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Portis said he wanted out of Washington

Clinton Portis says he's now happy to be with the Redskins under the Allen/Shanahan regime, but in a recent interview with Dan Hellie, the running back said he briefly wanted out before Shanahan took over.

"You become nonchalant, you become a whatever, and I think I just became a whatever-type guy," Portis told Hellie at Donovan McNabb's football camp last week. "The consideration of walking away, the idea of wanting to be traded, wanting to be out of D.C., all of the sudden it was like the people who you think know you buy into the outside conversation, like hmm, maybe he should be gone. I think that was more eye-opening, like I guess people really wanted me out of there. And I think there was a point, up until Coach Shanahan coming in, I really wanted out of there."

NBC Washington has posted a few clips from the interview, along with an assortment of quotes, delivered in Portis's typically frank style.

"I've never been a 'me' guy," Portis said, according to NBC Washington's transcription. "You all have been around me long enough to know what I'm about....Of course, I'm going to stand for what I believe in. I'll take up for myself. If that makes me a 'me' guy, then I guess I was a 'me' guy."

Portis also repeated one of his frequent claims -- that he actually practiced more under Jim Zorn than he had under Joe Gibbs -- but said that this year, there won't be any complaints about the amount of time he practices.

"This year I'm practicing, this year I feel great, this year I got a good feeling about our team," Portis told Hellie. "I think buying into the system, buying into the organization, knowing my role. Having Donovan, I mean, that's really gonna take a lot of pressure off, because everybody is so worried about where Donovan is in his career. So having Donovan, having guys who are coming in and wanting to prove [themselves], and then having young guys such as Fred Davis who eager and who on fire right now, having those guys around, it take the pressure off of me.

"Only thing I've got to do is go and play football now, and that's all I want to do. I don't have to be the center of attention, I don't' have to be the face of the Redskins, I don't have to be Oooooh, Clinton. When I get on the field, you'll know my name. You'll cheer for Clinton when I get on the field."

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
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Oh, good Christ, *this* is the last thing we need.

Clinton, buddy, everybody's hating on Albert Haynesworth right now. This is precisely the moment for you to put your head down and get to work and reestablish yourself as our #1 RB in an offense perfectly suited to you, and to be once again the guy we all used to love unreservedly.


Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 17, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

That's ok, we wnated him out also. :P

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 17, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

"we wanted.."

Sorry, I had a "Portis" moment there. ;)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 17, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

i'm guessing the only reason he's going to practice and not say a word about it is the coach shanahan would have none of it.

interestingly enough, i think darnell dockett hit the nail right on the head in the next post...

Posted by: bacaje | June 17, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I SO want this raging-- temporarily dormant-- infection the funk outta here! Only thing he should be practicing is remedial grammar!

Just wait, sooner or later he'll revert back to the UniPortis!

Posted by: iubiquity | June 18, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Haters gonna hate

I can't wait to see CP roll up the yards in 2010!


Posted by: jonthefisherman | June 18, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

One of the best things Clinton Portis could ever do is, stop talking. Each time he utters a word, he sounds worse than he did the time before. Clinton, stay away from the microphones, they're not your best friend....As a matter of fact, they've turned out to be your worst enemy.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | June 18, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Clinton wanted out... kind of like the current wife, who has been threatening to move along for years... claiming that she could have and deserves a man who is so much better than me.

I keep telling her, "If you get a better offer, take it, please!"

But for all of her mindless yap, all she ever really manages to do is keep hanging on, and on, and on... while getting a little fatter, lazier and louder every day.

Posted by: Vic1 | June 18, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Dude makes me want out of Washington.

Posted by: Pepper5 | June 18, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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