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Zorn to coach the rest of the season

Jim Zorn will remain the Redskins' coach the rest of the season, according to Vinny Cerrato, the team's vice-president of football operations. Cerrato made the comments on his morning radio show, Dan Steinberg reports.

"Let me start by making a few things very perfectly clear: Jim Zorn is the head coach of the Washington Redskins, and will be for the rest of this season, and hopefully into the future," Cerrato said on ESPN 980's "Inside the Red Zone."

He also called comments by Steve Largent, Zorn's former teammate and longtime friend, "off the wall."

Steinberg has more of Cerrato's comments at the DC SportsBog.


By Cindy Boren  |  October 23, 2009; 8:21 AM ET
 
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Jason, I just sent you an e-mail. I think the Skins are planning to fire Zorn after Monday's game, whether they win or lose. Everything Snyder and Cerrato have been doing seems to be setting this up to happen.

Perhaps you can find a way to verify this and break the story (if there is a story to break).
Posted by: cannontl | October 22, 2009 5:42 PM


owned

Posted by: prescrunk | October 23, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Kiss of Death!

Posted by: gixxer998 | October 23, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

So Zorn says he is benching Kelly because he hasn't seen the production in 6 games. Yet, the front office gets killed in the media for pulling play calling from Zorn when the offense has been putrid since midway through last season? All the defense of Zorn and Jason Campbell makes a lot of sense. NOT!

Posted by: hoopdawg03 | October 23, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

What is going on with this rumor about Joe Gibbs coming in to help them hire a GM and head coach? Could this mean Dan may finally shed himself of Vinny?

Posted by: mottermx | October 23, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I too want to believe that something exciting is going to happen with Sherm calling the plays and that suddenly we start playing well and winning games. We all want to salvage the season like the Eagles did last year when they were in our position. We all want something to cheer about. We all love this team and want to be winners.

HOWEVER, I think the truth is that we have way too many problems to overcome and that one man up in a booth isn't going to be able to change all those problems. The fact is that we are still going to be lousy. I only hope we don't get destroyed on National Television Monday Night . . . it's truly the best we can hope for.

That being said . . . I would love to be wrong! Go Skins!

Posted by: sjw1 | October 23, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Like I said - every time they get to make a decision, they blow it.

Wow... ok, so at least we know what suck we'll be dealing with. Then again, they always talk out the side of their neck anyway...

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 23, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Now that Zorn isn't calling the plays I see no reason not to let him coach. He just wasn't a good playcaller.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 23, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

"Zorn to coach the rest of the season"


That's only because you can't really identify who the next sucker/hot young coach property will be until the season is over.

I also have started my own 'JEFF FISHER' Death Watch.

Prince Al might not be the only titan we wind up tampering with.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 23, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Gibbs vouched for Zorn in some way when he had dinner with Danny boy.

Maybe he just said what a lot of us have been saying, in short "You gave an inexperienced coach crappy personnel, you can hardly blame him for the result, and if you bring someone in now, it won't make a difference"

Posted by: REXskins | October 23, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

What is going on with this rumor about Joe Gibbs coming in to help them hire a GM and head coach? Could this mean Dan may finally shed himself of Vinny?

Posted by: mottermx | October 23, 2009 8:40 AM

Vinny says it's a rumor nothing more. Also, I'm glad the FO said something regarding Jim Zorn. Really all this means is that none of the big names coaches would take over the job at mid season. Jim Zorn is most likely gone at year end unless something really clicks on with this team.

Posted by: TWISI | October 23, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

A guarantee by Vinny and $1.25 will get you a cup of coffee. How secure is Vinny in his job that he can make such a guarantee? How likely is it that Snyder himself does the firing if the team stinks it up on Monday night - maybe he'll sweep Vinny out with the rest of the trash...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 23, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

So Zorn says he is benching Kelly because he hasn't seen the production in 6 games. Yet, the front office gets killed in the media for pulling play calling from Zorn when the offense has been putrid since midway through last season? All the defense of Zorn and Jason Campbell makes a lot of sense. NOT!

Posted by: hoopdawg03

Who says this originated from Zorn? Maybe Sherm Lewis saw the film and said Malcolm Kelly can't turn a route worth anything, so let's go with Devin...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 23, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Right RSH . . . Sherm likes big, mobile receivers. Devon is more his style anyway.

Posted by: sjw1 | October 23, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

So what are they trying to do with this "vote of confidence?" If it is an attempt to stabilize the team and solidify Zorn's leadership in the locker room, they are about 2 weeks too late for that.

It's like they are moving in slow motion.

Posted by: hithere1 | October 23, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Zorn to stay. What? Why? They gonna try to make him earn his HC pay.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | October 23, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Now that Zorn isn't calling the plays I see no reason not to let him coach. He just wasn't a good playcaller.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17
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It's still his (and Sherm Smith's) offense. They know it the best, and even though he's not calling the plays I'm sure Zorn is heavily involved in scheming for the games. There are plenty of HCs who don't call the plays, so I don't see why he should be automatically out.

Posted by: REXskins | October 23, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Ok, JZ is staying, this is the vote of confidence that the players wanted...time to nut up however on their part.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 23, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

"vote of confidence" "he was undermined," yak, yak, yak.

Get your sorry, spiked-hair azz out there and DO THE JOB YOU'RE CASHING CHECKS EVERY WEEK FOR.

Christ, I've never seen so many adult cry-babies in my life as there are within this no-account organization.

That is all.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 23, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

ew - guys, can we let breakfast settle first?!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 23, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Larry Michael: If I were asleep, and you were my alarm clock, how would you wake me up?

Vinny: We are building a fighting force of extraordinary magnitude. We forge ourselves in the tradition of our ancestors. Mr Snyder is a great man, he has our gratitude. Let's give Mr Snyder a great big hand!!"

Posted by: Redcoat | October 23, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

lets put all this 'stuff' behind us at this point, and lets go win some games...enough is enough, time to quit pissing and whining, you dance wif who you brung...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 23, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

red's just mad cuz they ran outta scrapple at breakfast this morning...he's allright...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 23, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be awesome if the Redskins won the Super Bowl this year, and for the next 4 and Jim Zorn went into the Hall of Fame as the winningest coach in Super Bowl History!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | October 23, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

paskinsfan

"He (Zorn) just wasn't a good playcaller."

I feel ya, but had some offensive linemen been drafted and developed over the past three-four seasons, would strong blocking have made Zorn's play calls effective?

I think so.

After all: football is football.

No pass play will work if a gun shy quarterback is afraid of getting hit and Jason Campbell has admitted to being afraid.

No running play will be effective if the tackles don't get a push and the best pulling guard is an old guy who keeps tearing his biceps.

Zorn's wasn't a good game manager, plain and simple.

But the faults of Zorn's offense start with the lack of direction from a FO office that thought Sam Baker and Micheal Oher weren't as important as Fred Davis and Brian Orakpo.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 23, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Who says this originated from Zorn? Maybe Sherm Lewis saw the film and said Malcolm Kelly can't turn a route worth anything, so let's go with Devin...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 23, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he wants more speed and more deep routes. Maybe just maybe he realizes that Campbell isn't a WCO WB and he needs to unleash the dragon 12 times a game.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 23, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Vinny has completely lost touch with reality. Largent is off the wall? How many catches did the gutless Cerrato in the NFL? I think Congressman Largent's character is beyond reproach. Little Vinny C's? Not so much.

Posted by: mjwies11 | October 23, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

The one, and only, good thing about the Lewis move is that we are going to settle the argument of whether it is Zorn's play calling or Vinnie's incompetence re personnel. Personally, I vote for the latter, and expect little improvement given the weak offensive line. Anyway, if it is Zorn then he will likely be gone at the end of the year. The only question for me is if there is no improvement with Lewis calling plays, i.e., it turns out not to be Zorn, will the "Danny" get rid of Vinnie. Unfortunately, I doubt it.

Posted by: Obamasux | October 23, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Vinny: I hired Jim, along with Dan Snyder.

Lol someones trying to save their own azz. Now who selected 3 pass catchers vinny? Who traded for Jason Taylor? Ugh!!!

Posted by: dealer1 | October 23, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Btw vinnys trying to bluff zorn. Vinny wants zorn to quit. Zorn wants his money and be fired. This is just like laverneous coles deal.

Go Zorn!

Posted by: dealer1 | October 23, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

911 operator: 911, please state the nature of the emergency

Caller: I’m here at the scene of a horrible accident…it’s awful…please; someone needs to help these people

911: I’ll need some additional information….can you tell me who is involved in the accident?

Caller: Oh goddddd! It’s the Washington Redskins! It looks like they’ve run into a wall! Ohhhh, it’s a mess…this is horrible. Hundreds of thousands of fans look like they’re in great pain

911: Uhhhh, sir? Did you say the Washington Redskins

Caller: Yes! The Redskins have crashed into a wall…this is the worst accident I’ve ever seen!!

911: One moment sir… (ruffling of pages heard in the background)…Sir? Webster’s Dictionary defines accident as any event that happens unexpectedly, without a deliberate plan or cause. My understanding is that this team has been absurdly mismanaged for several years. Therefore, this would not be considered an accident, but a foreseeable and therefore avoidable incident.

Caller: But….what about the damage…the loss…what should I do??!!

911: Walk away sir; just walk away.

Posted by: InRealAmerica | October 23, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

911 operator: 911, please state the nature of the emergency

Caller: I’m here at the scene of a horrible accident…it’s awful…please; someone needs to help these people

911: I’ll need some additional information….can you tell me who is involved in the accident?

Caller: Oh goddddd! It’s the Washington Redskins! It looks like they’ve run into a wall! Ohhhh, it’s a mess…this is horrible. Hundreds of thousands of fans look like they’re in great pain

911: Uhhhh, sir? Did you say the Washington Redskins

Caller: Yes! The Redskins have crashed into a wall…this is the worst accident I’ve ever seen!!

911: One moment sir… (ruffling of pages heard in the background)…Sir? Webster’s Dictionary defines accident as any event that happens unexpectedly, without a deliberate plan or cause. My understanding is that this team has been absurdly mismanaged for several years. Therefore, this would not be considered an accident, but a foreseeable and therefore avoidable incident.

Caller: But….what about the damage…the loss…what should I do??!!

911: Walk away sir; just walk away.

Posted by: InRealAmerica | October 23, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Red, that was pretty funny. Wrong, but funny. Almost as funny as Riggo's little cage he has for Danny in his new video.

Posted by: will_ga | October 23, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for the repost...these new-fangled gizmos just get me all confused.

Posted by: InRealAmerica | October 23, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

But the faults of Zorn's offense start with the lack of direction from a FO office that thought Sam Baker and Micheal Oher weren't as important as Fred Davis and Brian Orakpo.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 23, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

There's no doubt Zorn didn't have the personnel. I've said it before and I'll say it again. The only guy we have that fits a WCO is Chris Cooley. Zorn never had a shot. Campbell is not a WCO QB. The line can't do zone blocking. Portis is a downhill runner. Moss is too short and none of the other recivers run precise enough routes. We need to unleash the dragon and pound the ball. That's the personnel we have. Our o-line sucks so even playing to our strengths may only get us up to 15-20 points a game.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 23, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

With espn is town the front office is trying to quite things down by saying Zorn is staying that all .

It i simply a bluff that all and this means nothing

Posted by: joevick | October 23, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

He's lying

Posted by: LouLewis | October 23, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

So what are they trying to do with this "vote of confidence?" If it is an attempt to stabilize the team and solidify Zorn's leadership in the locker room, they are about 2 weeks too late for that.

It's like they are moving in slow motion.

Posted by: hithere1

This move (or non-move) is an attempt to "save face" before MNF. The latest moves - bringing in Sherm Lewis 2 weeks ago and then naming him playcaller after last weekend - on top of losing to so many losing teams - have made the Skins/Snyder/Cerrato the laughingstock of the NFL and national sports media. It was bad enough when it was the DC media but the latest idiocy has caught FIRE nation wide RIGHT before MNF. Cerrato simply wanted to try and douse water on the flames by his latest comments.

However, if Cerrato was being truthful in his remarks this morning about how the change of playcalling decision went down, then the lunacy of the last few weeks is ON him - not Snyder.

Posted by: Lisa_R | October 23, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Campbell is not a WCO QB - thats the offense Auburn ran so agree to disagree..

The bog has a piece where Riggo compared Snyder to Madoff...I like Riggins, but he needs to check himself with comments like that. Madoff ruined HUNDREDS upon HUNDREDS of lives, its going to take GENERATIONS to recover from the damage he did.....Dan Snyder owns a football team...there is a GALAXY of difference in the 2 things...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 23, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

No, we're not going after Jason Taylor...

No, we're not going after Jay Cutler...

No, we're not in town to see Mike Shanahan...


Jim Zorn will coach the rest of the season...

ummm......

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 23, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

So...Vinny will be fired monday?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 23, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Vinny = Wormtongue

Posted by: Realness1 | October 23, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

You can't trust what comes out of Vinny's mouth after that AIDS dick was in there :-)

Posted by: sjw1 | October 23, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Campbell is not a WCO QB - thats the offense Auburn ran so agree to disagree..

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 23, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

He had trouble with firing through read progressions and his release running a WCO at the college level so there's no way he's quick enough to run it at the NFL level. agree to disagree...

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 23, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Unless he has been lied to as well and both he and Zorn will be let go after the Eagles game :-)

Posted by: PDiddy | October 23, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Zorn on DT11's overthrow last week:

"He knows much more about the offense. He's got more confidence. He had a great catch out of bounds last week and he gave the QB enough room, but it wasn't as good of a throw as we needed on that particular play."

So JC excusers what do you have now? I thought it was Devin's fault for being too close to the sideline....apparently not, he had plenty of time to throw, was able to step up in the pocket.......hmmmmmm...oh I know the sun was in his eyes, the earth rotated extra quickly, a gust of wind blew, and his momma didn't breast feed him......

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 23, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Interesting piece from some business management blog on Dan Snyder's management "style."

My favorite part from the piece above:

One thing Redskins fans have come to count on is that the off season will bring a high priced player acquisition that will be a “game changer”. This year, it was a $100 million contract for tackle Albert Haynesworth. In previous years it was Deion Sanders or Bruce Smith or somebody else. Heck, even bringing back the great Joe Gibbs was part of this pattern. The acquisitions don’t pay off because there is no long term system or plan in place around which the entire team can gel.

Posted by: hithere1 | October 23, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm not saying Zorn's gone next week. But I trust Vincent and Daniel as far as I can throw them.

"Well, with your bad knee Ed you shouldn't throw anybody"

"You pinhead"

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 23, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

So...Vinny will be fired monday?


Were it only true.

Posted by: edvar | October 23, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I cannot get over the analogy of the Redskins landing in 'The Wizard of Oz'...it's surreal.

We're all just following Dorothy (Cerrato) and Toto (Snyder)'down the yellow brick road'.

And see folks, Toto does like us. He cares for us. Like all other dogs, he wants to share his bone with us...and Dorothy will just close her eyes, click her heels three times, and we all be right back in Kansas (the 1980's glory days).

I'm not drinking the Kool-aid...DON'T DRINK THE KOOL-AID! DON'T DRINK THE KOOL-AID! DO NOT DRINK THE KOOL-AID!

Posted by: BigDeck | October 23, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse


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Actually they were covered, but b/c Orton anticipated and threw the ball before the receiver made his break, the opposing ...Ladies and Gentlemen can we please stop acting like CB's are more valuable than RB's? No one here would take Ashomunga or Bailey(arguably the best CB's in the game) over a top flight running back like Peterson or Williams...

Posted by: Vicc | October 23, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Vicc,
While i agree that CB are not as important to a team; getting a top flight CB is nearly impossible. Getting a top RB is easy in comparison. Especially considering that a top RB is nothing without an OL.

Posted by: NFeKPo | October 23, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Bean, in the article somebody linked last night -- freakzilla? -- that maybe had been linked before, the Auburn O coord for Campbell's most successful time there indicated that he adapted the WCO to suit Campbell's skills... "adapting the offense to his players to give them the best chance to succeed" being something I think Zorn is unwilling or unable to do.

This is ridiculous... I'd like to see a chart of how much time, on average, has elapsed between the public vote of confidence for an NFL coach and his subsequent departure from the team. Cindy, can you and the stats people get on that?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 23, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

And hey, doesn't this fit a pattern: the Redskins settle on keeping Zorn AFTER A BIG NAME COACH TURNS THEM DOWN (Shanahan). Didn't this happen two years ago?

And doesn't the fact that they went after Shanahan in mid-season kind of make the announcement about Zorn disingenuous? Too little, too late? As though they are trying to say to other big time coaching prospects: see, we don't fire people in mid-season, that is all a media-created misperception, will you come coach for us now PLEASE?

Posted by: hithere1 | October 23, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Cerrato also has a bridge in Brooklyn he'd like to sell to Zorn.

Posted by: smutsboy | October 23, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I just talked to pdiddy he said if and when cerrato is no longer in the org he's going to fly everyone from the blog to Vegas for a weekend long celebration. I'm in diddy!

Posted by: dealer1 | October 23, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: alex35332 | October 23, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

If that is really true, I stand corrected from my previous blogs. I thought there was a good chance Zorn would be fired after the Eagle game.

I really would hope Zorn could be successful here and given a chance to grow in the job, presumably with the proper personnel to be a winner, but I am not sure that can happen with the people we have in charge.

Posted by: cannontl | October 23, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 23, 2009 9:24 AM |

I don't think Riggins was comparing the actions of Madoff to Danny. You're right in that they are worlds apart. I can't fathom what it would be like to be one of his victims. I think he was comparing the personality traits that each has that allow such horrible decision making to occur whether illegal with Madoff or just inept &ridiculous with Snyder.

Posted by: will_ga | October 23, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he wants more speed and more deep routes. Maybe just maybe he realizes that Campbell isn't a WCO WB and he needs to unleash the dragon 12 times a game.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 23, 2009 9:07 AM

That's my thinking as well. Is Culpepper a WCO QB? I don;t know, but I would guess not. By no means am I saying that this skins offense remotely compares to the talent level on offense of the 2000-2001 Vikings, but some similarity of the types of players on each team can be drawn (big armed QB, speed WRs, power running game (hopefully). Maybe Sherm Lewis sees a situation where a similar philosophy of play calling can be used.

Posted by: TWISI | October 23, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

That Steve Wysche NFL.com article that Nate is referencing that Freakzilla posted last night is a MUST READ. I am busy so you all can go to NFL.com and find it yo dam self!

Posted by: chrislarry | October 23, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure it was clear in the excerpt above, but in Vinny's mind "the rest of the season" goes through Tuesday morning, and the period from the bye week through January is "prep for offseason."

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 23, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

It's just an attempt to save face at this point. The media outcry is the only reason they made this announcement. Otherwise Jerry Gray would have been the coach after the Eagles' game.

Posted by: dfbovey | October 23, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think that Devin Thomas could be devastating on a slant route especially against the birds?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 23, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

This reminds me of the scene at the end of Semi Pro when the ABA commisioner says "As long as I'm in charge you'll have a job." and promptly gets mauled by a bear.

Posted by: Original_etrod | October 23, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think that Devin Thomas could be devastating on a slant route especially against the birds?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 23, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

__________

He has the speed and size to be. Hopefully he's polished enough to where he can run the route well enough to get separation. Would help if they actually started to call plays with slant routes in them.

Posted by: dfbovey | October 23, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

According to an AP Report:
"Redskins schedule press conference 10/27/09 to announce 3 year contract exension for Vinnie Cerrato."

Posted by: natsfan007 | October 23, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: TWISI | October 23, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

* beep beep *

new poll... er, post... new post, with poll... push me, poll you... maps...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 23, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Nice coincidence that Vinny waited until just before his Friday morning radio gig to make an announcement that should have been made a couple of weeks ago (if it was true). Cerrato and Snyder have basically undercut all of Zorn's authority and now say that he's going to be the coach for the rest of the year? It's a circus at Redskins Park.

Now that it is finally dawning on Vinny and Danny how hard it will be to hire a new head coach after the season, they had to give Zorn a public vote of support. Anyone with knowledge of the inner workings of the Redskins know that Snyder has approached Shanahan multiple times about taking the head coaching job and he wants Zorn gone sooner than later.

If Shanahan had been willing to join the Redskins during the bye week, Zorn would be in the unemployment line.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 23, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

If the Eagles win, you people are crazy if you think that Snyder is even remotely considering firing Cerrato. Zorn yes, Cerrato no.

Posted by: playahatah | October 23, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Vinnie is the top headline on espn.com http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4587887! Yeah!! Vinnie's comments this morning have brought back prestige and dignity to this organization. LOL, no chance in hell! So every sports media outlet this week has blasted the front office and made this team the biggest joke of the week. Vinnie do you think anyone believes what you say? Here's my favorite Vinnie quotes of the day:

"The team is tight, the relationships are tight, and we're just trying to prepare to win a game Monday Night and excite the fans and get the fans back excited about this football team," Cerrato said. "We just want to beat the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night. That's what we're trying to accomplish through all these other things that are going on, off-the-wall comments here, off-the-wall comments there. Everybody's frustrated. The owner's frustrated. He wants nothing more than to win for the fans. For the fans. He wants to please these fans, and he's so frustrated because of the struggles."

What a bunch of BS. I guess Vinnie forgot about the Post's piece on the Skins suing season ticket holders.

"There's been a lot of false rumors, media speculation, unnamed sources out there all the time," he said. "I hired Jim, along with Dan Snyder. And obviously, obviously we're all very disappointed by the season performance thus far. In fact, Dan constantly talks about how disappointed he is for the fans. And we've got great fans. We feel the frustration for the fans, and we need the fans big-time Monday night. We want to entertain them, we want to make them proud, we want to make them happy [for] this football team."

I guess Danny Boy and Vinnie have finally figured out that some Skins fans won't be renewing their season tickets come March. We're not proud about this football team. They don't want another Monday night disaster like last season. Remember all those Steelers fans in attendance and the ass kicking they gave us?

But my favorite Vinnie line of the week is this:

"We've been under a lot of attack by a lot of people, and there's so much false stuff and people just keep piling on stuff, I wanted to get some facts out there, let people know the facts and what's happening and what's going on in this building."

Please Vinnie this same BS you and Danny Boy have been telling the fans for the last 10 years ain't working anymore. The facts are we have the WORST offensive line in the NFL. The facts are we haven't drafted an offensive lineman in the 1st round since Chris Samuels in 2000. I love that ESPN is in town and now you want to act like everything's SUPER GREAT! This freak show called the Skins keeps going. Let's see how Danny Boy and Vinnie can top themselves next............

Posted by: trueredskinsfan | October 23, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Vinnie doesn't ever seem to know what he's talking about. Steve Largent (with whom I never agree politically) is right about the stupidity of having Lewis call plays after two weeks on the job. No question he has the background for it. But he doesn't know the Skins' personnel, their strengths (?) and weaknesses, their tendencies, who is best for each assignment, etc., etc., etc. That is not criticizing Sherm's ability or his lack of experience overall. So Vinnie, try to not embarrass yourself so much.

Posted by: scribebob | October 23, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Vinnie is delusional! Does he ever "blink"?

Posted by: JohnWWW | October 23, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

From past history, I don't know if I would trust the way Vinny portrays things either. However, if they are going to put out there that Zorn will be coach for at least the rest of the season, there would be a lot of backlash if they fire Zorn before the end of the year.

Since supposedly there were confirmed reports that Snyder was ready to hire Shanahan this year, then you wonder when and why they made the decision to keep Zorn.

Also, if Cerrato is so concerned about improving the offense, perhaps he could work to acquire some quality offensive lineman for next year, since that is one of the major factor in the problems this year.

Posted by: cannontl | October 23, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

This is about 2 weeks too late, something should had been said after we lost the lions game. All of this BS could had been avoided, at least on the national level and the rest of the league wouldn't be laughing at us. I'm stationed on the jersey shore and surrounded by giants and eagles fans. Their constant sh!t talking stopped after the Detroit game and has seriously tuned into sympathy. Things have got to be really bad for a Philly guido to stop talking sh!t.

Posted by: murphyz | October 23, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Again, Vinny strives to buck conventional wisdom. It's one of the many flaws of this guy -- consistently making the wrong choices -- and insisting they're the right ones.

Just when about everyone else has concluded that it's time to blow up this whole hopeless scheme and start over, they decide to retrench and give us more of the same.

And just when about everyone has decided that it's time to fire the coach and GM, they express their confidence in each other and desire to move on.

It's just another example of the Redskins front office continual thumbing of their noses at the ever shrinking number of fans for this team -- and reminding us that they are accountable to no one.

The truth is Vinny knows that as Zorn goes, so does he. If you fire Zorn, you must fire Vinny too... and Vinny ain't going without a fight.

Trouble is, as bad as it looks today, it will only gets worse (much worse) as the season goes along.

3-13 anyone?

FIRE ZORN
FIRE VINNY

Posted by: Vic1 | October 23, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Are you going to trade 2 picks for Jason Taylor?
VC: "no."
Are you going to fire Jim Zorn?
VC: "no."

Once a liar, always a liar.

Posted by: BMACattack | October 23, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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