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More Questions With Vinny Cerrato

Posted by Matt Terl on December 31, 2008 – 3:19 pm

Vinny Cerrato’s office is remarkable. All the walls are whiteboard, covered with the rosters of every team in the league. Each player is color-coded, with detailed notes, and it’s all sorted by position. It’s one of those things where the scale of it all defies description, but for sensory overload, it’s sort of like the interior design version of the ESPNHD screen during NFL draft coverage.

Anyhow, I was able to stop staring at the walls for long enough to ask Cerrato just a few more questions after his address to the media today.

The New England Patriots get a lot of press for great decisions. From your perspective, why do their decisions seem so strong?

“Tom Brady.” [He laughs.]

That certainly helps. Following on Tom Brady, then, let me ask you about Jason Campbell. It’s a year to year thing with him?

“We just evaluate him as we go.”

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A Few New Year's Eve Scheduling Notes

Posted by Matt Terl on December 31, 2008 – 2:21 pm

With 2009 kicking off tomorrow, I just wanted to provide a quick update on the schedule for the blog over the next few days.

  • Tomorrow, New Year’s Day, is a genuine day off, with no updates unless something dramatic happens.
  • Friday will be a light day, probably only a post or two (again, unless something dramatic happens).
  • And then I’ll be back Monday, to properly begin the offseason incarnation of the blog.

I’d also like to wish all of you a happy, healthy, and safe New Year’s Eve. Thanks for taking the time this season to read this, to write to me, and to comment here. Here’s to a better 2009 season, and hail to the Redskins. Read more »

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Wednesday, December 31: Vinny Cerrato Addresses The Media

Posted by Matt Terl on December 31, 2008 – 12:59 pm

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone.

2008 (the year) is wrapping up right alongside 2008 (the Redskins season), so today Executive Vice President/Football Operations Vinny Cerrato took a few minutes to address the assembled media about what’s gone on. I’m hoping to catch up with him a little later on to ask a few more questions, but here’s my full transcript of his general media session. Enjoy.

On whether there will be major changes to the coaching staff and roster this offseason:

“I think the coaching staff is up to Jim [Zorn]. Right now, we are in an evaluation process of the team, how we need to improve and what we need to do to get better than 8-8. I feel bad for the fans that we finished 8-8.

“The thing that we need to look at is how do we get better at home. You’ve gotta take care of the home field. We were 4-4 at FedEx. We have outstanding fans and great fan support there, so we have go to be better at home. To get into the playoffs, usually 6-2 and home and 4-4 on the road will get you in. 4-4 at home is not good enough.”

On what he believes the team’s biggest need is:

“I don’t know until we get through everything. You have to evaluate everything and it takes a while. It’s just been a couple of days and there are a lot of things that you need to look at, evaluate and then you want to put it all together before you make assumptions.”

On whether he thinks the team needs to get younger:

“I think we’ll look at everything and address everything while going through the personnel and evaluating. Let me just tell you what the schedule is – the coaches are off next week, but the scouts will be meeting and evaluating. The following week is the East-West [Shrine Game]. The following week after that is the Senior Bowl.

“On the 15th of January we’ll get together, all the personnel people, all the scouts, the trainers, the doctors. We all sit in a room and talk about every player, what he needs to do to get better, is there anything medical-wise. Any question that there is to ask will be done at that time. Everybody will have a chance to evaluate and get a good evaluation of each guy and what we need to do with each person.”

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