Posts Tagged ‘Vinny Cerrato’

Message to Redskins Fans and Media

October 20, 2009

This is a message to all the media and fans about the Redskins situation.  This includes those on TV and radio, newspaper writers, bloggers, and just regular fans.

We know that the Redskins haven’t been very good under Dan Snyder.  We know that he has gone through a lot of coaches.  We know that the personnel decisions made by Snyder and Vinny Cerrato haven’t been very good overall and that it would be great to get a good General Manager.  We know that it is a dysfunctional organization.  We know the team didn’t address the offensive line problems in the offseason, and we know that Jason Campbell hasn’t become a great quarterback, though I think he’s getting too much criticism.  We know that Jim Zorn is not a great coach and that it was odd the way the Skins hired him two years ago as an offensive coordinator and then promoted him to head coach.  We know that it is bizarre to have hired Sherman Lewis out of a bingo parlor to call the plays starting this Monday night.

Can we come up with something else, though?  I’ve been a little bit guilty of it myself.  But when you’re a sportsradio station and you have a lot of time to fill, you really should go more into details and specifics.  Come on, people.  Let’s come up with some better stuff.  Break some stories – don’t just repeat what everybody else says.  Analyze the players, the games and the plays.  Come up with some solutions.  If my full-time or even part-time job was to do this I’d come up with more stuff.  Don’t keep saying the same stuff over and over.

Dan Snyder’s Redskins: better than they were in the mid-90s

October 5, 2009

It’s fashionable to bash Daniel Snyder and say that the Redskins have been a bad team since he became owner in 1999, but the team has most often been mediocre rather than bad.  The Skins’ record under Snyder is 78-86, with a winning percentage of .476.  During the six seasons before Snyder arrived, the Skins were 36-59, with a winning percentage of .379.

So while I think Snyder and his personnel man Vinny Cerrato have done a below average job, the Redskins have improved a lot under Snyder from what they were from 1993 to 1998 when they never made the playoffs.  At least the Skins have made the playoffs three times in 10 years under Snyder – not great but better than 0 for 6.

Obviously in the early to mid 70s, and again from the early 80s to the early 90s the Skins were great, going to five Super Bowls and winning three.

But the Redskins are considerably better under Snyder than they were during the previous six seasons.