Portis calls McNabb trade shocking, talks RB competition
Clinton Portis went on SportsCenter on Monday morning to talk about the Donovan McNabb trade and the increased competition he'll face in the backfield this season. He didn't say anything controversial. In fact, he kept saying the right things. It was weird.
"I think it was more a big shock that the Eagles were letting him go to a divisional opponent," Portis said, when asked for his initial response. "I think Donovan got a lot left in the tank, and for the Eagles to let him come here, I think that was shocking. When you go from one team to another, you kind of wish that you get the opportunity to play them again....
"I think Philly and the Redskins have one of the biggest [rivalries] around, along with the Cowboys and Giants. You've got die-hard fans that are just [I-]95 away, you jump on 95, you're in Philly, and people can get back and forth to Philly and D.C. every day. So it's a huge rivalry, and to have the opportunity to get Donovan in here was shocking."
He was shocked, if you couldn't tell. Shockingly.
"For him to year in year out amongst the criticism come out and play and give the city of Philadelphia everything he had..." Portis said approvingly. "Never pout, never complaining, never stepping to the forefront and wanting out, just coming out and putting it on the line and giving them everything he's got. You're talking about a guy who went to the championship game five times, and that's not enough? What's enough in the NFL now is unknown. But you take me to the conference championship game five times, I can't see getting rid of you."
The host then segued to the competition Portis will be facing himself this season, and the running back seemed...subdued. Normal. Like I said, it was weird.
"I think LJ and Willie are great backs, they're proven backs in the NFL," Portis said. "And I think it's gonna make the competition side of things exciting. You know, I've been in this position before, a loaded backfield, with Willis [McGahee] and Frank Gore in college, and in the NFL with Terrell Davis and Mike Anderson and Olandis Gary. So this is a situation I'm familiar with, and I think for Larry and Willie, whoever get the nod out of the three of us, we'll always know there's another guy pushing us, another guy eager to get on the field.
"And the competition gonna bring a lot to this organization. As far as the organization, you'll just see, we're gonna compete at every position. At quarterback, having Jason and Donovan, having Rex and Colt Brennan trying to get on the field. At running back we're loaded. I mean, it's competition everywhere. So I think it's gonna bring out the best in us."
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