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Goodell: Redskins complied with Rooney Rule

Despite the short time between the announcement of the departure of Vinny Cerrato and the hiring of Bruce Allen, the Redskins complied with the NFL's Rooney Rule, according to Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"The Redskins have been in contact with our office throughout the process," Goodell wrote in response to a question on a chat on NFL.com, "and have followed the proper procedures of the Rooney Rule."

The so-called Rooney Rule, which the league adopted in 2003, requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for head-coaching and front-office positions.

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

As for the matter of the head coach, no one I've spoken with the organization has made any attempt to end the increasing buzz about Mike Shanahan possibly replacing the Jim Zorn as head coach.

By Jason Reid  |  December 17, 2009; 1:45 PM ET
 
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Good for Snyder. Crossing the i's and dotting the t's. And so on.

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

It's interesting that the Redskins were in contact with their office but that Jasno didn't leak the story. I guess Jasno's source really is Leigh Torrence.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if pft is going to acknowledge this?

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

and maps

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

Allen draft record with the Bucs

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

pick game changing players when available

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

So I would say A for Bruce on draft philosophy

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

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

OK, we got what most of us wanted. A real GM.

Now, we need to let the GM do his job. Hopefully, racquetball isn't in his job description.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 17, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Can we eventually fire the guy at PFT?

Posted by: alex35332 | December 17, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Goodell: Redskins complied with Rooney Rule

By Cindy Boren | December 17, 2009; 1:45 PM ET

Man, this really takes the wind out of Michael Wilbon's sails. So maybe he'll have to blast Chris Henry for leading the thug life, riding in the back of a pickup.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm currently riding a 7 post beep streak..

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

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

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 17, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

So much for Florio saying the Redskins ignored the Rooney Rule.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 17, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Anything BUT Mike Shanahan.

Posted by: filmchis | December 17, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Anybody still got the "No Fassel!" signs laying around? I want to scribble out the F word and write in Shanahan.

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

So much for Florio saying the Redskins ignored the Rooney Rule.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 17, 2009 2:02 PM

Note to bunched undies crowd: Florio said the thought that something smelled and that he checked to make sure he didn't forget his deodorant. He didn't say the Skins ignored the Rooney Rule.

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

It's interesting that the Redskins were in contact with their office but that Jasno didn't leak the story. I guess Jasno's source really is Leigh Torrence.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The NFL and the Network are completely separate entities. The fall out of preferential treatment for the network on league office matters would be tremendous, given the levels on investmetn from ESPN, Fox, CBS & NBC.

One thing we can count on is that JLa still has to do legwork, which is why like JReid, he will continue to be scooped by better reporters

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

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

PLEASE, PLEAZE, PLEAZE NO SHANAHAN!! NO SHANAHAN!!

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

Anything BUT Mike Shanahan.

Posted by: filmchis | December 17, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Anybody still got the "No Fassel!" signs laying around? I want to scribble out the F word and write in Shanahan.

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 2:03 PM

Why wouldn't you want Shanahan as a HC. For his career, he's 50 games over .500. This guy knows how to coach.

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

Okay, well in light of Vinny hitting the bricks I figured it's a good time to post this old quote:

"Viva Vinny. The guy is one has blossomed into one of the better talent evaluators in the game. Of course, Redskins fans refuse to acknowledge this, but they will be forced by next January."

Posted by: Barno1 | September 22, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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

sween,

You've got [FB] mail.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 17, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Zorn stays as coach for 2010, if he wins and makes the playoffs alls well in Redskins land.. if not Gruden is the coach in 2011, that way he holds up his end of the deal wih MNF.

Posted by: dean4 | December 17, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

A guy at my work just asked me if he should start Quentin Ganther this week for his fantasy team? Mind you he is going to start him over Matt Forte.

Laughed at the premise alone. Didn't know what to say b/c it's a legitimate question. Quentin Ganther. I mean c'mon.

Posted by: saltine182 | December 17, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

If Wilbon's smart he'd just shut his mouth about Chris Henry.

Many people though he was out of line in making the comments he did in the wake of Taylor's murder.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"....most likely the source was indicating that the Redskins interviewed several minority candidates."

We have a list of the candidates.

And according to Mr. Goodell, each was vetted, interviewed, and offered a taxi ride back to the airport.

Ossie Newsome (the team said, "No. He drafted a murderous middle linebacker!")

Doug Williams (the team said, "He only won just one Super Bowl, after all.")

Martin Mayhew (the team said, "The Lions are a mess, c'mon!")

Jerry Reese (the team said, "Why would we hire a black guy who's won a title with the giants when we can have a guy who one aginst the pats in the snow?)

Omar Minaya (the team said, "He might be qualified, but we don't have place for Jose Reyes on our roster.")

"But Minaya will be given a second chance to interview."

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 17, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Why all the anti Shanahan talk. Eons better than Zorn.

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

“Vinny is awesome.”

Posted by: Barno1 | October 2, 2009 12:15 PM

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

Lavar said he has from a "very good source" that Vinny will still be in the building.

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

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

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

And MARKO MITCHELL?

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

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

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

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 17, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

why are cats dumping/saying no thanks to Shanny?? I don't get that??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks ElBigChroizo. If the skins could get Decosta to join the staff and still find a way to retain Brown, the scouting department should be one to reckon with. I'm hoping Shanahan keeps continuity on the defensive side of the ball.

Posted by: TWISI | December 17, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Lavar said he has from a "very good source" that Vinny will still be in the building.

Posted by: Gweez | December 17, 2009 2:12 PM

I wouldn't go with anything Lavar says...He's not allowed on the premises.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 17, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, your obsession with Barno1 is just sick and is becoming borderline certifiable.

I mean, do you have hard on for the dude or something?

Pulling post from previous threads (unless beep'd) = spinning someone's words to fit your agenda = power rankings = Vinny Cerrato

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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

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

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

Nice try dude but you leave some egg on face. Hah!

Posted by: FartezDudmore | December 17, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Many people though he was out of line in making the comments he did in the wake of Taylor's murder.

I'll take this red, I didn't think he was outta line, he WAS outta line/painting with broad strokes in regard to ST....steps off soapbox...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 17, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

C'mon RedDMV you know I only have a hardon for you.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | December 17, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

If it's Shanny I'll laud a big ol' 'told ya so' over tha hampstas & waPo.

I've been saying for months I heard 980 report that he's agreed to come aboard after the season is over.

At this point ANY cohesion would be nice, eh? It's been like a Real World episode here, ain't it?

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 17, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Bean,

I'm worried about Shanny only for one reason: if he comes I'm guessing he'll hire his own staff. If he does, I'm worried about our defensive philosophy. His D's in Denver were really bad, and ultimately cost them almost every year.

Other than that, I would love to have him here cause he knows how to put together an offensive gameplan. And if, as is being reported, we can lure a top player personnel guy like DeCosta or some of the others that JLa mentioned, we could be in for a return to the glory days...

Posted by: mattylight | December 17, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: FartezDudmore | December 17, 2009 2:16 PM

An "unconfirmed report" is reporting that you are unfamiliar with sarcasm.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 17, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

F__k a Shawn Sherman.

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

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

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

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

Blog update - add the Poopster to the list.

Posted by: FartezDudmore | December 17, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The anti-Shanahan talk is because the guy is 60 years old. Also, when a coach becomes the face of the franchise for that long, and his career is identifiable with one team for the most part, what are the chances he creates that and has the same level of dedication again.
Can you name a head coach who was on that type of level who left and had success somewhere else?
Bill Parcells is the only one I can think of. Maybe Holmgren.
List of people that come to mind that didn't. Lombardi, Schottenheimer, Jimmy Johnson, Ditka, and a slew of others.

Gruden though built a winner for the Raiders then left (that team went to the SB the year after he left w/ Bill Callahan at the helm), and picked up a winner left by Dungy and won a SB.

Not sure he's the answer.

Posted by: saltine182 | December 17, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I never understood the dislike for Shanahan. I'd take him over Gruden in a second.

Gruden is best known for his mugging on the sidelines... Ol' Chucky lookin' dude and what not.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Lavar said he has from a "very good source" that Vinny will still be in the building.

Posted by: Gweez | December 17, 2009 2:12 PM

Right. LaVar's got a "very good source"? That would be Rock Cartwright.

Posted by: League-Source | December 17, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah just saying. He also said that it was already a done deal that Shanahan was going to be coach.

George Allen on Lavars show said the deal was made "a long time ago"

Posted by: Gweez | December 17, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

redDmv

"I never understood the dislike for Shanahan. I'd take him over Gruden in a second."

I'm more interested in finding the next Shanahan or Gruden.

These guys are retreads.

Retreads coaches work better in the NBA than the NFL.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 17, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"Why wouldn't you want Shanahan as a HC.

Posted by: TWISI"

Because apparently it's a crime if you've only won 2 Super Bowls, so long as John Elway was your QB when it happened.

No way would I want a coach who can lead Jake Plummer to the AFC title game. No way.

Posted by: psps23 | December 17, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 17, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Another thing with Shanny is the question about how long he would be here.

Dude is getting up there in age, and unless he wants to pull a JoePa, I doubt he would be here for more than 5 years. In a perfect world, I'd love a younger coach who can be here longer -- for example, Andy Reid has been in Philly forever, Cowher was in Pittsburgh for a long time, as Dungy was in Indy, etc.

Posted by: mattylight | December 17, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Bean, people are anti-Shanahan because he didn't do squat after Elway and Terrell Davis left. He got promoted to VP of Football Operations after Elway retired, but his record with complete control was suspect.

He changed defensive coordinators like tissue paper, never placing the blame for his lackluster D's on the GM: himself. Shanahan did a great job coaching legends, but he began a slow flameout when those legends retired.

Posted by: jcabana | December 17, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

rumor has it snyder gave vinny his pink slip in a christmas card.

Posted by: Brutus2 | December 17, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE, PLEAZE, PLEAZE NO SHANAHAN!! NO SHANAHAN!!

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

_______________________________________

Why?? Dude has probably the best pro offense period. His biggest downfall was that he was also the same guy who picked defensive players which I don't think he was very good at. Give this guy a GM & all he has to do is run the offense. I'll take him in a minute.... over Cowher, over Gruden. Shanahan never had problems with his team performing or being lazy on Sundays.

Posted by: tony325 | December 17, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

sween,

You've got [FB] mail.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 17, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse


...and gmail.

Posted by: Original_etrod | December 17, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins "over-complied" with the Rooney Rule, a team source wrote in an email. Although it isn't clear precisely what that means, most likely the source was indicating that the Redskins interviewed several minority candidates.
--------------------------------
This is a bold face lie and the commish knows it is. And can someone explain to me what are they really trying to say that the Redskins "over-complied" in interviewing minority candidates? How did they do all of this when Vinny resigned only this morning? Funny how also they come out and say that mentioning the people they interviewed would'nt be right. Why not mention these invisible candidates? I think the "Rooney Rule" is a joke and they should just hire the person they want and the one his is the best guy.

Posted by: ENJOYA | December 17, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Lavar can $uck eggs because he has no source at Redskins Park. No one likes him. I don't even think he likes himself......

Posted by: punchdaclock | December 17, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I am really curious to know:

1. When did all the minority interviews take place?

2. Who was interviewed?

3. HOW THE *BLEEP* WAS ALL THIS KEPT QUIET! ESPECIALLY IN DC????

Posted by: BREV1 | December 17, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Is there any way to find out who they interviewed for the position?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 17, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

think the "Rooney Rule" is a joke and they should just hire the person they want and the one his is the best guy.

Posted by: ENJOYA | December 17, 2009 2:49 PM

You either don't know crap about history or you must be a Republican.

The Rooney Rule isn't a joke. It forces us to consider candidates against our own preconceived intuitions.

The Rooney Rule has been great for the NFL. And did you know that the Washington Redskins was the last franchise in the NFL to really accept minority players?

Keep walking around thinking that life is fair and one day you yourself might be in for a huge surprise.

It is good that the NFL is a first class organization and the Rooney Rule is a part of it.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 17, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

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