Portis: Shanahan Skins are most professional
One of the early themes of Redskins Training Camp: 2010 is that everything is more professional than it was in the past, that the practice music and in-fighting and general laxness of the Zorn Era has been purged to history's wastebucket, where they'll sit next to a skinned coyote carcass and a tuxedo t-shirt.
Clinton Portis endorses this view, if not exactly in those words. Larry Michael asked Portis on Monday whether this is the most professional the Redskins have been during his D.C. tenure.
"Oh yeah, it's hands-down the best," Portis said on Redskins Nation. "Coach Gibbs, you will never understand how fortunate you were to play for Coach Gibbs. But as of right now, just the demeanor of the people on the team....You sit in the locker room and you hear guys talking and you hear how happy guys are to be here, you hear the outlook.
"You know, it was so much going on that people wanted out of here. Yeah, there was even a point that I wanted out of here. So just having this and being able to go in and you feel comfortable, you feel like it's on me, compared to having back-room discussions and worrying. You just feel like if I do the things I'm supposed to do, I'll be around....
"It's just a new-found respect. We finally have a strength and conditioning staff that you can believe in....When you finish workouts and go look at your body, you look good, you feel good. So now, when I go and take off my clothes and look at my body, I look good, I feel good."
Yeah. Let's change the subject from that one. And pretend we never read it. Oh, but before you stop thinking about Portis's body, he said the recent reports of his weight loss were no big thing.
"I think people make so much out of nothing," he told Michael. "It's like oh, his weight down, his weight down. It ain't like I went out and lost 50 pounds. You know, I lost a couple pounds, trimmed up, and just came out focused."
August 3, 2010; 2:19 PM ET
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