Posts Tagged ‘clinton portis’

They All Look Alike to Clinton Portis

September 29, 2010

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Redskins running back Clinton Portis recalled some fond memories of watching professional wrestling:

“Well, being that I know wrasslin’ is a lot of acting, I probably would have went out and tried to beat Jimmy Superfly Snuka or Koko B. Ware,” Portis said. “I would have loved the opportunity to fight Sting or Ric Flair back in their day. I think that would have been exciting.

“Now I think it’s too overrated. Back in the day when I was a kid, I remember crying when the Undertaker put Sting in the casket. We was all crying in the room and holding hands and thinking Sting was dead. I think Sting was my favorite wrestler, and Undertaker put him in the casket, and that was on a Saturday, and I remember wasting my whole Saturday crying and thinking Sting was dead. And then he came back on Monday. I haven’t watched wrestling since.”

Only one problem… he was actually refering to a 1991 incident during Pall Bearer’s “Funreral Parlour” that vitcimized The Ultimate Warrior, not Sting.  See the video here. 

CP Being CP (Again)

September 14, 2010

While many Redskins fans were still digesting Tracee Hamilton’s Tuesday column declaring RB Clinton Portis the anti-Haynesworth, CP once again hard a unique take on a national NFL scandal.

The day began with Hamilton’s piece lauding Portis’ pass-blocking, gushing over his offseason work ethic & demeanor, and even championing him for potential offensive captain in Tuesday’s Washington Post.  By mid-morning, the tailback made his inaugural weekly radio appearance on DC’s 106.7 The Fan.  Filling in for regular host Mike “Careless, Dumb Behavior” Wise was former RB/KR Brian Mitchell, who once told Portis over the radio waves that “The next time I see you, I’ll step to you.”

When asked about the Ines Sainz – NY Jets scandal, CP offered his thoughts (per DC Sports Bog): 

“You know man, I think you put women reporters in the locker room in positions to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room, I think men are gonna tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman. For the woman, I think they make it so much that you can’t interact and you can’t be involved with athletes, you can’t talk to these guys, you can’t interact with these guys.

“And I mean, you put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she’s gonna want somebody. I don’t know what kind of woman won’t, if you get to go and look at 53 men’s packages. And you’re just sitting here, saying ‘Oh, none of this is attractive to me.’ I know you’re doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I’m gonna cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I’m sure they do the same thing.”

Portis, who has exactly one 100+ rushing yard game in the last 22 months (109 vs. KC in Week 6 last year, 79 on a single carry), has been here before.  Back in May 2007 when Eagles QB Michael Vick’s name was first brought up in connection with dog-fighting charges, CP gave his opinion:

I don’t know if he was fighting dogs or not, but it’s his property, it’s his dog,” Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis told WAVY-TV in Virginia. “If that’s what he wants to do, do it. I think people should mind their business.”

When told that dog fighting is a felony, Portis replied, “It can’t be too bad of a crime.”

“You want to hunt down Mike Vick over fighting some dogs?,” Portis told the television station. “I think people should mind their own business.”

Portis said that dog fighting is more common than people think.

I know a lot of back roads that have the dog fighting if you want to go see it,” he said.

He later added: “I think there’s bigger issues in the world and in life than what Michael Vick’s doing on his own property. Hunting is legal.”

Bruce Allen May be Overshooting

January 7, 2010

This Monday, new Redskins GM Bruce Allen – the former UR punter and “dedicated surfer, [who] commonly wore overalls and slippers to classes” in college – held a press conference to discuss the firing of HC Jim Zorn and the club’s next steps.

When talking about how the team will improve, he said “free agency will be a different crop than everybody’s used to because of the limitations with the uncapped year” and that “maybe some of our greatest improvements are our players that are already on the roster playing better.”  He added that “what we are looking for in a head coach is somebody that can lead these men that we have in our locker room to levels that they haven’t played to before.”

That would certainly make for a productive team, but just getting his players to levels they already have played to would be quite an accomplishment.  At a minimum, improving on 2009 performance would be a positive step.

RB Clinton Portis: averaged 4.7 yards/carry and 1,483 yards/season 2002-2005; 942 and 4.1 2006-2009; career-low 62 yards/game in 2009

CB DeAngelo Hall: Pro Bowl in 2005 & 2006; injuries, fights, and missed tackles in 2009

FB Mike Sellers: 7 TDs in 2005, Pro Bowl in 2008; missed blocks & drops in 2009

DT Albert Haynesworth: 2007 & 2008 Pro Bowler; injuries and squabbles in 2009

WR Santana Moss: 2002 & 2005 Pro Bowler, 7.5 TD/year 2002-2005; 4.5 TD/year 2006-2009; career-low 12.9 yards/catch in 2009

WR Antwaan Randle El: 0.3 fair catches / punt returns ratio and 5% fumble / punt return rate 2002-2008; 1.1 (more FC than returns) and 18%, with career-low 6.0 yards / punt return and 0 TD for first time in career in 2009

S LaRon Landry: Pro Bowl alternate 2007; penalties, missed tackles & first missed game of career in 2009

P Hunter Smith: 43.4 yards/punt 1999-2008; 41.3, with first missed games of career in 2009

 

CP26, Directionally Speaking

October 8, 2009

On Sunday, Washington Redskins’ running back Clinton Portis passed Earl Campbell for 26th on the NFL career rushing list, while carrying the ball 25 times for 98 yards.  It was his highest total since last November, but also his ninth straight game below the century mark.

Portis’ 70 yards-per-game average is his worst since his rookie year, when he went on to finish above 1,500 yards.  His yards-per-carry average of 3.90 is his worst result through Week 4 of any of his 8 NFL seasons.  If it holds, it will be his third (out of six) Redskin season below 4.0 and his fourth below the NFL average (currently 4.19). 

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Has Portis lost it?  Is his lack of production bringing down the offense around him?  He certainly doesn’t think so, saying he thinks “on paper [Washington has] got the most talented team in the NFL,” soon “will do something special” and “from the 20 to the 20, we’re hell on wheels.”  Personally, he thinks “it’s only a matter of time before I have a 200-yard game. It’s only a matter of time before I have a 150-yard game. It’s only a matter of time before I get two or three touchdowns… I know it’s coming.”

However, those in the media haven’t exactly agreed, saying the tailback “hasn’t been himself this year,” has put up “meager running stats,” is “off to a slow start” leaving his team “seeking a spark in the running game,” and “may also be starting to show his age.”

Even John Riggins, who Portis will soon pass as the franchise’s all-time leading rusher has said the younger tailback may be on the decline.  Riggo noted (in between calling CP at “headache” and a “crybaby”) that “unless he changes the way he views himself and views his contributions to the team, then I think that that could be problematic for the Redskins.”

Portis has responded that Riggins “had a great offensive line” and “think of who else was around, you know? Really not hard to be a great running back when you’ve got all that talent and help around you. I think they just had great teams, you know?”  But despite all this research, Portis maintains “I don’t know nothing about this man, for real. I never went and watched John Riggins and studied his film, cared anything about him.”

Maybe he should have.  And maybe he should have listened to The Diesel when the latter warned that calling “his offensive line out last year — I didn’t think that was particularly wise. And I don’t think it really goes over very well in the workplace when you start criticizing people you work with and blaming them for your lack of production or because you’re not where you perceive yourself to be in the minds of everybody else.”

Despite all the public love thrown at CP by his coaches, teammates and even the team’s brass at Redskin Park, Washington may not think there’s much left in the tank.  Just this season, the Redskins have: given Ladell Betts the third-down back role, activated former practice squad-ers Marcus Mason & Anthony Aldridge, and even worked out former Titans RB and NFL substance abuse policy-violator Chris Henry.  This comes just one season after signing former Seahawk Sean Alexander off the street.

Portis received a $9.3 million bonus last March, is a $6.2 million cap charge this year, and is due to make $7.2 million in 2010, $8.3 million in 2011, and $8.5 million in 20212 and 2013.  Given the rate at which his production is going, management may want to reconsider.

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