Former Redskins executive Vinny Cerrato predicted the end is near for Bruce Allen.
“If getting rid of Bruce Allen takes away the negative publicity, it would not shock me,” the former vice president of football operations said on Friday during his show on Baltimore’s 105.7 The Fan.
“A lot of the reason why I got fired, there was a lot of negative stuff going on,” Cerrato added, referring to when he was urged to resign in 2009 following a string of dismal Redskins seasons. The team’s poor record brought scrutiny to the team, and specifically onto owner Daniel Snyder, who Cerrato said Friday does not like negative publicity.
“How did Dan take the media off of him?” Cerrato asked. “By firing me and bringing on Bruce.”
Cerrato added: “Now, if his name wasn’t ‘Allen’ I think he’d have been gone [already].”
Allen, who became the team’s president in 2009, is, of course, the son of former Redskins Coach George Allen. The elder Allen coached the Redskins from 1971 to 1977 and turned two decades of dismal records around. Allen compiled a 116-47-5 regular season mark over the course of 12 seasons.
Under the younger Allen’s front-office control, however, the team hasn’t been nearly as good. Since he came on, Washington has finished last in the NFC East five times. Piled on top of the losing record now sits controversy pertaining to recently fired General Manager Scot McCloughan, as well as something of an exodus of the team’s top players, including star receivers DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and defensive tackle Chris Baker.
Cerrato added on Friday that’s far more bad publicity than he ever brought to the team.
“The heat is the hottest it’s ever been,” Cerrato said. “Since Dan’s owned the team, this is the worst it’s ever been.
“If you’re an owner — and got partners … — if people are canceling tickets and doing all that and if getting rid of Bruce Allen solves all that? Bye bye, Bruce.”
The verbal gut-punch came after a caller dialed into vent about Snyder, but after immediately calling the owner a name too unsavory to print or air on the radio, he was cut off, leading Cerrato to defend the man he still refers to as “a friend.”
“I don’t know if I’d put all on Daniel Snyder,” he said. “I know Dan extremely well.”
Cerrato also added his two cents regarding McCloughan’s firing earlier in the show, specifically adding to the cacophony of voices saying the now former GM was fired because of his drinking.
“Everybody knew,” Cerrato said of McCloughan’s alleged problem with alcohol. “I knew.”
Cerrato predicted McCloughan will “absolutely” sue the team, which fired him for cause in order not to pay the remaining two years’ salary left on his contract.
“It’s just a zoo down there,” he concluded.