In a move that should surprise no one and is likely designed to distract the press from the “yeah, we’re so out of ideas for the coaching search we’re thinking of hiring Fassel” debacle, the Redskins announced today that Cerrato would be named VP of Football Operations.
The press release says that Cerrato will be responsible for all aspects of the team’s football organization, including personnel, the team roster, scouting and salary cap management, the size of cheerleader costumes, the thickness of the cushions on the Club Level, flying Dan Snyder’s helicopter to pick up first round draft picks and Clinton Portis’s wigs.
In related news, the team announced Vinny would start flying lessons this week.
OK, it didn’t, but wouldn’t that be more interesting than the announcement they actually made?
As it is Vinny is a known quantity with a pretty good track record. In the 9 years he’s been here, Patrick Ramsey is really the only bust first round pick we’ve made. And considering 33% of all first rounders are out of the league in 5 years and only 33% make a pro bowl ever, that’s not bad. He doesn’t have the Bobby Bethard track record of finding tons of gems in the back half of the draft, but we’ve had a few winners including Heyer and Montgomery and reaching up carefully into the second round for guys like Cooley and McIntosh. Considering out strategy regarding RFAs and UFAs this isn’t surprising.
Good luck, Vinny. Find us some good ones with this nearly full slate of picks.