Fletcher says Allen hiring is a positive one

Washington Redskins middle linebacker London Fletcher, among the most respected voices in the locker room, said he was surprised to hear that Vinny Cerrato had resigned this morning from his position as Redskins executive vice president of football operations, but that owner Daniel Snyder was "doing what he feels is best for the organization."

Fletcher said he learned of the move through "word of mouth," when he arrived at Redskins Park this morning, and said he thought the decision to hire Bruce Allen as general manager was a positive one for the organization.

"I think so," Fletcher said. "Obviously when you heard about Vinny's resignation you're uncertain about what's going to happen and obviously with the hiring of Bruce Allen you know he has a plan in place, he knows how to build a winner so I feel like it's a good step in the right direction for us as an organization, for us as a team and I'm just anxious to see how things unfold."

The surprising news of the overhaul in the front office was made perhaps a bit more jarring because of the somewhat positive momentum the team had been building in the past few weeks. The offense was showing more life, some of the second-year draft picks were beginning to progress - perhaps lifting some pressure off of Cerrato - and the team was coming off of its most dominant win of the season.

Still, Fletcher pointed out that the improvement over the past few weeks did not change the reality of a disappointing season.

"Right now we're a 4-9 football team and had extremely high expectations coming into the season," Fletcher said. "For one reason or another we have not lived up to the expectations that we had on ourselves and also that Mr. Snyder had for us, and everybody else as well, so when you don't live up to the expectations there is going to be change and unfortunately there has been a change with the general manager. ...
Obviously Bruce has a proven track record as a general manager in this league, he was in Tampa Bay as part of a Super Bowl championship down there, he was in Oakland for a number of years so he has a proven track record of building franchises and turning them into winners."

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 17, 2009; 1:33 PM ET
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LF is the man

Posted by: Mike4169 | December 17, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Vinnie said himself that he'd built a roster capable of reaching the Super Bowl. How can Allen improve on that?

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

For those making comments about Allen's "bad drafting" in Tampa please keep in mind their budget for scouting was very very low compared to the rest of the league. He was very limited in Tampa. Having a big budget here should really be a great thing for him.

Posted by: Mike4169 | December 17, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I call utter bull crappe on the WaPo's spin that Vinny was finally a success. The Wapo's beef with Snyder is so apparent that anyone leaving gets a wet, sloppy, lubed up HJ.

Are you kidding me? not playing completely pathetic for 3 games does not make a turn around. Give me an Fing break. Vinny has a decade plus track record of suck.

Enough, please.

Posted by: chrislarry | December 17, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The main problem still remains - ownership. Hopefully, ALLEN will be able to pick a CHRIS HORTON or MARKO MITCHELL as well as a BRIAN ORAKPO. Stay tuned.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 17, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

On ESPN this morning, Adam Schefter said that Vinny would "stay on as a personal consultant to Dan $nyder." So, Vinny isn't really going anywhere, just hiding in the shadows...

Posted by: nojunk4me | December 17, 2009 1:20 PM

This is exactly what happened in Atlanta. Rich McKay* supposedly got canned and replaced, but he's still on the staff and, more importantly, STILL on the NFL's Competition Committee. A busy owner does, after all, still need SOMEONE to beat in racquetball.

* Check out the post at 6:16PM on Sept. 16th ...

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/redskinsinsider/jason-reid/a-reassured-sellers-happy-with.html

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

That's nice that Cerrato claims he has a Super Bowl team. LOL Anyone can claim that. I am sure every GM in the NFL would "claim" that and blame someone else. That's why those people should be FIRED

Posted by: Mike4169 | December 17, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

um I was listening when they said that on wjfk, (F the fan), i think it was a joke, sarcasm, as all the other things they said in the next few minutes were fakes.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 17, 2009 1:37 PM

Wait, So everything they report isn't true. I've heard an "unconfirmed report" that an "unconfirmed source" is off the record as saying that Portis is going to the Titans for Chris Johnson.

Alex- I thought the phrase "unconfirmed report" gave it away. I was perpetuating the joke.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 17, 2009 1:45 PM

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 17, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey chrislarry:

You stick to your guns-VINNIE SUCKS. I'll wait to see if you strike the same pose with BA.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 17, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

On ESPN this morning, Adam Schefter said that Vinny would "stay on as a personal consultant to Dan $nyder." So, Vinny isn't really going anywhere, just hiding in the shadows...

Posted by: nojunk4me | December 17, 2009 1:20 PM

This is exactly what happened in Atlanta. Rich McKay* supposedly got canned and replaced, but he's still on the staff and, more importantly, STILL on the NFL's Competition Committee. A busy owner does, after all, still need SOMEONE to beat in racquetball.

* Check out the post at 6:16PM on Sept. 16th ...

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/redskinsinsider/jason-reid/a-reassured-sellers-happy-with.html

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

The "BAG-MAN" mantra remains and endures.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 17, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins will explore candidates to round out the front office in player personnel roles, according to sources, with current personnel execs like Eric DeCosta (Baltimore), Bobby DePaul (Chicago) and Doug Williams (Tampa Bay) among possibilities. The Redskins came close to hiring DePaul to replace Cerrato twice during the Gibbs regime, according to sources, while DeCosta, a rising star as Ozzie Newsome’s top lieutenant in Baltimore, began his career with the Redskins. Williams won a Super Bowl as Washington’s quarterback and worked under Allen for the Buccaneers in personnel. Snyder has also been impressed with the work of Morocco Brown, in his first season as Washington’s director of pro personnel, and he could be someone to remain in a revamped front office.

Posted by: ElBigChroizo | December 17, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

On ESPN this morning, Adam Schefter said that Vinny would "stay on as a personal consultant to Dan $nyder." So, Vinny isn't really going anywhere, just hiding in the shadows...

Posted by: nojunk4me | December 17, 2009 1:20 PM

I think you left out a word -- "might". Adam Schefter doesn't know what's gonna happen. But it would not be a bad thing is Vinny stayed involved with personnel evaluation.

On the other hand, if Vinny really sabotaged Marty, then neither the new GM or the new coach will want Vinny in the building.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

huh glawrence? dude please....

Posted by: chrislarry | December 17, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

peri?????????

Where have you been?
Posted by: MistaMoe

Waiting for Snydley of Rockville to drop the hammer again, stir up more drama and make it about him. He gets off the hot seat now because there is a new "sheriff"? Not in my book. Really, the only thing saving him is that Buffalo's owner may perhaps be even worst. And then there is Al Davis. Sheesh, I remember when everyone thought cheapskate Bidwell was the worst.
Just watching the drama unfold Moe as we all knew it would ... and will continue to ...

Posted by: periculum | December 17, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

league-source

"Vinnie said himself that he'd built a roster capable of reaching the Super Bowl. How can Allen improve on that?"

He can help them reach the Super Bowl by buying them all tickets and airfare to the game.

That's the only way this gang is going to get there.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 17, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Also glawrence...late round draft picks were run by M. Brown...so mitchell/horton more him.


And I am big on Brown and hope he gets expanded role now.

Posted by: chrislarry | December 17, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, ALLEN will be able to pick a CHRIS HORTON or MARKO MITCHELL as well as a BRIAN ORAKPO. Stay tuned.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 17, 2009 1:44 PM

Personally, I'm hoping he can pick an offensive lineman.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Allen draft record with the Bucs

take a look at the picks, built the o-line mainly thru draft with a couple of FA signings

pick game changing players when available

one bad 1st round pick Gaines Adams - but still the position you want to draft in the 1st round - sack-meister DE

So I would say A for Bruce on draft philosophy

Posted by: noonefromtampa | December 17, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

ElBigChroizo is there a link? Reason #1 for getting someone respected by others in the league. The Skins now become a viable destination for those who a "real" football men.

Posted by: TWISI | December 17, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Rooney beep

Rule beep

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: TWISI | December 17, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand, if Vinny really sabotaged Marty, then neither the new GM or the new coach will want Vinny in the building.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse
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In hindsight, I believe that was probably one of the biggest breaks we could ever have hoped for.

Basically, that one statement indicated Vinny thought he was smarter than Danny and could manipulate him accordingly. Heckuva thing to say, but even if not true, thanks to Marty for saying it!

Posted by: mattsoundworld | December 17, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Vinny got lucky with Horton. He drafted Horton as a favor to a UCLA acquaintance. If he knew anything about Horton’s ability he wouldn’t have picked a punter over him.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 17, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Vinnie said himself that he'd built a roster capable of reaching the Super Bowl. How can Allen improve on that?

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 1:43 PM

What is "actually making it to the post-season," Alex? I'll take "Potent Potables" for $800.

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

F__k a Shawn Sherman.

Typical d-bag southern VA'er who can't stand anyone knocking anything that they favor.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 1:41 PM |

DMV lovers: Shawn Sherman, Richard Cranium, The Cork.

Posted by: FartezDudmore | December 17, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

huh glawrence? dude please....

Posted by: chrislarry | December 17, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'll wait. I come back to this in a couple of years.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 17, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ElBigChroizo | December 17, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Vinny got lucky with Horton. He drafted Horton as a favor to a UCLA acquaintance. If he knew anything about Horton’s ability he wouldn’t have picked a punter over him.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 17, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

And MARKO MITCHELL?

But I'm not defending The "BAG_MAN" although I am beginning to like some of his more recent draft picks.

No I'm just saying I hope that BRUCE ALLEN will be better than VINNIE - or at least no worse.

And kudos to the poster who said "I just hope he can pick an offensive lineman." I down with that brother, 110 per-cent.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 17, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Come back in a couple years all you want. We will still point out the teams record this season lol. We will tell you how Snyratto never won a thing and couldn't build a team to save their lives. If all you have for them is building a team in the 7th round (Where they didn't even pick the players). Marko Mitchell has not even done anything yet. I like him a lot but wow do you have to reach that far to make Snyratto look good? Yes I guess you do..

Gibbs was better then Snyratto at picking players and he was not great at it. So Allen cannot be any worse.

Posted by: Mike4169 | December 17, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how good the players Vinny DIDN'T pick are playing? Especially the O-linemen. Like the number 3 that we sent to Denver in the 3-way deal for TJ Duckett. That one turned out to be Ryan Harris. Good riddance.

Posted by: shanks1 | December 17, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Hip Hip Hooray!

Posted by: rogerdodger24 | December 17, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

what cerrato really meant was that he put together a team that was capable of watching the superbowl on television.

Posted by: wathu19 | December 17, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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