Cerrato: 'The vultures, they're circling'
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post waded through Vinny Cerrato’s radio show this morning on ESPN 980 in D.C. to pick up the first comments of the week from the front office of the Redskins. Just like I said every owner should have a radio show on Thursday following Jerry Jones’ remarks regarding Wade Phillips, every general manager or vice president of Dan Snyder should have a show too.
Cerrato got right after the media—a group he is a part of with his show—for the negativity that is circling the franchise after a 2-3 start. Washington will play its sixth consecutive winless opponent on Sunday when it hosts the Kansas City Chiefs. Yes, the New York Giants were winless when the Redskins played them in the opener.
“When you're winning, if you're 4-1, they're looking for feel-good stories. Now, it's like the vultures, they're circling, and they're waiting for the dead body,’’ Cerrato said. “I mean, that's what it feels like here, just like kill, kill, kill is what it feels like. And, I mean, we're frustrated, because you lost a game that you were winning 17-2, you lost to Detroit. I mean, absolutely you're frustrated, and you feel it. Like we talked about, what cures that? Is to go out Sunday and play a good game, score points, feel good about it, and then you come back in, it's a whole different attitude the following week.”
The Redskins became the team to snap the Lions’ 19-game losing streak and then managed to lose at winless Carolina last week despite a 15-point lead in the second half.
Cerrato’s comments were most pointed at the stumbling offense led by coach Jim Zorn, as he said the defense basically created 14 points for the offense in the Panthers’ game.
What Cerrato failed to address was a miserable offensive line with no depth that was his own creation. The Redskins could have done any number of things to address it. Signing Tony Pashos would have been one when he was cut from Jacksonville. Cerrato didn’t address poor play from the wide receivers. He talked at length about the shortcomings of the offense, but they’re all in this together—players, coaches and management.
Cerrato complained that words are being taken out of context, that single sentences are being used to reflect the thoughts of players. Unfortunately, that’s what can happen when a team starts in a vicious downward spiral. There aren’t ways to paint a pretty picture. Cerrato has to understand he’s part of that ugliness right now. And it will get uglier if the Chiefs manage to pull off their first victory for coach Todd Haley on Sunday. A loss there could be the final act for Zorn, and there’s been no visible support for him from the front office.
It would be really interesting if one of the players would find it odd that Cerrato, in between doing the tasks of his job, has time for a radio show too. But the media certainly cannot complain. Upper management has spoken now. Tip of the cap to Steinberg for transcribing it.
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