Biggs: Snyder's timing not a surprise at all

Give Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder credit for one thing: Timing.

Maybe it wasn’t a surprise that he parted ways with longtime right-hand man Vinny Cerrato this morning to clear a path for Bruce Allen to take over as the vice president of football operations and general manager.

Snyder knew what he was doing. The Redskins host NFC East rivals New York and Dallas in the next two weeks in prime time. Making the move today sets up the Redskins for six hours of positive coverage starting Monday night on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” Jon Gruden will be able to talk about the respect and admiration he has for Allen, and Snyder will be able to get some positive publicity at the tail end of a positively wretched 4-9 season.

The next week, the Redskins host the Cowboys on NBC in prime time, another chance for the broadcast crew and studio commentators to talk about the Redskins in a positive light. Snyder has been under fire all season. The team temporarily banned signs at FedEx Field, including ones that were critical of ownership.

Fans have been rallying for change and Snyder delivered it at a time when the move can be celebrated by the media and fans. From that standpoint, it comes as no surprise at all.

“This is obviously the right time for a change,’’ Snyder said at his press conference. “Difficult decision, (Cerrato) is still a friend. I appreciate the work he did for us throughout the years.”

Allen talked about the timing given him a jump on 2010. How much evaluation he can do on a roster that has been challenged by injuries remains to be seen. It’s expected that Jim Zorn will be removed as coach at the end of the season, but Allen will be able to get a close look at some other coaches he might want to retain.

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