Breaking news – just moments ago, ESPN Radio reported that Vinny Cerrato, Executive VP of Football Operations for the Washington Redskins, has resigned. That’s right — you heard it here second. To some, and I don’t know who that some would be other than possibly Cerrato’s family and closest friends, this is a sad day. To Redskins’ fans, it’s practically a reason to believe in Santa Claus.
Without a doubt, Vinny Cerrato has an impressive resume. He’ll land a good job within the NFL or the NCAA ranks. If it’s the NFL, his employer will likely be a team that wants to rebuild and whose owner doesn’t necessarily subscribe to the classic General Manager / Head Coach model. Cerrato will do what he knows most, which apparently is everything from front-office management to scouting to cap management. Yep, he knows a lot.
Equally without a doubt, his career has been marked by mixed results. Cerrato was an architect of the incredible 1990s era San Francisco 49ers teams. Of course, for about five years the 49ers had no cap room whatsoever. And then, there were those incredibly productive Redskin free agent signings – Jeff ‘Locker Room Cancer‘ George, Deion ‘Past His Prime’ Sanders, and Mark ‘Late Hit‘ Carrier in particular. Oh my, I almost forgot Adam ‘Blew My Assignment‘ Archuletta and Brandon ‘Cannot Catch a Cold‘ Lloyd. Vinny Cerrato looks good on paper. Unfortunatly, he’s an organization killer. (I’m sure that’s unfair. After all, Cerrato didn’t act in a total vacuum.)
So, what does this mean? I figure it’s an indicator the Redskins are positioning themselves to hire a strong-willed Head Coach will also fill the General Manager role. The other possibility is that the team is talking with a Head Coach who wants a particular General Manager for a boss. Surely Dan Snyder couldn’t be doing things according to convention – hiring a successful General Manager and letting the GM decide on the Coach. He wouldn’t do that, would he? Nah.
Accepting Vinny Cerrato’s resignation, if that’s how it went down, was the right move to make. And, it was an important step toward reestablishing the Redskins as a competitive franchise, not just a financially successful one. The next move – filling the vacancy Mr. Cerrato leaves behind – is equally important. No personal offense to Cerrato meant, but Redskins fans should be celebrating. Some of us will probably even take it to the extreme. No, I’m not talking about breaking out the Makers Mark. I’m referring to looking toward heaven and saying ‘Happy Birthday Jesus’ or simply ‘Thank You Lord’. This feels like a ‘Let my People Go’ moment to me. Bid him adieu, as in, buh-bye.
So, there you have it – the wicked witch is dead. Redskins’ Nation can once again talk about making it to the Land of Oz. Time to close our eyes, click our heels, and follow our dreams once again. Go Skins!