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Skins Discuss Portis-Zorn, With Humor

(AP clip job)

Two reasons I have for doing nothing but ask incessant questions about Portis vs. Zorn today.

1) Everybody else was doing it. Especially the TV people.

2) Traffic surged yesterday. Give the people what they want.

So I'm gonna bludgeon you over the head with this story until someone tells me to stop. (Not you, Karl in Ashburn.) Plus, the quality of Redskins quotes increased by 139 percent today, with many players finding extremely useful pith to use in this circumstance. There were plenty of laughs on the topic, and no cases of terminal depression. My favorite quotes follow.

Casey Rabach, on life: "It's gonna be all right. When it hits the fan, it really hits the fan. Everybody's struggling, everybody's frustrated, and you're seeing that stuff come out. But on Sundays it just sort of seems to take care of itself. You know, everybody will be on the same page, everybody will love everybody. It's a dysfunctional world we live in."

Rabach, on whether it's hit the fan: "What are you talking about? I didn't say it hit the fan here, I'm just saying WHEN. It's all hypothetical."

Rabach, on how we'll know when it hits the fan: "It starts to stink. I'll just let you know."

DeAngelo Hall, on whether winning cures everything: "Always. Ask Randy Moss."

Santana Moss, on the words exchanged: "That's just like you and your mom or your dad get into an argument over something you did in school. They're gonna be pissed off at you, but when you go to sleep, they'll say 'Baby, I love you and that's the only reason I fussed at you.' Coach, I love you, and that's the only reason why I expressed my feelings like that. Got to love him and got to keep it going, you know?"

London Fletcher, on the media: "I think at the end of the day we ultimately all want what's best for the Washington Redskins, and this thing's gonna blow over, as long as you all stop asking questions about it. Today is the last day about this. If I find out any of y'all are asking more questions about this, I'm gonna be upset with y'all. After today, this is it."

Anthony Montgomery, on where he heard it: "I looked it up on the internet. I mean, I heard about it all day. It was probably 11:30 last night, I was in my bed and I put my computer on and I listened to it. Me and my wife listened to it and then we got kind of sleepy. It wasn't a big deal to me. It bored me. She was the first one asleep. I heard on ESPN they was talking about it, so I was like, 'OK, this is some juicy stuff I'm about to hear,' but it wasn't nothing major."

Jon Jansen, on whether it was boring: "Until you got to the good parts. Clinton always provides good entertainment."

Jason Campbell, on his reaction: "You know, you just stay out of it. Keep things between them."

Antwaan Randle El, on his reaction: "I've already prayed about this thing, that we get this thing out of here, that our locker room is good."

Jansen, on where he heard it: "Cmon, it was on ESPN, it was on NFL Network, it was written about, the transcript's all over the internet, it's on YouTube. It's all over the place. I think Jason Taylor was telling me he listened to it on YouTube."

Mike Sellers, on his reaction: "Next question. I'm not answering that."

Mike Sellers on whether he heard the interview: "I think everybody's heard it. You know, what I think and what I feel doesn't matter. He's gonna do what he wants to do. That's Clinton, though....I mean, he's sounded off before and it hasn't affected us, so you take it for what it is."

Jansen, on sports yak: "I listen to a lot of the XM or Sirius sportstalk, not much of the locals. I know the local. I mean, anything you guys are talking about locally, I lived, so it's not gonna be news to me. And if it is, you guys will let us know. Which you did."

Rock Cartwright, on speaking one's mind: "I mean, in some cases some guys can't speak their mind, but when you're a franchise player, when you're the face of the franchise, you can pretty much say what you want to say and do what you need to do. And not to mean that in a negative way, but if I was to say something like that what do you think would happen? You have to know your place, you have to know your role and know what you can say and what you can't say. And I know what I can't say and what I WON'T say, and I'm gonna leave it at that."

Campbell, on the personalities involved: "You know, when you've got a lot of men in a building, it's always competition, right?"

Cartwright, on why Portis didn't go straight to Zorn: "You know what, I don't know. That's the million-dollar question."

Randle El, on whether he's ever had a locker-room tiff: "Nah. It's hard for me to get into one. Because I'm a communicator. I'm gonna tell you how I feel, 'face to face,' so we deal with it right there and get it taken care of."

Fletcher, on his initial reaction: "I try not to watch too much sports-related stuff. I think I was actually watching a basketball game and it went across the ticker, I wasn't even watching football....I've got too many other things to worry about. I don't know. I'm just a middle linebacker."

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 10, 2008; 2:21 PM ET
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THIS is more like it.

All the gloom and doom of yesterday, well, most of the gloom and doom of yesterday, may be receding... momentarily...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 10, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"I'm just a middle linebacker."

World's greatest excuse.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | December 10, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Casey Rabach: "...everybody will be on the same page..."

Everybody except the offensive line. Coach Zorn and the rest of the team will be on the pages laying out this week's blocking assignments while Rabach, Jansen, et al. will be on a page in their coloring books.

Posted by: davekempson | December 10, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Where's Cooley in all this, making dumb videos for his blog? Steinberg and friends should bring that up, Cooley basically posts garbage on his blog all day long, and he is a fan favorite. Portis speaks the truth and keeps his pocket straight and everything deems him the mule. Cooley is a great player, don;t get me wrong, but someone please, rip his blog!! It's really lame!

Posted by: BMACattack | December 12, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

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