The Redskins announced this morning that Vinny Cerrato, the vice president of football operations and a longtime confidant of team owner Daniel Snyder, has resigned.
The move could be a precursor to Snyder now reaching out to one of three high-profile former head coaches as his next football boss: Bill Cowher, Mike Shanahan or Mike Holmgren.
In a statement released this morning, Cerrato wrote:
"We agreed that the franchise needs someone different in this position. I'm thankful to Dan Snyder and other members of his ownership team for the opportunities I've been given over the years.
"Of course, I am disappointed with this year's results, but I strongly believe that with outstanding draft picks and encouraging performance by our younger players, we have laid a strong foundation for the franchise.
"I've had the pleasure of working with some great coaches such as Joe Gibbs, Greg Blache and Sherman Lewis, great people on the Redskins staff, and, most especially, some of the best professional football players in the world. I wish them all the best. I've also had the privilege of working for a franchise supported by the most loyal fans in the NFL."
Notice that Cerrato didn't mention current head coach Jim Zorn, who was recommended by Cerrato when the team wavered on hiring former Giants head coach Jim Fassel before the 2008 season.
It's now possible Zorn could stay if the team hires Holmgren as its football czar. Zorn is a former assistant to Holmgren in Seattle.