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Posted at 1:43 PM ET, 02/28/2011

The best Vinny Cerrato quote ever

By Dan Steinberg

Vinny Cerrato, ESPN, Outside the Lines, Feb. 25, Planet Earth.

Host: "Vinny what did you find, running the Redskins, as the biggest mistake you could make weighing risk and reward?"

Vinny Cerrato: "Well, the biggest mistake is to pay an older player...a lot of money who's, you know, 30 years old or older and think you're going to get three or four years out of him. You want to get him as young as possible and expect him to contribute for you for about three years."

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Also, here are former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist and Cerrato talking about the Champ Bailey-Clinton Portis deal, on the same program.

Sundquist: "Clinton had come in as a second-round draft pick. A lot of people projected him as high as the first round. We were able to score him in the second round. In the first two years for us in our zone blocking screen, Clinton rushed for over 3,000 yards. So he gets into year three in his rookie deal and feels, hey, I've outperformed my initial contract, I'd like a new deal. But as is the case in Denver, we were able to find running backs, it seems like, every single year. And it was a position that we felt the money would be best spent at another place. And the chance to score a lock down corner like Champ Bailey in a trade, player-for-player, made the best sense for us rather than giving into the demands of Clinton Portis and getting him a new deal when we had him locked up already on his rookie contract."

Cerrato: "Well, the thing was, Champ was franchised, and his agent was asking for so much money. When we put it on the board, we could sign three other defensive players to help a low-ranked defense at that time. So we felt like one player was not worth four. We were able to add four, and we were coming off 5-11. So adding four players to one, to us, was a much better deal for us."

By Dan Steinberg  | February 28, 2011; 1:43 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Comments

stupid cerrato.

Posted by: goskinsgo | February 28, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how hypocritical Cerrato is. He helped wreck the old 49ers regime, and then repeated every last step in DC. What a joke.

Posted by: aperlut | February 28, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Sundquist: Man, we REALLY fleeced you guys. No wonder you guys have sucked since The Squire died.

Cerrato: Hey, it made sense at the time.

Posted by: DocHolliday1906 | February 28, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry fellow Redskin fans, soon enough the Kindergarten Kinja-fans will be here in full force telling us how Vinny is one of the best GM's ever.

Right Vinny Cerrato backers?

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 28, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

It really is astonishing that no other NFL team has hired him in the year plus since he got canned.

Posted by: fufighter2121 | February 28, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Vinny the ninny Cerrato, you screwed up royally on that trade and in many other areas! Admit it, deal with it, then you can vacuum cars at the car wash with peace of mind!

Posted by: iubiquity | February 28, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I got no prob with mocking this quote of Vinny. But I do find it curious that we never see this kind of mocking of Wes Unseld and Abe Pollin in the Post. Lord knows, those two were the worst at running a franchise, arguably, in all of sports. Trading young studs who would go on to have Hall of Fame type careers like Chris Webber, Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace, Richard Hamilton for guys like Mitch Richmond, Rod Strickland, Ike Austin, and jerry Stackhouse respectively. This happened over and over again. We traded our first round pick in 1996 for Mark Price. Who could the wizards have drafted with the number 12 pick that year? Well, how about Kobe Bryant, 13th, Peja Stojakovich at 14th, or Steve Nash with the 15th pick. Or how about Jermaine O'Neal with the 17th pick? Nah, we'll take 56 year old Mark Price, thank you very much.

So, where is the excessive mocking of Abe Pollin and Wes Unseld all these years? Oh, what's that?...Abe Pollin is of the same political ideology as the powers that be at the Post? Dan Snyder and co are all republican donors? Nah, that couldn't have anything to do with it.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 28, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

You know why we don't see the same level of mocking for the Wizards that we do for the Redskins, Barno? There are a couple reasons. The Redskins are by far the most popular team in the region playing the most popular sport in the country. Another reason, and I'm sure this is the main reason, this blog along with the millions of forums to analyze sports didn't exist 15-20 years ago when the trades you mentioned happened.

It's old news. Vinny's perpetual mess is fresh and happened during the age of 24 hour news cycles. Take off your Redskins blinders and you'll see that.

Posted by: Solnoir | February 28, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't have redskins blinders...i think mocking the Skins for their personnel mistakes over the years is totally fair game. There are many legit reasons to criticize the skins and the way they've been managed.

I can see your point about there not being many blogs 10-15 years ago, but I'm not specifically commenting on why there isn't more criticism on blogs. I'm talking about overall criticism directed by the paper at Abe Pollin and Wes Unseld. I think they got a pass for reasons that had little to do with on the court results. Not just politics, but his building the Verizon/MCI Center. He gets a pass from the Post even though the way Wiz/Bullets were run for so many years was every bit as bad, if not worse, than the way the Skins have been run for the last 2 decades. That has little to do with lack of blogs back in the day, in my opinion. I just think the Post always treated Abe and Wes with kid gloves.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 28, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Barno, you are such a retard. There's not mention of Wed Unseld because Ernie Grunfeld is the current GM of the Wizards and he has been running the team into the ground for the last EIGHT YEARS.

God, every time some idiot like you stubs his toe she whines and moans about the liberal media. Grow up.

Posted by: GeorgeTowner2 | February 28, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I think it's because, by virtue of being on the radio and appearing on various programs, Vinny Cerrato keeps providing fresh material.

Posted by: KeithMcMillan | February 28, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"Trading young studs who would go on to have Hall of Fame type careers like Chris Webber, Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace, Richard Hamilton"

C'mon Barno, none of those guys are even close to HOF players or have even come close to having HOF-type careers.

Let's be real here.

And what, didn't want to throw Juwan Howard into that list of HOF players?

Seriously

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 28, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

He gets a pass from the Post even though the way Wiz/Bullets were run for so many years was every bit as bad, if not worse, than the way the Skins have been run for the last 2 decades.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 28, 2011 4:40 PM
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Did Abe and Co. ever sue their fans? Did Abe and Co. ever put obstructed-view seats up in Verizon? Did Abe and Co. ever threaten to sue a newspaper because they didn't like a story it ran?

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 28, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

It smells like Poopy's pooping all over the station now ... stop that piece of vinyl and crack it into a zillion pieces ...

Posted by: periculum | February 28, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Hall of Fame type careers like Chris Webber, Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace, Richard Hamilton"

C'mon Barno, none of those guys are even close to HOF players or have even come close to having HOF-type careers.

Let's be real here.
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Really?

Ben Wallace isn't even close to a Hall of famer? You sure about that? He's got four NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards, five All-NBA, and six All-Defensive selections... Wallace in his prime was the League’s premier defender. I think he is certainty for the hall of fame, but nah the Wizards couldn't have used him over the years. Ike austin's 20 games here were surely worth it trading a young Ben Wallace away--someone that some of us knew was destined for greatness.

C Webb isn't even close to a hall of famer? A guy who, over a 15 year career, averaged 20+ points and 10+ rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals? He's not even close? Jeez, if he's not even close who is?

Posted by: Barno1 | February 28, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Barno, you are such a retard. There's not mention of Wed Unseld because Ernie Grunfeld is the current GM of the Wizards and he has been running the team into the ground for the last EIGHT YEARS.

God, every time some idiot like you stubs his toe she whines and moans about the liberal media. Grow up.

Posted by: GeorgeTowner2

Amen to that! Every word! Winner of the most fitting and deserved post of the night. Congrats!

Posted by: iubiquity | February 28, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Good lord. Funny, I've posted thousands of comments over the years on the Post blogs. I've now mentioned the word liberal twice in those thousands of comments, and both times I've been attacked repeatedly with really, really lame counter-arguments. It's not that the Post is liberal that bothers me, it's the denial of the fact that they are liberal by simpletons like GeorgeTowners2 and iubiquity and the denial that their liberal biases play any role in their coverage. You all have no problem attacking Fox News for their conservative slant, but when someone take a similar issue with well-known liberal papers, you freak out. Kind of a hilarious double standard if you ask me.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"I've now mentioned the word liberal twice in those thousands of comments,"

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No you haven't. "Liberal" is your go-to whine when you need to criticize the post. Try being intellectually honest for once in your life. Your shtick is old and we are all familiar with it.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 1, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Show me more than 2 comments in the last year, prior to this thread, where I used the word "liberal".

But lemme tell ya, I'm really shocked to find out VTDuffman is a liberal. Never saw that coming...

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the ol' "Liberals are bad, conservatives are good" cannard.

Sweet.

Of course people can't be a mix of both liberal and conservative. Nah, never happens.....

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 1, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"When we put it on the board, we could sign three other defensive players to help a low-ranked defense at that time."

Four defensive players or one running back, that is. Did he not realize that part of the trade meant they had to pay CP out the wahzoo? Did they consult with the offensive side of the house first? Weird.

Posted by: WorstSeat | March 1, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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