I'm not one to dwell in the past. I feel like the best way for the Redskins to move forward as a franchise is for everyone to put what happened in the past far, far behind them and rebuild from there. That's from an organizational standpoint and a fanbase standpoint. I'm the first guy to go "Riley Freeman" on someone and ask "Why you bring up old stuff"?
...That said, as we continue this injury ravaged season with the Redskins, I am truly wowed and amazed by the level at which Vinny Cerrato and the Redskins front office completely and utterly boned us in the event of this happening. I mean...I'm not blaming Vinny for our record. I'm not blaming him for most of the bad things that have happened since he left and Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan took over.
But one thing I will partially blame him for, is the complete and utter lack of depth on this football team. We blame Mike for it, because he's the head coach now, but holy crap, did Vinny set us up for failure in his last years here.
One stat I found out when I was doing research for another thread, that was added to with the release of Kareem Moore, is that over the course of three seasons and three drafts (2007-2009), Vinny Cerrato drafted 21 players. Which seems all well and actually good, until you realize that 14 out of the 21 players he's drafted are out of the league.
Dallas Sartz, H.B Blades, Jordan Palmer, Tyler Ecker, Malcolm Kelly, Durant Brooks, Kareem Moore, Chris Horton, Colt Brennan, Cody Gleen, Robert Henson, Eddie Wilson, Marko Mitchell, and Jeremy Jarmon.
Four players that we drafted are currently still on the team; LaRon Landry, Brian Orakpo, Rob Jackson and Kevin Barnes.
Three players we drafted in that time period are currently on NFL rosters; Devin Thomas, Justin Tryon and Chad Rinehart. Out of those three guys, only one has started a game this season, and that was only due to injury; Chad Rinehart started the season second on the depth chart.
But it gets even worse than that. If you count Stephen Heyer, the Redskins added five offensive linemen in the course of five years; Heyer (UFA), Mark Wilson (5), Jim Molinaro (6), Kili Lefotu (7), and Chad Rinehart (3). In the 2005 draft, we drafted no linemen, but drafted TWO FULLBACKS. (But hey, Nehemiah Broughton is still playing the league, so...there's that). This is with Mike Sellers already on the roster, by the way.
Of the five linemen we drafted or added straight out of college, only Heyer and Rinehart are in the league or starting. Both of them are only starting due to injuries on the offensive line.
But wait folks...it gets better.
In the same time span where we only drafted or added five offensive linemen out of college, we drafted EIGHT linebackers. Robert McCune, Jared Newberry, Kevin Simon, Rocky McIntosh, Dallas Sartz, H.B Blades, Cody Glenn, Robert Henson. Once again, only one of those guys is in the league (Rocky), and Rocky just got benched for Perry Riley, a Mike Shanahan draft pick.
But wait...IT GETS BETTER!
In the same span, we drafted SEVEN defensive backs. Well, at least we had a better success rate with those; Reed Doughty, Kevin Barnes and LaRon Landry are all still with us. Carlos Rogers and Justin Tryon are still playing. Everyone else; out of the league.
In five years, we drafted three quarterbacks. Jason Campbell opened the season in Oakland, but with the Carson Palmer trade, will probably be relegated to back-up status for the rest of his career. Jordan Palmer and Colt Brennan? Both out of the league.
In 5 years, we drafted THREE; count em, THREE wide receivers. From 2002 (start of Vinny's second stint) to 2009, we drafted a granted total of 5 receivers. There is a THREE YEAR GAP between when we drafted Taylor Jacobs and drafted Devin Thomas. Only Devin Thomas is in the league, and he just lost his job as kick returner.
Between 2002 and 2009, we drafted two running backs, LaDell Betts and Rock Cartwright, in the same draft. They stayed here until the bitter frakking end.
Over an 8 year period, the Redskins averaged 6 picks a draft.
Many of these players first and last stop was with the Redskins. Most of them never started or had an impact. The only ones who have are the guys we've kept, mostly.
If ever there was example of how important the draft is, and how important is to have a competent front office that knows what the **** it's doing, THIS IS IT.
There are 10 Vinny Cerrato picks on our roster, if you count Byron Westbrook. 3 of them are currently starters.
Part of it is just what happens when you overhaul a roster, but the fact that practically NONE of these guys have a job in the league is extremely telling. And the effed up part is that we had, upwards of 20 "Vinny guys" on the roster by time we finally pulled the plug in 2009. And most of those guys are completely out of the league now.
And for further hilarity, when he actually managed to back into solid players through free agency (like Ryan Clark), he lets them go for even worse talent like Adam Archuleta.
I don't think words can properly explain how effed this roster was when Mike came. A lot of the "premium talent" that got cut when he got here that people complained about cutting are sitting on their butts at home. We always said "If we cut so and so they'll get snapped up right away!". Welp...they didn't get snapped up right away. A lot of these dudes straight up busted out of the league. Some of the more lucky ones wound up with jobs elsewhere, but have never made the big impact that we thought there is.
So when you look at our team and how utterly crippled it is right now, remind yourself how many guys Vinny drafted that he completely whiffed on. Think about how he loaded up at positions that he didn't need depth at and completely friggin' ignored the ones we desperately needed.
This isn't an "excuse Mike from everything" thread...but holy friggin' crap this is one hell of a mountain to climb.
Originally Posted by SirClintonPortis