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Clinton Portis: Mike Shanahan hire was a "blessing"

Redskins running back Clinton Portis comes into training camp having missed half of last season after suffering a concussion. But he said Thursday it was the state of the organization, not his medical condition, that made him consider giving up football.

"I never was worried about the concussion," Portis said. "I think it was more me worrying about: Do I really want to put up with the B.S. that was coming along with it ... the B.S. that came along with being around here? Once Coach Shanahan came in and cleaned that up and let us know he was going to take care of all that and just let us go out and play football, that was a blessing."

Portis, 28, is the second-leading rusher in Redskins history, but he is coming off career lows in carries (124), yards (494) and touchdowns (one). He faces competition from veterans Larry Johnson and Wilie Parker, both signed as free agents, but said he is coming into camp in excellent shape.

"Coming in and having the opportunity to be here all offseason and participating in a real offseason program, not coming in with anything lingering, having the opportunity to recover, I feel great," Portis said.

By Barry Svrluga  |  July 29, 2010; 8:01 PM ET
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Sorry if I'm not the FIRST to post this but here's a PFTer. Guess Shanny really wants Al to know who's in charge and that 2 can play games.

Haynesworth, Shanahan exchange words after failed conditioning test
Posted by Mike Florio on July 29, 2010 4:14 PM ET
We've been very critical -- and rightfully so -- of Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, whose refusal to attempt to earn more than $30 million he has been paid by the team was punctuated by a decision not to show up for a mandatory minicamp.

But it's important to remember that Haynesworth isn't exactly beating up on a singing-impaired choir boy. Coach Mike Shanahan has, in our estimation, taken a few liberties with reality when it comes to the Haynesworth situation, and we're now beginning to believe that Shanahan intentionally gave Haynesworth a conditioning test that Shanahan knew he would fail.

Per a league source (and forgive me if someone else has reported this, but power is out at our undisclosed beach location and I'm trying to conserve the battery in my laptop and my Sprint mobile hot spot, which is performing incredibly well during an intense barrage of lightning), Haynesworth completed the assigned pair of 300-yard shuttle runs, but Shanahan then decided that he had too much rest between the two attempts, due to a bathroom break.

The source says that Shanahan told Haynesworth that he "needed to get in shape." Haynesworth then said that he couldn't have completed three 300-yard shuttle runs even in his Pro Bowl/All-Pro years.

Said Shanahan in response, "I guess you have never been in shape then." (It's unknown whether Shanahan then said, "Boom. Roasted.")

It's currently our understanding that Haynesworth was the only lineman required to pass the conditioning test. Though some may contend that those who participated in the offseason program earned an exemption, it's our understanding that the test is imposed to ensure that the player is ready to withstand the rigors of training camp. Just because the rest of the players participated in the offseason program, which concluded more than a month ago, doesn't mean they're still in shape. So all of them should have to pass it, or none of them should be expected to try.

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Posted by: scampbell1975 | July 29, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

CP always sounds like such a jackass, just keep your stupid mouth shut and run you thug

Posted by: greatteamdan | July 29, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

beep beep's are coming fast

Posted by: scampbell1975 | July 29, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Talk about manic depressive. There was like one thread all of last week and now the last thread was gone in 60 seconds. But to be fair, RI screwed the pooch on the last thread, posting multiple conflicting stories about BMW. And it wasn't too long ago that they started up a new thread that was a repeat of the previous thread and had to shut it down. Like one poster said, the media arm of WaPo is tanking like Gen Patton in North Africa.

Posted by: LittleGreenBag | July 29, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

"the B.S. that came along with being around here"

YOU F'EN MORON! That BS.. you know, that came along with being around here, was mostly coming from YOU!!! HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!!

Posted by: iubiquity | July 29, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Good ole Wile E. Parker.

Posted by: WorstSeat | July 30, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

iubiquity, while I don't agree with your choice of wording (and therefore will not repeat it in a quote), I agree 100% with your sentiment. Upon reading the article my first thought was, "and who was creating all the BS?" followed swiftly by, "who was Snyder's pet?" Like greatteamdan said, Portis needs to keep his mouth shut. Perhaps he, too, needs to be shipped off to Oakland where all the has-beens and wanna-be thugs end up. But not yet...we still need to see if Shanny can wring a little more juice out of him.

Posted by: barriesargent | July 30, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

First off, Albert is in shape and if none of the other lineman were required to pass this particular test than it is just a pissing contest created by Shanahan to teach Albert the trickle down method and to show the rest of the world who is in charge. My guess is that Albert will magically pass this test today and be on the field with all the other including Trent Williams (Yeah,good job BA and others)

Now to Portis, as they say,"It is better to stay silent and let the world think you an idiot than to open it and confirm it." Way to go Clinton you just single handedly opened your own can of personal admonishing can of whoop ass. See, Clinton you were a big part of our problem last year. Sure, Zorn sucked, but you could have made it a bit better by being less of a pet and more of a leader. Less of me first look at me, and more we have a coach that's a ,"Deer in the headlights, so I will be more of a professional leader and show some of those that look to me, how we do it and help Zorn find his feet." But NO! You ran all over that man didn't you Clinton ? Answer yes.
Finally to all those that think that Laron Landry,Malcolm Kelly,Devin Thomas,Adam Carrika,Chad Rinehard or Justin Tryon are all busts. Get ready to eat a big plate of crow because they are all going to have outstanding seasons. You heard it here first. The Buffalo knows. Oh by the way, so will Albert Haynesworth. In fact he is going pro bowl with honors.

Posted by: cosmicbuffalo | July 30, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

None of those quotes sound like CP! Much too literate!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | July 30, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

greatteamdan, you sound like a racist prick, i hope you aren't...

Posted by: destewar | July 30, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Here's a news flash for you, Clinton. You created most of the "BS" that was inherent with the Redskins last year!!!!!

Posted by: thewheelone | July 30, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

people grow up!!!!

the only difference between football coaches and Stalin are the literal dead bodies. Football coaches are dictators, they want and get everything their way. Haynesworth bucked Shanahan's authority so the coach must make an example out of him to the other soldiers.

I just hope one day somebody comes out and openly talks about the farce Redskin organization for the past 10-years under Snyder-Cerratto-Gibbs II and Zorn. Even as fans we could see they were not a real organization.

Posted by: oknow1 | July 30, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Talk is cheap..prove how great things are on
the field! Try not to get a hang nail..and go on the DL.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | July 30, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Give the man an English lesson and help him learn to keep his mouth shut. He isn't a leader. He is a malcontent that takes advantage of the system when he can - see powwows with Dan Snyder usurping Jim Zorn's authority. Run him until he can't run anymore and then jettison his arse. Shannahan can take a rookie and make him a 1,600-yarder with little effort because of his blocking scheme.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | July 30, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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