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Cerrato Resigns, Biggest Win For Skins Since ’92 [Update: Bruce Allen Hired]

ESPN 980 first reported that Vinny Cerrato has resigned, which is now being corroborated by FOX 5 in D.C.

The joy and excitement has rendered me incapable of forming any real thoughts right now. But stayed tuned and we’ll update right here as more news comes in. Feel free to start the celebration in the comments. The firing/resigning of Cerrato was the lone good that could’ve come from this season of shit, and now (“reportedly”), it’s happening.

Happy holidays, indeed.

Update: Here’s the official press release from the Redskins, meaning this is really happening and we can remove the “reportedly” tag.

Update No. 2: Rick Maese speculates that the hire will be made quickly and it may be Mike Holmgren, while Jay Glazer reports Washington is “trying to lock up former Raiders and Bucs GM Bruce Allen.”

Update No. 3: According to ESPN 980 — and Bruce Allen’s Wikipedia page — Allen is the guy. Jon Gruden to follow?

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  1. Julz

    December 17, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    I actually started dancing around my house. Christmas definitely came early this year.

  2. Jamie Mottram

    December 17, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Pack shit, get out.

  3. CptChaosSidekick

    December 17, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    I just said out loud ” holy shit” in my office when I read it. My boss wan’t please. I could give a fuck, this is AhMaZing!!

  4. chevychasenanticokes

    December 17, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    I hope the next GM continues on this demented “fitting-play-action-players-into-a-west-coast-scheme” path that we are on. As star-crossed as our current trajectory is, I would rather see some continuity than another philosophical 180. Still awesome. BEAT DALLAS!!

  5. Jamie Mottram

    December 17, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    So what’s his legacy? Drafting 3 receivers in the 2nd round? Not drafting linemen? Trading for Jason Taylor? Signing Haynesworth and D-Hall to crazy money? Hiring Zorn?

  6. chevychasenanticokes

    December 17, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    The Jason Taylor experience will always be the snapshot of this era to me.

  7. chevychasenanticokes

    December 17, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Drafting the tree receivers was dumb, too. You look at recipes for success through the draft, the players are acquired in complimentary groups, as in Troy Aikman, Erik Williams, and Emmit Smith for the Cowboys, or Posada, Jeter, Pettite, Rivera for the Yankees. Sinking all your “capital” into one area of the field seems to typify Vinny’s missing the forest for the trees. He can pick you out a good fucking tree, though. Damn good tree.

  8. chevychasenanticokes

    December 17, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    I have no idea what I’m talking about.

  9. Julz

    December 17, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    As if this could get any better I just realized that I’m glad Zorn has outlasted Vinny, especially reading his douchebag statement. Forgetting about Zorn’s coaching at least he’s a classy guy.

  10. Jamie Mottram

    December 17, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Yeah, that’s really weird he didn’t mention Zorn.

  11. Terps77

    December 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    This is like Christmas. And when Holmgren takes over, everyone will think hes Santa.

  12. omgwtfbbq

    December 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    We’re really discussing legacy here? Did you not see kindergarden ninja?

    Let’s get on with the real discussion, who’s next?

    Shanahan? Bruce Allen and eventually Gruden? Holmgren? Mel Kiper?

  13. omgwtfbbq

    December 17, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    OK, next question . . . assuming Bruce Allen hires Gruden, any chance Gruden tries to keep Campbell?

    Aside from Cerrato’s departure, all I want for Christmas is a new contract for JC.

  14. Jamie Mottram

    December 17, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    You’re right, Vinny’s role in Kindergarten Ninja will never be topped.

    As for Gruden, the good thing about hiring him is he wouldn’t ruin MNF anymore.

  15. CptChaosSidekick

    December 17, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Is Gruden even a good fit for Washington? I’d like to see Zorn stay another year with the possibility of looking for another OC.

    If Zorn goes, I dont want Shananagans.

  16. tark

    December 17, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Obviously, this is incredible news. This is the reason I’ve been rooting against my team since week 3. I almost had a heart attack in the Saints game in OT. It’s quite possible that if the Skins won that game, Cerrato might still be around. Knock off the undefeated team, etc. Hoopla and all that.

    Re: Gruden, did he win with people drafted under his watch, or were those mostly Dungy’s guys?

  17. pearlbullets

    December 17, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    I’m done getting excited about “offseason” moves made by the Redskins. I’m glad Cerrato is gone, but I’m pretty sure Bruce Allen will be another yes man for the never ending problem that is Daniel Snyder.

  18. worksucks

    December 17, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Those were all Tony Dungy’s guy’s. New GM, possible/likely new Coach.. So who gets the door.. CP? JC? Dare I say.. Chris Cooley?

  19. Jack Shepherd

    December 17, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Oh joyful, joyful, joyful day! I can’t even concentrate on work anymore. Do you think they’ll declare a national holiday?

  20. Mal Funkshon

    December 17, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Best Redskins news I’ve seen in a loooooooong time.

  21. Mal Funkshon

    December 17, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Oh yeah, he got Suishamed.

  22. omgwtfbbq

    December 17, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Gruden is a good fit for Washington simply because he’s been able to operate under a meddling owner in the past (Al Davis), and he’s good at motivating players.

    Who knows where this roster will be in September, but if Portis is still around, can you think of a crazier fuck to rile him into more production than Gruden?

  23. mrlogical

    December 17, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Is there any reason to suggest that Gruden would be the hire other than that Bruce Allen has worked with him? Didn’t Gruden just sign an extension with ESPN and say he was committed to broadcasting? I know that kind of talk may not mean much when compared to big bucks, but that was just 30 days ago, and it’s not like he was unaware of potential job openings in the NFL. I’d be very surprised if Gruden ends up being the hire.

  24. StuScottsLazyEye

    December 17, 2009 at 1:44 PM


    i actually shed a tear out of happiness.

  25. AlvinWalton40

    December 17, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    yes, Gruden won the SB with Dungy’s players. But he beat the Raiders who made it there with Gruden’s players.

  26. they call me Fitz

    December 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    i’m home sick today but instantly felt better after hearing of this great news.

  27. calv66

    December 17, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    I’m still trying to uncrack the smile that formed on my face on hearing the news this morning on the way to work. I didn’t see this coming so soon, if at all. Free at last, thank God Almighty, we are Free at last!

    The only thing that gives me pause in all of this is what appears to be the rather sudden hiring of Allen. Obviously Allen has been one of the GM names routinely discussed for this and other openings and he has a record of at least semi-competence. But I would have been more reassured if something like a more open, competitive hiring process for the GM had been demonstrated (maybe bringing in Holmgren, Wolf, whoever for interviews).

    But beyond that, very good news.

  28. Some Redskins Fan

    December 17, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Pearlbullets is right, Bruce Allen will be another yes-man for Snyder. Everything I’ve heard says that Shanahan will be the next coach, but I think we should keep Zorn. He’s managed to keep his team competitive despite losing a bunch of Pro-Bowlers to injury and dealing with completely incompetent management. JC needs to come back as well

  29. Some Redskins Fan

    December 17, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    And who’s the joker who voted “Dissaprove” for firing Vinny?

  30. Jeff Vitkun

    December 17, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    OK, next question . . . assuming Bruce Allen hires Gruden, any chance Gruden tries to keep Campbell?

    Are you kidding? Gruden collects QBs.

  31. Jeff Vitkun

    December 17, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    I hate to be the turd in the punch bowl, but firing Vinny doesn’t mean were in the Super Bowl next year…

    I mean…uh…

    /sings Hail to the Redskins

  32. worksucks

    December 18, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    I guess Vinny and his family read Mr.I, only logical since 1% of the voting readers felt Vinny should have stayed! FAIL

  33. Vinny Sucks

    January 30, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Vinny resigning or being fired was one of the greatest day in Redskins history he should be ashamed to what he did to one of the greatest franchises in sports.

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