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RB coach: Portis "definitely has something left"

It would appear that we still have several months ahead of us of incessant and passionate and grammatically dubious arguments about whether Clinton Portis should remain the Redskins' starting tailback. Might as well spend some of that time trying to read the tea leaves steeping throughout greater Ashburn.

And so, at the risk of total Clinton Portis overkill, let's look at what new running backs coach Bobby Turner Taylor recently said when CP-lover Larry Michael wondered if Portis has anything left.

"Oh, he definitely has something left," said Turner, who coached Portis in Denver. "We were excited about Clinton when we drafted him. And I've looked at a bunch of [2009] games, I mean, pretty close to every one. Matter of fact, to be precise, I've looked at 14 games already. Not that he was in 14, but he definitely has something left."

Current Portis return forecast: Still overcast, with moments of sunshine.

Turner also discussed what it takes to succeed as a running back in the Mike Shanahan system, saying a back's "greatest asset is his vision, his eyes." And he talked about how he and Shanahan have culled so many fantastic seasons out of so many different backs.

"Just knowing when to get out of the way," he explained. "It's like anything, you've just got to know when to let your players grow. And one of the big keys is picking and selecting the correct player. It's like a marriage, hand in glove. So it has to be the perfect fit, and we've been fortunate with that."

(Via Skins Blog and Gary Fitzgerald.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 17, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
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Comments

finally...some love for CP, who gets a lot of hate here. This love is from someone who KNOWS... its his JOB...CP has it. Hope he's in burgundy and gold this fall...with a line that can actually block, not consisting of guys who were driving cab or working at walmart a week before game day !!!!

Posted by: NYskinsfan2 | February 17, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

It might help Dan if you got the coach's name right.

It's Bobby Turner. Not Bobby Taylor.

Anyway, I am not that surprised that there have been no quick moves or announcements regarding Portis' status.

With Betts and Cartwright along with Ganther clearly not NFL starting material, the club with limited picks might have to rely on #26 in 2010 after all.

Losing that #3 pick for a 35 year old guard two years ago was a big mistake.

That pick could have been a RB or OL.

Posted by: leopard09 | February 17, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Losing that #3 pick for a 35 year old guard two years ago was a big mistake.

That pick could have been a RB or OL.

Posted by: leopard09 | February 17, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse


That Pick was for the selection of Jeremy Jarmon in last years supplemental Draft... it's the 6th round pick that was sent to Miami for Jason Taylor two years ago...

As for love and hate with CP... love his SUNDAY warrior attitude...
Hate that this attitude is not present M-Saturday...

But I will maintain, coach speak aside, and deference to Mr. Turner, CP's legs have almost 2200 carries in them... there is nothing left beyond three yard carries... show me the data where an RB loses his legs through wear and tear and then gets them back... doesn't happen...

Posted by: bschaef12 | February 17, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

sounds like leftover 'nepotism' from Denver.

There were THREE examples of running backs hitting holes and running behind this line. They rarely fell down untouched or ran up their lineman's back. And none of them cause as much trouble in the locker room or in front of a mic as he does.

Move this clown along...his act is old here.

Posted by: kahlua87 | February 17, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

It's like a marriage, hand in glove. So it has to be the perfect fit, and we've been fortunate with that.

Right. Terrell Davis. Tatum Bell. CP. Ron Dayne. Who else? Takes a special player to run in Denver.

And that's a creepy marriage metaphor. Not sure how one should feel about being hands or gloves.

Posted by: WorstSeat | February 17, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

sounds like leftover 'nepotism' from Denver.

There were THREE examples of running backs hitting holes and running behind this line. They rarely fell down untouched or ran up their lineman's back. And none of them cause as much trouble in the locker room or in front of a mic as he does.

Move this clown along...his act is old here.

Posted by: WorstSeat


Agree, agree, agree! Dockery's ass tackled CP more than any defender this year. Also, expect Turner to say positive things up through the draft... if the team says that CP is not in their plans, then that signals to every other GM that the Skins will be targeting RB's in the April draft... gotta be shrewd!

Posted by: bschaef12 | February 17, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Game tape only tells part of the story... and CP26 only played in a handful of games at that.

For example, game tape don't show the lack of effort in the off-season and pre-season, or the lack of participation in regular season practice and play-making sessions. It also doesn't show the selfish, petty and team-breaking disruptive behaviors in the owner's office, locker room, sidelines and huddles.

Mr. Turner would be well-advised to speak with a few more people before he declares CP26 ready to fit into any scheme that the new head coach may be bringing to the Redskins.

Posted by: Vic1 | February 17, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I hope he has something left. Maybe we can get more in return.

It's not his legs I worry about, it's his mouth. CP has alienated fans and probably half the team, including trashing his own QB. Let him go for whatever we can get, draft some dude in the late rounds (like where Shanny picked up Terrell), and if it comes to it, let Betts start.

Posted by: RIP-21 | February 17, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

What? He still has something left? Did I read that right? Yea Right! The only thing this idiot has left is his distain for his teammates! Little piece of sh-t with a big mouth! Stop bowing down to this jerk and let him go allready! GEESH!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | February 17, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I think the sooner Clinton Portis is gone the better.

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Posted by: Dlewis10 | February 17, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Read it and weep, haters. This is football, it's not about being a nice guy who speaks eloquently to the media...duh.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | February 17, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

What else is he going to say "this early" on before the team knows whether there is a salary cap or who is available? I will just say this, take a look at the Portis video in Denver compared to now - especially the last half of the video - his reversing field, quickness, and speed - again, compared to now - and you be the judge. I say he has one year with Skins left and that's if he works real hard and also stops the lower body weightlifting and drops lower body bulk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGWNJdEaTGY


Posted by: artsnsportz | February 17, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

this is all BS, Portis = done

he hasn't lost a step, he's lost 3 of them.

later, don't let the door hit you on your brain on the way out either

Posted by: greatteamdan | February 18, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Skins should get Willie Parker from Steelers.

Skins are going to go back to running game, he wants to run and he could get lots of carries here. Parker and Betts would be good tandem for a couple years.

Posted by: Pensfans | February 18, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

What else do you expect the man to say? I mean....really!

If he says "Put a fork in Portis, he's done!" is not exactly the intelligent way to maintain any semblance of trade value! Sheesh!

Posted by: mdrockjock | February 18, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

No one who watched the 'skins in '09 could seriously be thinking Portis is a big time,3 down back anymore in the NFL...look at the punch the running game delivered with him on the sidelines...3rd string backs ran behind the worst offensive line in the NFL and outran Portis every game.
With actual threats at running back,instead of Portis the play action was a working option.
I'm sorry but from someone who watched GREAT runners wearing the burgundy and gold...this hit the line fall down stuff has to go...not to mention his attitude in the clubhouse and with the media.

Keeping Portis,drafting a QB with that no 4...same old same old in Washington.

Posted by: petebowling1 | February 19, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

...if and only if Portis gets back to committing to off season training, drops some weight, foucuses on speed rather strength, will he get his "vision" back. And of coarse with the $ they owe Portis and their dearth of RBs, they are going say the right things. At this point in his career, if he does all those things, he can be an effective situational RB for the Skins. Notice this coach didnt say anything about Portis potentially being the starting RB for the skins, just that he had "something" left...maybe that is just a first down runner, designated blocker on passing downs, etc.

Posted by: oddjob1 | February 21, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I am a die hard Redskin fan and its sad to hear the media when it takes a position on a player and the fans seem to over hype the situation. Portis played his a#@ off here this tema has been a bust offensively especially without an adequate offensive line an maybe two reliable receivers.

Now an expert in coaching rnning backs speaks up an has positive things to say about CP what will the media an bandwagon fans have to say now.

Posted by: BeatDontStop | February 21, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Say Bye Bye to Portis and his millions for nothing. A 4th round pick like Legarret Blount or Charles Scott would fill the Portis role nicely. Time for fresh new faces in DC.

Posted by: CROSSHugger | February 23, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

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