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Old 12-17-2009, 06:01 AM   #1404
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Report: Cerrato resigns

Posted by Mike Florio on December 17, 2009 8:16 AM ET

Mike Holmgren's dalliance with the Browns might not be prompting the Seahawks to crap or get off the crapper.

But it's apparently forcing another team to move quickly.

ESPN 980 in Washington is reporting that Redskins executive V.P. of football operations Vinny Cerrato has resigned.

Adding credibility to the report is the fact that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder owns the station.

The move, which apparently would have happened at the end of the season, likely means that owner Daniel Snyder wants to make a run at Holmgren.

We say this with full realization of the fact that Holmgren called out the Redskins in early November for stripping coach Jim Zorn -- a former Big Show assistant -- of play-calling duties.

"That bothered me a lot," Holmgren told ESPN Radio in Chicago at the time. "Jim Zorn is one of the nice people. I'm a nice guy, but I'm not that nice. Jim Zorn is really a nice man. What they did, I did not like it at all."

But if Snyder can pin the decision on Cerrato, and if Snyder is willing to allow Zorn to continue as coach under Holmgren's supervision, maybe this arrangement can work.

Another potential attraction for Holmgren could be the presence of Sherm Lewis, his long-time offensive coordinator in Green Bay.

With two prime-time games only six days apart, it makes no sense for the Redskins to make such a dramatic change only three games before the end of the season, unless it was done specifically to give the 'Skins a seat at the Big Show's table.

UPDATE: Here's a link to ESPN 980 confirming the news. The headline? "No Red Zone Tomorrow," which refers to Cerrato's weekly radio show on the network.
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