Former Washington Redskins general manager Vinny Cerrato made an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Sunday night, per The Washington Post. He talked about what it was like in the war room on draft day.
One story that Cerrato brought up, was back in 2009 when the Redskins didn’t have a second round pick because of the Jason Taylor trade. He talked about how he almost traded to move up for running back LeSean McCoy.
“When I was in Washington with Joe Gibbs and Dan, all [the] decisions were made prior-to. You know, do we want Sean Taylor or do we want Kellen Winslow? Those decisions were made prior to the draft. I remember one time we had a trade, we were in the second round and had a trade done. I called Stump Mitchell the running back coach, I said ‘Stump, I can trade right now, I can get the second-round pick. We can take Shady McCoy. Do you want him? I can get it done. We’re on the clock. I’m on the phone.’ He said, ‘No, I don’t want him.’ I said okay. I said I’m not trading for a guy if my position coach does not want the guy.”
Cerrato essentially threw Mitchell under the bus, but I wonder why a running backs coach even had the decision power to say yes or no on a drafting a specific player. I could be ignorant, but that doesn’t seem normal for a team to do.
If Cerrato was even an average general manager he would’ve made that move no matter what, because McCoy is one of the best running backs in the NFL right now. But that’s exactly why he ended up being fired.