who keep his team flush with revenue.

Cerrato's statement misses the point entirely. It has nothing to do with disappointment or how much money is being spent, it's how the money being spent is directed. Giving away high draft picks for marginal talent, using the few draft picks you keep for even more marginal talent, switching coaches and schemes irrespective of the players and failing to plan for the future are the reasons the team is a joke. Those reasons have everything to do with the owner and his handpicked "GM" or whatever Cerrato's title is. Until that changes, the team will continue to be a joke.

Posted by: terrapin31590us | October 23, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Man, these guys are cut off from reality big time. No connection with the fans, whatsoever. They just stay within their tight knit circle (Vinny, Snyder, Schar, etc.) and think everything is OK.

JKC wouldn't have let it get this bad. Then again, he wouldn't have hired a puppet GM such as Vinny to begin with. Ah, I miss the good old days.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | October 23, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

vinny's response to critcism is always to attack others. typical loser response. yeah, sherm lewis's super bowl rings are pretty shiny but i dont recall him catching any game winning passes to earn those rings. and i'm sure largent's HOF ring is pretty shiny and it was EARNED on the field.

by vinnie's logic, jay schroeder was a better QB than dan marino cause jay has a ring and dan doesnt. total tool that vinny.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 23, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I just read that last part about Sherm Lewis super bowl rings. What is it with jewelry with this guy? That's the second time that he has mentioned rings.

Hey Vinny, how did those rings help out Sherm in Detroit, when they were 32nd in offense one year that Sherm was there?

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | October 23, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Can you track the number of lies that Cerrato told? It's amazing to me that he and Snyder think they have any credibility at this point. I've come to expect the opposite of whatever they say.

Monday night will be a trainwreck! Sad times.

Posted by: stormng | October 23, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I personally am happy to hear Snyderrato make a half-assed attempt at reconciling with the hundreds of thousands of us who are fed up.

Now, drop the avg ticket price about $15, stop charging $70 for jerseys, and sign Jim Lachey.

All three would drastically improve your standing with the community. And the O-line.

Posted by: KellRawLive | October 23, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Hahahahahahaha! Thank you Vinny, for continuing this comedy routine, and guaranteeing that the laughter (sadness) will continue for months (and years) to come.

We'll see tenured head Coach Jim Zorn look up to the coaches' box on Monday night to find out what all those pro bowlers will get ready to run on each next play.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Posted by: Meepo | October 23, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I love how Vinny Cerrato can make snide comments about STEVE LARGENT'S career. No, they're not delusional at all.

Posted by: breakfast27 | October 23, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

"Dan and I and Jim have our weekly Friday lunch, like we always do, and like Dan's done forever with the head coach, to go over the upcoming game."

This is the problem

Posted by: Salinas1 | October 23, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Vinny cares far more about his professional reputation than simply doing his job -- which is to field the best team each and every week.

When people lash out at the media for all sorts of things, it means they're doing a crappy job and don't know what else to say.

Look at the millions of comments, emails, messages all over the boards, and look and listen to all the groans and signs of disgusts in backyards, bars, living rooms all over the DC-NoVa region. That's not the media.

If the Redskins would have taken care of business in the offseason, and beaten the 5 1/2 cupcakes in these six games, there would be victory parades.

Posted by: Meepo | October 23, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

How many rings does the guy making the decisions have? Thought so.

And the thing about it is, the other thing is that his friend doesn't mention was that Jim worked with all these coaches for a week prior to becoming the head coach, and he said during the interview, 'Those are my guys, I want those guys, those are the guys I want, I don't want to go hire anybody else.'

Right. Riiiiight. The season was going to start when? He didn't even have time to put in his offense at that point. What dopes. Either he was hired for "continuity" and was forced to keep the coaches there, or we're double-tracking again.

Fire Vinny, pelase.

Posted by: WorstSeat | October 23, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does Cerrato kind of talk like Schwartzenager? "Ya, den we talk and this thing like that, and I says 'Hey guy, you are coach ok?', and then these things and the rest and the health food and the pizza."

Posted by: jmink4a5 | October 23, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

"And there's a lot of media people like you and everybody else out there that says Dan Snyder needs to come out and talk, Dan needs to say this, do that. Dan has never spoken to the media during the season for over a decade now. And Dan's thing is, he feels that during the season, the stage belongs to the head of football operations, the coaching staff, the players. That's why he doesn't talk, all right?"

good for dan. that decade old policy is really working well isnt it. no need to change now. if during the season the stage belongs to the football folks, then danny should go to the bahamas in september and stay for 6 months.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 23, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Well, that certainly clears up...everything. It's all O.K. now. The ship is heading in the right direction. It was all a big misunderstanding.

'Dorothy (Cerrato) and Toto (Snyder)' have always had faith in JZ, 'Toto' has always loved and cared about the fans,and the 'Wizard'(Gibbs, Sherm, or some other Super Bowl winning, grey-haired wise man)will work his magic on the 'machine'....yeah,and 'Dorothy' is about to close her eyes, click her heels three times, and we'll all be back in Kansas (1980's again)....

I'm not drinking the kool-aid and I don't believe in fairy tales.

Posted by: BigDeck | October 23, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

What a joke -- if you think lil' Danny cares for anything beyond the team's bottom line and his monstrous ego, let alone "the fans" Cerrato repeatedly invokes in an attempt to make Snyder appear likeable, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you......if he actually cares about the fans he would've checked his ego seven years ago, hired a qualified GM, and gotten the hell out of the way.....and not screwed them with all the ridiculous price gouging that goes on from the first moment fans arrive at FedEx Field on gameday.

Posted by: wma98 | October 23, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

This old cat's been a Redskin Nation citizen since coming to town in 1942. Thought I'd seen and heard it all. But no, Vinnie's provided a new low of pusillanimity in a town of professional mealy mouths.

Posted by: AncientTerp | October 23, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

"You know, and that's what we've always done over time."

See? There's nothing to worry about. The Redskins are going to keep doing things exactly the way they've always done things under Daniel Snyder. If only the stupid media could see that...

Posted by: Tank2 | October 23, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Snyder need to fire Vinny, hire a strong GM, then get out of his way. If he needs to find out exactly how a successful franchise is run, he should CALL BOBBY BEATHARD!!!

Posted by: shanks1 | October 23, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad the organization has gone public in committing to something, even if what they've committed to could be improved considerably. But I have a few problems with Cerrato's statement:

1) More than once, Cerrato talked about 'exciting' and 'entertaining' the fans. We are not LA, Atlanta, or Dallas that need glitz to maintain interest in the football club. What this fan base has always wanted is to win on Sundays and for the organization to be a source of pride the other 6 days of the week. This is not an issue of semantics. Much of the what the Skins have done under Snyder seems designed to 'entertain' rather than win. From the idiotic pyrotechnics at the stadium, to the high-priced signing of big name guys, to the coaching treadmill, the direction of the organization seems to be about 'excitement'. But in this town, it's not about excitement - never has been. Joe Gibbs was not an exciting coach. The Riggo offense was not exciting. The dignified professionalism of Monk, Mann, Green, Coleman and others had nothing to do with bravado entertainment. And what happened? The city loved them through and through. The Redskins under Snyder just don't seem to understand their fan base, and it's hugely important because wrong decision after wrong decision seems to have been based in part on this misunderstanding.

2) Cerrato's statement that Snyder 'always' talks to the coach each week about the gameplan for the upcoming game is revealing. I don't know how many owners do this as a standard practice. Maybe all of them do. But it does tend to cement the perception that Snyder is not merely engaged, but too involved in the football strategy side of things. Cerrato didn't provide much context to understand these weekly chats. Is Snyder just an interested owner who wants a preview of what's coming? Or is he critiquing the gameplan, offering 'suggestions' for improvement, and making the coach feel like his gameplan needs ownership's approval week after week before it can go to press? If these chats are more the latter variety, it's not tough to see how the coach might be insecure about his own authority. And we can all be sure that such a sentiment will be picked up on by the players and registered accordingly.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | October 23, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

As a lifetime Skins fan, I am curious how many of us are now rooting against the Skins?

My disdain for Snyder / Cerrato is so strong that I don't want to see them enjoy any success.

But what about the players and the coaches, you can root for them one might ask. But I can't. It's Snyder & Cerrato's players: Portis...punk Hurricane, Moss...a #2 WR, Campbell...backup, Haynesworth...a Titan, Rogers...can't catch a cold. It goes on and on. Zorn was over his head to begin with. (BTW, it's funny that Cerrato believes Zorn had too much on his plate -- who the hell gave him 3 jobs!)

Where are the true Redskins (Monte Coleman, Brian Mitchell, Monk, Gary Clark)?

Give me one players' jersey you would be proud to wear over the last 10 years?

Cooley, and that's about it for me.

Posted by: carter6 | October 23, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

This team has already jumped ship on this loser- another great example that Danny and Vinny have no clue. Are you kidding me?

Monday Night will be the most embarrassing- nationally televised- rock bottom of a franchise- train wreck! I can't wait to see FedEx get burned to the ground by the angry mob!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 23, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Is he serious?!?! For the FANS?? The fans the team SUES?!?!?! Charges outrages prices for an inferior product??? He's only sad that the fans aren't going to line his pockets because HE has hosed this team and the fans. Here is what entertains me about football. Winning by a class organization like we USED to have. What an outrage. This whole situation is Vinny and Danny's doing. Not the media. He and Snyder have made this mess. Not Steve Largent. In fact...Vinny totally missed what Largent was saying. NO ONE is qualified to call plays for this team after being here for only two weeks. Two weeks. And how telling is it that the coach, Vinny and Danny all sit down on Friday to "go over the game". WTF?? Micro-management at it's worst. This whole situation is so unbelievably slimy and yet so....watchable. It's like a train wreck. You don't want to see it happening but you can't stop watching. Riding a bike and calling plays are the same?? Sign me up. I'll the plays if that's all it takes.

Posted by: hellonwheels | October 23, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

WEEKLY FRIDAY LUNCH WITH THE OWNER TO GO OVER GAME PLAN.

Yes, this is the kind of thing that a prospective coach loves to hear. This franchise is a disaster.

As for Cerrato, who cares what he says? He's a dead man talking.

Posted by: thediesel | October 23, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Vinnie "Bug Eyes" Cerrato saying that Zorn's career is "crystal clear" is like the scene in the Godfather with Michael Corleone kissing his brother Fredo. Next is the fishing trip on the Lake.

Posted by: Maximus6 | October 23, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Nothing to see here. Just move along. Nothing's happened. Move along.

Iggles - 83 LilDanSkins - 9

Posted by: jnsbear | October 23, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Vinny sounds really stupid. Not only can he not assemble a football team, but he does not speak the English language well. What a buffoon. Listen to Vinny speak and then listen to someone really bright like Peoli or Beathard and then you'll know why we are doomed.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | October 23, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Cerrato is nothing but an effing liar and Snyder's lap puppet. He's had almost a week to think about all this junk spewing out of his mouth, and this pack of lies is the best he can do?

Stuff it, Vinny. This is one lifelong fan that you've lost this year, and I probably won't come back until you're gone. And guess what, Vinny and Danny? I ain't alone...

Posted by: gr8day4bsbll | October 23, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Everything sounds like LIES.
Please fire yourself, vinny.

Posted by: luvdc808 | October 23, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Also, Vinny could really benefit from a public speaking class. His embarrassing stammering and frequent use of malapropism is sadly emblematic of the stupidity that runs through this entire organization.

There is never a logical flow to any of his statements. Just a run-on sentence of pure BS.

Posted by: thediesel | October 23, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I am not a Redskins fan (quite the contrary) but when I read the following the hair stood up on the back of my neck:

"we'll have lunch, we'll bring in our pizza or Dan's health food and all this, and chitchat about, you know, 'All right Jim, tell us about the game, what do you think about Philly, what are we gonna do, how are we gonna do this?'

Until these little "chitchats" end you will never have a quality product on the field. I think I am almost feeling some sympathy for you all...he may well be the worst owner in the NFL.

Posted by: SteveMK | October 23, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

>WEEKLY FRIDAY LUNCH WITH THE OWNER TO GO OVER GAME PLAN.
Exactly right! Even in the lies, some truth that comes out--and it is terrifying:

"like we always do, and like Dan's done forever with the head coach, to go over the upcoming game." Are you telling me that Coach Gibbs had to sit down with this joker and go over game plans every week!?!?

Posted by: wbbradb | October 23, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Gotta give Vinnie credit though, he could talk a dog off a meat wagon. Don't know what he's saying but he can really put it out there.

Posted by: Maximus6 | October 23, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Oh my God, is there really a need to say more?


"...Jim and his wife were in Aspen with Dan [Snyder] and his wife, vacationing together," Cerrato said. "It's a beautiful house, and they're biking every day and going to dinner and all that. But I guess that's a miserable life right there now. I'd like to have that miserable life, you know, biking in beautiful Aspen, having beautiful dinners and everything. Actually, they were out there also and [rookie defensive end] Jeremy Jarmon, that's when he flew out and met Dan and Jim out there."

Posted by: Pepper5 | October 23, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Well, to Vinny I would say:

In the words of that great ghetto philosopher Jay-Z, "I don't believe you, you need more people!"

Posted by: walkdwalk | October 23, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

This is moronic. I will go on record as saying that everything Cerrato said this morning is a complete and unequivocal LIE.

If they do keep Zorn for the rest of the season, it is not out of the kindness of their hearts, it's because they don't want to come to a contract settlement with him and they want to save face for the next coach (too late, I can't think of anyone who would want this job).

For the fans?! That has to be the largest crock of crap I've read on the Bog. This organization is ridiculous and so easy to hate and I hope that the Eagles blow them out Monday night. Let's see what they do with their "Zorn is coach for the rest of the season" empty promise after that.

Posted by: playahatah | October 23, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"You know what, you don't forget all the things that you've learned over 20-some years of experience in the same offense," Cerrato said. "And those four Super Bowl rings are very pretty on his [fingers], and I don't think [Largent] has a one.

ALWAYS with the rings!
And don't even start with the "VOTE THE REDSKINS TICKET" four pro bowlers on offense b.s. How many players on offense this year would even start for other teams?
More importantly how many offensive lineman?

I feel dirtier for having read this. I genuinely hope the eagles win by 50+. F this monumentally embarrassing organization.

Posted by: jbanks979 | October 23, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Cerrato also thinks Dan Marino isn't a football expert because of the lack of a ring. But wait, Dan Snyder doesn't have one. But he is an expert! But he's never been a SB-winning owner. Buzz beep buzz Does not compute!

/Vinny's head explodes

Posted by: cao091402 | October 23, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

This is the same Vinny who said last year on sports talk 980" we are not releasing Shawn Springs, Shawn Springs will be retained by the Washington Redskins" Literally 20 minutes later, sports talk 980 was reporting that Shawn Springs had been released by the Skins.

I don't believe a word Vinny says and until he is gone, the team is a cluster**** in progress.

Posted by: Davo61 | October 23, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Cerrato, you should read this article yourself and see how ignorant it sounds on your part. You and your boy Snyder need to stop micromanaging the staff. I'll tell what, if you and your boy Snyder want to make the fans happy, seriously, LEAVE!

Posted by: Steve0-301 | October 23, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Vinny, time to go. If we could ask Dan to step aside and get out the way we would, but no one ca except for the other owners. There is a common thread over the past 12-13 years of mediocrity, Dan and Vinny (more Dan to be frank). 6 coaches in 10 years is not helping, but the front office and ownership need to be held accountable for ruining a proud franchise.

Posted by: longsufferingskinsfan | October 23, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

First off, nothing is settled over a silly radio talk show conversation. I am sick and tired of people like Cerrato thinking that everything is settled before a game is even played. I don't see the Redskins having any chance against the Eagles anyway. The way they have played the NFL's worst teams it is obvious that they dont seem to have a chance against the Eagles. To say Zorn is still the coach and will be until at least the end of the season is just mind boggling. Only the Redskins would allow and award a 'professional' that does not produce the luxury of undeserved comfort. I think Zorn was a horrible choice from the beginning and the fact that we have lost to the NFL's worst even makes matters worse. Cerrato may have just put himself out the door on this one, along with Zorn. Snyder is just such a tool and until he lets go and doesn't hire people like Cerrato that are the kings of BS we will not even have a decent playoff run. How horrible would it be to beat the Eagles though? I mean we don't score TDs against the Rams or Chiefs and lose to Detroit but somehow we beat the Eagles??? Come on. Where is the stability in the Redskins? The remaining schedule is a tough one and if that isn't a wake up call for the entire organization then why are the Redskins even an NFL team?? Booo on Cerrato and good luck Redskin fans. Sounds like we are gonna need all the luck in the world for another few years!!

Posted by: bboy75 | October 23, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Not buying it....

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 23, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

This may be a rhetorical question, but since I (fortunately) do not live within the 980 area...

Does Vinny take callers on his weekly propaganda hours?

Posted by: jbanks979 | October 23, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

i'm really happy that he came out and said Zorn's job was safe for the season. I think that was very important (especially the way its been week to week).

HOWEVER, i'm guessing the real reason it is "safe" is that no one would step up to the plate when snyderrato looked around for a big-name replacement.

also, the criticism of sherm lewis was not of his football know-how, but rather the fact that the offense has changed in the 5 YEARS since he has been out, including verbiage, meaning it will be very difficult for him to communicate to the huddle which plays will be effective against which defenses (things like protections, hot reads, etc.)

cerrato just doesn't get it. you can't merely make a change every once in a while because the fans blew up at you and then insult them once you make it.
good riddance...and get lost.

Posted by: bacaje | October 23, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse


FOR THE FANS? Must have compared how much he's losing in concessions. Good going fans. DO NOT BUY THAT $8 BEER!!! $5 WATER!!

Dan Snyder has to change his ways. Leave the coaches alone! Ditch lunch on Friday with Jim Zorn. Stupid.

Snyder and Cerrato are short sided. They act like they are rebuilding but before it has a chance to work they blow it up. Year-after-year.

Snyder needs to get someone to bring in with some talent to run and manage a football team and stand back and let it run.

Let's start with good-bye Cerrato. Whatever he and Snyder have been doing is not working. Let's get rid of them!

Zorn is making the best out of what he has to play with-- over paid, egomaniacs that think they are better than what they are. If they were better they wouldn't get beaten. Defense aside. Their test is coming with the winning teams.

Posted by: jlskinsfan | October 23, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Vinny needs to wake up and smell what he is shoveling.

Statements like this are only going to further galvanize the fan base against the Skins. I will be hoping that the Iggles torch the Skins on MNF so that Snyder will have no choice but to make major changes. Its a shame to be a fan rooting AGAINST your team, hoping that they hit rock bottom, and finally jettison the idiot GM in charge.

Posted by: calhokie | October 23, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The man wouldn't know the definition of the word truth if it was shown to him in Webster's Dictionary. What he is doing is what I will call radical deflection. He knows that Steve Largent as well as others understand "crystal clear" what both he and Snyder are truly all about and what they did. That is why he is so defensive. They have it hit the nail on the head. It amazes me that he can honestly open his mouth and think anyone with a IQ above 2 is going to buy his garbage that this is all about the media and uniformed friends who don't the situation.

My guess is they are making this decision strictly to keep Jim for the remainder of the year to try to do some sort of rehabilatation of their franchise's sorry image nationally after what they have done to him. They have taken a beating this week. If they are going to have any chance of landing a new coach for next year, which I firmly believe is their plan, than they want to appear to be doing right by Jim. Its too late for that. Their intentions are "crystal clear". The other thing that is "crystal clear" is that both Snyder and Cerrato have no character or integrity.

Posted by: afriendofzorn | October 23, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I really hope that the "media" and the fans keep the pressure on these very misguided fools. "Entertainment"??!! Snyder thinks this is just another off-shoot of the glorious "Six Flags" experience and that NFL fans are all children begging for another ride on the roller coaster.

It is obscene that an iconic NFL franchise like the Redskins can be so abused by an owner who still thinks he is some special genius because he operated a direct mail (you know, all that worthless junk you get) operation. Redskins fans have always been knowledgeable, passionate football fans, not a random crowd of of consumers just hoping to see fireworks and some washed-up former star somewhere in the lineup.

But the Redskins are now the topic of all the national sports shows!! Isn't that great. We used to be the envy of the league - now we are becoming the Sarah Palin of professional football.

Posted by: seazen | October 23, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

This may be a rhetorical question, but since I (fortunately) do not live within the 980 area...

Does Vinny take callers on his weekly propaganda hours?

Posted by: jbanks979 | October 23, 2009 9:50 AM
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He use to take calls, not sure if he is or is not. I haven't listened to him since last year when he got pissed off on the radio at the fans for selling tickets to the visiting teams fans.

Posted by: Davo61 | October 23, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

if you want to excite the fan base in Washington then resign or just quit walk away because you are an idiot.

Posted by: tareil | October 23, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

If Vinny and Dan are so fond of Zorn, then why haven't they addressed the offensive line problems that have been so obvious for years, instead of spending all their loot on a "up and down" defensive tackle.

Put Campbell and Zorn wih a good line and they will "miraculously" look very competent in a hurry (see the first eight games last year before injuries and lack of depth kicked in).

This isn't brain surgury folks.

Posted by: hapster | October 23, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I would not trust Vinny to run a 5 year old's birthday party let alone a professional football team.

Posted by: betlwayball | October 23, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Totally out of touch!!!! Why are these guys such idiots. As a FAN i think it may be time to CUT THE CORD this year! All we want is good football. You go out and hire a coach that is way over his head!!! This is 100 times worse than when you got rid of norv mid season. BOYCOTT!!!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | October 23, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

This old cat's been a Redskin Nation citizen since coming to town in 1942. Thought I'd seen and heard it all. But no, Vinnie's provided a new low of pusillanimity in a town of professional mealy mouths.

Posted by: AncientTerp | October 23, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse
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Thank you sir for the new word, I'll make sure to credit you every time I use it...poosilla...

Posted by: walkdwalk | October 23, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The only thing the fans want to see if Vinny gone.

This team is a joke and does bug eyes really think we are buying this load of crap.

I hope the eagles fans enjoy my seats this week

Posted by: RG10 | October 23, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

hapster-
your fairly strong point is undermined when you conclude by saying it's "not brain surgury" misspelling the fairly simple word....

Posted by: bacaje | October 23, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

ok, now we can concentrate on Vinny...

fire vinny fire vinny fire vinny fire vinny fire vinny.....

Posted by: 1of9000 | October 23, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

LOL :-) LOL :-) LOL :-)

Posted by: cavemandave | October 23, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

This is most telling...

Later today Dan and I and Jim have our weekly Friday lunch, like we always do, and like Dan's done forever with the head coach, to go over the upcoming game. You know, we'll sit there, we'll have lunch, we'll bring in our pizza or Dan's health food and all this, and chitchat about, you know, 'All right Jim, tell us about the game, what do you think about Philly, what are we gonna do, how are we gonna do this?' You know, and that's what we've always done over time."

Like Snyder has to signoff on the game plane. What a joke.

Cerrato is looneytunes. I don't know what planet he's living on. What a joke.

Fire Cerrato and hope the owner gets run over by a bus.

Posted by: Jaymand | October 23, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

This is most telling...

Later today Dan and I and Jim have our weekly Friday lunch, like we always do, and like Dan's done forever with the head coach, to go over the upcoming game. You know, we'll sit there, we'll have lunch, we'll bring in our pizza or Dan's health food and all this, and chitchat about, you know, 'All right Jim, tell us about the game, what do you think about Philly, what are we gonna do, how are we gonna do this?' You know, and that's what we've always done over time."

Like Snyder has to signoff on the game plane. What a joke.

Cerrato is looneytunes. I don't know what planet he's living on. What a joke.

Fire Cerrato and hope the owner gets run over by a bus.

Posted by: Jaymand | October 23, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Great job Mr. Steinberg. Excellent job on posting all of Vinnie's comments. Vinnie is the top headline on espn.com http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4587887! Yeah!! Vinnie's comments this morning have brought back prestige and dignity to this organization. LOL, no chance in hell! So every sports media outlet this week has blasted the front office and made this team the biggest joke of the week. Vinnie do you think anyone believes what you say? Here's my favorite Vinnie quotes of the day:

"The team is tight, the relationships are tight, and we're just trying to prepare to win a game Monday Night and excite the fans and get the fans back excited about this football team," Cerrato said. "We just want to beat the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night. That's what we're trying to accomplish through all these other things that are going on, off-the-wall comments here, off-the-wall comments there. Everybody's frustrated. The owner's frustrated. He wants nothing more than to win for the fans. For the fans. He wants to please these fans, and he's so frustrated because of the struggles."

What a bunch of BS. I guess Vinnie forgot about the Post's piece on the Skins suing season ticket holders.

"There's been a lot of false rumors, media speculation, unnamed sources out there all the time," he said. "I hired Jim, along with Dan Snyder. And obviously, obviously we're all very disappointed by the season performance thus far. In fact, Dan constantly talks about how disappointed he is for the fans. And we've got great fans. We feel the frustration for the fans, and we need the fans big-time Monday night. We want to entertain them, we want to make them proud, we want to make them happy [for] this football team."

I guess Danny Boy and Vinnie have finally figured out that some Skins fans won't be renewing their season tickets come March. We're not proud about this football team. They don't want another Monday night disaster like last season. Remember all those Steelers fans in attendance and the ass kicking they gave us?

But my favorite Vinnie line of the week is this:

"We've been under a lot of attack by a lot of people, and there's so much false stuff and people just keep piling on stuff, I wanted to get some facts out there, let people know the facts and what's happening and what's going on in this building."

Please Vinnie this same BS you and Danny Boy have been telling the fans for the last 10 years ain't working anymore. The facts are we have the WORST offensive line in the NFL. The facts are we haven't drafted an offensive lineman in the 1st round since Chris Samuels in 2000. I love that ESPN is in town and now you want to act like everything's SUPER GREAT! This freak show called the Skins keeps going. Let's see how Danny Boy and Vinnie can top themselves next............

Posted by: trueredskinsfan | October 23, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

You know Vinnie, the monocle and armband are dead giveaways. I can just see Snyder addressing his minions: "You vil tell ze fans that "you will continue coming to Fed-ex und YOU VIL LIKE IT! Ve understand you have relatives in Sterling ja?

Posted by: chopin224 | October 23, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Redskins...

Please WIN so everyone can shut the fugg up!

Damn!

Posted by: rickyroge | October 23, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

This endorsement is about as worthless as the non-aggression pacts from Hitler.

Posted by: A-Contrario | October 23, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Standard operating procedure for Cerrato! He says the coach will be there all year two weeks too late, and only trying to save face for himself.

Cerrato also conveniently glosses over the part of the story where they decided that Lewis and not Smith (the actual offensive coordinator) should take over play calling, bet that would be an interesting story!

The biggest joke of all from his remarks is the fact that he never once offers the possibility that it might be HIS fault the offense stinks. There is only one Pro Bowl player on this offense right now, and most of the rest couldn't even make other team's rosters!

Posted by: Jason10 | October 23, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Whenever Vinny opens his mouth my despair grows deeper.The Friday lunch with coach and management is mind boggling.This team is a joke. And Vinny, just because someone remembers how to ride a bike, doesn't mean they are going to win-just ask Lance Armstrong.

Posted by: djorl | October 23, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Gotta love rickyroge. Hope springs eternal. I would take Seneca Valley over the Deadskins at this point. This harangue by Vinne "The nose" Cerrato insults our intelligence. The problems with the Deadskins lie with the media due to the things they have said. well Vinnie ,we the fans are even more culpable as the things said here are much worse than anything the media has said. That's life my man. Deal with it.

Posted by: chopin224 | October 23, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Go Redskins!!! Watch those penalities. Your looking real good this year. Lets make it to the superbowl this year. I have high hopes.

Posted by: Dallasman | October 23, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Go Redskins!!! Watch those penalities. Your looking real good this year. Lets make it to the superbowl this year. I have high hopes.

Posted by: Dallasman | October 23, 2009 10:36 AM
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LMAO, that is about an 8.6 on the unintentional comedy scale !

Posted by: Davo61 | October 23, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The best way to get back at this incompetent owner is through his wallet fans. First sell your tickets to the opposing teams fans (team does it themselves anyway). No reason for you to take the financial hit in this hard economical times. Next year, do not renew your season tickets. If you absolutely have to go to the game, do not buy any of the over-priced junk he sells. As long as Danny boy is making the money, you and I don't count. It is sad that for the first time in my life I am rooting against the Redskins (even when they are playing the hated Phillys). BTW it is very therapeutic, It cuts the frustration of seeing them lose.

Posted by: ali10 | October 23, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

"Dan has never spoken to the media during the season for over a decade now. And Dan's thing is, he feels that during the season, the stage belongs to the head of football operations, the coaching staff, the players. That's why he doesn't talk, all right?"

How's that working out for you, Dan? Maybe it's time to talk.

"Later today Dan and I and Jim have our weekly Friday lunch, like we always do, and like Dan's done forever with the head coach, to go over the upcoming game. You know, we'll sit there, we'll have lunch, we'll bring in our pizza or Dan's health food and all this, and chitchat about, you know, 'All right Jim, tell us about the game, what do you think about Philly, what are we gonna do, how are we gonna do this?' You know, and that's what we've always done over time.""

Are you kidding me? Do you think Bill Parcells would have had lunch with the owner each week and told him what they are going to do on Sunday or Monday night? I certainly hope Gibbs didn't oblige Snyderrato with Friday lunches.

It's crystal clear that the owner is worried about losing money and is trying to suck up to the fans. Way too late for that little Danny!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by: SnyderMustGo1 | October 23, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Considering, with rare exception of the NFC east games, you can ALWAYS get tickets at a cheaper price on the secondary market (Thanks to the front office practice of selling directly to scalpers)

I don't see what's the big deal about keeping season tickets anymore, even for those in most of the lower bowl. The 400 level is just ungodly miserable, the club level seats come at a laughable price, and most of the lower bowl comes with an obstructed view.

It's not 1991 anymore folks, let them go for the long term good of the team.

Posted by: jbanks979 | October 23, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

As Vinney says, the owner wants to provide entertainment. Well Monday night against the Eagles you are going to see a very bad football team get the SH-T kicked out of it and that maybe entertaining. Oh,yes the highpriced SuperStars will conveniently get injured and go out of the game. This team is a Joke. Sell danny,Sell!

Posted by: rttr6 | October 23, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Snyder/Cerrato are idiots.

As clueless and insulated as was the Bush Administration. Their complete ignorance in football matters is only eclipsed by the fact that they are too stupid to even be in denial about their total responsibility for this mess.

Danny my boy, listen carefully, this is what you need to do to be
successful in the NFL;
a) Hire (and stick with) a good coach. Give him final say on all things football.
Cut checks, shut-up and stay away.
b) Let his GM go out and get the players he wants. Cut more checks,
shut-up some more and continue to stay far away.

Running the football team like a corporate shark speaks for itself. Not being able to listen to anyone but your brown-nosed 'yes-men' is weak.

Mr. Snyder, you sir are a failure and should be fired by your fellow owners.

Posted by: dc_laddy | October 23, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Brownie, you're doing a hell of a job.

Posted by: LadyMac | October 23, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The chances of anyone believing what Vinny's selling are just about zero. He's constantly lied to the media about what the team was doing, generally saying the exact opposite of the course they actually take. He has zero credibility and he needs to be fired.

Posted by: rawk | October 23, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"You know, we'll sit there, we'll have lunch, we'll bring in our pizza or Dan's health food and all this, and chitchat about, you know, 'All right Jim, tell us about the game, what do you think about Philly, what are we gonna do, how are we gonna do this?' You know, and that's what we've always done over time."

So when the coach should be preparing his players, he's instead doing an oral exam with these two nitwits?

Posted by: edwcorey | October 23, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how often Snyder and Cerrato have additional meetings with their head coach to find out what the game plan is going to be for the upcoming game. Maybe they could stop micromanaging their head coaches and let them coach his football team. Jackasses.

Posted by: ashutton | October 23, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Jack Kent Cooke, Charley Casserly, Joe Gibbs, Rich Petibon, Jim Hanifan, Joe Bugel, Mark Rypien, Earnest Byner, Art Monk, Gary Clark, Ricky Sanders, Jim Lachey, Mark Schlereth, Jeff Bostic, Raleigh MacKenzie, Don Warren, Gerald Riggs, Charles Mann, Fred Stokes, Wilbur Marshall, Monte Coleman, Matt Millen, Darrell Green, Martin Mayhew, Brad Edwards, Kurt Gouveia, Brian Mitchell, Chip Lohmiller.... I can't believe I can still name the starting line up for the 1991 team by heart. For me just looking at these names makes my heart beat a bit faster even now.... All these guys coached/played with heart and purpose... I've been waiting for that to return for the last 20 years, but I don't think it'll ever return. Just sad at the reality of things now.

Posted by: gonats1 | October 23, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Hooray, finally some GOOD NEWS. There is hope after all. Now to the Skins offense, GET OFF YOUR INCOMPOTENT BUTTS AND PLAY FOOTBALL THE WAY YOUR CONTRACT DEMANDS YOU PLAY. Otherwise, you're all a bunch of lemons and losers too and should be replaced if you can't play like REAL Redskins.

Posted by: memyselfI1 | October 23, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Really think this is close to the final straw. It is really disgusting how Cerrato comes out now to back his coach and say how "concerned" they are with the fan experience. An obvious ploy to save face on national tv for MNF.

What I find most disturbing is how he talks about the coach having lunch on Friday with these d-bags to go over the game plan. I just don't see Snyder ever disassociating himself from the process which means he will never get quality GMs and coaches b/c they would never put up with that BS!

I can only hope we get blown out on Sunday and all the angst form the fans at the game go directly towards Snyderrato.

To the fans bellow the owner's box...please make your voices heard on national television so everyone out there knows we aren't buying into this crap!!!

God I am sick over this....Vinny is such an utter complete and if he doesn't get canned by the end of the season I think I will need to go off the grid until it happens.

Posted by: dwninit71 | October 23, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"They are hanging him out to dry". Vinny comes on the radio and lets everyone know that JZ is the coach and what happens???? "He is lying", "he wants a good showing on Monday night football".

Conclusion, it doesn't matter to people who have made up their minds already. The backing coach JZ question was just the topic of the day. The team backed JZ now the haters will just bring up another question. "Why didn't Snyder back his coach"?

To me it doesn't matter if the team backs Jim Zorn because people that hate the team will always have something else to complain (hate) about.

On to the victory on Monday!!!!

Posted by: punchdaclock | October 23, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Larry Michael was right. I could right your blog or bog or whatever you want to call it. This same information was on redskins.com and Matt Terl's blog.

Come on glasses!!!!!

Posted by: punchdaclock | October 23, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I mean write.

Posted by: punchdaclock | October 23, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

punch,
did the skins hang JZ out to dry? yes

does vinny now, long after the questions have been raised by everyone, including players, saying JZ is the coach make everything magically better? NO

if he were so inclined, a real GM/leader would have given JZ his vote of confidence two weeks ago. waiting all this time, after publically emasculating him, doesnt make it right. it just makes vinny look more like the weasel he is.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 23, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Synder, unlike JKC, has treated this organization as a franchise instead of a team from the very beginning. It's all about the money! Gouging the fans everyway he can. He has made it not even fun to go to a game anymore. Whether they won or lost, it didn't matter, we always enjoyed going to the games and supporting our team, meeting up with the usual fans and/or the opponent fans. I have been a fan since I can remember and my Brother was a Redskin Band member for years, devoting all his spare time. It was FUN & EXCITING! Those days are gone. If it's all about the money, than Dan, put your money where your mouth is! Get off of some of that money of yours and start rewarding the players, coaches and coordinators with monetary initiatives for outstanding results and monetarily penalize them for stupid calls, plays, missed tackles, sacks and turnovers. See if the almighty dollar bill makes a difference beings that is what they see is most important to you anyway. Utilize the players that show you the best results. And PLEASE work on our offensive line. How can a Quarterback perform if he has no protection to make his plays. Make a change or I will have to resort to becoming my neighbor's fan, the Baltimore Ravens. Don't make me do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: SilverStreak | October 23, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Again, Vinny strives to buck conventional wisdom. It's one of the many flaws of this guy -- considently making the wrong choices.

Just when about everyone else has concluded that it's time to blow up this whole hopeless scheme and start over, they decide to retrench and give us more of the same.

And just when about everyone has decided that it's time to fire the coach and GM, they express their confidence in each other and desire to move on.

It's just another examples of the Redskins front office thumbing of their nose at the ever shrinking number of fans for this team -- and reminding us that they are accountable to no one.

The truth is Vinny knows that as Zorn goes, so does he. If you fire Zorn, you must fire Vinny too... and Vinny ain't going without a fight.

Trouble is, as bad as it looks today, it will only gets worse (much worse) as the season goes along.

3-13 anyone?

FIRE ZORN
FIRE VINNY

Posted by: Vic1 | October 23, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"You know, the thing about it is, what's funny about that is, actually this summer, Jim and his wife were in Aspen with Dan [Snyder] and his wife, vacationing together," Cerrato said. "It's a beautiful house, and they're biking every day and going to dinner and all that. But I guess that's a miserable life right there now. I'd like to have that miserable life, you know, biking in beautiful Aspen, having beautiful dinners and everything. Actually, they were out there also and [rookie defensive end] Jeremy Jarmon, that's when he flew out and met Dan and Jim out there. So for a guy to say that we're making life difficult and relationships are bad and all those things, I think that is kind of out there a little bit."

ARE YOU F..... KIDDING ME!!!!!!!
WHAT THE HELL IS HE TALKING ABOUT!!!!!
WHAT KIND OF ANSWER IS THAT!!!!!
IDIOT!!!!!

Posted by: Sidimo1 | October 23, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Vinny; " Jim, finishing eating your pizza after lunch Joe Gibbs is going to take us to a movie."

Posted by: djorl | October 23, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

1. "The offensive coordinator happens to be him." So, again, what is Shermin Smith's title (rhetorical question)?

2. Actually, what he said was (and it was played and mocked on Channel 4, by Dan Helle): "You don't forget how to ride a bike if you hadn't rode"N" it in four years."

The guy is a slimy, lying, weasel! I wouldn't believe ANYTHING he ever says. He also has absolutely horrible grammar.

Posted by: nojunk4me | October 24, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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