It's not a slow news day. It's a slow news month.
With Redskins training camp still a week away and the team-related news cycle moving at a glacial pace, there is — for what feels like the first time in forever — very little offseason Redskins news to talk about.
But alas, it is our jobs to create discussion and tell stories.
So that's what we did.
On Wednesday, former Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham was in the CSN Mid-Atlantic studio to take part of a Facebook Live chat in the Marlo Furniture Lounge.
One of the many things the free agent kicker touched on was his release from the team in 2009 and what the process was like under of then-General Manager Vinny Cerrato.
First, a quick backstory:
Suisham was released in December 2009 following a missed chip shot field goal in the Redskins' 33-30 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Cerrato explained at the time, as transcribed by The Washington Post, that the miss was inexcusable.
And then my question to the coaches and everything, is he the kicker for next year? No, probably not. So all right, let's let him go and let's try some guys and see if we find a guy who's gonna be consistent and make the kicks that he's supposed to make. That's all. You can understand if it was a 50-yarder, but a 23-yarder? Make the ones you're supposed to make. It's a PAT, game's over, everybody's excited and we've got a big win, and it would have been the Saints' first loss. So it's an inexcusable miss, in my opinion, and it just was a thing that had to happen.
Suisham was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers where he would go on to play in 71 games, connecting on 124 of 141 field-goal attempts, becoming the most accurate kicker in Steelers history.
So, back to the here and now:
Suisham was asked by our JP Finlay about his release, and how he found out and his feelings for Cerrato were rather hilarious.
“I Certainly didn’t get a phone call or a meeting with Vinny Cerrato," Suisham said.
"Danny Smith did,” he said, referring to the longtime special team's coach.. “Danny’s the man. Anyways, with Vinny Cerrato, I like to think to myself that I was the last transaction he made before he got fired. I like to think that I outlasted him by quite a few years.”
Suisham did in fact outlast Cerrato, who never held another job in the league following that season. As for what Cerrato is doing now?
Suisham provided the line of the afternoon: “Is he a D.J. now? Hope you’re having fun, Vinny!”
Like punters, kickers are people too, and they are often some of the most entertaining people in the locker room.
The man they called "Shazam" certainly was.
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