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Vinny Cerrato poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Landover, Md.
Those joyous cries of ecstasy you heard this morning were coming from the general populations of Washington DC, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland as Redskins fans woke up to news that the team has finally, at long last, managed to get rid of universally loathed GM Vinny Cerrato, who turned in his resignation.
Since rejoining the team in 2002, Cerrato has helped the Skins to a combined record of 52-65. Cerrato was famous in DC for being the only GM with time on his hands to host his own morning radio show. Also, I’m told Cerrato was prized by owner Dan Snyder for his expediency in picking up Chipotle for lunch.
Now, it’s unclear right now what the Redskins next move will be after Cerrato’s ouster. But one thing IS obvious: any move the Skins make will have a direct effect on the Cowboys’ hiring process if they decide to fire Wade Phillips at year’s end (and they will). Both teams will be competing from the same pool of big name fish: Cowher, Shanahan, etc.
My first thought upon the end of Cerrato was that Shanahan was a lock to go to Washington. But I had a discussion with a friend who is a lifelong Skins fan and we came to a couple of almost certainly false conclusions:
No matter where this merry-go-round ends, the Skins are clearly in a position to strike first at this little coaching buffet, since the Cowboys are in the midst of a playoff struggle. That means the Double J may have one less dancing partner to choose from come the New Year.