The man that ensured us all that Jim Zorn would make it through the season as the Washington Redskins’ head coach, won’t keep his job in an ironic twist. Vinny Cerrato resigned, or got fired (same thing), today from his position as the Redskins’ executive vice president of football operations. Next up to bat looks to be Bruce Allen, the son of former Redskins coach George Allen.
Allen, whose hiring was reported by radio station ESPN 980, served as a senior executive with the Oakland Raiders from 1996-2003. He then was general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2004-08, when he and Coach Jon Gruden were ousted in a sweeping, season-ending change.
Allen has strong ties to both the area and the Redskins. He grew up in McLean, and his father is still considered a legend in the area. George Allen coached the Redskins from 1971-77. Bruce Allen went to the University of Richmond, and his brother, George, is a former U.S. Senator from Virginia.
A statement from Cerrato is in order:
“We agreed that the franchise needs someone different in this position,” Cerrato said in a statement released by the Redskins this morning. “I’m thankful to Dan Snyder and other members of this ownership team for the opportunities I’ve been given over the years.”
“Of course I am disappointed with this year’s results, but I strongly believe that with outstanding picks and encouraging performance by our younger players, we have laid a strong foundation for the franchise.”
This pretty much seals Jim Zorn’s fate. As if it wasn’t already sealed.
Vinny Cerrato resigns, Bruce Allen to take over as Redskins’ top football executive (The Washington Post)