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Vinny Cerrato calls Haynesworth issue "a huge distraction"

As Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen have trudged on through the eye of Hurricane Albert, they've always had this defense: he wasn't their signing. The responsibility for that was given to the old regime, and mostly to Vinny Cerrato. And now the man who signed Haynesworth and gave him such a huge amount of guaranteed money is causing his disagreement with the team "a huge distraction."

"We're getting to the third preseason game, and the distraction needs to be over, they need to start concentrating on playing well in this preseason game and then getting ready for the opener with the Cowboys," Cerrato said Tuesday on SIRIUS NFL Radio, with Ross Tucker and Peter King. "I mean, that's the most important thing. And to me this is a huge distraction. I mean, I called Albert's agent like 10 days ago, I said 'Chad, I'm tired of being on the elliptical every morning and seeing Albert updates about the conditioning test, can you please just tell him to go in there and pass the test, because it's ridiculous.'...

"And to me what Albert is right now is he's just being an individual and being selfish, because it's all about Albert. It's got to be about what's best for the team. What's best for the team is Albert just go play, do what he's supposed to do, go play on the second team, show 'em that he is what he is, and then he'll be on the first team, because they need Albert to help them beat Dallas and win a bunch of games....

"So, will it work? I think a big step was they talked [Monday] and now they're not gonna talk in pubic about it, which is huge, because we need to get rid of the distraction and move on."

Nothing horribly objectionable there on its own, but when you're the guy who helped cause the distraction, golly, I'm not so sure I'd want to go out and talk about the distraction. Peter King then asked Cerrato if he still thinks signing Haynesworth was a wise decision, which is the money question, I guess.

"At the time that we did it, I think it was a wise signing at the time that we did it for why we did it, yeah," Cerrato said, in one of the most eloquent quotes of the day. "Because we had been a top defense and our offense was struggling and we felt like the better our defense was, that was our opportunity to win, with our defense. And getting the most dominant player at that time in the defensive line to improve the defense, we thought it was a wise move, because we were gonna upgrade the defense. And we knew we had to win with defense, because the offense had been struggling. Would I do it now, with all of this stuff? Then it's a different story. It's the Monday Morning Quarterback."

Cerrato had also explained this justification earlier in the segment, like so:

"The thing about it is is you're getting a guy that's been two-time All Pro, he was just coming off a Pro Bowl season, outstanding year. And what we liked about it was he was gonna make the people around him better, because [offenses] had to account for Albert every time he was on the field. So he was gonna make Andre Carter better, and he was gonna make Brian Orapko [sic] better, and he did. Orapko [sic] went to the Pro Bowl as a rookie, had double digit sacks, and Andre Carter had his best year, with double digit sacks....So we thought that that would upgrade our defense because we were so poor in the sack category and turnover category, we thought that would improve it, and actually it did."

Yup. And the team finished 4-12, and the next year's team was granted a massive malcontent. But the sacks improved from 24 to 40, and the turnovers improved from 24 to 29. So I guess the signing basically worked.

Cerrato later said he thought the Redskins would win "nine or 10 games" this season, and he spoke very highly of both Mike Shanahan and Donovan McNabb.

"We tried the year before to get Cutler, didn't work out, we tried to trade up for Sanchez in the draft, didn't work out," he said when discussing the McNabb trade. "So I mean, we knew what the issue was and what we had to do, but the timing was right. Years prior to that there wasn't that situation where Philly was looking to get rid of Donovan McNabb, and they really didn't have a lot of takers and that's why they traded him within the division, which I thought was crazy. It's a fortunate situation for Mike, and Mike is a smart, intelligent, great coach and he will make that offense go no matter who is playing."

Yet later, Peter King asked Cerrato a question about regime change in Washington and how quickly fans will demand success before "a bunch of woe is me" descends on the city. In essence, this was a question about how long the happiness over Cerrato's ouster can last absent on-field success. Amazing.

ADDENDUM: Cerrato was also on with Mike Wise on Tuesday, and was asked whether the Redskins didn't do enough to work on the offense during his spell with the team.

"If we'd have had Mike Shanahan calling the plays, the offense would have been much better," Cerrato said. "Let's just leave it at that."

Later, he said the Redskins have "the best coach in the National Football League, so they're very fortunate."

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2010; 12:23 PM ET
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Comments

Comments from Vinny... Really?

Posted by: mb15 | August 24, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Comments from Vinny remind me of something that my uncle used to tell me... "If I wanted to listen to an a$$ I would have farted"!

Posted by: mb15 | August 24, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Because of his credibility (ahem), we know the worth of Vinny's opinion.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | August 24, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone within the entire NFL community that could be interviewed and come off as a bigger dufus then Vinny?

Posted by: Riddler1 | August 24, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

This is a perfect example of how the post is destined to keep this story going all season.

Vinny Cerrato? Cmon Man!

Tell Vinny to read the comments to see how many folks actually value is opinion.

All he will be remembered for is how he helped Daniel Snyder waste several years of a valued franchise, alienate fans, and almost ruin the organization.

Posted by: keedrow | August 24, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Too bad 'Dr. Frankenstein' can't come back and claim his 'monster creation'.

Probably too busy fn up his Fantasy Football team as well...

Posted by: kahlua87 | August 24, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

No amount of fan agony, of losses, of poor decisions, of bad karma - no amount - will ever make me less happy that Vinny is no longer associated with the Redskins franchise. The day he was fired will remain forever as one of the best days in team history. Best. Day. Ever.

Posted by: innocentbystander | August 24, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Yet later, Peter King asked Cerrato a question about regime change in Washington and how quickly fans will demand success before "a bunch of woe is me" descends on the city. In essence, this was a question about how long the happiness over Cerrato's ouster can last absent on-field success. Amazing.

By Dan Steinberg | August 24, 2010; 12:23 PM ET

No. In essence, this was a question about how long the happiness would last over Cerrato's ouster AND Jim Zorn's ouster AND Bruce Allen's arrival AND Mike Shanahan's arrival. Don't put it all on Vinny, you know that's not the case.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 24, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm expecting the calls for Shanny's ouster to start immediately after that 33-7 loss to Dallas in which Haynesworth picks up four sacks.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 24, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I am just so thankful that Vinny was able to break the impasse between Fat ALbert and the Head Coach! Calling his agent while on the eliptical? Pure GENIUS!!!!!

Posted by: Leeguru | August 24, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Vinny Cerrato would work out on an elliptical. Also, we were all happy about the other personnel subtractions and additions of the offseason, but we all know 99% of the joy we felt was over Cerrato finally being canned.

Posted by: Andymr | August 24, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious stuff!! Don't ever let Vinnie go away, but don't ever let him get near Redskins Park again, either.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | August 24, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

How could this guy get a radio job?

Posted by: pstotts15 | August 24, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, well.....comments from Vinny Cerrato. SIRIUS NFL Radio must be real "desperate"!! Vinny is an insignificant little dirt speck. Not even a complete "dirt ball"!

Vinny: "If we'd have had Mike Shanahan calling the plays, the offense would have been much better. Let's just leave it at that."

Well Vinny, the Redskins HAD Jim Zorn. Remember Jim Zorn?? Maroon and Black Jim Zorn? The guy who YOU helped recruit as the Offensive Coordinator and THEN recommended to Danny Snyder as Head Coach material. Remember Vinny??

Posted by: Bigrcube | August 24, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Vinny Cerrato calls Haynesworth issue "a huge distraction." He also said that $21 million is a "lot of money." That the Donovan McNabb trade was a "significant acquisition." And that the Pope is "quite Catholic."

Posted by: StuScott_Booyahs | August 24, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Dumb as dirt Cerrato. No mention of his regime not drafting offensive lineman like he should have. Not doing the one thing that would help the offense by drafting offensive lineman. But then again, I take everything back. Every lineman he would have drafted would have been a Chad Rinehart. Please, cut this dumb piece of crap from the airwaves, television, radio, papers, internet, whatever.

Posted by: getitritegov | August 24, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Redskin's fans call Cerrato "a huge d0uchebag."

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 24, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Vinny was also on Scott Garceau's show in Baltimore yesterday. Apparently Vinny's wife is either a nurse or does something in the medical field, and she told him whatever that condition that Fat Albert has.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | August 24, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, Vinny. Vinny, you are blind. It wasn't a miscarriage. It was an abortion. An abortion, Vinny. Just like yours and Dan's marriage was an abortion. Something that was unholy and evil."

You get the point.

Posted by: motiongrfx | August 24, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"Redskin's fans"

Poop, you were an English major at Maryland?

Me fail English, that's unpossible.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 24, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I'm defending your 2nd major J/O fantasy Barno. But most Redskin fans feel the same way as I do about your secondary bff.

Time to go back to massaging Danny-boy's man-sac.

Right captain chaos
hahahahahahahhaha

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 24, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

barno's life is so pathetic that he has to actually play internet blog spellchecker/grammar police. It's unfortunate that barnos only way of ever asserting authority (or trying to) has to be done on the interweb, on blogs, as a grammar/spellchecker.

poor guy.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 24, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I love it. Poopy, I guess you forgot you have mocked me and others for grammar/mispellings--including for my use of "thru" instead of "threw" before, right here on the Bog.

hyp·o·crite/ˈhipəˌkrit/
Noun: A person who indulges in hypocrisy
Example: Poopy_McPoop is one weird dude; and a hypocrite for attacking others for doing the very same things he does.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 24, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"Because we had been a top defense and our offense was struggling and we felt like the better our defense was, that was our opportunity to win, with our defense."

With logic that infallable and gramatically correct, it's hard to argue with such laser sharp mind. Our defense was top, our offense was struggling; therefore, blow 100 mill on a lazy malcontent. Just to give him 0 incentive to work, I'll make the contract ridiculously front-loaded.

Way to completly avoid admitting mistakes or responsibility for your actions there champ! It was of course everyone else's fault for something you were in charge of. (You didn't transcribe this portion Steinz-but he later blames Sherman Smith for not telling him that Albert is a lazy jackass)

I'm still experiencing PTSD realizing that this idiot was in charge of my favorite football team for 9 of 10 years. At least Matt Millen was gone in 7. What's most frightening about the interview is it appears Vinnie still maintains some sort of professional connection

Posted by: jbanks979 | August 24, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

If anyone needed proof that VC was nothing more than a sycophant and a yes man look no further than these quotes.
When taken together they amount to a figure eight of logic. Not just circular but a continuous collection of tripe.

Posted by: Hank4 | August 24, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

FIRST OF ALL CERRETO IS A JOKE AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN A JOKE......DISTRACTION CAN YOU SO CALL REDSKINS FANS STOP TALKING ABOUT DUMPING HAYNESWORTH, BECAUSE IF WE DO OUR DEFENSE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME....LET HIM GO TO ANY TEAM IN OUR DIVISION AND WE AS REDSKINS FANS WILL REGRET THAT FOR YEARS TO COME...LET ME STATE THIS, I DONT AGREE WITH WHAT THE MAN DID BY GETTING HIS BONUS THEN SITTING OUT, NOT BY ANY MEANS DO I AGREE WITH THAT, BUT HE HAS BEEN IN CAMP ALL THE MEETINGS BOUGHT INTO THE NEW DEFENSIVE PLAYBOOK....BUT THIS PRIMA DONA COACH THAT EVERYBODY IS RAVING ABOUT.....OH PLEASE HE SUCKS....HE SUCKED IN DENVER AND HE WILL SOONER THEN LATER SUCK AND ALL REDSKINS FANS WILL SEE THAT....A LIL HISTORY FOR REDSKINS FANS....THIS COACH WAS FIRED!!! IN DENVER BY HIS QOUTE ON QOUTE BEST FRIEND(PAT BOWLEN) NOW IF HE WAS SO GOOD AS SOME REDSKINS FANS THINK THEN WHY WOULD HIS BESTFRIEND FIRE!!!!! HIM?....ANYONE ANYONE....I'LL WAIT...HE WAS FIRED BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE WAS BIGGER THAN THE GAME ITSEFL....NO PLAYER OR COACH,OR GM IS BIGGER THEN THE GAME...PERIOD! DUDE HAS MADE HIS POINT ABOUT WHO IS INCHARGE AND THAT IS COOL TO, BUT TO KEEP STOKING THE FIRE IS JUST CRAZY......REDSKINS FANS JUST WANT TO SEE THEIR TEAM PLAY BETTER AND WIN, SO EGO MANIAC AND HAYNESWORTH SHUT AND LETS GET READY TO PLAY SOME FOOTBALL

Posted by: SHANNONLHARRISON | August 24, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry - why is Cerrato calling Haynesworth's agent? Am I missing something?

Posted by: Alisterio | August 24, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

First of all, Vinnie you were the one who would've seen that Albert Buttersworth was a distraction when you and Money Bags took him to Morton's steak 2 years ago. Don't start talking about the Skins like you actually did something in Ashburn. I hope you go back under the rock you have been hiding ever since you were fired by your good friend, Mr. Money Bags.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 24, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

You're totally right barno. I did forget. Guess my life has just a little bit more meaning since I don't remember every little thing that is said or happens on internet blogs.

You on the other hand seem to have no other life other than 1)blogs here 2)being Danny Snyder's wanna-be life-partner 3)wearing captain chaos jerseys.

Plus, barno how are we all supposed to remember which times you've been mocked, since you routinely say mockable things.

But hey this posting by Stein is about Vinny Cerrato. Oh right, he's the guy you said all Redskins fans would be eating crow about when Vinny's assembled team hosted playoff games at Fed Ex in January of 2010.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 24, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Vinny the Lapdog was useless as a GM, and now he's a useless guy who's not a GM — that's it. Hell, MY opinion is as valuable as this guy's.

STOP INTERVIEWING HIM. He brought absolutely nothing of value when he worked for the team. Now he brings even less.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | August 24, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"No amount of fan agony, of losses, of poor decisions, of bad karma - no amount - will ever make me less happy that Vinny is no longer associated with the Redskins franchise. The day he was fired will remain forever as one of the best days in team history. Best. Day. Ever."

Best post of the week!

Posted by: bestmick1 | August 24, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I tell you what was a distraction...that amateurish radio show that dan made you do. you rememebr that one don't you dofus? the one that wasn't on the air to start the season and then when we started zorn's first year 6-2, Him and dannyboy had to have someone go tell the world how smart they were. fast forward to a 2-6 finish and good ole' lapdog vinny wouldn't take calls, would only have his lover mel kiper on and even skipped shows in the name of "scouting' trips to avoid total humiliation. That was the weakest, lamest, low point i can recall and it was no surprise a 4-12 season followed these no nothing creeps. Still go to greg williams son's football games you driveling idiot...The very best thing that ever happened to this franchise(sans Gibbs I) is getting rid of this clueless jerkoff. Shanny may or may not be the answer but the one thing I love is that the buck stops with the head coach and that is the only way that you can win in this league because the coach has to be able to control who comes and goes and how many minutes they play. Go away forever you bugged eyed Hack! We'll be alright redskins nation because minus the two headed tards that were running things, it's addition through subtraction.

Posted by: klangley69 | August 24, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Vinny. It was a crime to bring Albert in.

Posted by: DesiHungama | August 24, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

How in the world is this man still unemployed as a GM? My gosh he is so smart! I think that he would be a good fit for the Cowboys GM position! I think we should all write JJ a letter and get Vinny down there!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 24, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Cerrato is emblematic of what is wrong with Comrade Snyder's regime. During Cooke's tenure, he hired capable, likable, and successful people such as Beathard, Casserly, Gibbs, Sonny, Sam, and Frank, et. al.

Now, Comrade Snyder has chosen to surround himself with hatchet men and walking pieces of crap like Cerrato, Larry Michael, David Donovan, et. al.

Posted by: playahatah | August 24, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Tell me again why I care what this clown has to say? Do us a favor Dan and post pictures of the Redskins Cheerleaders the next time you want to talk about Cerrato.

Posted by: SCDowns | August 24, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone within the entire NFL community that could be interviewed and come off as a bigger dufus then Vinny?

Posted by: Riddler1

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DING DING DING DING We have a winnah!!

Posted by: Ratzoe | August 24, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Cerrato should know about huge distractions...

Posted by: semilost44 | August 25, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

What's scariest regarding Vinny is that we can all hear his comments and our internal idiot detection meter goes off the charts. Every time. But Snyder followed this guys advice for a decade. Is his meter broken? The reason I'm scared is that if Snyder can't detect this in people, we may see Vinny in the organization again. Hope Shanahan wins.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | August 25, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey Vinny take a page from Matt Millen's Book aand just go away! You were the worstttt GM ever in NFC East history

Posted by: lsx981 | August 25, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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