Portis Advocates Deep Balls, Insurrection
Clinton Portis's weekly radio appearance on ESPN980's John Thompson Show produced some typical C.P. moments: impassioned arguments about the nature of NFL offenses, carefree defensiveness against a hostile world, an offer to play quarterback for a flag football team and some valuable advice for Jason Campbell: Don't worry about which play coach called, just get out there and chuck the damn ball once in a while. For example
"You know, I think Jason should just go out and continue playing his game and let it loose," Portis said. "Once he make a mistake I think he get into that idea of he let us down. He's not letting us down. Give us the opportunity to win. Go out and sling the ball for 70 yards when it's a slant. Shake off [the play] at the line, call a go route.
"If I've got Santana Moss out here one-on-one, then, you know, I'll deal with coach yelling at me from checking out of that play when I get back to the sideline, compared to 'Oh, I want to do it, but I don't do it, [and] all the sudden we punting the ball off.
"I mean, you're not always gonna have the best call when you walk up to the line of scrimmage, but I think Jason's got to find the call when he's got the opportunity to change things. And, you know, coach gonna get upset sometimes, and the media and the teammates and everything else gonna get upset, but at the same time you've got to go out and play football, you can't make this a hard game. I think he's very capable of leading this team. Just let it all hang out."
Next came the carefree defensiveness.
"Y'all don't think highly of me," he said to Smokin' Al Koken and Brian Mitchell. "It's a lot of people don't think highly of me. When I go out and play football, I play the way I know how to play. Criticism gonna come. So what? I don't care. It's not gonna change how I live, it's not gonna change how I dress, and it damn is sure not gonna change how I play football. That's the only way I know how to play, that's the way I'm gonna go out and play. I'll deal with it later."
Next came more advice for anti-coach insurrection from his quarterback:
"You get into that mode of listening listening listening, and you want to go out and you want to take three steps, and you want to pump fake with both hands on the ball, then you want to drop back and take two more steps and throw the ball over the top of the defender that's trying to get it and make the ball be perfect. Sometimes you're not gonna do it, you might see a blitz coming, instead of taking three steps and pump faking, you gotta take five steps, roll out and just sling the ball. You know, if they pick it off, they pick it off. We got got a talented defense.
"If they don't, as long as you give our receivers a chance to make plays. You know, you look at all the other games--you see young guys, rookies, DeSean Jackson, the guy from Denver, have big days. Those guys are talented, but you can't tell me those guys are Santana Mosses or those guys are Antwaan Randle Els or Chris Cooleys of the NFL. They gonna be talented, they're gonna have the opportunity, but right now the receiving corps we have, I think if you put them in position to make plays, they can deliver and give you the same results."
And finally came the offer to play the role of the madly chucking QB in flag football:
"When everybody talk bad about me, 'Ok, well now it's me against the world, now I've got to prove to everybody that I CAN do it.' So if Jason adapt to that same motto and just go out and let it hang loose....I mean, I'll take the same knock from going out playing flag football. If you ask me, I'll throw it up and my receivers will have an opportunity. And, you know, I'll go from there."
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