Vinny Cerrato resigned this morning from his position as Washington Redskins Executive Vice President of Football Operations, the #2 spot in the organization under owner Daniel Snyder.
Redskins fans, rejoice!
The Redskins haven't been good recently. Actually, they haven't been consistently good for a while, since the early 1990s or so. Every now and then they'll go on a nice run and make the playoffs, but there's never been a feeling of powerhouse about them.
Fan frustrations being what they are, a losing team demands a target for anger and blame. This year, that's been Dan Snyder, Vinny Cerrato, Jim Zorn, Albert Haynesworth, D'Angelo Hall, Carlos Rogers, LaRon Landry, Clinton Portis, Jason Campbell, Antwaan Randle El, Santana Moss, Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, Fred Davis, Shaun Suisham, Danny Smith, and the entire offensive line.
Dan Snyder's not going to leave. He's the owner, he's making money, he's not selling the team. Fans realize this. It doesn't make a lot of people happy, but they've moved on.
Jim Zorn's gone at the end of the year. Fans realize this and accept it with satisfaction. There is a hope that the next head coach will be better.
Placekicker Shaun Suisham's already gone. His missed kicks provided a brief headache and his release has provided aspirin.
This is about Vinny. He's gone now. Today. This morning. Replaced by Bruce Allen, son of George Allen, former executive for the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In a lot people's minds, this means that Jon Gruden (who worked under Allen in Oakland and Tampa) will be the next head coach of the Redskins. We'll see.
For now, there is a widespread sigh of relief in DC as well as a hope that winning times will soon return to the nation's capital. There are still three more weeks to go this season, but all Skins fans are already looking forward to the offseason and 2011.
I'm one of them.