Vinny Cerrato said this when asked about his team’s failing offensive line:
We tried to address the line. We added [Derrick] Dockery. We added Mike Williams. We attempted to, and when we were in the draft, there was nobody at No. 13 worthy of it.
So they added Dockery and Williams, which is hardly better than the departed LG-RT combo of Pete Kendall and Jon Jansen. It also says nothing of Chris Samuels and Randy Thomas being old and injury prone, or that Williams was out of the NFL. Or that the line sucked to begin with.
But that last part (“when we were in the draft, there was nobody at No. 13 worthy of it”) really chaps my ass. The Redskins had five picks remaining after 13, and none were used on offensive (or defensive) linemen.
Which is right in line with Cerrato and Dan Snyder’s M.O. this decade:
Read it and weep, Skins fans. Washington has drafted more quarterbacks (seven) than defensive linemen (six) during the ’00s. They’ve spent twice as much value* on defensive backs (57) as offensive linemen (29). And they’ve drafted 13 wide receivers and tight ends, only one of whom — Chris Cooley — is any good.
Beyond anything else (free agent signings, coaching changes, mistreated fans and media, etc.), this is what needs to change. They have to draft smarter, lest they remain stuck in their current predicament, going down in flames thanks in large part to an O-line reminiscent of five turnstiles.
So, yeah: Fire Vinny.
* A first-round pick is worth seven, a second-rounder is worth six, etc.