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Skins Say They Should Be Blowing People Out

(By Evan Vucci - AP)

In the past two hours, I chatted with Chris Cooley about the Redskins' offense, and listened to Clinton Portis chatting with John Thompson about the Redskins' offense. The Redskins' two offensive stars said the exact same thing: this team could be blowing people out.

I asked Cooley, for example, whether he wishes the Redskins would do more of the two-minute drill stuff in non-two-minute situations, and he took a pass.

"I can't really say I want to do this or I want to do this; I just do what I'm supposed to do," he said. "What I can tell you is that if everyone on our offense did the job that they were supposed to do every time--not making an exceptional play every time, just the job that you're supposed to do--we would blow everyone out. What our offense is, and the talent that we have on our team, if we eliminated the penalties and the mistakes and simple things and just did your job, we would blow teams out. We're that good."

Portis, meanwhile, was telling Thompson about eliminating simple mistakes and penalties.

"If we do that, I think we have the opportunity to blow anybody out. If we do that, we have the opportunity to play with anybody in the NFL," Portis said.

"It's that simple. It's nothing coach can go and say 'Ahhhh, let's do this, let's do that.' At the end of the day, when we get on the field, a play gets called and it's got a chance of working....If everybody makes their assignments and [does] their assignments, we'll be fine. That's what it is."

So, change the offense? Change the playcalling? Change the players? Obviously the fans are crying out for some sort of change. But both these guys seemed to suggest that it's just not necessary.

"I mean, fans are the best coaches in the world," Cooley joked. "And a little bit to their credit, so are a lot of us. In hindsight, calling a game is so easy. And a lot of the things that we do [wrong] are simple mistakes to fix. In hindsight, things are great. It's so hard to do what we do. And it's not like high school football, where guys can just go out and play. I understand that everyone's upset, but they need to understand that this is the most important thing in our lives as well, and that we're the ones spending all the time and doing everything, and it matters. I mean, as much as it matters to any fan, to me, it's my life."

Portis was given several opportunities to demand the ball more, or to criticize Jim Zorn, or to criticize the playcalling, and he didn't even come close to losing his cool. This quote was about as close as he got, and even this turned into a defense of the offense.

"We didn't get an opportunity to go downfield, or we didn't attempt to go downfield many times last week, but once we get people out of the box and we get to throwing and catching and spreading people out, we'll be fine," Portis said. "You go into one game and it doesn't work, that doesn't mean our offense is some trash....We all made bad plays. That's what we've got to take from that. We made bad plays and we get to the end of the game and we lose by six points. You take that one fumble and touchdown away, we win the game by one....It came down to one play and they made it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 15, 2009; 3:49 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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I like both of these guys, but they need to stop telling everybody how good they are and maybe start showing it. It's the same story from the same suspects every year.

Posted by: JCNKY | September 15, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I agree whole-heartedly...

Don't sing it...Bring it!

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | September 15, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

well, cooley's word could very well be covert criticism. "if all just did what they're supposed to" means he thinks some people are not.
could be jason, could be the o-line, could be the younger receivers, but somebody is not doing their job.

Posted by: football-loving-foreigner | September 15, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I totally understand where these 2 pro bowl players are coming from. We have an offense that consists of 4 guys that made the pro bowl last year (Cooley, Portis, Sellers, Samuels), another that made it a few years ago (Moss) and another that has pro bowl potential (Jason Campbell).

This SHOULD be a team that blows teams out...and this Sunday, they will prove that.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 15, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the first two comments. Cooley and Portis need to bring it? They do. For years they've played great for this franchise. Why can't they be optimistic when talking about the offense with the media?

Posted by: Hobes | September 15, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

JIM ZORN NEEDS TO BRING IT !!! He needs to bring an open play book !! He needs to stop blaming JC and blame himself for his conservative/ slash poor play calling !!! Stop worrying about bad plays and spend more time drawing up good plays !!! The key to us winning more big games will be allowing JC to win the game with his arm and our rceivers/weapons !!! The strength of the team is moss/cooley/randle el/ thomas/kelly/davis/mitchell !!! M.P.L.P. MORE PASS LESS PORTIS

Posted by: LETJASONPASS | September 16, 2009 2:38 AM | Report abuse

Portis is a has been. He and Cooley the village idiot need to shut up and demonstrate some leadership skills and shows they can play almost as well as they can run their collective pie holes. What excuses will these two court jesters for Danny Boy give when the Deadskins are 0 and 4? Maybe they should be helping our recent acquistion Fat Albert get in game shape.

Posted by: vaherder | September 16, 2009 7:16 AM | Report abuse

The potential is definitely there, but Zorn is obviously shackling the offense based on what he thinks this team can or can't do. He's also not making any in-game adjustments. They've got some cupcakes on the schedule, though, so let's hope you're right.

Posted by: pgugino | September 16, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Same refrain we've heard for years. "Coulda Woulda Shoulda"....Tired of hearing it.
Go out and do it. Don't talk about doing it. Don't think you're good enough to blow somebody out, and then play down their level. Friggin just do it already.

Posted by: 4-12 | September 16, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Yo, Barno1, I see Danny Boy still has you on here spouting the GOOD NEWS about this team.

Hope you're right about this Sunday. if they don't blow out the Rams there is no hope.

Oh, but remember the supply/demand lesson I taught you a few weeks back - when you swore that NOBODY can get Skins tickets for below face value?

Check out craigslist now, my friend. As the game grows closer, the prices drop far below face. Not only that, but if you call the Redskins ticket office RIGHT NOW, you can buy lower level tickets for this Sunday's game. So much for that waiting list, huh, buddy? Come to think of it, why don't you just walk down from the interns' room right now and check the ticket office yourself.

Posted by: thediesel | September 16, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Powell, Wyoming is a complete sh*thole

Posted by: popopo | September 16, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

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