Pollard Alliance says Redskins complied with Rooney Rule

Leaders of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the group formed to promote diversity in hiring at all levels of the NFL, said they're satisfied that the Washington Redskins complied with the provisions of the league's minority interviewing requirement before Thursday's hiring of Bruce Allen as their general manager, Mark Maske writes.

"We're very satisfied," John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said in a telephone interview. "They fulfilled it over 10 days ago."

Wooten declined to identify the minority candidate or candidates interviewed by the Redskins.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a written online discussion on the league's Web site: "The Redskins have been in contact with our office throughout the process and have followed the proper procedures of the Rooney Rule."

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Comments

First to tell Florio to shut it!

Posted by: mattylight | December 17, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

WHY WON'T ANYONE JUST NAME A NAME SO WE CAN MOVE ON?!?! [first?]

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

You don't understand. Florio admitted that they complied with the Rooney rule. He said that they didn't comply "with the spirit" of the Rooney rule. So, can't we get a ruling on whether they complied with the spirit?

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

We can offically say goodbye to Portis!!!

Posted by: TheJury | December 17, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

to me, its not just that BA is the new GM, its that VC is no longer the GM...lets be honest, VC was probably going to ignore the OL again this upcoming draft, so right there, we have hope/progress...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, frankly I don't care who the next coach is, I don't care what the decision about Campbell is, I don't care what the draft picks are going to be. For now, I'm just going to savor this day knowing that the bug eyed imp is finally gone. This is a great day for the Redskins, lets just enjoy. All the other decisions will take care of themselves down the road, but today is a better day in Redskins land then yesterday!

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Wait so they did comply? Can we be sure. You've only posted that the Redskins said it. Goodell said it. We believe you now. You can stop posting it.

Posted by: Gweez | December 17, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

WHY WON'T ANYONE JUST NAME A NAME SO WE CAN MOVE ON?!?! [first?]

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 3:04 PM

Someone posted earlier two plausible names: Marocco Brown and Tony Dungy -- there was a story out there a week or so ago that Dungy had an interview with an undisclosed team. And, it's a fair bet that during the interview Snyder asked him about Bruce Allen.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

WOW 10 days ago. Good to see the post with the inside information. lol

Posted by: jm220 | December 17, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"The last time the ESPN crew came to Washington for Monday Night Football, the Redskins had just stripped coach Jim Zorn of his play-calling duties, installing consultant Sherm Lewis as a play-caller. Not a bad storyline. but the MNF crew has a meatier story this week, when the Giants come to FedEx Field. ..."

DUH, how meaty a story line can you get when SMACK, the Original Etrod, kost52, and your's truly arrive at FedEx WITHOUT signs!?!?

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

WHY WON'T ANYONE JUST NAME A NAME SO WE CAN MOVE ON?!?! [first?]

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse


Maybe the name doesn't want it to be public knowledge that they didn't get the job.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 17, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

WOW 10 days ago. Good to see the post with the inside information.

Why I don't disagree with them not being the first on any story, I'll cut them some slack on this b/c no one was reporting on this not even the big dawgs.

Posted by: forever8-8 | December 17, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

That scouting trip may have been cover for an interview. If VC went with him that makes it weird. In that scenario, VC may still be on the payroll.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 17, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Its funny.....Jason Reids whole job is to be an insider....and he couldnt get a scoop on the inside of this story. its only the biggest Redskins news in 5 years ATLEAST. Especially considering the news has been out there for the uncovering for DAYS it sounds like.

A dope + pen + paper + 20/20 hearing + eyes + car to get to and from Ashburn = Redskins Insider Reporter.

Posted by: Redskins2Win | December 17, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone ask if Bruce has the power to fire the "voice of the redskins". Oh now i'm just out of control. That would be too much to hope for in one day.

Posted by: Gweez | December 17, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Someone posted earlier two plausible names: Marocco Brown and Tony Dungy -- ...

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 3:07 PM

If that's true, I'm good ... I don't like Dungy ... and as long as Marocco Brown stays within the Front Office, I'm double good.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_MfsZp6tveUs/SOKtH0l4x3I/AAAAAAAAA4U/rP3Y2hZo66U/s400/Morocco_Mole_300.gif

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

You don't understand. Florio admitted that they complied with the Rooney rule. He said that they didn't comply "with the spirit" of the Rooney rule. So, can't we get a ruling on whether they complied with the spirit?

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 3:05 PM
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What does "with the spirit" of the Rooney rule. That always leads to interpretation by the person crying wolf. If the Redskins complied to the letter of the rule, then they complied with the rule. Sorry, just spent three days in jury duty and suddenly I am persnickety about how people interpret rules...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 17, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I loved that in the presser Allen admitted (and I'm paraphrasing) I've made some mistakes with free agents and draft picks, and I've made some good ones, but overall my teams have been successful." When's the last time we've heard anybody at Redskins Park ever admit that they've made a mistake.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

We can offically say goodbye to Portis!!!

Posted by: TheJury | December 17, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse
Why do you think that? CP will be cap hit of $7 mill, whether we cut him or he is on the roster. He is IMHO the best blocker of any of our rb's, and he is at least as good as any rb's on the roster at carrying the leather. Why do you want to get rid of him?

Posted by: frediefritz | December 17, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the name doesn't want it to be public knowledge that they didn't get the job.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 17, 2009 3:11 PM

Good point ... that approach usually works with the paparazzi anyway.

[Question: A colonoscopy ... who performs that? The pooparazzi?]

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

When's the last time we've heard anybody at Redskins Park ever admit that they've made a mistake.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 3:14 PM

You mean other than Joe Gibbs or Jim Zorn?

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

DUH, how meaty a story line can you get when SMACK, the Original Etrod, kost52, and your's truly arrive at FedEx WITHOUT signs!?!?

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 3:10 PM |

What? Be leaders, not followers: "Fire Mike Shanahan!"

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

When's the last time we've heard anybody at Redskins Park ever admit that they've made a mistake.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 3:14 PM

Guy's gonna get fired before he starts. Can't believe that made Snyder happy.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Ten days ago?!?!?!

Daaaaaaaaaaamn -- Snyder must've been pretty pissed.
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Allow me to in-tra-duce mah-self, my name BRU-ce!!!

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse
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Yeah, those drawlin' southern guys. Watch out Red, he may come up to the podium with a white hood on next time. All your suspicions will be confirmed!

Posted by: shaunsherman12


You real are ignorant, aren't you boy?

The: "Allow me to in-tra-duce mah-self, my name BRU-ce" is a rip from the Jay-z 99 Public Service Announcement track, you dumb SOB.

But if you could put down the Toby Keith for a second you'd know that.

When you get a second you need to get the bottom right part of your chin, still have some of George Allen's ball juice dangling from there, jerk-off.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

sween, etrod, SMACK

Prepare to be Geelonged...side effects include, include dry mouth, headache, fatigue and mild delirium tremens.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 17, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

i was the one that suggested that dungy/m brown were the rooney rule dudes...

here is hopin/wishin m. brown gets promotion!!!

Posted by: chrislarry | December 17, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

What finally caused Danny to give Vinny the boot?

1. The embarrassment caused by the "Dumb and Dumber" signs and T-Shirts.

2. Vinny's public declaration that the Redskins had a playoff roster.

3. Vinny waiting until halfway through the season to sign Levi Jones.

4. Vinny slipping a mickey into Danny's Coke on the night of February 8th, causing Danny to fall into a 12-hour coma. He awoke to learn that Vinny had promoted Jim Zorn to head coach while Danny was passed out.

5. Vinny messing up Danny's order at Starbucks two days in a row.

6. Danny's realization that the fan base hated him after months of trolling on RI disguised as Incognito00 and pabrian2003.

Posted by: mattylight | December 17, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Allow me to in-tra-duce mah-self, my name BRU-ce!!!

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse
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Yeah, those drawlin' southern guys. Watch out Red, he may come up to the podium with a white hood on next time. All your suspicions will be confirmed!

Posted by: shaunsherman12

You're obviously an extremely open-minded person aren't you?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 17, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

What does "with the spirit" of the Rooney rule.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 17, 2009 3:14 PM

Florio said that the 'Skins, by hiring before firing, didn't give other minority candidates an "opportunity to express their interest." So, I think his idea is that 'Skins should advertise the opening for a week, review all applicants, invite ten for interviews, .... I'm sure that's how Florio hires.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

#5

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

Maybe I'm still giddy over Vinny's departure, but at least Bruce Allen sounds like he's got control and taking a rational look at what we've got.

Maybe he really could be the foil that slows down Snyder's impulse to overhaul the roster and trade picks every other year.

Here's hoping.

Posted by: manifested | December 17, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm going with this one:

5. Vinny messing up Danny's order at Starbucks two days in a row.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | December 17, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

When's the last time we've heard anybody at Redskins Park ever admit that they've made a mistake.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 3:14 PM

You mean other than Joe Gibbs or Jim Zorn?

Posted by: dcsween


It's the "We're free from Vinny Cerrato" effect taking place. People are so happy we forget and lose sight of what has happened and what's really going on.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

i was the one that suggested that dungy/m brown were the rooney rule dudes...

Posted by: chrislarry | December 17, 2009 3:19 PM

It was Chris Larry! Very clever deduction. The rest of us depend on Mike Florio for insight. Chris Larry looks inside for insight.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm still giddy over Vinny's departure, but at least Bruce Allen sounds like he's got control and taking a rational look at what we've got.

Maybe he really could be the foil that slows down Snyder's impulse to overhaul the roster and trade picks every other year.

Here's hoping.

Posted by: manifested | December 17, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse


I just wrote this and already it sounds ludicrous. I never know what to think about this franchise.

Posted by: manifested | December 17, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Un. Freaking. Believable.

I did not think this would happen anytime soon. I am back to being optimistic about this franchise again. How does Snyder do it? He always know the right buttons to push - at least in the offseason. (4-9 counts as offseason - the Redskins are starting to rebuild right now.)

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!

Posted by: hithere1 | December 17, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

You real are ignorant, aren't you boy?

The: "Allow me to in-tra-duce mah-self, my name BRU-ce" is a rip from the Jay-z 99 Public Service Announcement track, you dumb SOB.

But if you could put down the Toby Keith for a second you'd know that.

When you get a second you need to get the bottom right part of your chin, still have some of George Allen's ball juice dangling from there, jerk-off.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

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Jay Z stinks, and so does country music. You gotta dirty little mouth, Internet Tough Guy.

Kid, grow up. You can't even make a single post without a contradiction. Crying about someone making assumptions, then throwing out assumptions based on your own stereotype of me is about as ignorant as it gets.

In the meantime, you can go on feeling those who don't know lines to Jay-Z are ignorant. I'll go on knowing that Jay-Z has as much importance in the world as what you ate for dinner last night.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | December 17, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

How Many MoFos gotta come out until these Bama A$$ MoFo Reporters believe someone....

Dayum....For Real...

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 17, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

So JReid, when is LaCanfora coming back to guest host the blog and crow about how he was right about Vinny all along.

Posted by: Predator48 | December 17, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he really could be the foil that slows down Snyder's impulse to overhaul the roster and trade picks every other year.

Posted by: manifested | December 17, 2009 3:23 PM

Trading picks was Joe Gibbs' Achilles heel. Snyder's is the overpriced free agent.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

What does "with the spirit" of the Rooney rule.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 17, 2009 3:14 PM

Florio said that the 'Skins, by hiring before firing, didn't give other minority candidates an "opportunity to express their interest." So, I think his idea is that 'Skins should advertise the opening for a week, review all applicants, invite ten for interviews, .... I'm sure that's how Florio hires.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 3:22 PM
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Yeah, right. I'm kind of miffed that they didn't call me so I could "express my interest". Of course, Irish-Welsh-Scottish descent really doesn't make me a minority, but I would have appreciated to be notified...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 17, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Florio said that the 'Skins, by hiring before firing, didn't give other minority candidates an "opportunity to express their interest." So, I think his idea is that 'Skins should advertise the opening for a week, review all applicants, invite ten for interviews, .... I'm sure that's how Florio hires.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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I'm sure Florio doesn't have a Rooney Rule to deal with, which means Tony Dungy goes in to play a game of cards with Danny while they talk about Bruce Allen just so Danny can say he interviewed Tony.

Rooney Rule = Window Dressing

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | December 17, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"The Redskins "over-complied" with the Rooney Rule, a team source wrote in an email. Although it isn't clear precisely what that means, most likely the source was indicating that the Redskins interviewed several minority candidates.

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JReid....If you don't know what this means....You need to go back to elementary school.

The Rooney Rule states you have to interview ATLEAST one minority canidate.

SOOOO...If you over-complied, this means you interviewed more than ONE....

Wow....Just Wow...

Where do you guys get these people from. Please don't add unnecessary drama that isn't there..

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 17, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Have you guys read this bleeding heart for Vinny Cerrato piece?

Dec. 17, 2009
By Clark Judge
CBSSports.com Senior Writer

Part I

When I think of what happened to Washington's Vinny Cerrato Thursday, there is one word that comes to mind -- and, no, it's not hallelujah. It's scapegoat, which is what Cerrato becomes in the wake of his firing ... er, resignation.

Yeah, OK, so the Redskins said he resigned. The San Diego Chargers said the same thing when Don Coryell was pushed out the door in 1986. As Coryell pointed out later, there's a difference between resigning and being told to resign. The way he saw it, he was fired.

Couldn't agree more, Don.

Nobody has found Cerrato to discover what happened, and I'm still waiting for him to return a couple of voice messages. In the meantime, I'm left to read the tea leaves, and what they tell me is that nobody announces a successor to an acting GM the same morning that GM resigns unless that successor was lined up for weeks.

That means the hiring was premeditated, which also means the departure of his predecessor was premeditated.

OK, so that's semantics, and I know a lot of Washington fans who don't care what you call it. They're just happy for a change. Well, be careful what you wish for, people. Vinny Cerrato is not the problem with the Redskins, and he never has been the problem. Cerrato did what owner Dan Snyder wanted, and what he wanted was to make high-profile coaches and players into Washington Redskins.

So Cerrato accommodated him, hiring defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth -- the top player in this year's free-agent market -- and acquiring people like wide receiver Santana Moss and linebacker London Fletcher and defensive back DeAngelo Hall. But when Cerrato deviated from the plan, when he convinced Snyder to try a different path and take a flyer on a longshot, assistant coach Jim Zorn, he lost -- and that move finished him with the owner.

Zorn was not cut out to be a head coach, and all of us know it now. A year ago, it didn't seem that way, with Zorn winning six of his first eight before the club went south and finished 8-8. So Zorn didn't work out. Big deal. Steve Spurrier did? Snyder hired him. Marty Schottenheimer did? Snyder hired him, too. Heck, Schottenheimer, who won everywhere he was, went 8-8 after canning Cerrato, so you can't blame that on Vinny.

Cont'd...

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Allen on Coach Jim Zorn: "I met today with Jim Zorn. Told him what we're going to try to do in the next few weeks. We're going to have some more meetings and discuss the future."

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What really transpired...
Snyder told Allen
"we're stuck with Zorn. He wouldnt resign, as I hoped, even when I took away his Offensive Coordinator duties.... Problem is, I am paying him in one year, more than he ever saw in all the years he played QB collectively in the NFL.. And, according to the Contract drawn up by his Agent, if I fire him before the end of the season, I have to pay him another 6 million in severance."

Posted by: cliftonbiz | December 17, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Part II

In Cerrato's first season in Washington the Redskins made the playoffs, and that was under Norv Turner. But Snyder soured on Turner, fired him and didn't win again until Joe Gibbs arrived on the scene -- and then had to endure a 6-10 finish in Gibbs' first season.

What the Redskins will tell you is that Gibbs took them to the playoffs in two of his four years there, which is he did, but that means they didn't go to the playoffs in two of his four years there. Furthermore, they were 30-34 in his four seasons there, and that is not the Joe Gibbs I remember from his first tour in Washington. But his first tour was under different ownership, and there, people, is your problem.

The Redskins can't win because Snyder thinks that success and money are directly related -- meaning, the more you spend the more you win. So he latches on to high-profile players like Bruce Smith and Deion Sanders and Jeff George and can't understand why he has to stand in line almost every year behind Dallas and Philadelphia and the New York Giants. Those teams know how to win; Snyder does not, and making Cerrato the villain here is just another example that Snyder doesn't get it.

Cerrato got canned because Zorn didn't work out and because fans started booing the club and boycotting boring games and calling the owner bad names. All of that I understand. Someone had to pay for the team's failures, and that someone was Cerrato. Wait a couple more weeks, and that someone will be Zorn.

But what did Cerrato do that was so wrong? Spend his first draft pick this year on linebacker Brian Orakpo? Naysayers said he didn't fit the Redskins, but he fit them well enough to produce 11 sacks and become a Defensive Rookie of the Year finalist.

Critics shredded Cerrato for the second round of last year's draft, too. He took a tight end and two wide receivers, and that was supposed to be a mistake -- with second-guessers saying that Washington should have drafted an offensive lineman, maybe two, instead.

Maybe they should have, but look what the Redskins gained instead: Tight end Fred Davis is a force now that he's playing and could be one of the best at his position in the future, while Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly have made significant contributions to Washington's recent play -- a four-week run where the Redskins should have beaten Dallas, Philadelphia and New Orleans and did beat Oakland.

OK, so the Raiders stink. Washington buried them in Oakland, something neither Philadelphia nor Cincinnati could do.


Cont'd...

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Part III

Cerrato was criticized for hiring Sherm Lewis as the team's playcaller, too, and I must admit I didn't like it when the move was made. Zorn called the plays, and if you didn't like what he was doing he should've been fired. But Zorn went along with the decision, and the decision paid off.

With Lewis calling plays, Washington averages 22.1 points per game. Before he showed up, they averaged 13.2 in six games, never scoring more than 17 points in any of them. They've scored fewer than 17 only once since, and, yeah, I'd say that makes a convincing case.

All of that is a long way of saying Cerrato got a raw deal here. Yeah, I know, the guy's got blind spots. Tell me a GM or head coach who doesn't. I know he had his share of misses, too. But that happens, and it happens to everyone sooner or later. Vinny Cerrato no longer works for Washington because the Redskins needed someone to punish for a lackluster season, and the owner can't fire himself; so he fires the guy closest to him, and from where I sit that makes him a scapegoat.

Cerrato's biggest mistake wasn't doing what he thought was right; it was doing what owner Daniel Snyder thought was right. He carried out Snyder's plan, and that plan failed -- as it almost always has since he took over.

So now it's Bruce Allen who carries out Snyder's plan, and good luck. All I know is Vinny Cerrato was squeezed out for doing what he was told to do, and that makes him a good soldier who was sacrificed. In the end, it doesn't matter if he was fired or resigned. All that matters is that he left for the right reasons.

And he didn't.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

When's the last time we've heard anybody at Redskins Park ever admit that they've made a mistake.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 3:14 PM

You mean other than Joe Gibbs or Jim Zorn?

Posted by: dcsween


It's the "We're free from Vinny Cerrato" effect taking place. People are so happy we forget and lose sight of what has happened and what's really going on.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I meant from Vinny and Danny. Yes JZ and Gibbs admitted coaching mistakes, but when was the last time you heard Vinny say, yep, you know what, I screwed up on the Jason Taylor thing, that was a mistake. Or being accountable for this season saying you know what, I made a mistake gambling that Samuels and Thomas could stay healthy, I underestimated our need for oline depth. Instead he says that he gave Zorn a playoff roster and it was all Zorn's fault. That's crap, it sounds to me like Allen understands how to run an organization, I just listened to him on the John Thompson show, he talked about the opportunity to have 3 games to evaluate things, that he's not going to rush into anything, that he is looking forward to getting to know Zorn and the rest of the front office staff, and he's excited about returning the Skins to glory and that "I have the responsibility for running the organization". That all sounds great to me.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Have you guys read this bleeding heart for Vinny Cerrato piece?

Dec. 17, 2009
By Clark Judge
CBSSports.com Senior Writer

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A piece that conviently alleviates Cerrato of ANY responsibility for this team's failures.

Snyder did the right thing. I don't know if he got the right guy, but getting someone in here in time to see this team play a few games was a good idea, IMO.

When the season ends, the usual soap opera of an offseason will begin for the Skins. Stay tuned....

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | December 17, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"So he latches on to high-profile players like Bruce Smith and Deion Sanders and Jeff George"

Clark, 2001 called, and said to move on....

next up, Len Pasquarelli will call VC the best GM in football......

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, I have seen some posters blasting Vinnie and his comments, or lack of, towards Zorn. I just read them...

"I've had the pleasure of working with some great coaches such as Joe Gibbs, Greg Blache and Sherman Lewis, great people on the Redskins staff, and, most especially, some of the best professional football players in the world," Cerrato said.

...and I wish sometimes people would actually READ and PROCESS something before commenting. If you want to blast Cerrato for his tenure here, go for it, but his comments, as I read them, are nothing but classy. He listed 'great coaches' he has worked with and included Gibbs, Blache, and Sherm Lewis- all of you that have blasted him for "dissing" Zorn actually think Zorn should be listed here as well?!?!

I'm not knocking Zorn (although it certainly can be argued he has had his fair share of blunders in two years) but there is no way Zorn's resume would stack up against what these coaches have accomplished. Zorn, at this point, should not be on anyone's list of "Great Coaches". Cerrato listed three coaches along with that statement. He then mentioned "great people on the Redskins staff" and didn't refer to anyone. It could be argued if he had AND had left off the uniform washer, folks on this blog would've blasted him for shortchanging that man.

I don't have problems with the 'anger' and venting that gets posted here. I read most of it and often say "You're G#D D@MN RIGHT!" but the off base venting swill some of you sling about is like Mel Gibson in the movie, Conspiracy Theory.

Posted by: BigDeck | December 17, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

this just in...
Reporters filing out of the Redskins Park Press Room after the Press conference introducing Bruce Allen.... overheard from the Coach's locker room, down the hall pass the weight room, what sounded like...

"Hip Hip Hooray"... "Hip Hip Hooray"

Posted by: cliftonbiz | December 17, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Lost me at Dallas knows how to win.

Posted by: SMACK1 | December 17, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

This is a shame...I was hoping the Redskins broke the illegal "Rooney Rule" and Snyder would challenge it in court (he would win). The Rule is blatantly illegal, it stands in direct violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, not to mention it is offensive and demeaning.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Someone send this post to Mike FAILio at PFT

Posted by: Kev29 | December 17, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

SUCK.IT.FLORIO.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 17, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

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