Vinnie Cerrato out and Bruce Allen in: Has Dan Snyder Learned Anything?

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Vinnie Cerrato out and Bruce Allen in: Has Dan Snyder Learned Anything?
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With the announcement that the comically incompetent Vinnie Cerrato is finally out of the picture as the Washington Redskins de facto general manager, the Redskins are now going in a new direction.
Or are they?

Bruce Allen has been formally named the General Manager.

Dan Snyder has finally hired a football guy to run the football team.

And certainly in the near term there will be a lot of changes taking place within the organization, with the first order of business—hiring a new head coach.

But the real question is, will Dan Snyder quit his meddling ways and let the football people run the football team while he handles the business side of the operation?

I for one will be very interested to see what happens in the long run. I have not heard one good thing about working for Dan Snyder and the Redskins. In fact, all I hear is what an awful meddler he is.

My prediction is that Danny boy will find a way to ruin the team again. He just can’t resist the urge.

Look at what he is has done so far.

He gave Marty Schottenheimer one year after Schottenheimer turned the team around with a bare cupboard as far as players were concerned.

He fell in love with Steve Spurrier who turned out to be an atrocious pro football coach, as he tried to turn failed pro quarterbacks from the University of Florida—Danny Wuerfful and Shane Matthews—into pass-happy starting quarterbacks. Ditto with the lousy receivers he brought in.

He then tried to resurrect Joe Gibbs, who sadly did not seem to have real control of the team or the organization, which turned into a brief flash of promise but ultimately failure.

And worse, after Gibbs retired Snyder and Cerrato hired offensive and defensive coordinators and THEN tried to hire a head coach.

What self-respecting, top-notch head coaching candidate is going to come in when he can’t hire his own team of coaches who fit his philosophy?

None.

So they end up stuck with an obviously over-his-head Jim Zorn.

Snyder has lost two years in rebuilding the Redskins into a perennial contender with the Zorn experiment.

In fact, he’s lost a decade, through poor hiring, and trying to buy a team by overpaying for big-name veterans like Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Jason Taylor, and Albert Haynesworth to big contracts.

None of these players lived up to their contracts, but of course Haynesworth is an unknown. He’s been hurt much of the year.

In this decade the Redskins have had five head coaches.

How can any team gain continuity with five head coaches in a 10-year-span?

What will happen in the long term is anyone’s guess.

If Snyder lets Bruce Allen do his job, the Redskins will probably turn into a playoff contender within the next three to five years, or even sooner if Allen is shrewd enough.

Allen has somewhat of a mixed record, since he was mostly on the business side in Oakland, and was fired in Tampa Bay after he helped build the team into a contender that fell on its face last year.

But continuity is necessary for the Redskins to be successful. I, for one, doubt Snyder will be patient enough to let it happen.

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