Vinny Cerrato: The Second Biggest Disgrace to the Washington Redskins

Matt JamesContributor IIMarch 9, 2011

Former Washington Redskins GM Vinny Cerrato
Former Washington Redskins GM Vinny CerratoNFL Photos/Getty Images /Getty Images

Vinny Cerrato was once the general manager of the Washington Redskins. He began his employment with the organization in 1999 and was responsible for many of the big-name player acquisitions the franchise secured during his first stint—like Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, and even Jeff George—none of whom ever helped the team do more than sell a few extra tickets. Luckily for the Washington Redskins and its loyal fan base, then head coach Marty Schottenheimer fired Cerrato after the 2001 season. Now, years later, Schottenheimer is quoted as saying: 

"I've said for a long time, in my opinion the problem down there—obviously it starts at the top with Dan—but it is Cerrato.

"I don't particularly respect the guy. He and I had our issues when we were there. Basically what he said was, 'Marty, Dan may be listening to you during the preseason,' he says. 'But wait until I get up in the owner's box during the regular season, and then we'll see who Dan listens to.'

"Now how's that? How's that? And of course, he was gone within the week but re-hired shortly after I departed. So now, Dan, he's made his choice (some) time ago, but I'm not a big fan of Cerrato and his work."

Owner Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins rehired Vinny Cerrato in 2002, after Schottenheimer’s departure with the team, where he continued to serve as the Executive Vice-President of Football Operation until December 17, 2009.  Details of Cerrato’s resignation are not immediately available, but when asked whether Cerrato was given the opportunity to serve in another position within the organization, Dan Snyder simply stated that it was “time to move on.”

On March 8, 2011, Vinny Cerrato once again made news in Washington, as he joined local Washington sports radio personality Mike Wise during his live broadcast on 106.7 The Fan. In the broadcast, Cerrato deflected responsibility for mistakes made and even went so far as to lamb-baste former Redskins head coach Jim Zorn on several issues, instead of accepting any responsibility.

If it were not for the Washington Redskins being owned by Dan Snyder, Vinny Cerrato would undoubtedly be the biggest disgrace this franchise has ever had to endure. Mike Shanahan has his hands full, but with Cerrato out of the front office, many fans are hopeful that a new era is being created—one where the Washington Redskins can become a competitive and feared team in the National Football League.

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