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Posted at 3:47 PM ET, 02/28/2011

So long and farewell, Coach Janky Spanky

By Jason Woodmansee

To the surprise of no one, the Redskins released Clinton Portis today. The logical, rational part of me can say that it was the right thing to do. Portis hasn’t played much the last two seasons, and he’s not worth the $8.3 million the Redskins would have to pay him. Plus Ryan “Alsace and” Torain has looked like a reasonable replacement. Cutting Portis makes the most sense.

But the illogical, emotional part of me is bummed out. Portis has been a big part of the personality of the Redskins the last seven years. He was funny, entertaining, and rushed for more yards as a Redskin than anyone besides John Riggins. When he was at his peak, he was a joy to watch, on and off the field. To paraphrase the sage of our times, Charlie Sheen, Clinton Portis was an F-18, bro. I’ll remember his first run that went for a touchdown, his crazy interviews as characters, and the way he picked up blitzes and pass blocked. My wife even called him “the only Clinton I can root for.” Even though his departure is the right thing for the Redskins, it still is a sad moment.

This is an inevitable step in the transition of the Redskins from Joe Gibbs’ team to Mike Shanahan’s team (I choose to deny the Zorn Era happened). The core of the Redskins offense under Gibbs was Campbell, Portis, Moss, and Cooley. Campbell and Portis are now gone, and Moss may soon follow. I think we can look for more changes this offseason, hopefully ones that make the Redskins younger, faster and more competent. Clinton Portis was not a part of that future, but he sure was a fun part of the past.

And for God’s sake, Clinton - don’t sign with Philly.

By Jason Woodmansee  | February 28, 2011; 3:47 PM ET
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Good riddance. What a waste of millions of dollars. He wasn't in shape, got hurt regularly, and acted a fool. Which part of this is to be missed?

Posted by: KDSmallJr | March 1, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

why would anyone care that this fool is leaving?

Posted by: slick3 | March 1, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

He'll go to Philly and make the Pro Bowl...

Posted by: dbunkr | March 1, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

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