Vinny Cerrato Resigns, Washington Redskins' Biggest Problem Grows Stronger

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IDecember 17, 2009

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 13:  Vinny Cerrato, general mananger of the Washington Redskins, during warm ups of a NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens on August 13, 2009 at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.   (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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If there are any Redskins fans who genuinely believe Vinny Cerrato was a problem, and think he was more than a figurehead deflecting attention from Daniel Snyder’s manipulative and erratic ownership, then there is a much bigger problem than this team trying to make the playoffs.

Obviously, the primary culprit robbing Washington of its professional football pride is Daniel Snyder. You know this. I know this. He knows this.

But in true Snyder fashion,there is always an affordable alternative to taking responsibility, and the man who has been front and center for every disparaging sign, interview, and failed hire has now been unceremoniously axed.

Vinny Cerrato is out of Washington.

When interviews were being done for the new head coach, at whose palatial palace were they being conducted? When Jimmy Clausen was was being scouted, on whose private jet do you think scouts flew?

And when pitches are made for a new football guru in the mold of Bill Parcells, whom will be standing front and center with an open checkbook and a wide grin?

Exactly. The same person who has always been geeked to take credit for new vision and change with the organization. At least, before it all falls down.

Logic suggests Snyder will make a pitch for Mike Holmgren to take an inch of reigns. And that may mean Jim Zorn is retained as head coach, along with Sherm Lewis to call the plays, for both Zorn and Lewis have worked closely with Holmgren in his years as a head coach.

If does happen, you can at least credit Snyder for maintaining some continuity for a change.

But if it’s Bill Cowher, Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, or any other shocking name, it will be the same crap all over Washington, all over again. People will rejoice at a departed Vinny Cerrato, hope for a reformed Dan Snyder, and crown a Redskins team, which will likely have a rookie quarterback and retooled offensive line, paper champions yet again.

Vinny Cerrato was an easy mark for fan angst. He often looked at reporters as if he could save them a bunch of money on car insurance. He was aloof in interviews.He was in Kindergarten Ninja.

But the root of the Redskins problems he most certainly wasn’t. We saw that when  Marty Schottenheimer was in town, and we’ll see it again.

And that may just be the biggest problem the Redskins will ever have.

The certainty that past mistakes are but future paths to new failure.