Is anyone buying the pile of manure Vinny Cerrato is shoveling out of Washington DC? No respectable Redskins fan is, especially those who live in the nations capitol and are used to politicians lies.
Cerrato uses his radio show (why he even has one is beyond comprehension) as a platform to explain his incompetencies. He used it this week to make a few statements that need to be broken down.
"Jim Zorn is the head coach of the Washington Redskins and will be for the rest of this season, and hopefully into the future."
This is clearly Vinny saying he hopes he himself has a future with the club. Though many Redskins fans have scratched their heads for years trying to figure out why Cerrato maintains a job in the NFL, Dan Snyder keeps surprising them by bringing him back yearly.
"The frustration is very high, everywhere around here, but the relationships internally within this organization, quite frankly, remain the same."
That means it is business as usual for the clueless ones. Though everything crumbles around Cerrato, he remains the same obtuse dolt he always has been.
This was shown by his recent roster move of acquiring Levi Jones. Jones, whose best days were done in 2006, was a free agent all year. They pick up this has been while having dumped promising rookies from the roster the past few years. Clearly another example of Cerrato's inability to judge talent.
"I'm in the locker room and the owners come up to me and they ask me, 'How do we score more points?' "We're coming off of—against the 32nd-ranked defense — we score two field goals and have seven first downs.
"So I tell them, I recommended to them that Jim's plate is too full. He's the head coach, he's the offensive coordinator, he's the quarterbacks coach, let's take something off the plate to help him. So they said 'OK, go talk to him.' "
Cerrato said he met one on one with Zorn at the stadium and suggested the switch. Zorn asked for time to think about it. When they spoke later on the phone, Cerrato said Zorn accepted. "He says 'I'm in."
HUH? This is the guy who hired Zorn and told Snyder that Zorn could wear all of those hats. Never mind it is the second season Zorn has held all of these jobs.
The amazing part of this b.s. fest is that Cerrato is trying to claim he JUST recognized Zorn could not cut it. Where has he been the past two seasons? Siberia? Another reason for Snyder to fire Cerrato, IF Snyder can read through that quote.
The last part of Cerrato's load was on Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent. Largent, now a congressman, was a teammate with Zorn for the Seattle Seahawks in the 1970s to the '80s. Many of the receptions Largent got came from Zorn's arm.
Largent came to his friends defense, and said things for Zorn as an obvious mouthpiece. Zorn has a contract that extends into next year, and rather be fired for bad coaching so he can get paid.
Zorn stated some obvious facts about the poor leadership at the top of the Redskins organization, something that has long been stated by several Redskins legends like Sonny Jurgensen, John Riggins, Joe Theisman, and Brian Mitchell.
Largent was critical of how the Redskins hired Sherm Lewis from a bingo hall to call the plays. Cerrato labelled the comments as "off-the-wall", and then noted how Lewis had four Super Bowl rings, while as an assistant with the 49ers, while Largent had none.
Lewis retired after 2004, but Cerrato said, "You don't forget how to ride a bike if you hadn't rode your bike in four years."
Taking swipes at Largent not only shows what a bush league punk Cerrato is, but it also shows how much the man understands the game. Is Cerrato, who has Super Bowl rings as a member of the 49ers front office in the 1990s, saying he is above the Hall of Famer receiver just because Largent wasn't as lucky as Cerrato or Lewis to play on good teams?
Shows Cerrato's ego and IQ, if you ask me, as well as a blatant disregard to the legacy of the game. Considering on how Cerrato had to try to put a muzzle on Jurgensen recently, as well as the way he has run the club, this type of blather from Cerrato in regards to Largent comes as no surprise.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder likes to regard himself as a marketing genius. If this thought is even close to true, then Snyder must have a clue that his team is on the brink of falling from the lofty financial status he has worked so hard to build over the years. It was done in a way that Riggins has called Snyder the "Bernie Madoff of the NFL."
Well, Snyder has made off with millions of dollars from the loyal Redskins fans over the years. Certainly it is time for this life long Redskins fan to give back to Redskins Nation. The very first move is to realize Cerrato has destroyed his team. Perhaps the theory that Cerrato did it on purpose to repay Snyder for firing him in 2001 is possible.
Even if that is untrue, and Cerrato is doing his very best, Snyder needs to realize that he is the only owner in the NFL who would employ Cerrato. No one came knocking on Vinny's door the year he was out of a job until Snyder rehired him in 2002. There is a reason for this.
It is time for Snyder to cut the chord with his racquetball buddy Cerrato. It is time for Snyder to get a competent general manager to blow up the current roster and rebuild from scratch. It is time to stop signing has-beens, trading for has-beens, and gambling on uncertain talents. These are the moves that has destroyed the Redskins yearly from the time Snyder bought the club.
Snyder obviously is a fan of Redskins Hall of Fame coach George Allen. This can be seen by his propensity of signing aging players. The difference is that Allen was a superior evaluator of talent and knew which players could help the team and how. Snyder and Cerrato do not have this ability, and neither will ever enter Canton unless they pay for a ticket like the rest of the general public.
Now is the time for Snyder to find someone with the ability to discern NFL talent. He had that with Charley Casserly once, but fired Charley to try to make is own mark on the franchise.
Much like he did by renaming the stadium Jack Kent Cooke built, and the land that surrounds it. Snyder is intent on building his own legacy so much, he has eschewed the legacy of a proud franchise he grew up admiring.
Perhaps Snyder should swallow some ego and lean on that tradition he claims to respect so much by admitting to the fans he tried and failed his way. Now he needs to lean on the way of tradition and bring back the people who also care about the team.
Especially people who care about the teams success ahead of themselves, something Cerrato will never be willing to do.
Now on with this week's predictions:
Green Bay Packers @ Cleveland Browns
The Browns are spiraling out of control, and seem to have no clear direction. The Packers are a team who need to win. It should be a victory in the Dawg Pound for the Pack.
Packers 31 Browns 17
San Francisco 49ers @ Houston Texan s
The news for the Niners is that first round draft pick Michael Crabtree will get his first NFL action in front of his home-town Houston. He will leave town with a loss against a Texans team that is jelling.
Texans 34 49ers 28
San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Bolts backers are fired up with anger with their underachieving team. The Chiefs are fresh off their first victory. I'm not saying this is an upset primed to happen, but it could be close.
Chargers 41 Chiefs 21
Indianapolis Colts @ Saint Louis Rams
The Rams were within minutes of procuring their first win in 16 games last year. Their reward is they now get to face a hot Colts team who will be experiencing the return of safety Bob Sanders for the first time this year.
Colts 45 Rams 24
New England Patriots @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
You have to feel sorry for the Bucs. Their home game will be played in England instead of Florida. Tampa Bay is not going to be very competitive this year, so they best pray for jet lag to hit the Patriots hard. New England is coming off an explosive victory last week and will look to keep their motors running.
Patriots 35 Buccaneers 20
Minnesota Vikings @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Brett Favre might be getting all of the press ESPN can muster, but Ben Roethlisberger is having a fantastic season thus far. The Steelers running game has been inconsistent, so Big Ben is on a pace to throw for over 5,000 yards currently.
The Vikings are hoping All-Pro cornerback Antoine Winfield will be healthy enough to play, but it looks unlikely. Factor in the Vikes having two safeties hurting as well. After watching Baltimore rack up yards last week, Roethlisberger has to be smiling.
Steelers 31 Vikings 30
Buffalo Bills @ Carolina Panthers
The Bills head into this game with their backup QB. The Panthers have gotten little production from their QB. This should be a smash-mouth game, where it is won in the trenches. Special teams will be a big wild card in this one.
Panthers 24 Bills 21
New York Jets @ Oakland Raiders
The Raiders are a week removed from an impressive defensive effort. The Jets are losing key defenders while going through the growing pains of their starting rookie quarterback. If the Raiders can establish their running game again this week, they could win another in front of their loyal fans.
Raiders 24 Jets 17
Chicago Bears @ Cincinnati Bengals
Da Bears and Bengals head into this game in need of a win. The key to this game will be who runs the ball best. Cedric Benson has something to prove to Chicago. The difference might come down to the Bengals ability to exploit an erratic Bears secondary.
Bengals 35 Bears 31
Atlanta Falcons @ Dallas Cowboys
Game of the Week
It might not even be halfway into the season, but Dallas needs this game in the worst way. They have yet to establish themselves with a statement game, and this one may determine the futures of Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett in Dallas with the Mike Shanahan rumors getting louder.
The Falcons are hurting in their secondary, so they will need to run the ball and control the clock. With the Cowboys suspect run defense, this could be the game Mike "Burner" Turner has been looking to break out in.
Falcons 38 Cowboys 34
New Orleans Saints @ Miami Dolphins
The Saints appear to finally have a team with the ability to win it all. This is the first time in the franchises beleaguered history, so trepidation is certainly factored in. They face a Miami team that is fresh off a bye week after winning two straight games. Miami has a young quarterback, and they love to run the football.
This will be a good test for the Saints defense, and a good measurement on how much ability the Saints have.
Saints 34 Dolphins 24
Arizona Cardinals @ New York Giants
The Cardinals are a team who needs the game bad. They have yet to really established themselves as a team who is to be reckoned with. This game is a must-win for them. The Giants are coming off a game where they were easily handled by the Saints, and need to bounce back. This could be decided in the final minutes off the foot of a placekicker.
Giants 31 Cardinals 27
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
The Eagles are coming off a horrible loss where their offensive line was destroyed by the Raiders last week. This can not sit well with head coach Andy Reid, a former offensive line coach. Expect some improvement, because it will be needed against an excellent Redskins defense. Washington has an issue moving the ball offensively, and are in disarray.
Jim Zorn will no longer calling the plays, so there is hope for some improvement in offensive proficiency. Still, the Redskins defense will have to win this one. Considering they don't turn the ball over much, it seems a daunting task.
Eagles 27 Redskins 14
NFL Power Rankings
1. New Orleans Saints
2. Indianapolis Colts
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Denver Broncos
5. New England Patriots
6. New York Giants
7. Cincinnati Bengals
8. Atlanta Falcons
9. Baltimore Ravens
10. Philadelphia Eagles
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
12. Green Bay Packers
13. Houston Texans
14. San Diego Chargers
15. Chicago Bears
16. Dallas Cowboys
17. Miami Dolphins
18. New York Jets
19. Arizona Cardinals
20. Jacksonville Jaguars
21. San Francisco 49ers
22. Seattle Seahawks
23. Oakland Raiders
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Buffalo Bills
26. Detroit Lions
27. Kansas City Chiefs
28. Washington Redskins
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. Cleveland Browns
31. Tennessee Titans
32. Saint Louis Rams