Campbell, Portis, Snyder, and Hef
I think it's fair to say that Jason Campbell and Clinton Portis are the Redskins' two most important offensive players. I think it's also fair to say that the locus of power on this team might be swaying a bit more toward one of these guys than the other. Here's a quick power check.
* Re: Campbell, he was on SportsNite with Kelli Johnson Tuesday night, talking about his near-trade. "It gets you a little bit," he admitted, when asked if he was hurt. "Deep down inside, as a competitor, it stings a little bit, because you feel like oh you're not wanted, and you're not good enough. And you know that's not true because you know that you can compete with some of the best of them...."
"The one thing you want," he said later, while describing his meeting with the team's brass, "is just the support factor and the trust factor. And as a quarterback, that's what you need to be a leader."
"Do you still trust this organization," Johnson asked.
"You know, I can probably pretty much control most of the things by just going out this season and having a great year," Campbell said. "And that's my whole mindset, that's my goal, is to lead this team to where we want to go and show everyone that I'm committed to working hard, and committed to trying to do the things I need to do to help this team get to where we want to go, no matter what's going on inside the organization or outside the organization. You know, it definitely stung a lot when it first happened, but that happens all the time. You know, it happened now in my career, it may happen five years from now, it may happen 10 years from now. That's just the nature of the business, and the one thing that you can do is continue to keep working to be successful."
"Ok, you didn't really answer whether you trust the organization," Johnson pointed out, as Campbell laughed uncomfortably.
* Re: Portis, here's a passage from the Las Vegas Review Journal, via ESPN 980's Sports Reporters:
Spotted....at N9NE Steakhouse (Palms) on Saturday: [Hugh] Hefner, celebrating his 83rd birthday with girlfriends Karissa and Kristina Shannon and Crystal Harris and "Girls Next Door" Kendra (with her NFL boyfriend Hank Baskett) and Bridget, Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder with star running back Clinton Portis.
Ok, there's an awful lot of commas there, and if I'm reading it correctly Snyder and Portis weren't technically hanging at the Palms with Hef and Kendra. But they were dang sure at the Palms in Vegas, hanging with each other. A total of, what, 64 hours after a gut-wrenching day in which Campbell seemed like he had his aces cracked?
So I'm gonna go ahead and say that maybe Portis is higher up Snyder's speed dial than Campbell. And man, what I wouldn't give for a transcript of a Snyder-Portis dinner date.
Posted by: sheepherder | April 8, 2009 6:50 AM | Report abuse
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