While we’re all sad about the current Redskins season and they way its unfolding, let’s take a look back at an even darker time. I was pretty bored yesterday and was thinking about the current Washington Redskins situation and how it relates to recent history before Mike Shanahan. Of course, one name comes to mind. Vinny Cerrato. Then I thought to myself, can I name at least 20 terrible personnel and coaching decisions made while Vinny Cerrato was in Washington?
I know Vinny may not be fully responsible for all of these but they happened while he was either GM or Vice President. And this is why Cerrato is doing radio now talking about his Notre Dame and 49er days and not his time in Washington. These are in no particular order.
Who thinks this is smart? Only Jerry Jones when he did it with Jason Garrett. Enough said. Can you guess what the next one is?
After rumors of Jim Fassel as the leading candidate put DC in an uproar, the Skins chose Zorn and two seasons later it was over. The relationship with Cerrato and his time as a NFL head coach. Hip Hip Hooray!
I will keep this as one although it could be multiple moves. First, they offered Champ a terrible deal which he and his agent rejected ending most chances of him being resigned. Then there is the trade. First of all, I liked Clinton Portis and he gave the Skins many great seasons, but Cerrato and Gibbs traded away arguably one of the best cornerbacks of all time and threw in an extra 2nd round pick. Complete disaster.
The team reached complete embarrassment the day they took most powers from head coach Zorn and brought in Sherman Lewis as an offensive consultant. Lewis who was a respected offensive coach in the 90s was well out of football and made Washington an easy target for everyone’s elderly jokes.
And it cost them by giving up an extra 2nd rounder in the following draft. McIntosh was a decent linebacker but if you ever question the depth of this team here was a move to look back at.
Horrible mistake by Cerrato after actually picking up Hall on the minimum the season before. “Meangelo” is the gift that keeps on giving. I have talked about Hall way too much the past few weeks and am done with it.
Horrible reaction move that benefitted both Suisham and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Maybe the Redskins have something in Kai Forbath now but having Suisham the past few seasons may have change some things.
Then after his only season in Washington cutting Taylor because he wanted to do non-mandatory workouts on his own, which I believe they agreed on before. Even better, any cap relief went towards resigning Hall and another large fella.
Lloyd has proven very little at that point and proved even less with the Redskins.
This may be more on Gibbs but the Redskins gave away another third round pick to the Jaguars for Mark Brunell who would have most likely been released shortly after. Brunell wasn’t bad for the Skins but once again ask where our depth went and there you go.
Remember TJ Duckett’s Redskins career? Maybe the worst of all the moves made in the Cerrrato times. I could Google up how many actual times he touched the ball but it’s not even worth it.
One we gave up a pick but two we pretty much replaced Stephen Davis with him. Davis soon left a year before Gibbs arrived. Wouldn’t Gibbs have liked to have Davis? Maybe Champ Bailey trade was then never made? Really don’t want to think this one out anymore.
The Skins after making a so/so trade ended up with three picks in that round. Devin Thomas. Bust. Fred Davis. Been good at times, but future is very unclear with team. Malcolm Kelly. Disaster of a bust. The whole draft actually was a disaster.
Thank the football gods that Mike Brown shot down Vinny’s offer of two first round picks for Chad Johnson a few years back. Picks that turned into Brian Orakpo and Trent Williams by the way. Move was not made but has to be included.
I am one who is very happy Landry is gone and at the time, the Skins had Sean Taylor at one safety already. Much like this list it is tough to look and say what it but here is who they took Landry over…Adrian Peterson, Patrick Willis, Darelle Revis and Lawrence Timmons.
I think he got a raw deal plenty of times but it didn’t work out. And not only was he not the long term answer as quarterback but the Redskins once again gave up multiple picks to move up and grab Campbell.
It was at the end of the 1st round, but anytime you miss on a quarterback it can be devastating and they missed badly. And if it was Snyder’s pick, even worse. Vinny is supposed to be the football guy and should have talked Snyder out of it. Maybe it was actually a Spurrier pick because just like his Florida QB’s, Ramsey couldn’t play.
Been over it plenty of times. Bruce Smith broke the sack record at the same time he was proclaimed as “Highway 78”, Mark Carrier was awful, Jeff George was worse and Deion Sanders did play well and walked away after one year with a boat load of cash. This was the first sign that it could be bad quick and it did.
Regan Upshaw, Vinny’s radio show as GM, Chad Morton for another draft pick, Dave Fiore, Michael Barrow, 6 for 36 for Jeremiah Trotter, Taylor Jacobs, Jeremy Jarmon, Adam Archuleta (almost missed that one) and is Ryan Clark still playing? Hurts.
Now as I said before, Vinny is probably not to blame for all of these but it shows how much of an embarrassment the organization was during his time. I know I am missing some more but just to rattle off an easy twenty shows why he is on Baltimore radio and not with another team, unless you count the highs school team he works with.
I think the team should have a ceremony before one of their home games where they bury the Cerrato era. And as Lauren said to Heidi, it is time to “Forgive and Forget.” Pathetic I used that example.