Vinny Cerrato discusses the weather
I feel like I'm in this war against Vinny Cerrato, and he's slowly winning. The Skins' Executive Vice President of Presiding Executively hasn't been too willing to talk with the media this year--most recently, he refused to comment for our Sunday story about the team's playcalling arrangement. But I always figured the world deserved to know what he thinks about his team.
So there used to be a nice workaround back in the salad days of Cerrotoisms, when he was appearing on Thursday episodes of Redskins Nation and hosting two hours worth of Friday radio on ESPN 980, but for a variety of reasons it's been two weeks since he did either of those things. So now we're down to his pregame comments on ESPN 980, which I attempted to make sound interesting last week.
And now Cerrato one-upped me again; this Sunday, he didn't say one single thing worth quoting during the pregame show, and used 20 percent of his words to discuss the weather. Do I admit defeat and just move on with my life? Heck, no. My only move is to do an item about his remarks anyway, hoping that I can force his hand, leading to an interview consisting of four minutes of silence next week. Which I would still transcribe.
So here's seven days worth of knowledge from your EVPOFO. Better grab a 5-Hour Energy before jumping in.
Larry Michael: Kevin [Sheehan] mentioned some stats recently Vinny, as the Redskins offense has taken a step up with Sherm Lewis calling the plays. But how in the world do you bottle up Drew Brees? He seems like he's on an MVP pace. They put up 30-plus points a game. How do you do it?
Vinny Cerrato: Well, I think the biggest thing Larry, is that you've got to play sound and you've got to play good fundamentally. You can't give up the big play. When they complete a short pass, you've got to tackle 'em. And you've got to get pressure, disrupt his rhythm, and create some turnovers.
Larry: Everybody talking about the snowstorm we had yesterday, and how it would have been nice for it to have happened today. The field looks kind of icy. Obviously there's moisture in the air. This can't hurt the Redskins going against a dome team.
Vinny: No, I don't think so. They played Monday night, Lar, a big, emotional game against the Patriots. And they're used to nice weather, indoors, and they want to throw it all the time, so no, I don't think [it can hurt]. And we practice in this every day. So it's nothing new to us. And this is a beautiful day in D.C.
Larry: Let's talk about your wideouts real quick and your tight end, your second-year players who seem to be coming on. Did you have a feeling that it might take a couple years? We always herad that wide receivers take a little bit longer. Some of them maybe do take longer. What's your outlook on their status right now, because to the fans out there, I think they are coming on somewhat.
Vinny: I think absolutely, Larry, and I think it's opportunity. I mean, with Fred [Davis], Cooley goes down and Fred comes in, steps in, and his first game he catches eight. And he's been productive in every game. Ancd I think same thing with Devin [Thomas] and Malcolm [Kelly]. And I think with the change in playcalling, I think Sherm Lewis kind of spreads the ball around more, so I think they have more opportunities, and I think then they get confidence. They make plays, they catch some balls, and then all of the sudden they're more confident, and then they expect to make plays, and then I think you see the progress.
Larry: What kind of defense you think we'll see from Gregg Williams today. Everybody knows the history with Gregg Williams with the Redskins, and this year for the Saints it's been a ball-hawking defense. [Darren] Sharper has found the fountain of youth somehow. And despite the fact a couple of their corners just were brought in off the street about 10 days ago, this is a defense that makes plays defensively for the Saints.
Vinny: Well, I think they get an opportunity to make plays because they're always ahead, Larry. They score so many points that they can really attack, and if they do give up a big one it's not that big a deal because they're so far ahead. So the thing that we've got to do is, we've got to run the football and keep them off the field. And I think Gregg will try to stop the run and make us throw the ball and make it a longer game for their offense. So I would anticipate Gregg trying to shut down the run.
[Comments about Foge Fozio, who died last week.]
Larry: You've got the Saints coming in here, the Redskins would love to knock 'em off the unbeaten path that they are on. What are the keys today for the Redskins to leave here with win No. 4?
Vinny: Well I think this, our defense, we can't give up the big play, Larry, and we've got to create turnovers. You know, that's the thing that we've got to do. And every time that we've played New Orleans, last year included, we get some interceptions from Drew Brees. We need to get some turnovers on defense, and we need to make some plays on special teams, and then offensively, we've got to run the ball, control the clock and keep their offense off the field.
December 7, 2009; 9:29 AM ET
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