His record as a talent evaluator as general manager of the Raiders and Buccaneers is a mixed bag of success and woeful failures. But now, at least, the dysfunction that permeates Redskin Park might disappear.
Will that translate to a new era of success on the field? Hard to say until the Redskins make one more key addition - a new head coach.
Asked about speculation that his partner in Oakland and Tampa Bay, former coach Jon Gruden, will join him in Washington, Allen said, “We don’t have an opening at that position.”
Technically, they don’t.
Zorn said, “We hope to have many conversations and hope we can be compatible.”
They would have to be awfully compatible - Laurel and Hardy compatible - for Zorn to have a chance to stay.
That’s not going to happen.
Allen said he met with Zorn and that “we’re going to have some more meetings to discuss the future.”
To be fair to Cerrato, nearly everyone operated on Thursday as if Zorn didn’t exist.
Speculation that Gruden would leave his current job with ESPN in the “Monday Night Football” booth to join Allen with Washington ran rampant.
There was no factual basis for the speculation, just assumptions resting on the shared past of Allen and Gruden. Just last month, ESPN announced Gruden had signed a multiyear contract extension to stay with the network.
There also was speculation that former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan would replace Zorn when the season ends and work with Allen.
Wishful thinking? Perhaps.
Once the euphoria of Cerrato’s departure passes, a new reality will set in: Unless the franchise adds a powerful, high-profile coach with an influential voice in the organization, the highlight of Bruce Allen’s career with the Redskins might be recognizing Bubba Tyer.