Portis Sides With Gibbs Over LaVar
LaVar Arrington's comments about Joe Gibbs--in which he called the ex-coach a "coward" for leaving the Redskins before his contract was up and suggested he returned to D.C. merely to promote his NASCAR team--gained momentum as this week went on, with mentions on most of the major sports sites including ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, the Sporting Blog, Pro Football Talk and NBC Washington. The ratio of "really, you're gonna go after a D.C. icon?" to "you tell him LaVar!" is running something like 746-1, as far as I can tell.
Anyhow, when Clinton Portis appeared on Michael Irvin's radio show yesterday, he was asked about LaVar's comments, and he came down firmly on the "really, you're gonna go after a D.C. icon?" side.
"I think Coach Gibbs one of the best men you could ever be in life," Portis said. "I think he's one of the best men as far as guidance, or the way he live his life, an example of a true champion. And you know, the other guy [added], I can't speak for why he would come out and say that. I don't know what's on his mind, I don't know what it is. But I think, and the guys around this team think Coach Gibbs was a great guy. I think he changed a lot of our lives as far as getting the onus [on] being a man and taking the lead and putting it on you. Making you tougher, making you understand right from wrong, trying to get guys to live for God and give their life to Christ, and I think that's the guidance you need.
"You know, a lot of people would say he didn't succeed in his return to D.C.," Portis continued, "but I think he put together this team that we have right now that's winning. So I think he did his part. You know, it just wasn't our time for us to win, but I think he left a great foundation for Coach Zorn and we're on the right path."
After a follow-up, Portis returned to Lavar.
"I'm just saying LaVar, I don't know why he would come out and say that," he said. "If he's got mixed emotions about Coach Gibbs, that's him. I don't know. To me, to the guys that I know around here, I think Coach Gibbs meant a lot. Whatever happened between LaVar and Coach Gibbs, I don't know about."
So make it 747-1. Which isn't to say Portis doesn't see the same things everyone else sees with regards to the changing administration; namely, the lack of three-running-plays-and-a-punt in the fourth quarter.
"I think with Coach Gibbs, we was the toughest team in football, and anybody who played us left out of here or we left there putting some lumps on you," Portis said. "I think Coach Gibbs, the mentality was just we gonna grind it out and we gonna be the toughest team on this field, but I think with Coach Zorn it's finding a way to put up points. Not saying that Coach Gibbs didn't, but it was a different style. I think with Coach Zorn it's attack attack attack attack and with Coach Gibbs it was more protect."
In more pressing news, the co-host asked Portis whether he would be healthy enough to play if the Super Bowl were today. The response was pretty sober, although Portis still called himself 50-50 for Sunday.
"If the Super Bowl was [Thursday] you'd have to count me out," Portis said. "Dallas game ain't [Thursday], so if the Dallas game was [Thursday] you'd have to count me out of that also.....I would love to be on the field but I'm not gonna rush out and all of the sudden I can't play the rest of the season or have a setback, if I don't feel good about it."
And finally, Irvin asked Portis about some study concerning men having sexual relations seven days a week. "I'd go all seven," Portis volunteered. "Hey, I can go seven for seven."
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