What's New: Management Structure

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Vinny Cerrato is in charge. After working mostly behind the scenes for more than eight years with Washington, Cerrato is the new face of the Redskins' front office, having been given control of football decisions.

In January, owner Daniel Snyder promoted Cerrato to the new position of executive vice president of football operations. The move was made shortly after former coach Joe Gibbs abruptly resigned, and Cerrato, now the primary decision maker and conduit to the media, has been entrusted with most of the same responsibilities Gibbs had while also serving as the team president for four years.

Cerrato played a key role in the controversial month-long coaching search that led to top assistants Gregg Williams -- considered the choice of many fans and players to replace Gibbs -- and Al Saunders being forced out, and he strongly encouraged Snyder to promote Jim Zorn to head coach after he was hired as offensive coordinator.

Cerrato worked fast in reorganizing the front office after Gibbs cleaned out his desk. He promoted Scott Campbell, formerly director of college scouting, to director of player personnel, ousted director of pro personnel Louis Riddick and hired Chicago Bears official Morocco Brown as the new director of pro personnel.

Although Snyder has the final word on everything that happens at Redskins Park, Cerrato is charting the team's course, and the results are on his shoulders now.

-- Jason Reid

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