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Washington Redskins football VP Vinny Cerrato resigns
ESPN.com ^ | Thursday December 18, 2009 | ESPN.com news services

Posted on 12/17/2009 5:51:45 AM PST by jpl

Washington Redskins executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato has resigned, a team source tells ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

It was not immediately clear when the team would make an official announcement.

The resignation was first reported by ESPN 980 in Washington. D.C.

(Excerpt) Read more at sports.espn.go.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: football; nfl; redskins
Wow, I never thought the day would come that Dan Snyder would get rid of his little security blanket!
1 posted on 12/17/2009 5:51:46 AM PST by jpl
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To: jpl
It was not immediately clear when the team would make an official announcement.

It was not immediately clear when the team would make an official playoff appearance.

2 posted on 12/17/2009 5:53:34 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: jpl

Now....if Dan Snyder would resign as owner,we might have a chance at becoming a winning team again...


3 posted on 12/17/2009 5:54:14 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; akorahil; albee; Americanwolf; ...

Zorn stays?


4 posted on 12/17/2009 5:57:18 AM PST by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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To: gimme1ibertee

HE must have been caught betting against the Skins!


5 posted on 12/17/2009 5:58:28 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Perdogg

No way.


6 posted on 12/17/2009 6:00:59 AM PST by jpl
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To: jpl

My read, Holmgren as GM, Zorn as Head Coach and Sherm Lewis as offensive coordinator. Absent that, then we are looking at Cower and Shanahan. Inside scope says Cower to Cleveland, Shanahan to Dallas.


7 posted on 12/17/2009 6:02:30 AM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: jpl

Snyder was finally getting hit in the pocketbook by all the empty seats not buying $8 beers. That is the only thing that will get him moving.

There may actually be adults in charge next year.


8 posted on 12/17/2009 6:09:53 AM PST by VaFederalist
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To: VaFederalist

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

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.


9 posted on 12/17/2009 6:21:45 AM PST by free me (Sarah Palin 2012? You Betcha!)
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To: jpl

Clearly part of a deal with some big-name coach to get him to come to DC.


10 posted on 12/17/2009 6:24:57 AM PST by hampdenkid
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To: gimme1ibertee

“Now....if Dan Snyder would resign as owner,we might have a chance at becoming a winning team again...”

Isn’t that the truth.


11 posted on 12/17/2009 6:54:10 AM PST by billhilly
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Cowher to Cleveland? That’ll make some heads explode in the ‘burgh.


12 posted on 12/17/2009 7:08:53 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Tallguy

Is that announced or are you just speculating? Cower is a good coach - would have liked him in DC. News says Bruce Allen (Coach George Allens grandson) has been named GM. This means Skins will have John Gruden as headcoach next year. Allen worked at Raiders and Tampa with Gruden. Look for Skins to get back to hitting instead of west coast offense. Think I kinda of like it. Think Campbell will be retained and offensive line improved. Remember, Gruden likes to collect QBs.


13 posted on 12/17/2009 7:44:42 AM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
Is that announced or are you just speculating?

I was reacting to your post. I have no information concerning Cowher.

14 posted on 12/17/2009 7:57:42 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Tallguy

Just a guess, but in my opinion if Cowher gets back into coaching, it will almost certainly be with Carolina.


15 posted on 12/17/2009 7:58:55 AM PST by jpl
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To: Tallguy

My info is Cower will go to Cleveland - best set up a coach could want. Cleveland has disposessed itself of all atitude and performance problems, has beau coup draft picks, and plenty of salary cap room. Carolina would require Cower to rebuild the team and we all know that takes 3 years and most coaches don’t last that long losing. Further, Cower at Cleveland would make the Steeler/Browns rivalry one of the hottest watched games every season. Money in the bank for both Steeler/Browns owners. Grude at DC, Cower at Cleveland, Shanahan at Dallas. Those are my picks as of 11:06 AM. In an hour or two it will probably change. Just sayin


16 posted on 12/17/2009 8:08:19 AM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: free me
Apparently it's officially a done deal and they've hired Allen.

I agree with you, this means there's a strong chance that Gruden is the next coach.

17 posted on 12/17/2009 8:18:27 AM PST by jpl
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

“Sherm Lewis as offensive coordinator”

Sherm has turned this team around without Portis.

The XXXXskins almost beat Dullass.

As a Ravens fan we get the skins on TV far too often, so I actually caught that game.

I try to avoid them whenever possible, unless it’s to watch them get the living shirt kicked out of them.


18 posted on 12/17/2009 8:35:23 AM PST by Eagles2003
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To: free me

It’s Chucky time!

}:-)4


19 posted on 12/17/2009 9:01:29 AM PST by Moose4 (Has anybody seen my tagline?)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

I’d buy Shanahan to Dallas. I’ve been saying that since Denver fired him. And if the ‘Boys keep playing this December like they have in previous Decembers, I don’t think Wade is going to be around much longer. It would also be the second time a team has hired Shanahan to replace Phillips.


20 posted on 12/17/2009 9:11:23 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: gimme1ibertee
There are far worse owners in the NFL than Snyder...

Take Willam Clay Ford(Lions)...

Please

(rim-shot)

21 posted on 12/17/2009 9:14:09 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo
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To: jpl
Yo, Vinny, don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya, you effin' thug! And did anyone else notice how Cerrato dissed Zorn in his resignation statement? Completely blew him off. What a punk-assed move. I don't think Zorn was the answer Cerrato thought he was, but jeez, between the injuries and the lousy personnel moves, it's not like Zorn has had a wealth of top-notch players to work with. If anyone should get shown the door, it's Cerrato by a mile. Now if Snyder would just get hit by a runaway Metro bus, we might make some forward progress with this team......


22 posted on 12/17/2009 9:33:02 AM PST by Viking2002
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To: Tallguy

That would possibly be worse the Favre joining the Vikings.


23 posted on 12/17/2009 10:20:48 AM PST by BJClinton ("Worse" technically is "change".)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

LOLOL! That is to be sure. But we really do need another coach...seriously.


24 posted on 12/17/2009 10:35:28 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: gimme1ibertee

ooops! I meant “owner”.


25 posted on 12/17/2009 10:40:00 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: Eagles2003

I try to avoid them whenever possible, unless it’s to watch them get the living shirt kicked out of them.

You are going to have to do a lot of avoiding next year. With half an offensive line the Skins came within 3 points of defeating the Saints and Eagles and within one point of beating the Cowboys on the road. That is the same Skins with half an offensive line and 3 Pro Bowl players on the sidelines. Your Ravens don’t look so hot for next year - your defense will be another year older and every team now has plenty of film on Flaco so there is no surprises. Ravens will struggle next year, Skins will win their division. Just saying.


26 posted on 12/17/2009 10:43:07 AM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

I remember the last visit the Skins made to the Baltimore Colts, the last good game the Colts would ever play and Bert Jones basically ruined his shoulder and career to win.

Like Artie Donovan said about the skins, “We used to beat them like a drum”.

Any success will be temporary.


27 posted on 12/17/2009 10:58:12 AM PST by Eagles2003
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To: Eagles2003

Bert Jones was a great QB on a declining team. Hated seeing him give it all without the supporting cast. I grew up in NoVa in the 60s. At that time Baltimore Os, and Colts were the cream of the crop, but could never out draw the attendance records for the Senators and Skins. Once you cross north of the Potomac, you enter into another dimension. It gets worse as you travel further north. Don’t know what it is, it just is. Hopefully, whatever it is, I hope it doesn’t cross the Potomac and ruin my homeland. Cheers.


28 posted on 12/17/2009 11:55:26 AM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Dixie Yooper

Lol! As a Skins fan, I have to have a sense of humor.


29 posted on 12/17/2009 12:04:08 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Perdogg

I kind of hope so. I have a lot of respect for Zorn as a coach, and I think he’s done a lot with what little he’s had to work with.

I think he’s probably gone this offseason anyway, though. The Redskins have the cash to land a pretty big fish, and the rumors are already flying. Shanahan or Cowher seem the most plausible out of the big rumors. If the salary cap and revenue sharing are gone for any length of time, coaching the Redskins could become very attractive. The last I checked, the Redskins are the #2 team in the NFL in revenue, behind the Cowboys.

There are a couple other names out there. Jon Gruden has worked with Bruce Allen before, of course, but he’s inked a long-term deal with Monday Night football. Holmgren I doubt - he wants Cerrato’s job, not Zorn’s, and that job has already been taken.

If I had to put money on it, my money would probably be on Shanahan coaching the Redskins next year, just because I know he’s more desperate than Cowher to get back into coaching, and I think Cowher, like Holmgren, is going to at the very least want control over personnel, if not the full power of a GM. That’s something Cowher’s more likely to get from the Browns than the Redskins at this point.


30 posted on 12/17/2009 12:11:17 PM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: Eagles2003

The Skins’ “temporary” run of success in the 80s and 90s under Gibbs was as long as the Ravens have been in existence. The Redskins also have more Super Bowl wins than the Baltimore Colts and the Baltimore Ravens combined.


31 posted on 12/17/2009 12:17:29 PM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: The Pack Knight

The Skins’ “temporary” run of success in the 80s and 90s under Gibbs was as long as the Ravens have been in existence.

You are forgetting that run of success during the 40’s with Sammy Baugh. And then there are those championships in the late 30s. It could be said, that the Skins with Sammy Baugh revolutionized the game of football by developing the pass as an integral part of the offense rather than using it as a desparate effort to save a stalled drive. Johnny Unitas gets the credit for being the first modern QB, but I really think that honor belongs to Sammy Baugh. Sammy modeled the behavior of the modern QB, Johnny followed and then wrote a book on it. Go back and watch the film of Sammy and you will see the 3, 5, and 7 step drop, the multiple receiver routes, and the checkoffs. What did Johnny do that Sammy hadn’t already done? Love them both, but lets give cred to who earned it. I don’t think anyone would disagree that Baugh was the greatest athlete to ever play pro football. I think Johnny U would agree with that. Just saying. Lets talk about the Ravens when they hit 20 years of playing.


32 posted on 12/17/2009 12:36:54 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Hoffer Rand; equalitybeforethelaw

PLEASE let there be a change in Dallas!!


33 posted on 12/17/2009 12:38:27 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Oh, I didn’t forget. I just wanted to use something a bit more recent.

Sammy Baugh changed football, no doubt about it, but I’d probably go to Jim Brown or Jim Thorpe first as the greatest athlete ever to play the game.


34 posted on 12/17/2009 12:54:29 PM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: The Pack Knight; equalitybeforethelaw

Seems to me you are both forgetting how pitiful the skins were in the ‘60s.

I really felt sorry for Sam Huff when he was traded. Same with Sonny Jurgensen who was sold by the Eagles because the owner was going broke.

Sonny actually got the ‘72 team respectable.

The Ravens were the original Cleveland Browns from the AA?, whatever back in the late 40s.

First game in the NFL they kicked the crapola out of the champion Eagles by about 51-7 or whatever. It was 1951, can’t remember the score, look it up.

As soon as Rosenbloom forced Irsay on the Colts it was over. He couldn’t even show up sober at a press conference. The destruction of the Colts began the day he became the owner.

I still remember Artie, 85 now, saying about the XXXXskins, “We used to beat them like a drum”.

And I remember the last time the old Browns played the Colts in Memorial Stadium. Browns scored four TDs on four possessions in the first half, 28-0. Game ended 28-0, they didn’t bother playing the second half, both teams just went thru the motions.

That was when Colts fans started walking out on what is now the Indy Irsays.


35 posted on 12/17/2009 1:11:45 PM PST by Eagles2003
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To: The Pack Knight

I’ve been to Jim Thorpe’s resting place north of Mauch Chunk.

You can pull off and park to pay respects.


36 posted on 12/17/2009 1:14:21 PM PST by Eagles2003
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To: The Pack Knight

Sammy Baugh changed football, no doubt about it, but I’d probably go to Jim Brown or Jim Thorpe first as the greatest athlete ever to play the game.

Both Brown and Thorpe were running backs. Baugh played QB, Safety, Corner, and Punter. He set NFL records in each category (all three phases of the game simultaneously!!!). There is no comparison to Baugh. Show me where Brown played defense and offense and set NFL records for each in the same year? Never happened. Brown was one of the best running backs ever, but you can’t compare him to the total athlete that Baugh was. Baugh played the whole game of football, offense, defense, and special teams, and excelled at each. His records still stand. He is the only NFL player to pass for 4 TDs and intercept 4 passes in the same game. Did Brown/Thrope ever have that big of an impact on a game? This stat doesn’t even record his average punt distance for that game, probably because they never had to punt. Brown, and to a lesser extent Thrope, are great running backs, but they had one athletic talent not three. The concept of the best NFL athlete would have to incorporate the talent range and the impact across that range of a player. Just don’t know of any player who comes close to Baugh in the history of pro football.


37 posted on 12/17/2009 1:38:09 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: wolfcreek

If Jerry can keep his mitts off things, Shanahan will be great. But he will insist on doing things HIS way. As a Broncos fan, I’ve watched him up close for a lot of years and am a believer. There is a reason they call him the mastermind. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing him go to Dallas, because I DON’T want him coaching in the AFC West. I don’t want to have to play him twice a year. :-)


38 posted on 12/17/2009 2:02:17 PM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Hoffer Rand

Yep, there’s always the *Jerry* factor. (longing for the Jimmy Johnson days)

I’d kinda like to see Chucky in Big D but, I like Shanahan too.


39 posted on 12/17/2009 2:08:53 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: KC_Conspirator
Lol! As a Skins fan, I have to have a sense of humor.

I lived there from 1985 through 2003. Between George Michael's(local NBC sports)reporting and Sonny Jurgensen's conceit, I went from liking them when I got there to hating them by the time I left. With Dan Snyder as owner, I don't think you're getting out of the slump anytime soon, unless he pays real money for a real coach and keeps away from the team completely.

40 posted on 12/17/2009 5:48:58 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: jpl

Allen really has his work cut out for him. It’s really easy to observe the effects of going ten years without using a meaningful draft pick for linemen...


41 posted on 12/22/2009 2:26:52 AM PST by wendy1946
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