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Vinny Cerrato resigns (updated)

Vinny Cerrato has resigned as the Redskins' executive vice-president of football operations, the team has announced.

"We agreed that the franchise needs someone different in this position," Cerrato said in a statement released by the Redskins this morning. "I'm thankful to Dan Snyder and other members of this ownership team for the opportunities I've been given over the years."

"Of course I am disappointed with this year's results, but I strongly believe that with outstanding picks and encouraging performance by our younger players, we have laid a strong foundation for the franchise."

Cerrato has served two stints with the team, and assumed the title of executive vice president of a football operations on Jan. 22, 2008, following the resignation of Joe Gibbs. He played a central role in the team's hiring of Coach Jim Zorn and has effectively served as the team's general manager since that time, charged with building a roster that might snap the franchise's 17-year Super Bowl drought.

Asked Oct. 27 if he felt he'd given the Redskins' coaching staff a playoff roster, Cerrato said, "Yes."

But with a 4-9 record heading into Monday night's game against the New York Giants, any postseason hopes are deferred at least one more year.

Cerrato hasn't spoken publicly with local reporters since that Oct. 27 meeting. He acknowledged at the time that accountability would be a prevalent theme around Redskins Park.

"I got to look at myself, we got to look at everybody and we got to just go out now and you know what you got to do -- you got to get to better day to day, week to week," he said. "And that's what it's about, it's about improving each game. It's one game at a time, one day at a time."

This season Cerrato has been especially active, as injuries have plagued the Redskins. They've already put 10 players on injured reserves. In last Sunday's win over Oakland - the team's most dominant since Cerrato's promotion in January 2008 - the Redskins starting lineup featured only five offensive player who started Week 1. The team has been forced to acquire players midseason - such as tackle Levi Brown and running back Quinton Ganther - who are now starting.

Cerrato's biggest shakeup came in the early weeks of the season. With Zorn's offense struggling, Cerrato brought Sherm Lewis out of retirement on Oct. 6 as an offensive consultant. Two weeks later, Cerrato stripped Zorn of his play-calling duties and handed them to Lewis. In recent weeks, with Lewis and offensive coordinator Sherman Smith, sharing the responsibility, the offense has improved, posting two straight games with 30 or more points, the team's most prolific scoring outings under Zorn.

In his statement this morning, Cerrato singled out some of the coaches he has worked with but made no mention of Zorn.

"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 professionall football players in the world," Cerrato said. "I wish them all the best. I've also had the privilege of working for a franchise supported by the most loyal fans in the NFL."

Cerrato and team owner Daniel M. Snyder enjoyed a close relationship and conferred on most major decisions that involved the team.

"More importantly, he is my friend, and he has always been there for me and the Redskins," Snyder said in the statement. "He's the consummate optimist and has always made decisions based on what would be the best for the team."

While players and people around the organization have acknowledged that the team could undergo major changes in the offseason, the timing of today's resignation caught many off-guard. Cerrato had acknowledged that Redskins employees are constantly being evaluated.

"I feel like my job's on the line all the time," he said Oct. 27. "It's not something that I really worry about. My job is to get us going, to fill these holes when guys get hurt. Things take care of themselves after the season. I don't worry about those things."

Cerrato's fingerprints are all over the current Redskins squad. As the director of player personnel and vice president of football operations, he was responsible for the drafting of quarterback Jason Campbell, tight end Chris Cooley, cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety LaRon Landry (during the tenure of Gibbs). He also helped engineer trades that brought in Clinton Portis and Santana Moss. Cerrato is also credited with free acquisitions, such as defensive end Andre Carter, linebacker London Fletcher, guard Derrick Dockery and Albert Haynesworth, perhaps the team's biggest free-agent splash, with a $100-million price tag attached to the All-Pro defensive tackle.

By Rick Maese  |  December 17, 2009; 8:13 AM ET
 
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Comments

Please please please - sign Holmgrean to run the front office; keep Zorn and Campbell!

Posted by: mmeixler | December 17, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

An early Christmas present?

Posted by: Markin21132 | December 17, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

First to say yayyyyyyyyy!! Thank yiu Dannie

Posted by: jimboy435 | December 17, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

what does PFT have to say about it??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 8:18 AM


They don't have anything up yet, but I'm sure it's coming.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 17, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

OK... now lets get on with it... sign up Holgrem as a GM.. keep Zorn and JC and lets give them another 2 years to get this thing right. It is either that, or start the evolution all over again.. consistency is the key.. something that DS really needs to try. Nothing else has worked in the last 10 years, we all know that!
PLEASE DAN... give it another 2 seasons!!!! We beg you!

Posted by: opie177 | December 17, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Who's on deck now? Which way does Synder go? This next move could rejuvenate the team and most importantly,the FANS.

Posted by: shanteefamilee | December 17, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Thank goodness. Dreams really do come true.

Posted by: udogg1979 | December 17, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm very curious as to what the next step is...this was the first, now whats the 2nd step....very curious.....what led up to this.....details, details...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Thank you baby jesus!

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead | December 17, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Orakpo's teammates should be lucky to earn HIS respect. He is the only decent player on the ENTIRE team.

Who the F cares if he is earning their loser ass respect?

... oh are we talking about that Vinny resigning thing now?

PLEASE DO NOT LET IT BE HOLMGREN.. HE WAS STRIPPED OF GENERAL MANAGER IN SEATTLE CUZ HE IS A STINKY BAD TERRIBLE GM!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | December 17, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas to Skins fans!

Posted by: letzgoterps | December 17, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Ok, this means that Danny clearly has a plan to make his boy toy resign at this time. I agree with a lot of you that Holmgren makes a lot of sense. But i think the big prize is Shanahan. (In Danny's mind at least) He can now hire him as GM and then he can appoint himself coach at the end of the year.

Posted by: Gweez | December 17, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Wow wasn't expecting that one but now let's see what Dan will do. Has he finally figured that he needs someone to run his team and he can sit back and just sign the checks????

Posted by: donaldtaylor | December 17, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Wow, this is shocking to me. I was just saying that Vinny gets alot of bad rap but maybe his moves are starting to pan out. I was kind of hoping that we keep Vinny, Zorn, and JC one more year to see how things work now with the Offense improving.

Its not bad to have a new GM but I have a bad feeling that a new guy will blow everything up. With that being said, I would love the thought of havin Holmgram and keeping Zorn & JC. Have Mike give Jim his playcalling duties back but keep him on a short leash. If our O sucks after 4 games next year then fire him and promote Blache or whoever to interm HC and let Sherm Lewis run the O the rest of the year.

Then after that get Gruden or whoever to be the new HC. Actually, you might could bring a guy like Gruden in right away after we suck in the 1st 4 because the O or atleast the passing game isnt so different.

The one thing Im worried about now is how guys will play down the stretch. I think the O was feeling good and wouldve played super well in the last 3 but now they may get nervous and suck on National TV. Then JC would definatly be a goner

Posted by: dlts20 | December 17, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Wow wasn't expecting that one but now let's see what Dan will do. Has he finally figured that he needs someone to run his team and he can sit back and just sign the checks????

Posted by: donaldtaylor | December 17, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

wait... Didn't Holgrem get relieve of his duties in Seattle? I realize he was coaching too, but what were some of the better moves he had when he had control. Let's don't get a "name" just for names sake.

Hail

Posted by: ChrisWoody | December 17, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Great news. Truly an early Christmas present. Now maybe we can get this organization running like a real organization. Holmgren!!!!!!!

Posted by: joeboggs | December 17, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Are wew sure this isn't a joke. He resigns as VP and is named President. Danny can't be that smart. I believe an invasion of the body snatchers may have occured.

Posted by: dganderson13 | December 17, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

There is a Santa clause!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Salinas1 | December 17, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

First to say yayyyyyyyyy!! Thank yiu Dannie

Posted by: jimboy435 | December 17, 2009 8:21 AM

Dan Snyder controlled Vinny. Do not think that Vinny was the reason this team has stunk. That blame goes straight to the top.

As long as The Danny is calling the shots, the Vinny resignation means NOTHING!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | December 17, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: Section104 | December 17, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, yeah yeah.....today is a good day!!!

Posted by: kingtutts | December 17, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

OH HAPPY DAY!!!!!!

Posted by: BREV1 | December 17, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: hehateme | December 17, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: hehateme | December 17, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

OH MY EFFIN GOD!!!!!!!!!

YESSSSSSSSSS!!!! I thought I would die before I saw the day this would occur!!! I am speechless......this is one of the greatest days in Redskins history!

Cerrato resigning = sweeping Dallas!

XMAS CAME EARLY!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Redskins2Win | December 17, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

wait... Didn't Holgrem get relieve of his duties in Seattle? I realize he was coaching too, but what were some of the better moves he had when he had control. Let's don't get a "name" just for names sake.

Hail

Posted by: ChrisWoody | December 17, 2009 8:26 AM

I agree 100%

Posted by: Sports_Guru | December 17, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Holy crap! I hope they get a real football guy to replace him and Snyder just steps back and is hands off

Posted by: Burrasta1 | December 17, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

OH HAPPY DAY!!!!!!

Posted by: BREV1 | December 17, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE DO NOT LET IT BE HOLMGREN.. HE WAS STRIPPED OF GENERAL MANAGER IN SEATTLE CUZ HE IS A STINKY BAD TERRIBLE GM!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | December 17, 2009 8:26 AM


Calm down, dude...Holmgren got stripped of those duties because in pro sports, it's near impossible to be a GM AND coach and do both jobs well. They valued him more as a coach than they did GM and that's why they made the call they did.

I wouldn't get excited about Holmgren, but I don't think it would be anywhere near as bad as you and others might think. Parcells is doing a bang-up job in Miami in the same role, and I wouldn't bet against Holmgren doing well in a similar role.

That said, I hope Snyder parks a dump truck of cash in front of Kevin Colbert in Pittsburgh and lures him here. Then get Russ Grimm as HC and watch the return of Redskin football!

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 17, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

One down and one to go. Now trade Snyder!!!!!

Posted by: DoneWithDan | December 17, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

considering the skins have had cerato or casserly at gm for about the last 20 years it's amazing this team hasn't gone out of business.

Posted by: rev_ollie | December 17, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Ho Ho Ho!!!

Posted by: geotherm21 | December 17, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

That's just totally confusing. Why no details?

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 17, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

. I was just saying that Vinny gets alot of bad rap but maybe his moves are starting to pan out. I was kind of hoping that we keep Vinny, Zorn, and JC one more year to see how things work now with the Offense improving.
___________________________________________

What? So he could screw up another draft. The scariest thing ever is Vinny Cerrato with a high first round draft pick. I'm of that school of thought that you never take a qb with a top 15 pick, Vinny would've. Now we might actually draft some serious pass protection. Build from the O-line out. Screw you Vinny, Good Riddance!

Posted by: kingtutts | December 17, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Ok, for the real post...i think its a great move that it was done early. Now we have shown all potential Coaches and GM's that things are changing and there is a new direction starting TODAY. Any potential coaches that wouldnt have come here fearing having to deal with Vinny now could potentially be on board with the Skinssssssssssssssssssss. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS

Posted by: Redskins2Win | December 17, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Now PFT has it:

Report: Cerrato resigns
Posted by Mike Florio on December 17, 2009 8:16 AM ET
Mike Holmgren's dalliance with the Browns might not be prompting the Seahawks to crap or get off the crapper.

But it's apparently forcing another team to move quickly.

ESPN 980 in Washington is reporting that Redskins executive V.P. of football operations Vinny Cerrato has resigned.

Adding credibility to the report is the fact that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder owns the station.

The move, which apparently would have happened at the end of the season, likely means that owner Daniel Snyder wants to make a run at Holmgren.

We say this with full realization of the fact that Holmgren called out the Redskins in early November for stripping coach Jim Zorn -- a former Big Show assistant -- of play-calling duties.

"That bothered me a lot," Holmgren told ESPN Radio in Chicago at the time. "Jim Zorn is one of the nice people. I'm a nice guy, but I'm not that nice. Jim Zorn is really a nice man. What they did, I did not like it at all."

But if Snyder can pin the decision on Cerrato, and if Snyder is willing to allow Zorn to continue as coach under Holmgren's supervision, maybe this arrangement can work.

Another potential attraction for Holmgren could be the presence of Sherm Lewis, his long-time offensive coordinator in Green Bay.

With two prime-time games only six days apart, it makes no sense for the Redskins to make such a dramatic change only three games before the end of the season, unless it was done specifically to give the 'Skins a seat at the Big Show's table.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 17, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Now maybe they weill build an offensive line and depth everywhere

Posted by: Burrasta1 | December 17, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

We all hoped/thought this would eventually happen. The next step is HUGE. This means nothing if Snyder is still whispering in the next guy's ear.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | December 17, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE DO NOT LET IT BE HOLMGREN.. HE WAS STRIPPED OF GENERAL MANAGER IN SEATTLE CUZ HE IS A STINKY BAD TERRIBLE GM!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | December 17, 2009 8:26 AM


Calm down, dude...Holmgren got stripped of those duties because in pro sports, it's near impossible to be a GM AND coach and do both jobs well. They valued him more as a coach than they did GM and that's why they made the call they did.

I wouldn't get excited about Holmgren, but I don't think it would be anywhere near as bad as you and others might think. Parcells is doing a bang-up job in Miami in the same role, and I wouldn't bet against Holmgren doing well in a similar role.

That said, I hope Snyder parks a dump truck of cash in front of Kevin Colbert in Pittsburgh and lures him here. Then get Russ Grimm as HC and watch the return of Redskin football!

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 17, 2009 8:30 AM

True on Holmgren, but he has had ZERO General Manager success, and was fired as a GM by Seattle.

I do agree that the Pittsburg guy would probably be a good idea... as long as The Danny lets him do his job.

Posted by: Sports_Guru | December 17, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone considered the BAD side of this? I'm glad he's gone, overall, but I have a death chill fear that something like this went down:

Dan: I want a QB in the first round and I want to fire all my coaches
Vin: That would be dumb.
Dan: I'm doing it anyway.
Vin: I quit.

If that's what happened, and you all know its possible, then this is actually BAD NEWS. Sorry to ruin Christmas.

Posted by: REXskins | December 17, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

All I can say is....There is a GOD and he's a skins fans!

Posted by: Predator48 | December 17, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

That's just totally confusing. Why no details?

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 17, 2009 8:33 AM


Because the story just broke. In today's media, it's all about dropping the bomb of breaking news and worrying about details later. I'm sure we'll get more in the next few hours.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 17, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

sports-guru you are right. who will be the next vinny? will anybody have the nads to tell danny if they come here that they are running the show or will they just come for the paycheck? i wont be satisfied until we see who danny suckers into leading the team!

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | December 17, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

The best news ever! get a real GM now, fire Zorn get Cowher, fire Campbell get anybody!

Posted by: mwen001 | December 17, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Yesssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: drschnee | December 17, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

REX, that scenario entails Vinny having a backbone...what in his past leads you to believe he has one?

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | December 17, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

This is the best Christmas gift a Redskin fan could ever have! Thanks Synder Clause!!

Posted by: dc43_wiz_fan | December 17, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Too bad Snyder is still in charge.
OH NO! WE WILL SUCK AGAIN!

Posted by: peterandmeredith | December 17, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

What a coward - Vinny gets to duck tail and run. Good riddance!

Posted by: mjwies11 | December 17, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Slow down folks.... Let's hope Danny doesn't just hire "a football guy" because he's famous and available. That's the approach that failed in the past (Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Jeff George, Ray Rhodes, Marvin Lewis, Schott, Spurrier, I could go on all day). I fear that some of the names being batted around, like Wolf, Holmgren or even Shanahan fall in that category. Wolf hasn't been a personnel guy for years, and Holmgren and Shanahan are lousy personnel guys. There is a reason none of those men is with a team right now.

No, just hiring a smart football guy is not the answer. Hire THE RIGHT FOOTBALL GUY, one who is hard working, innovative, who shares your vision for the team you want to build, is driven by success and not just money, who will stick it out for the long haul, and who you can get along with on a personal level so we don't have another Schottenheimer "one and done" year.

Posted by: jksesq1 | December 17, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

True on Holmgren, but he has had ZERO General Manager success, and was fired as a GM by Seattle.

Posted by: Sports_Guru | December 17, 2009 8:35 AM


Again...he was essentially half-assing it the first time because he was also the coach. I think focusing solely on the GM job, he'd be much better than he was in Seattle.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 17, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/12/17/report-cerrato-resigns/

Sum details... a little, anyway.. or I guess those are more prognostications?

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 17, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

brown, based on that PFT post, wouldn't it make sense for JZ to stay on, MHolmgren to be the gm, and Sherm to be the OC...I mean, don't those pieced kind of fall in line??

Whats Holgrems draft history been?? Anyone have any info on that??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

This shows what a jerk Snyder is. The only reason to do this now is to try to keep from getting killed on Monday night football.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | December 17, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

there is a god

Posted by: porchfan | December 17, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

there is a god

Posted by: porchfan | December 17, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I think Snyder should think out of the box on this one. He should think about re-tooling the org structure. I would like to see a President of football operations who can hire his own GM, head coach, re-tool the scouting organization, etc.: just blow it up and rebuild it block from block. I also think he needs to reach for someone - I like Polian's son as a fresh face with a good background - who will be open to trying new things but have the backbone to tell the owner to back off.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 17, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Free at last.

The mistakes this clown Cerrato made are too numerous to list. This season was the worst. The idea that he had put together a playoff caliber roster was the topper.

Posted by: clchapman | December 17, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Christmas has come early. Now it's up to Snyder to make this next move. Get the right GM, and the right Coach and this team can be back to where is should be a perrenial contender, a rather than a joke.

Posted by: mCowans | December 17, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

As everyone has been saying, the big key to this whole thing is will Snyder let someone make their own decisions or will he keep budding in.

Posted by: joeboggs | December 17, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Odd timing.

Posted by: mikem1 | December 17, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

At least Danny has shown he is willing to let go of Vinny the security blanket. Thats a good first step.

Maybe he's ready to run the team like a real football organization.

Posted by: Predator48 | December 17, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Obviously, a good move for the long term success of the Skins! What it probably means is that either Snyder is bringing in a coach that wants all the power (Shanny, Gruden, etc), or is bringing in a football guy (Holmgren, Gibbs, etc) to run the show and hire the next coach. Either way, I can't imagine JZ being here next year.

Posted by: mmck | December 17, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I predict Danny will hire... himself. :D

ESPN itself has a tiny item claiming a source confirmed to its columnist, fwiw:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4750356

Posted by: blackjack65 | December 17, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Well, it's not April 1. Sure they said "resigned" and not "re-signed"? Whatever Danny is up to, I'm not falling for it. They're a last place team until they're not.

Posted by: posttoastie1 | December 17, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Geee Wiz Uncle Vinny, this the Best Christmas Present Ever!!!
I hope this is a true turnig point for the Team and Organization.
I would really like for there to be continuity on for next season, Keep Zorn and Campbell. Zorn is a Coach who knows about Redskins footbal and all this team means for the fans, and that is halfway to being a great team again!

Posted by: Pedro01 | December 17, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

:)

Posted by: hobbes9 | December 17, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

thank the football gods!now get rid of that moron zorn and that stupid west coast off.no to holgrem no to seattle east,lets get back to redskins football

Posted by: DLESMonday | December 17, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Waiting for the rest of the headline:
“And accepted the position of assistant to the owner and CEO of football operations”…..

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Posted by: coolforsale108 | December 17, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

what has Mike Holmgrem ever done as a Gm?
There are much better candidates out there!

Posted by: SkinsFan37years | December 17, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Somebody musta made Vinny "an offer he couldn't refuse"!

Posted by: laboo | December 17, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Lord for the wonderful gifts you have bestowed upon us...

Amen...

Posted by: gixxer998 | December 17, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

PS, has Seattle ever won anything? Green Bay won a Super Bowl with Holmgren, but that was 13 seasons ago.

As a coach, Holmgren took his teams to 3 conference championships in 17 years. As a GM, he was terrible and was relieved of his duties. A 60-year old Holmgren (with, presumably, Zorn) is not the answer to restore this team to excellence.

Colbert and Grimm are the best suggestion I have heard!

Posted by: jksesq1 | December 17, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

OH MY GOD!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

GOD BLESS US, EVERYONE!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 17, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

1. Dump Cerrato - Check.

2. Find the best GM available

3. Turn all football operations over to new GM

4. Win NFC East

5. Win Super Bowl

The plan is underway...

Posted by: AWWNats | December 17, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

True on Holmgren, but he has had ZERO General Manager success, and was fired as a GM by Seattle.

Posted by: Sports_Guru | December 17, 2009 8:35 AM


Again...he was essentially half-assing it the first time because he was also the coach. I think focusing solely on the GM job, he'd be much better than he was in Seattle.

Posted by: brownwood26 |

Based on what though? Do we really want to take a shot on a guy who was stripped of GM duties and who has only won a Super Bowl with Brett Favre in his prime?

Holmgren is really not the best answer... but your Pittsburg fella.. he just might be.

Posted by: Sports_Guru | December 17, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

The question is, who is willing to work for Snyder? Redskin Park is littered with previously successful coaches and managers who could not work with our man Dan.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | December 17, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

brown, based on that PFT post, wouldn't it make sense for JZ to stay on, MHolmgren to be the gm, and Sherm to be the OC...I mean, don't those pieced kind of fall in line??

Whats Holgrems draft history been?? Anyone have any info on that??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 8:41 AM


I could see that Greg. And I wouldn't be 100% opposed to that either. I still want Zorn out, but with a unified staff/front office he'd have a real chance at doing something good. I guess we'll see what happens.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 17, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

This is the best present ever.

Posted by: NattyBo1985 | December 17, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Hey Vinny, scout this MF'er!!!

Posted by: Predator48 | December 17, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

"lets get back to redskins football"

sure, if this were 1983...great idea...its a passing league now....take a look at that Saints, and the Colts....teams don't play like that anymore...the Redskins scored over 30 points the last 2 games throwing the ball....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Hire Holmgren as GM, keep Zorn and Sherm L. That would let us continue to build on what we have done in the second half of the season. I think that's the best case scenario. Please make a good decision now Snyder!

Posted by: OffseasonChamps | December 17, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

No need to wait for New Year's - let's pop the bubbly now!

Posted by: carmbert | December 17, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Holy Sweet Jesus thank you!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 17, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

My wife is the sh_t she got me the only thing I wanted for Christmas, what a women.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 17, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Get somebody out of the Ravens organization?

Posted by: peterandmeredith | December 17, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

New VP? Joe Gibbs?

Posted by: fushezzi | December 17, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Christmas came early this year!

Posted by: Mark20005 | December 17, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

At least we can move forward now. I can live with Zorn and Campbell. Jason's earned it the last month, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking and if we keep Zorn we give Jason the same offense for two years running. But Cerrato had to go, and completely out of the organization. Go after some young offensive linemen and not overpriced big names.

In all fairness to Cerrato he did bring some value to the team. Randy Thomas was a Pro-Bowl caliber lineman when he was signed but he was injured too much. London Fletcher was a great signing. Chris Samuels was a great draft pick. And of course Sean Taylor, whose presence would have made our defense scary. But the Jason Taylor's and Adam Archuleta's and Jeff George's and Deion Sanders' outweigh the number of quality additions by far.

Now let's see if Danny has learned anything from the last ten years.

Posted by: curtb | December 17, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I was not watching TV or online last night for whatever reason. This is the most unbelieveable news. This is the best Xmas give I could have ever gotten....Cerrato finally gone!

Posted by: kmichael76 | December 17, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

So this means that the Skins will start playing football. I won't hold my breath. If Zorn And Campbell leave then I'll start getting excited.

Posted by: theBozyn1 | December 17, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I was not watching TV or online last night for whatever reason. This is the most unbelieveable news. This is the best Xmas give I could have ever gotten....Cerrato finally gone!

Posted by: kmichael76 | December 17, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

OMG!!!! There can be miracles when you believe!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!! Hopefully we can see a very bright rebuilding of the franchise with such promising young guys! Next on my wish list is cleaning out the trash with the overpaid players, beginning with PORTIS!!!


HTTR!!!!!! HAPPY DAYS!!!!

Posted by: alucard1 | December 17, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

My buddy listening to the radio said that Snyder said he "needed to change as an owner".

Can anyone confirm this? That statement would be just as big of news as VC leaving.

Posted by: REXskins | December 17, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Did he serious put Sherm and Blatche same catogerie with Joe Gibbs.. SHot at Zorn guy is a petty petty man

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | December 17, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

A most excellent point REXskins.

It wasn't all Vinnie, despite the postings here. It wasn't all of Zorn either. It's Snyder, first and foremost. And this report isn't stating he's selling the team.

A dysfunctional organization...starts at the top. So Vinny is now gone. It doesn't mean "it's all good now".

Remember, this is the man that fired Norv, who had a winning record and still in the playoff hunt, with 3 games remaining, thinking that it would HELP things. This is the guy who demanded we bring Jeff 'Golden Boy' George and kick Brad to the curb. This is the guy who hired Marty, who finished 8-3 and building something, then fired him to hire the 'ol ball coach. This is the guy who thought it made sense to sue his fans for reneging on their ticket contracts in one of the worst recessions in 50 years. This is the guy who demanded that 'freedom of speach' be taken away from anyone 'playing in his sandbox'.

Snyder has not demonstrated anything...yet about what it takes to build both a winning organization and loyalty within his 'blindly loyal' fan base.

We'll see...

Posted by: BigDeck | December 17, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Did he serious put Sherm and Blatche same catogerie with Joe Gibbs.. SHot at Zorn guy is a petty petty man

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | December 17, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

Posted by: boot1 | December 17, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

WOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by: nford2 | December 17, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

"In his statement this morning, Cerrato singled out a handful of coaches but made mention of Zorn."

Dickish to the bitter end. That's our Vin.

Posted by: laboo | December 17, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Its a Festivus miracle!

Posted by: Predator48 | December 17, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

hip hip hooray

Posted by: pathmo | December 17, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to be such a stickler on this... I have to add another grammar issue to my list. This brings me to two:

1) using "weary" in place of "wary" or "leary". You're not tired, you're suspicious and cautious about something.

And 2) saying "out of the box" instead of "outside the box". Out of the box means you're decisions are pre-made. Outside the box means thinking creatively.

I don't have problems with misspellings or sentence structure - but when the coined phrase you're employing is anti-thetical to your intent... well... it irks.

Sorry.

Maps.

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 17, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

What if Danny just takes over? Then it proves there is no God.

Posted by: FLvet | December 17, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Halleluja! Happy Chakakhanukah! Merry Xmas! More coffee!

Posted by: Goldenfried | December 17, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Halleluja! Happy Chakakhanukah! Merry Xmas! More coffee!

Posted by: Goldenfried | December 17, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

As the endless coaching and management changes of the hapless Detroit Lions have proven, the problem lies not with the coaches and the management but with the ownership.

As with the Detroit Lions, the Redskins are doomed to be dog meat unless and until the ownership changes.

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | December 17, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

"oh.....Mom?.....is that you?....time to wake up?........

"oh...I was dreaming...I was dreaming that Vinny Cerrato of the Redskins got fired!....


....now, maybe everything will be alright!"

Posted by: scollins | December 17, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Zorn is gone and it gives the new GM the opportunity to hire his own FO Staff...

But to leave now with three games remaining?
Someone will need to be interim GM claiming people off Practice Squads, placing guys on IR for these these next three games...

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | December 17, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh happy day!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't let the door hit your on the arse on the way out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Skins__Stons | December 17, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh happy day!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't let the door hit your on the arse on the way out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Skins__Stons | December 17, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Now all I want for Christmas is Dungy or Cowher.
Thank you Santa Dan.

Posted by: skinsfan0524 | December 17, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Yaaahoooo!!!! Christmas has come early!!
Now that this critical FIRST step is done, let's go get a REAL GM (didn't someone say Holmgren??) Someone who can evaluate talent and get the right players in the right system. This can be turned around if Snyder gets the right man.

As far as Vinnie goes... I'd like to say "See Ya, it was nice, bon voyagee, have a nice life", but you know what ... It WASN'T nice - it was disaster! With any luck, maybe you could land with, oh.... I don't know, how about the Cowboys ... then you can do for them what you did to us (although they're doing it pretty well themselves right now anyway - hey Dallas - keep Wade as your coach - he's funny and a real goof to watch - that's what you want ...isn't it).

Thank God Vinnie is outta here ....wait...he's outta here, isn't he...you don't think Snyder is gonna slot him into another position in the organization ...oh no..not that ....please, please not that...noooooooooo - make him go away, please make the scary bad man go away...

Posted by: whelms | December 17, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Pretty sad that Vinny decided to take a parting shot at Zorn on his way out.

I suspect we haven't seen the last of Vinny.

Posted by: Gweez | December 17, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Dan finally made the move, which is great. What's the speculation on whose coming in? Holmgren, Gibbs 3, Schottenheimer? Dose this mean the Zornskins will continue? It should be a pretty fun 48 hours.

Posted by: TWISI | December 17, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Viva La Revolucion!!

Posted by: Predator48 | December 17, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

does this means he resigns from his disc jockey duties?

Posted by: goose33 | December 17, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

This shows what a jerk Snyder is. The only reason to do this now is to try to keep from getting killed on Monday night football.

Posted by: HelloNewman1

I don't agree with you at all on this - in fact, it will do the opposite.

The last time we played on MNF was RIGHT after the Skins brought in Sherm Lewis (from the Bingo Hall). ESPN castigated us in the pre game show, during the game, and the post game show. They were brutal and it was painful to watch.

I was just thinking that we would be playing MNF on a high note - playing well the last few games and actually coming off a win - with no immediate drama.

NOW we have the immediate drama :( While I think it's probably a good thing Vinny is gone, the timing is NOT GOOD.

Posted by: Lisa_R | December 17, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

!!?!?!?!???!?!!?!?!???!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?????!?!!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

This is nothing short of a Christmas, Chanukah, Qwanza, Ramadan and Festivus MIRACLE!!!

I am freed from exile!!!

I might just go ahead and purchase some Redskins tix and go to the stadium and blow hundreds of dollars on concessions and buy all the leftover Jason Taylor jerseys, simply to show my support and approval for this move!!!

Thank you Danny Snyder for doing the RIGHT THING!!!

I am so elated, I could even give pabrian a big fat wet kiss!!!

Posted by: p1funk | December 17, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

don't let the door hit your ass on the way out; why didn't you take the little jock sniffer danny with you???

Posted by: Phillip258 | December 17, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

So he gets rid of Vinny and some of you idiots are still crying, God Dam there is no pleasing some of you babies.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 17, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Happy Days are here again!

Posted by: markjd1 | December 17, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Trust me

Posted by: Sports_Guru | December 17, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Why step down now with so little season left? I hope we do better than Holmgren. That would be a big dissapointment. It would mean he would probably stick with all his boys that we currently have on the coaching staff. I just can't see that happening.

Posted by: Sonny9 | December 17, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I really hope DS has a legitemate GM inline, Holmgren does not count Hail to the REDSKINS

Posted by: SkinsFan37years | December 17, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

He'll be back in 2 years...

Posted by: peterandmeredith | December 17, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

By forcing Vinnie to resign, Daniel Snyder has "open" himself to new ideas and opinions from the eventual replacement. Gone are the days of "Yes, Sir!" only answers, with new hopeful replies of "Wait a second, Danny..." or "That is not what this team needs right now, Danny". Whatever the outcome, I applaud Daniel Snyder for this bold move as part of his evolution to become a better owner.

On the side note, hiring Holmgren does make sense only because of the Jason Campbell factor. Since there are really no other free agent or draftee QB for next year that is significantly better than Campbell, it would a priority for the next GM to try and convince Jason to stay and to wisely surround him with better O-Linemen. As for head coach, Holmgren can let Danny coach for all I care as long as Sherman Lewis, Joe Bugel and Greg Blatche are still in place.

Posted by: JohnWWW | December 17, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Based on what though? Do we really want to take a shot on a guy who was stripped of GM duties and who has only won a Super Bowl with Brett Favre in his prime?

Holmgren is really not the best answer... but your Pittsburg fella.. he just might be.

Posted by: Sports_Guru | December 17, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

----------------------------
Nobody has been able to do both jobs, not even Parcells. Too much work. Remember, Holmgren did reach the Super Bowl in Seattle too, just didn't win that game.

Posted by: shanks1 | December 17, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas!

I think this happened because word got out Holmgren was talking with Cleveland. The Danny wanted to punch the airwaves with his letting Vinny go to make Mike the great Green Bay coach but terrible Seattle GM/Coach think on the Browns deal.

Posted by: Meepo | December 17, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

This shows what a jerk Snyder is. The only reason to do this now is to try to keep from getting killed on Monday night football.

Posted by: HelloNewman1


Shut the HECK UP!!!

What is your problem?

Vinny Cerratto gets canned and you are criticizing Snyder for that????

Posted by: p1funk | December 17, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

OK...So Jim Zorn hasn't exactly proven himself to be a Hall of Fame football coach, but Cerrato's quote is beneath contempt. And the fact that the team let that statement go out is just amazing. Truly, this is a classless organization.

While I'm glad Cerrato is gone, I still have no faith in Dan Snyder to move this franchise forward.

Don't get your hopes up, people.

Posted by: StevenA875 | December 17, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Snyder has not demonstrated anything...yet about what it takes to build both a winning organization and loyalty within his 'blindly loyal' fan base.

I extracted this from my last posting. I'm wrong. He DID hire Gibbs...it just didn't work out exactly the way he, we, or Joe envisioned it. THAT WAS A BRILLIANT MOVE...if I'm going to blast him, I gotta give him credit too. Maybe...hopefully...he'll make a decision in this vein again. Not Gibbs 3.0 but along these lines...I hope.

I'll also praise Vinnie at this time. He got villified, rightfully so, for many things. But he deserves some credit for finding some talent as well. Arguments are fair regarding his personnel decisions but he did improve the talent on the team in the last two years.

Posted by: BigDeck | December 17, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Best day of the Redskins 2009 season!

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 17, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Christmas has come early!!!! So, what precipitated this move? You would have thought Zorn would go before Vinny. With them scouting quarterbacks just weeks ago, this makes now sense. So my question is, what Coach is he talking to that said Vinny must go or I'm not coming? That's the only reason this was done...................on a Thursday................with three weeks to go. The timing makes no sense. So, who told him to cut bait with Cerrato? Shanahan?........dare I say....Cowher??? He's trying to show somebody that they will have complete authority in this organization with this move....in my opinion.

Posted by: urblessed00 | December 17, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

redskins football is not just running the ball,redskins football has had 3 of the top rec in the game[monk/clark/sanders]set the record for points.and it wasnt west coast crap.

Posted by: DLESMonday | December 17, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that this happened on the heels of talks intensifying between Holmgren and Cleveland. Then no mention of Zorn. With Sherm Lewis and Zorn the one thing that's not like the others is Cerrato, and Holmgrem is in fact like the others.

This made my morning. HTTR

Posted by: rickmort | December 17, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Pretty sad that Vinny decided to take a parting shot at Zorn on his way out.

I suspect we haven't seen the last of Vinny.

Posted by: Gweez | December 17, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse


Seriously.

It only confirms what a petty unprofessional donkey he is.

It's no wonder he's failed miserably in an executive leadership position.

Posted by: p1funk | December 17, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

"I've also had the privilege of working for a franchise supported by the most loyal fans in the NFL."

Vinny forgot to mention that this franchise is supported by the most angry fans in the NFL.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 17, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Miracles do happen.

My thing is, I don't want a re-tread football guy like Holmgren, necessarily. There's no knowing how long he would be around (maybe 5 years?), if he would have the energy to really tackle the job well, etc. I'd rather get one of the up and coming GM types that have been mentioned by Wilbon and other so-called "experts" ....

Posted by: mattylight | December 17, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Little Polian & Morroco Brown

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | December 17, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Cerrato departure fuels Shanahan speculation, too
Posted by Mike Florio on December 17, 2009 9:06 AM ET
Though the timing of the resignation of Redskins executive V.P. of football operations Vinny Cerrato has prompted speculation that owner Daniel Snyder wants a ticket to the Big Show, other league insiders believe that Snyder has a different target.

"Holmgren's not going there," one league source opined to us this morning. "It's [Mike] Shanahan. The timing is just coincidental. Vinny was told that Shanny didn't want him, so he resigned."

Whether it's Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan, or someone else remains to be seen.

In that regard, stay tuned. Our pal Jay Glazer of FOX might have something interesting soon.

Posted by: TWISI | December 17, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER

If I can quote Rodney at the end of Caddyshack- "Hey everyone- we're all gonna get laid!!"

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | December 17, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I t6hough in Jason`s column..he said Vinnie made mention of Zorn..was it a misprint..and he meant to say he did not mention Zorn?
Possibly Mike Shanahan..as GM? How about...don`t laugh...asking Jimmie Johnson..not the NASCAR DRIVER. I would love to see him and Danny. He has experience working with rich meddlers..ala JJ.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | December 17, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Snyder's hand is going to get cold this winter.

Posted by: peterandmeredith | December 17, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Hire Holmgren....Keep JZ and JC....draft a bruising running back.....draft some new "HOGS"....draft a shut down corner...find a killer linebacker....and no more of this "dink and dunk" cr*p!


They do this, I'll be patient!


Oh, by the way, PORTIS, "EL", ROGERS, LANDRY, SMOOT, SELLERS,....


"B U H B Y E!"

Posted by: scollins | December 17, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I just peed my pants a little.

Agree w/Yoder. Morocco Brown might be the guy for this job. Not plashy but he seems to be highly regarded around the NF of L.

Posted by: Original_etrod | December 17, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Little Polian & Morroco Brown

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | December 17, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Yes please.

Any chance we could lure Ozzie Newsome down the Beltway???

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | December 17, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I am happy and skeptical at the same time...

A little worried that Gibbs maybe coming back as GM/ VP, not sure I would want that.

I also wonder if Vinny wanted to keep things in tact and Danny Boy said, nope blow it up...

Either way, changes are a coming to Redskins Park, should be an interesting end of the season and off season.

Hail Skins!

Posted by: mhartz1 | December 17, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Can we sing: "DING DONG THE INCOMPETENT VINNY, THE INCOMPETENT VINNY, THE INCOMPETENT VINNY, DING DONG THE INCOMPETENT VINNY IS GONE"

Or better yet: "CAN'T YOU FEEL A BRAND NEW DAY."

Posted by: ladyskins | December 17, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Wow, he resigned……..just like Nixon did.

Someone mentioned hearing that Snyder said that he needs to change as an owner……THAT would be the key piece here. If he brings someone in and actually lets them run things instead of Snyder himself tagging along on scouting trips and free agent decisions, then the tide may actually be turning. Let’s hope so. It will be very interesting to see who he eventually brings in. I suspect that we will have to wait until after the Super Bowl, or at least the end of the season….maybe it’s a good thing that Pittsburgh won’t make the playoffs….I love the Pitt guy as GM and Grimm as coach idea….or maybe one of the guys from Indy…..to have Dungy retire and his replacement take the team undefeated (so far) says a lot about how their org is run.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 17, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Christmas came early! Vinny Cerrato resigns! Now, will Dan Snyder take this opportunity to do something stupid? I hope not, but history shows I'll probably be disappointed.

Posted by: rawk | December 17, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

not mentioning Zorn, screams of petulance, and bitterness...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Now all I want for Christmas is Dungy or Cowher. We won't need a GM.
Thank you Santa Dan.

Posted by: skinsfan0524 | December 17, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO US!!!!!!!!

Happeeeeeee Traaaaaaails to Yoooouuuuu. . .

Posted by: dah1963 | December 17, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, there is a Santa. Now Santa for my other wish, get rid of Danny Boy. Hey Bill C., Mike S. and Russ G., the coast is clear. Come to DC and clean up the mess that the tag team of Dan and Vinny made of the Skins. As for Mike H. take the Cleveland job. We don't need the West Coast theme in the NFC East. Here we play football the old fashion way-down your throat, take you to the wood shed kind of football.

Posted by: raleighnative | December 17, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Today is the greatest.....day I've ever known....can't wait for tomorrow.....

I can officially stay a Redskin fan. It can't get worse than its been, no way to look at this other than its a great start to turning things around! HTTR!

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Yay!!!! 1 down three to go-- Campbell, Zorn, Danny Boy -- any order, doesn't matter, just go!!!!!

Posted by: JuiceHim | December 17, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Bring in Charley Casserly who is sitting right down the road in Fairfax!!
Snyder admitted his first mistake was to pick Turner over Casserly and now that can be corrected!!
I don't like the idea of bringing in a former coach to become GM!! Get a true personnel man!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 17, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

"Merry Christmas to Skins fans!"

Uhm, Happy Hanukkah, actually.

Posted by: Section506 | December 17, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Alahu Akbar!

Posted by: overed | December 17, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

From PFT:

"Holmgren's not going there," one league source opined to us this morning. "It's [Mike] Shanahan. The timing is just coincidental. Vinny was told that Shanny didn't want him, so he resigned."

Whether it's Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan, or someone else remains to be seen.

In that regard, stay tuned. Our pal Jay Glazer of FOX might have something interesting soon.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

not mentioning Zorn, screams of petulance, and bitterness...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

And the funny part is, the only person he has to blame for bringing in Zorn is himself...

Posted by: mattylight | December 17, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I think Charey Casserly would be a great GM for the Skins

Posted by: SkinsFan37years | December 17, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Clearly Snyder needs to take more of a "hands on" approach with the team.

Posted by: peterandmeredith | December 17, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

It finally happened, I'm so happy but before everyone blows their load at the early christmas present, it's just as important who Danny will hire. If he makes the wrong decision, we'll be right where we left off for another 10 years.

This is a huge decision and I hope to God someone who knows what they are doing will be brought in instead of some sexy name.

Please Danny, you got the first step right, make the right choice!

Vinny, thanks for nothin' and LET the door hit you on the way out.

Posted by: Moose33 | December 17, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I will renew my tickets now. Hire Tony Dungy as head of football operations. Let him hire Bill Polian's son as GM and let the GM hire the coach. Snyder please do this the right way.

Posted by: dph60 | December 17, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

My Vote is for the assistant over at the Ravens, Eric Decosta. He has been the understudy of a excellent GM who understands the importance of building a franchise (not just a seasonal roster) through the draft and filling the gaps via free agency. Cerrato tried to do it the other way around.

Posted by: akmzrazor | December 17, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Charley

Posted by: SkinsFan37years | December 17, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs is not coming back, I'll bet anything it's Shannahan and we will find out today.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 17, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Now if only Snyder would sell the team....

Posted by: dbunkr | December 17, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

does it really matter who we get to replace him?? OK I know it does, semi-rhetorical question. I think this is as significant for the fact that it tells us that Dan may- MAY- be willing to acknowledge that his way hasn't worked and willing to bring in someone that is not a figurehead, that understands that championships are won/lost in the trenches, that will strike a balance between drafting for need and taking the best talent available (the fact that Vinny seemed to OD on the latter was both disgusting and laughable since it presupposes that one has an eye for talent).

I say keep JZ, JC. Draft Okung and another guard in Rounds 1-2, safety and RB in later rounds. Re-sign Ganther. Picture me roll.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | December 17, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas!

Now, if only Jerry Jones would fire Wade Phillips, then the NFC East would be interesting again.

Posted by: Heerman532 | December 17, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Alahu Akbar!

Posted by: overed


Didn't think you'd like "pigskin"

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 17, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Bill Polians son was promoted to GM by the Colts a few weeks ago he is not going anywhere.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 17, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

here is one i think we can all agree on, so long vinny

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 17, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

JOY TO THE WORLD!!!THIS IS CHANGE FOR THE BETTER, YOU KNOW HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE A HUGE SPLASH WITH THE HIRING OF A BIG NAME!!! I don't care who it is grude to shanahann to whoever is an absolute uprade. It's going to be a real pro footall guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Yes!!!!!!!

Posted by: sthai75 | December 17, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I like the last paragraph naming all of Vinny's draft/FA "successes." Strange that Dana Stubblefield, Bruce Smith, Deon Sanders, Steve Spurrier, Tony Banks, Adam Archuleta, and scores of other bombs weren't mentioned. Aren't we still paying Archuleta? GOOD RIDDANCE, VINNY. The stench of the steaming pile you left on my team will probably linger for another season or two, but hopefully Danny will hire a competent GM who can spray some Febreeze on this team and find a way to flush the lingering hints of your influence. HIRE RUSS GRIMM.

Posted by: FireVinny1 | December 17, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

If they bring in ANYONE and give them both hats it's a mistake!! It just doesn't work and Shannahan was the most recent example!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 17, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

We need to get Holgrem as the GM. i think this is the best thing that ever happen to the Redskins. the drought it is over.
We need to keep Zorn, JC and the nonsense guys that show up to practice and play every week. this is a new begining for Redskins Football.

Posted by: patricklugo | December 17, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan....I'm down with that. At least he knows how to manage a game. Is he going to be GM and Coach? Id rather him just be coach.

Posted by: FedorEm | December 17, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Well, all the problems on this team have been cured but the most important one.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 17, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

three cheers!!!! Who will be the new "GM"

Posted by: drpolarbear | December 17, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I am happy and afraid at the same time. it seemed like this organization was being run like a fantasy football team: looks great on paper but doesn't work in real life. Hopefully, the Skins will go out and look for "talent" instead of "names". The fear comes in who is actually running the team. Snyder may still be calling the shots, which would be bad, especially if you're finding a suitable replacement. Holmgren would be a logical choice, being that Zorn is a disciple of his and work well with him. But since the Danny seems to hire yes men, he may not want him. Holmgren has already called him out in the media, so that could be the deal breaker right there.

As for his ability to GM, Holmgren could work better now than he did at Seattle. Having a coach be a GM at the same time is like being your own attorney at a trial: you have a fool for a client. If he can keep from micromanaging the team. He might do just fine.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 17, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"PFT has learned that in the wake of Vinny Cerrato's resignation, an inside source has learned that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder thinks that HE can handle the job as GM of the team. Despite ZERO experience in the field, Snyder plans on naming himself as the Head of Player and Personell for the team"

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm just so happy! I don't care who is hired, it can't get worse than the Vinny years.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Bring in Charley Casserly who is sitting right down the road in Fairfax!!
Snyder admitted his first mistake was to pick Turner over Casserly and now that can be corrected!!
I don't like the idea of bringing in a former coach to become GM!! Get a true personnel man!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 17, 2009 9:12 AM
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I could live with Casserly coming in as a GM. I still think they need a president of football operations - someone who can be that buffer between GM, coaches, and owners - that wouldn't be Casserly. Someone on here also mentioned Morocco Brown. I could live with him as a GM, as well. The poor guy has probably been sitting back biting his tongue watching Vinny's foolhearted maneuvers and has a long list of things he would change if he were in charge.

Whatever the scenario, I would like to see a return to discipline and smash mouth football. Does that mean Grimm as head coach? How Grimm as head coach and Casserly as GM? I could live with that. What I don't want is another year of "stay medium". Let Zorn finish the season and then let him go.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 17, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

not mentioning Zorn, screams of petulance, and bitterness...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 9:11 AM

It does, but really JZ on field the production lead to Vinny getting canned. It'd take a person with an average amount of moral constitution to give JZ a shout out in that situation.

Whomever comes in, I would want the current WCO to stay in place. It's taken too many years for some signs of an actual NFL offense being at Redskins Park, that I don't want to go another two years of getting another system down. Add an element of power running to it but please keep the basics intact.

Posted by: TWISI | December 17, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

So where do we go from here?

1) Shanahan

Firing Vinny seems to be in line with making a run at Mike Shanahan. Rumblings earlier in the year were that Shanny would not work with the Skins if Vinny were around. I would be very very happy with the move. I could see Shanny bringing Gary Kubiak to DC if he gets fired in Houston. They assembled some devastating offensive teams in Denver together.

2) Holmgren

This is intriguing b/c I could see Zorn staying around in some capacity if Holmgren is the hire, and I believe Zorn would be fine with that.

3) Gruden

Have fun on ESPN, Chucky.

4) Cowher

Don't see it happening.

5) Russ Grimm

This would certainly be consistent with a Danny attempt to reach back to the Gibbs glory-days to repair his image and standing with the fan base. Grimm is also a legit head coaching candidate.


Dark Horse Candidates for GM??

1) Ernie Accorsi -

Assembled the Super Bowl team for NYG before retiring. Here's a guy who knows the NFC East. If you can be successful in a place like NYC where the scrutiny and criticism in unbelievable, you can probably hack it in DC with Danny. If Danny throws big bucks at him, maybe he can lure him out of retirement

2) Steve Keim

He is Director of Player Personnel with the Arizona Cardinals. He's been the key guy working with Rod Graves to put together the team that went to the Superbowl last year. If you can turn around the Cardinals, you can do anything. Also, it's been rumored that his name is out there as a guy that a couple teams maybe looking at as a GM.

Posted by: p1funk | December 17, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

How are we not going to win the division now?

Posted by: peterandmeredith | December 17, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Adam Schefter on ESPN predicts that a new GM will be hired in 24-48 hours. It won't be Holmgren, but maybe Bruce Allen. Cerrato will stay on as a consultant to Dan Snyder. The new GM will decide on Zorn's future.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

It's a Christmas Miracle!!!!

Posted by: mikeyellis | December 17, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Dang, now who's Danny going to beat at raquetball???

Posted by: SkinsfaninPeru | December 17, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Report: Redskins chasing Bruce Allen
Posted by Mike Florio on December 17, 2009 9:17 AM ET
Wow.

On the same morning that executive V.P. of football operations Vinny Cerrato has resigned, triggering speculation that Mike Holmgren or Mike Shanahan could be taking the reins of the Redskins, Jay Glazer of FOX has dropped a bomb on us, baby.

Glazer reports that Redskins coaches were advised today that the teams is in talks with former Raiders and Buccaneers executive Bruce Allen.

Allen's father, George, was one of the most beloved coaches in franchise history not named "Joe Gibbs."

As Glazer points out, the Redskins would be required to satisfy the Rooney Rule when filling the top front-office position. In this case, either the Redskins already have quietly satisfied the requirement, or Allen would be hired for a position that does not presently require compliance with the Rooney Rule.

The arrival of Allen undoubtedly would trigger speculation that the next move would be to dump coach Jim Zorn and pursue Jon Gruden, who partnered with Allen both in Oakland and Tampa.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

here is one i think we can all agree on, so long vinny

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 17, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse


Pabrian,

I'm so elated I could give you a big fat wet kiss.

Posted by: p1funk | December 17, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Ding Dong, the witch is dead.

Happieness comes to Redskins Nation.

Hope they bring back Charlie Casserly!

Keep Zorn (if CC agrees, or needs time to evaluate) and JC (definitely... we have much bigger problems than QB!), but whatever we do, please, please, don't have Danny decide to be his own GM.

Posted by: WEWard3 | December 17, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Vinnie...and please DON'T come back again! Were tired of watching you blow up our skins to be fired again and again!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | December 17, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

"Ding dong the witch is dead" sing the Munchkins.

Posted by: calhokie | December 17, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

OH HAPPY FREAKING DAY!!!!!! This is AMAZING. I just heard this on the radio driving into work and I almost drove my car into a bus stop it was such a jolt of YES!

I can care again! Lets rip the giants/pukes heads off and deficate down their gaping neck holes!!!!!!

I haven't felt this good about the skins since the last playoff push!

I can't even think about "whats next" right now...just so geeked up about this.

Posted by: chrislarry | December 17, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance to bad trash. What a spineless excuse for a human being.

Posted by: daviddonahue2 | December 17, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

From Jay Glazer over at Fox Sports:

"The first step in cleaning up the mess in Washington has occurred.

"The Washington Redskins will announce Thursday morning that Vinny Cerrato has stepped down as vice president of football operations, source told FOXSports.com.

"Cerrato has long been Daniel Snyder’s right-hand man but has been highly criticized within league circles. It was widely assumed that whomever Snyder wanted to rescue his team would want Cerrato out.

"That obstacle has now been cleared."

The most interesting line is the first. If this is the "first step" in "cleaning up the mess", what is coming next?

Posted by: clchapman | December 17, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

It's high noon on my sundial!

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 17, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

In this case, either the Redskins already have quietly satisfied the requirement, or Allen would be hired for a position that does not presently require compliance with the Rooney Rule.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 9:20 AM

How this was done:

"Sherm, would you like to be GM?" "No, thanks."

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Now if Snyder resigns as owner we might have a shot at returning to greatness.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 17, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Allen and Jon Gruden would be fine with me!

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Hallllllehjuha!

Hallllllehjuha!

Everybody!

Hallllllehjuha!

I honestly can't believe it. It's Christmas miracle and birthday present all wrapped into one!

Hallllllehjuha!

Hallllllehjuha!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 17, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Twenty bucks he keeps an office in Redskins park? Any takers? Riggins had that one right.

Also,nothing nice about Zorn? Classless and pretty much all you need to know about what a lap dog he truly is. Heck, HE hired Zorn and all Zorn has been this year is gracious to a fault. The fact the players have not quit a team horribly constructed by Cerrato is because of Zorn. Stunning. Hopefully other teams (college or pro) will make note of his pitiful lack of loyalty.

Don't let the door hit you Vin. The teams were not good .. but you're worse.

Posted by: tslats | December 17, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: puttinforbird | December 17, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

anyone know Bruce Allen's resume as far as drafting goes??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 9:20 AM

That's brilliant marketing by Danny. With the Monday night game coming, and Gruden here today I believe with the rest of the crew, the Skins may have a new GM and HC by kickoff Monday night.

Posted by: TWISI | December 17, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Look forward to seeing you back on ESPN.com, Vinnie.

Good riddance!!

Posted by: jive_turkey | December 17, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

"......rejuvinate the team, and most of all the fans." And don't think the fans weren't the mitigating factor in all this. FANTASY FOOTBALL 101. All this just as I was beginning to like some of VINNIE's moves.

Well DAN, there's nothing left in the house but that mirror hanging on the wall that you see your ugly face in every time you wonder what's wrong with this franchise. Jeeze, CERRATO is given LESS than two years to improve things, less than two years!!!!

Talk about impatience personafied. A spoiled brat. We are on a rudderless ship drifting in a sea of football madness.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 17, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Danny finally got one thing right. Fire Vinny now so Dan can compete for whatever possible GM's are out there looking now. Just don't fall for a coach wanting to come in and be GM + coach - that's been shown over and over not to work.

Posted by: clr221821 | December 17, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Cerrato has never been anything more than a yes man. Hopefully this was a move done in order to bring in Mike Shanahan.

Posted by: joekrth | December 17, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Allen and Jon Gruden would be fine with me!

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse


I'd be fine with that.

I'm not the biggest Gruden fan, but one thing that I appreciate about him is that he's fully prepared to kick tail.

He won't play favorites, he'll hold players accountable and he won't heistate to rip them a new one.

The Redskins definitely need that.

Posted by: p1funk | December 17, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

*does a little dance*

Posted by: walkdwalk | December 17, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Hallelujah (Hebrew הַלְּלוּיָהּ, Standard Halleluya,Tiberian Halləlûyāh) is a Hebrew word meaning "Praise Yahweh". It is an exclamation used chiefly in songs of praise or thanksgiving to God, and as an expression of gratitude or adoration.

Posted by: MonkMossMann | December 17, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

It seems impossible to me to know just what Vinnie was responsible for. How many of the calls were Danny's? When Gibbs was there he'd get whatever he wanted.

I hope we keep the scouts we have who have done a good job finding low round contributors. Golston, Doughty, Tryon, and others. The three amigos picked in the second round last year don't look so bad now.

A year ago there was complaint that both lines had been neglected. Well, they sure fixed the DL - maybe the best in the league now especially when AH is in there. The OL might have played better if it weren't for injuries to Samuels and Thomas. Williams at RG is looking good and I expect him to come back next year even stronger. We may be just a tackle away from a dominating OL.

Posted by: skinfanman | December 17, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Joy to the world!

Posted by: Freddy_ADU | December 17, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Posted by: dealer1 | December 17, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Yes Virginia - there IS a Santa Claus!!!!!

Posted by: kevintsmith | December 17, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

glawrence....huh? wow....yeah Vinny didnt get a fair shake...wow...just wow.

Posted by: chrislarry | December 17, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I think its going to be either Gruden/Allen, Shanahan, or Holmgren. Its those three options. Personally, I would prefer Casserly and Grimm but I'll take any of those over what we've had. It can't be worse!

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I could go with Allen and Gruden.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 17, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

"Bring in Charley Casserly who is sitting right down the road in Fairfax!!"

That would be a really good move actually. But I have a hard time seeing that happen with Snyder's past and such.

Snyder did tell Charley that he made a mistake be letting him go the first time.

I really don't see this happening though.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 17, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

OH HAPPY FREAKING DAY!!!!!! This is AMAZING. I just heard this on the radio driving into work and I almost drove my car into a bus stop it was such a jolt of YES!

I can care again! Lets rip the giants/pukes heads off and deficate down their gaping neck holes!!!!!!

I haven't felt this good about the skins since the last playoff push!

I can't even think about "whats next" right now...just so geeked up about this.

Posted by: chrislarry | December 17, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse


ABSOFREAKINLUTELY!

It's been torture for me to have to secretly root for the SKins to lose to help ensure that Vinny gets canned.

I feel free.

I feel like overpaying for Redskins tix, blowing hundreds of dollars on concessions, and buying up all the Jason Taylor jerseys out there...

Posted by: p1funk | December 17, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Very interesting. IMO this is just the beginning and anxiously await the following chapters in the Redskins story for 2009/2010. HAIL!!!!

Posted by: ladyredskins | December 17, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Report: Redskins chasing Bruce Allen
Posted by Mike Florio on December 17, 2009 9:17 AM ET
Wow.

On the same morning that executive V.P. of football operations Vinny Cerrato has resigned, triggering speculation that Mike Holmgren or Mike Shanahan could be taking the reins of the Redskins, Jay Glazer of FOX has dropped a bomb on us, baby.

Glazer reports that Redskins coaches were advised today that the teams is in talks with former Raiders and Buccaneers executive Bruce Allen.

Allen's father, George, was one of the most beloved coaches in franchise history not named "Joe Gibbs."

As Glazer points out, the Redskins would be required to satisfy the Rooney Rule when filling the top front-office position. In this case, either the Redskins already have quietly satisfied the requirement, or Allen would be hired for a position that does not presently require compliance with the Rooney Rule.

The arrival of Allen undoubtedly would trigger speculation that the next move would be to dump coach Jim Zorn and pursue Jon Gruden, who partnered with Allen both in Oakland and Tampa.

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 17, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Danny obviously moved to get ahead of the Cowboys in the hunt for the next big name guy. The question is, is the big name the GM or the coach or both? I thought Cerrato resigning now meant Snyder was leaning toward hiring Shanahan to fill both jobs, but don't know about that now, with the rumor about Bruce Allen.

I'll stick my neck out and say it's Shanahan. I also say it probably won't matter as long as Danny stays involved in some way.

Posted by: baltova1 | December 17, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

The Vinny apologists are hysterical.....

Posted by: chrislarry | December 17, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

The blog is ALLLLLIVVVVEEEE!!!!!!

Vinny's evil plan is working!!!!

CURSES!!!!

(INSERT A BUG-EYED bwuh-ha-ha-ha-ha--ha-ha-ha-ha--ha-ha-ha-ha--ha-ha-ha-ha--ha-ha-ha-ha--ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!)

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 17, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Now everything is fixed. They will win games and make it look like little or no effort was required. Then they will change their name to something significantly less racist.

Posted by: joshlct | December 17, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Now everything is fixed. They will win games and make it look like little or no effort was required. Then they will change their name to something significantly less racist.

Posted by: joshlct | December 17, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

We need to get Shannahan on the line. Although, Snyder may scare off any chance we may have at a real coach.

Posted by: Snakeheader | December 17, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Glazer says its Bruce Allen and some think he wants to bring Gruden with him

Posted by: dlts20 | December 17, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

IF this is true...I am NOT happy with it.

What has Bruce Allen done? HE did have some good drafts in Oakland, but he had a TERRIBLE tenure in Tampa...

Also, I was wrong on this...I was for sure that Vinny would stay....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 17, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Excellent news! Now, we just have to get rid of Snyder to complete the deal!

Posted by: john24 | December 17, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I guess I'll hold on to these season tickets after all ... for at least another year...

"It's been a pleasure to have known such great general managers during this past decade: Marty ... [sound of crickets]

Posted by: AWWNats | December 17, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the early Christmas. The Cerrato tenure has been the most disappointing era of Redskins football.

Posted by: ch4gas | December 17, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Well, maybe I overstated a bit. Let's see how the tandem of BRUCE ALLEN and JON GRUDEN have treated OAKLAND and TAMPA BAY. Oh, they've been dismissed from TAMPA. Well, how have the RAIDERS and BUCS fared over the past ten years?

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 17, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I JUST WANT TO ENJOY THIS MOMENT BEFORE THE OTHER SHOE DROPS...i don't even want to think about that right now...

Posted by: dealer1 | December 17, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I wonder whether the timing of this announcement has anything to do with the ongoing discussion that Holmgren is having with the Cleveland Browns over their GM position. Perhaps Holmgren said he'd never even consider a job with the Redskins until Vinny Bugeyes bugged out. If so, just by getting rid of Vinny -- Holmgren has already done more for the Redskins than old lizard eyes ever did in several seasons here.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 17, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

For the Redskins, Christmas has come early this year. Nothing could be better for the Redskins' long-term prospects.

I assume this has happened because his replacement has already been determined and has agreed to come aboard. I am almost giddy in anticipation that this abrupt departure signals that the replacement, who I assume will be a REAL GM, is somebody good enough to be coveted by other teams, someone who had to be snarfed up in a hurry.

I hope it isn't Casserly. I've never been a fan of Charley Casserly. He's screwed us up once already. I would prefer his predecessor, Bobby Beathard, who builds champions from scratch. It was Beathard, remember, who made us into a dynasty even when faced with the draft choice-free reality that "The Future Was Back Then."

Beathard would probably be too much to ask for. Shanahan and Holmgren are basically head coaches, and I am not certain that either is the best fit for the role we need, although I might like to see them as Zorn's, not Cerrato's, replacement. Regarding Holmgren, I'm pretty sure that we do not want to emulate the Seahawks, perennial also-rans.

Outside of Beathard I am not clear who might make our best replacement. I am not that familiar with the available pool of NFL GM candidates (and neither are you; I trust that Dan Snyder is better placed in this regard).

And now, a word from the netherworld where Devil's Advocates dwell. It is possible, just possible, mind you, that the draft results that we have so balefully derided over the past few years, most prominently Kelly, Thomas and Davis, might actually pan out over the long term, somewhat confusing the issue of Cerrato's legacy.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | December 17, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

This is a great Christmas gift.....The guy single handedly with the midget has ruined this franchise.

Posted by: mofares | December 17, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: jksesq1..... Colbert and Grimm are the best suggestion I have heard!
*********
You are sooo right! Steven Colbert and the Brothers Grimm as D & O co-ordinators would rock!

Posted by: overed | December 17, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Cerrato is the first to be thrown under Snyder's bus. Next month it will be Zorn's turn. Then Portis, Campbell, and any other high priced player who has fallen out of favor with the fantasy football team owner. The problem starts at the top and Snyder isn't going to resign any time soon. Unfortunately. Just more of the "meet the new boss, same as the old boss" stewardship of Danny Boy.

Posted by: kmp1 | December 17, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Finally he did something right!

Posted by: dkane3 | December 17, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

"I just want to thank a few people..."

Posted by: cbmuzik | December 17, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

HALLELUJAH!! NOW NEXT STEP IS FOR US TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET SNYDER FIRED...

Posted by: skins82 | December 17, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

AMEN, NOW WE HAVE A CHANCE TO GET BETTER. IF SNYDER CAN GIVE UP HIS INTERFERING IN FOOTBALL DECISIONS.

Posted by: sruppert | December 17, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

LaCanfora just said Bruce Allen with Shanahan

Posted by: dlts20 | December 17, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY!!! NOT SURE HOW TO FEEL ABOUT THIS NEXT STORY!!


Posted by Mike Florio on December 17, 2009 9:17 AM ET
Wow.

On the same morning that executive V.P. of football operations Vinny Cerrato has resigned, triggering speculation that Mike Holmgren or Mike Shanahan could be taking the reins of the Redskins, Jay Glazer of FOX has dropped a bomb on us, baby.

Glazer reports that Redskins coaches were advised today that the teams is in talks with former Raiders and Buccaneers executive Bruce Allen.

Allen's father, George, was one of the most beloved coaches in franchise history not named "Joe Gibbs."

As Glazer points out, the Redskins would be required to satisfy the Rooney Rule when filling the top front-office position. In this case, either the Redskins already have quietly satisfied the requirement, or Allen would be hired for a position that does not presently require compliance with the Rooney Rule.

The arrival of Allen undoubtedly would trigger speculation that the next move would be to dump coach Jim Zorn and pursue Jon Gruden, who partnered with Allen both in Oakland and Tampa.

PROFOOTBALTALK.COM

Posted by: damachine | December 17, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Yeaaaaahhhhhhh Baaaaabbbbbbbbyyyyyy! Talk about an early christmas present!!! Best of luck to you Cerrato

Posted by: Istudydrugs | December 17, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

THANK GOD!!!

Now take Dork Zorn, Loser Campbell, Toast Rodgers, Randle Fell, Diva Portis with YOU!!!

Posted by: Redskin_in_miami | December 17, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

So Christmas comes early this year.

One down, one to go. And no I don't mean Zorn or Campbell or whatever.

Posted by: Pepper5 | December 17, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Allen, He is the brother of George Allen who is a good friend of snyder. Which means we hire a more knowledgable football guy who will still take advise from snyder. But he will convince fans that he has stepped out of the way because he fired vinny. Fans get all fired up and buy 2010 tickets. Brilliant!!

Posted by: ged0386 | December 17, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Charley Casserly, please come back.

Posted by: memyselfI1 | December 17, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Homgren Is going to Cleavland.

You Guys will see Shannahan here next year.
btw
I am an Eagles fan living in Enemy Territory.

Posted by: bakerc2 | December 17, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

This could also be a marketing ploys by Dannyboy as he knows that fans are boycotting and not renewing tickets left and right. He wants to lure some fans to FedEx during the last three games so he can sell $10 hot dogs. The midget must go and this is so typical of him. I guarantee yout at the Redskins will suck for the next three years unless there is a semi-complete overhall including Campbell, Portis, Landry, Haynesworth, Cooley, offesive line, Moss, Randel El, etc...

Posted by: mofares | December 17, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

This is AWESOME!

correction: the tackles name is Levi Jones

Posted by: smmckenzie | December 17, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

This is AWESOME!

correction: the tackles name is Levi Jones

Posted by: smmckenzie | December 17, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Bruce is getting hired therefore Chuckie is comming. This is getting good

Posted by: ged0386 | December 17, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Until Dan steps in front of the team bus at 55mph, nothing will change.

Posted by: ey22314 | December 17, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

brownwood26,

Good point. The only guy I've ever seen do it well was Jimmy Johnson. However he built the core of his roster before free agency by making the trade of the century (Walker). No team these days would be willing to trade 3 first round picks for someone they'd eventually get a shot at in free agency. Even a mediocre GM should have success with 7 1st round picks in three years, so how successful he would have been in today's NFL with both duties remains to be seen (I don't count the Miami years).

Posted by: akmzrazor | December 17, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Slow down folks.... Let's hope Danny doesn't just hire "a football guy" because he's famous and available. That's the approach that failed in the past (Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Jeff George, Ray Rhodes, Marvin Lewis, Schott, Spurrier, I could go on all day). I fear that some of the names being batted around, like Wolf, Holmgren or even Shanahan fall in that category. Wolf hasn't been a personnel guy for years, and Holmgren and Shanahan are lousy personnel guys. There is a reason none of those men is with a team right now.

No, just hiring a smart football guy is not the answer. Hire THE RIGHT FOOTBALL GUY, one who is hard working, innovative, who shares your vision for the team you want to build, is driven by success and not just money, who will stick it out for the long haul, and who you can get along with on a personal level so we don't have another Schottenheimer "one and done" year.

Posted by: jksesq1 | December 17, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with you, jksesq1. We need someone who is #2 at a very successful front office operation, someone who is younger than Holmgren. I'm not totally opposed to Holmgren, but would prefer someone who is younger. ANd we need someone who is familiar with contracts and cap management.

Posted by: frediefritz | December 17, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

What was the relationship between Zorn and Homlgren when they were in Seattle together?

Posted by: jf_98 | December 17, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The clown has left the building!

Posted by: SeanA1 | December 17, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

"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,

He leaves out Zorn on purpose possibly because Snyder told him to. What a first class jerk.

Posted by: MKadyman | December 17, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Allen, He is the brother of George Allen who is a good friend of snyder. Which means we hire a more knowledgable football guy who will still take advise from snyder. But he will convince fans that he has stepped out of the way because he fired vinny. Fans get all fired up and buy 2010 tickets. Brilliant!!
Posted by: ged0386 | December 17, 2009 9:41 AM

Wow. Call me crazy, but I thought that Bruce was George’s son, and that George passed away a few years back……

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 17, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I hope it isn't Casserly. I've never been a fan of Charley Casserly. He's screwed us up once already. I would prefer his predecessor, Bobby Beathard, who builds champions from scratch. It was Beathard, remember, who made us into a dynasty even when faced with the draft choice-free reality that "The Future Was Back Then."

Beathard would probably be too much to ask for. Shanahan and Holmgren are basically head coaches, and I am not certain that either is the best fit for the role we need, although I might like to see them as Zorn's, not Cerrato's, replacement. Regarding Holmgren, I'm pretty sure that we do not want to emulate the Seahawks, perennial also-rans.

Outside of Beathard I am not clear who might make our best replacement. I am not that familiar with the available pool of NFL GM candidates (and neither are you; I trust that Dan Snyder is better placed in this regard).

And now, a word from the netherworld where Devil's Advocates dwell. It is possible, just possible, mind you, that the draft results that we have so balefully derided over the past few years, most prominently Kelly, Thomas and Davis, might actually pan out over the long term, somewhat confusing the issue of Cerrato's legacy.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | December 17, 2009 9:34 AM
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When did Casserly screw us up?? It was well documented that SB#3 was largely his doing from a personnel standpoint. Also keep in mind that it was he who unearthed players such as Jeff Bostic and Joe Jacoby, not Beathard.
Beathard was famous for his trading of next years #1 for the current years #2, etc! His early round picks were not always the best!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 17, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

LOL AT THIS EARLIER POST THOUGH...LMAO

In this case, either the Redskins already have quietly satisfied the requirement, or Allen would be hired for a position that does not presently require compliance with the Rooney Rule.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 9:20 AM

How this was done:

"Sherm, would you like to be GM?" "No, thanks."

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 9:23 AM

Posted by: damachine | December 17, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

A poster said he hopes Casserly doesn't come here...well...remember he was here when Gibbs was coach...though they didn't get along Casserly did a goodjob...

Don't worry about Beathard coming..he is too old now and this job will require a lot of energy and time...

I vote for Casserly but don't think the Dan likes him either...

Holmgren would make a good GM..people knock him but he failed before as a GM because he was also coach...not a good thing....Gruden would be a good coach because he has more imagination than Zorn on offense and not afraid to get in players' faces if need be...

Posted by: pentagon40 | December 17, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Allen, He is the brother of George Allen who is a good friend of snyder. Which means we hire a more knowledgable football guy who will still take advise from snyder. But he will convince fans that he has stepped out of the way because he fired vinny. Fans get all fired up and buy 2010 tickets. Brilliant!!
Posted by: ged0386 | December 17, 2009 9:41 AM

Wow. Call me crazy, but I thought that Bruce was George’s son, and that George passed away a few years back……


Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 17, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse
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George Allen, Jr.

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 17, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Thank goodness danny's love affair with ceratto is over. He's deep in with tom cruise now.

Posted by: DrWho2 | December 17, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Are you people on drugs?

Reading these post you all actually want to give this team another year. Get serious! This thing needs to be blown up, start from scratch. Everybody must go.

And BTW, Zorn is a good as fired. Same goes for Campbell. Now that the pressure is off (season basically over) these stiffs start to play well. Guess what, with nothing on the line, its easy to play well.

So if you're holding out hope that Zorn or Campbell will return, think again. The new GM (Bruce Allen) will bring in his own people.

Posted by: Redskin_in_miami | December 17, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Vinny may have only been GM since 2008, however he and Dan have been making blunder moves since the two have been here. I think it's funny when he thinks his team is playoff caliber when they can't even win games in the nfc east. Looking at the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys, they have young talent at the QB, RB, WR and TE position better then what the Redskins have. At least they will get an easier schedule for finishing last again(TB, St Louis, Detroit) but still 3-5 years away from making a serious run at the playoffs/SB.

Posted by: larry40 | December 17, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Santa Claus does exist!!!!! :)

Posted by: Tonyp316 | December 17, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Tears of joy.

If Cerrato doesn't get picked up by another NFL team, it will vindicate all those who have been calling for Snyder to fire Smithers.

Keep Zorn and Campbell and hire a strong, powerful, and proven GM who will promise to re-build the team (especially the OL) through the draft like successful NFL franchises.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | December 17, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Are you people on drugs?

Reading these post you all actually want to give this team another year. Get serious! This thing needs to be blown up, start from scratch. Everybody must go.

And BTW, Zorn is a good as fired. Same goes for Campbell. Now that the pressure is off (season basically over) these stiffs start to play well. Guess what, with nothing on the line, its easy to play well.

So if you're holding out hope that Zorn or Campbell will return, think again. The new GM (Bruce Allen) will bring in his own people.

Posted by: Redskin_in_miami | December 17, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse
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The sun must be getting to you in Miami!!

The defense is still one of the leagues best, so why would you "blow it up"??
Also, unless the league goes "uncapped", you don't just start from scratch any more!!

Focus on the O-line, which is why I vote for the Casserly/Grimm scenario, and things will be fine!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 17, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The Skins will still suck. The Eagles will always have their number. Although I agree that Vinny was a big problem because he had no idea on how to build a championship team (you don't use the free agency to do it; you build it through the draft).

Look at the Ravens. What a great organization; Ozzie Newsome knows how to build a team.

The Redskins' problems begin with Dan Snyder. Just because you're a fan of the game means that you "know" the game. I am a fan, that doesn't mean I can run a team (even if I had the money to do so).

Danny Boy needs to take a backseat and let the real professionals run the team. Then and only then can the Redskins even try to get to the top of the heap.

Go EAGLES!!!!!!

Posted by: EaglesFan4Life | December 17, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I never thought this day would come...I was sure Vinnie had pictures of Danny Boy fellating a goat or something. How else could this moron have managed to keep his job for so long?

Posted by: ByeByeVinnie | December 17, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

The weather outside looks clear and fine,
While we all are drink-ing egg nog.

Now that Ceratto has resigned.
The Redskins will shine,

Holy (Bleep) its Christmas…

Posted by: rmbutcher | December 17, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

bye crack eye, hello evil eye, walrus, or chucky

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 17, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The timing of the move was a little surprising, but Snyder needed to give the fans some hope going into the offseason. He couldn't fire himself, so he did the next best thing and forced Vinny to resign. Anyone who thinks Holmgren is considering coming here as GM is mistaken. He's already in line to either replace the Seattle GM Ruskell who resigned two weeks ago or the Cleveland job as President/GM. Logic says he takes the Seattle job where he is comfortable with ownership and knows the personnel. He also has bashed the Redskins for the treatment of his former QB coach Zorn.

For the Redskins, think more along the lines of Bruce Allen or Charlie Casserly (assuming he'd ever want to return). I doubt that Ron Wolf would come out of retirement even though he lives in Annapolis and built the Green Bay teams. Zorn is gone but that won't happen until after the season.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 17, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Simultaneously, the rest of the NFC East just said "Oh crap ! Who let the cat out of the bag !"

Posted by: jim_skins | December 17, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why people are asking for Holmgren or Shannahan. There is a reason they are both out of football and looking for work. I think it will be someone else. With the team's recent improved play, I'm on board with keeping Zorn and Campbell. We need some consistancy. Also, why not hire Sherm as the offensive coordinator, send Portis packing and upgrade the O-line.

Posted by: jfoster13 | December 17, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

YYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!

Posted by: unclelonghair | December 17, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Dan's recognizing he sucks as GM, and leading the team into hotels on away games, is not the way for an owner to act.
it's a beutiful day! :)

Posted by: Max231 | December 17, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

How is Jon Gruden involved in this talk? Didn't he just recently renew his contract with ESPN?

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 17, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Christmas comes early!

Vinny, you don't have to go home - but you can't stay here!

Goodbye - nice to know you - please don't call or write!

Posted by: ssh1549 | December 17, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The team does not need to be completely blown up and should not be. They should keep Campbell if his demand is reasonable, and not try to break in a rookie at that position (guaranteeing the team two more years in purgatory). They badly need a new O'line. They need at least one new cornerback. They need a new running back. And they need some insurance at linebacker, given London's advancing age. Orakpo has been brilliant and will only get better. If we can keep Hanynesworth healthy for more than two games in a row, the D Line should be a monster.

The receivers are coming along, and when Cooley returns, we'll have two of the better tight ends in the league.

So, the key here is -- repeat after me -- O Line, O Line, O Line. If the offense improves, the defense (already pretty good) will jump 4 spots.

Posted by: CCOLE1 | December 17, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

General Manager? Does that mean he has the responsibility as a G/M or is Danny boy still mnaking the football decisions?

Posted by: boyn4884 | December 17, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I am not a Redskins fan but if I were I'd want them to bring in Cowher to run this thing. The man knows what it's like to run a stable professional sports franchise.

He should sit down with Danny and tell him, "Ok, Danny here's how this is going to work: You sit down in the owners box on game day and cheer for the team. We can also meet for breakfast once a week where I will give you an update on where we are. I will handle everything else. That's how we did it in Pittsburgh and things worked out quite a bit better then here."

Posted by: mburix | December 17, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance to bad rubbish...

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps | December 17, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Vinny may have only been GM since 2008, however he and Dan have been making blunder moves since the two have been here. I think it's funny when he thinks his team is playoff caliber when they can't even win games in the nfc east. Looking at the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys, they have young talent at the QB, RB, WR and TE position better then what the Redskins have. At least they will get an easier schedule for finishing last again(TB, St Louis, Detroit) but still 3-5 years away from making a serious run at the playoffs/SB.

Posted by: larry40 | December 17, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse
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Sorry Larry40, but what are you drinking?? What Dallas, NYG and Philly all have in common are better offensive lines right now!! To claim that they are all light years ahead of the Skins in talent at the positions you named is ridiculous!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 17, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Go EAGLES!!!!!!

Posted by: EaglesFan4Life

my previous strategy of 'anybody but the cowboys' just changed, 'anyone but an nfc east team'

GET OFF OUR BLOG

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 17, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

it's been reported that Allen has "GM" in his title!!!!!! YAY!!!!!

Posted by: Max231 | December 17, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, bring back Bobby Beathard!

Not really, but he's the mold. His era was the only time in my 50 years of watching and agonizing with the Skins that they consistently had solid, deep, well-balanced teams on the field for multiple years.

Posted by: fr3dmars | December 17, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

According to ESPN, Bruce Allen is the new GM. I guess the Post will get around to it sooner or later.

Posted by: messykat | December 17, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Go EAGLES!!!!!!

Posted by: EaglesFan4Life

my previous strategy of 'anybody but the cowboys' just changed, 'anyone but an nfc east team'

GET OFF OUR BLOG

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 17, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Amen!

Go away - Don't you have to bail out Andy Reid's sons or something?

Posted by: ssh1549 | December 17, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

See'ya later you piece of sht.

Posted by: coastallp74 | December 17, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

THE BEST NEWS EVER!!!!!

Posted by: whughes1 | December 17, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

THE BEST NEWS EVER!!!!!

Posted by: whughes1 | December 17, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Yaaaay! finally hes gone! we should keep sherm, forget zorn, demote landry he doesn't know how to cover, we need a running back, a couple of offensive linemen, a safety who know how to cover, a corner and a kicker in case our new one sucks.

Posted by: sihanat@hotmail.com | December 17, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

It's obvious that Casserly is not returning - Bruce Allen is the GM. Casserly is a really good person but his super bowl "win" was the year he inherited after Beathard left.

He really did a mediocre job with the Skins and he was fired by the Texans.

I'm amazed that Cerrato is gone - I'm stunned and impressed by Dan Snyder's decision. Maybe he's finally realizing he can't win the Super Bowl by running the team by being the de facto GM.

Gruden has an out in his ESPN deal that allows him to leave early for a head coaching job.

Posted by: nativedc | December 17, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

YESSSSS! THERE IS A FOOTBALL GOD. JZ AND JC NEED TO BE RETAINED. VINNY YOUR BOXES AND BAGS ARE PACKED. LEAVE THE KEYS WITH US FANS.

Posted by: classicskins | December 17, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

YESSSS THERE IS A FOOTBALL GOD!

Posted by: classicskins | December 17, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

This is what we needed and I do hope we keep Zorn and staff on because I think its moving in the right direction. However, I do not want Holmgren! Every job that has open so far this year he has begged to be hired. He wasnt successful in Seattle as GM. Dan take your time and hire someone that is proven in that position not a successful head coach with an inflated ego!

Posted by: micbob | December 17, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Gentlemen-- This is the reason you never play a puppet for any man.

Posted by: jtrob_1 | December 17, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Gentlemen-- This is the reason you never play a puppet for any man.

Posted by: jtrob_1 | December 17, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Jim Webb would have been a better choice.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | December 17, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Jim Zorn-- Took the heat for you all year and you couldn't give him the decency of respect in your farewell statement? Vinny: you are a class act!

Posted by: jtrob_1 | December 17, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday to Me!! Sorry, Vinny -- this teams need a true professional.

Posted by: winker2233 | December 17, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Well it is official that Bruce Allen will be the VP of football operations and GM. Wow we finally have a GM. Ok now lets really read between the lines. Now im really convined Zorn is gone. I kind of hate that because I believe the skins will finish strong. With the amount of injuries that the skins have suffered and the way the team has been playing these last 4 games. Sherman Lewis was bought in by Ceratto and that was just amazing on his part. We all joked about bring in a guy who was calling bingo games. Then we realized this guy is a west coast guru. With Zorn calling the plays we were averageing 13 points a game. Since we bought in Sherman Lewis we are scoring 22 points a game. Our last three games we are averaging 29 points a game. Are you kidding me. I was really looking forward to bring Lewis back to calll plays. With us having a new GM I really don't know if we will keep Lewis or not. If we could that would be awsome. I was really starting to like the play of Jason Cambell over his last month of play. He is really playing like he is in his last year of his contract. I would have liked to have Cambell back. Well you know how it is being a Redskin fan. I just hope that our Owner will be patient in this process for the future of the skins. I mean he gave Zorn 2 years then canned him. It took NFL teams 8 weeks to catch on to Zorn play calling. Once Vinny stripped him of that you could see the skins look like a team that would not just be a push over. This has to be at least a 5 year project. Whoever the QB and coach is they must be here for that period of time. It's been proven that the Skins can't buy a championship. Our defense has never been that far off. Snyder can really bounce back with these next couple of moves. I really believe that you will start to see the skins being run like a great organization. GO SKINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: louloudekdek1 | December 17, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

The kings of the NFL offseason started early this time. So the focus for Monday night will be Gruden coming back to work with Allen. Synder is a marketing genius, he will justify keeping the ticket, parking, etc prices high and give the Redskin fans the best NFL offseason money can buy.

Just make sure you renew those tickets cause change is coming to DC, again. Just like the new change that came in Jan 2009, its will be the same old BS coming regular season 2010.

Posted by: jaythrowback1 | December 17, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Vinny leaving is great, but if the rumor about Bruce Allen is true that doesnt mean things are getting better at all. Unless he hires a GM who is a real football expert - recent knowledgeable engaged football person.

Posted by: sdefife | December 17, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Snyder said "He's the consummate optimist." We need a REALIST!! Not an Optimist!

Posted by: egrib | December 17, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

yeah, Snyder's optimitst comment validates Vinny as the "Yes" man, and Dan's "tell me what I want to hear". Dan was calling the shots, and Vinnie was nothing but the mouthpiece.
Now, maybe things are changing; the GM moniker for Allen sounds wonderful today.

Posted by: Max231 | December 17, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Finally, after he has driven the franchise into the ground. It is time to clean house and get rid of Zorn and Campbell.
Merry Christmas Synder.

Posted by: USMARINE67 | December 17, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Do you believe in Miracles?

Posted by: RockStorm_Radio | December 17, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

shanahan will be the new redskins head coach. the new GM will be somebody who snyder has already come to an agreement on shanahan as coach - if it isn't shanahan himself. snyder made up his mind months ago about shanahan.

i don't know why anybody is surprised with vinny leaving. la var said 2 weeks ago that this would be happening after the undermining of zorn by bringing in lewis etc.

don't expect gruden to coach anywhere for 2-3 years. he's having too much fun running the show on MNF

Posted by: surlydoc | December 17, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Hail to the Redskins!!! By the way...Holmgren is no good...garbage!

Posted by: qasim4178 | December 17, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Best. Christmas. Gift. EVER.

Posted by: Shaybert78 | December 17, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

ABV. Anybody but Vinny.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | December 17, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I've noticed that many posters are calling for keeping Zorn yet before he was stripped of his play calling duties most people were call for his head because of his inability to manage the game, call the right plays, etc. I think there is a problem here with short term memory loss.

Posted by: AlfromAlexandria | December 17, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Someone called me and asked if I'd seen the news about the Redskins. Told him I hadn't. Said that Cerrato had been fired. I couldn't believe it so I checked it out. All I can say is - Thank God!

Posted by: morph424 | December 17, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Fire Zorn, Portis and Campbell next.. Don't be fooled by a win over the Raiders. a bad team that laid down when Russell came in as QB.. The Skins were 9-7 in 2007 (4 wins belong to Collins) 8-8 in 2008 and now 4-9 in 2009 (with them not looking to get many more wins the last 3 games).. That is NOT IMPROVING!!! After this season is the time to start fresh.. start with new HC RB and QB.

Posted by: sovine08 | December 17, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Dan: You have to answer for Zorn, Vinny. You fingered Jim for the Dallas people.

Vinny: Mr. Snyder, you got it all wrong.

Dan Ah, that little farce you played with Sherm Lewis. You think that would fool a Snyder?

Vinny: Dan, I'm innocent. I swear on Gibbs.

Dan: Sit down.

Vinny: Please don't do this to me, Dan. Please don't.

Dan: The Cowboys are choking. So are Giants and the Eagles don't stand a chance in the playoffs. Today I settled all family business so don't tell me that you're innocent. Admit what you did.

[Vinny starts sobbing]

Dan: Get him a drink. Don't be afraid, Vinny. Come on, you think I'd make your wife a widow? I'm Godfather to your son.

[Vinny gets handed a drink]

Dan: Go ahead. Drink. Drink. No, you're out of the family business, that's your punishment. You're finished. I'm putting you on a plane to Conneticut, to ESPN. BAN?

[BAN hands Dan an airplane ticket]

Dan: I want you to stay there, you understand?

[Vinny nods]

Dan: Only don't tell me that you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and it makes me very angry. Now, who approached you first? Jones or Mara?

Vinny: It was Jones.

Dan: Good. There's a car outside that will take you to the airport. I'll call your wife and tell her what flight you're on.

Vinny: Listen, Dan...

Dan: Go on. Get out of my sight.

[Vinny gets escourted out of the room]

Dan: Bring in Bruce

[Bruce walks in and kisses the ring, and the doors shut]

Posted by: Hondo5 | December 17, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Before we marry Holgren,how's he doing now ?
How was he as GM ?
Holgren without Oline and players is just another guy with a clip board and a call into Jenny Craig.
These coaches are working now...leave them alone,Jason has become one of the better QB's in the game last few weeks,look at the stats,and that's with only 4 offensive starters on the field with him...
Oline,new RB,some pass defense...and it's playoffs.

Posted by: petebowling1 | December 17, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Christmas came a little early was my immediate reaction.

I can't believe people are defending Cerrato. The Redskins are 4-9! They've had 2 winning seasons in the last 10 years (2000-2009) and one of them was 9-7. If losing is what you want then yeah you're right keep Cerrato. If winning - like they did in the 80s and early 90s - is what you want (I know that's what I want) then Vinny must go.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | December 17, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder controlled Vinny. Do not think that Vinny was the reason this team has stunk. That blame goes straight to the top.

As long as The Danny is calling the shots, the Vinny resignation means NOTHING!

Posted by: Sports_Guru

sorry sports_guru but cerrato wasn't controlled by snyder. let's examine this for a brief moment...10 seasons of ineptitude based on cerrato's decision making yet he kept his job while the head coaches took the fall. keep in mind, cerrato kept in snyder's ear about even the coaching decisions such as steve spurrier and even jim zorn. taking the redskins out of their rugged smash mouth offensive scheme to a more finesse wco offense by hiring zorn to run the offense was a huge mistake. i'm just hoping bruce allen will fix what cerrato fuqqed up. when you think about the fact that allen was brought in from tampa bay and they haven't been doing so well, i have to scratch my head. i just hope after next season we won't be sitting here wishing cerrato was back!

Posted by: charronegro1971 | December 17, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The Skins will still suck. The Eagles will always have their number. Although I agree that Vinny was a big problem because he had no idea on how to build a championship team (you don't use the free agency to do it; you build it through the draft).

Look at the Ravens. What a great organization; Ozzie Newsome knows how to build a team.

The Redskins' problems begin with Dan Snyder. Just because you're a fan of the game means that you "know" the game. I am a fan, that doesn't mean I can run a team (even if I had the money to do so).

Danny Boy needs to take a backseat and let the real professionals run the team. Then and only then can the Redskins even try to get to the top of the heap.

Go EAGLES!!!!!!

Dude - maybe you guys ought to win SOMETHING before you go spouting off about a GM/HC that haven't drafted a player or coached a game yet for this team....isn't it about time for you to disappoint in the playoffs again?? Here's a hint - you need to win the FINAL game of the year in order to crow about anything....Go up to Franklin Mills and buy your division champion teeshirt.....again....for like the 7th time. we'll all be busy dusting off the Lombardi shelf, getting ready for whAt the future might bring - donkey.

Posted by: DEskinzfan | December 17, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

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