There’s some great journalism coming in on the resignation of Vinny Cerrato as the right-hand man of Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder. Here’s a piece on the difficult relationship between the VP and Coach Jim Zorn. Another piece discusses the challenges down the road. Not to mention a look-back at the Cerrato era.
Yet the still-remaining question relates to the business at hand. That is, how will the change at the top affect the team’s performance at home in a key matchup with the division rival New York Giants.
Here are the options:
1) It’s a huge distraction. Hey, I’ve been through some management shakeups in my career, and let me tell you: They take your eye off the ball, at least for a moment or two. The classic behavior of an employee at a shook-up company consists of hitting “refresh” on the computer screen, checking e-mail, checking Twitter, checking Facebook—-all for the most minute thought or news tidbit on the organizational tumult.
Out the window goes everything else, including the film-watching, the brushing up on the cover-two, the discussions of just how woeful the Giants’ linebacking corps is, the analysis of how many ways you can fake out the safeties on the Giants D, additional strategies for making big yardage on draw plays to the right side of the Giants D, and so on.
2) It’s a rallying cry. Maybe Cerrato is a beloved figure in the Skins locker room. OK, I’ve never read too much to substantiate that point of view, but then again, Cerrato was always at war with one reporter or another, so is the biased media ever going to report the good side of Cerrato?
Here’s a good bet: Those three fellows—-Devin Thomas, Fred Davis, and Malcolm Kelly—-they’re Cerrato draftees. They had terrible rookie seasons last year and now they’re starting to produce, as every single story on the Skins these days points out. Well, those guys are going to lead the pro-Vinny charge this weekend, playing on offense, defense, and special teams, just to prove that the Cerrato era was one of glory.
3) No impact. The Redskins are professional football players. They know what it takes to prepare for a football game. They won’t let personnel changes in the front office affect them one way or the other.
4) Remember the Mara death. The Redskins are still struggling to come up with a motivational event on the magnitude of the death of Giants co-owner Wellington Mara, back in October 2005. Following the passing of the franchise’s grandpa, the Jints went out and walloped the Skins, 36-0. Somehow, the resignation of Cerrato wouldn’t seem to carry the same spark, but we’ll see on Monday night.