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Clinton Portis has a new attitude this season

A lot has been made about the new attitude surrounding the Redskins this year. But when you look at individual players, perhaps no one has embraced and exemplified the change as much as running back Clinton Portis.

"It's like a family," Portis said of this year's team. "In previous years past, everybody went home, when people left from over here, they went home, it was like, 'I'll see you tomorrow at work.' Compared to now, you can catch numerous groups of guys - five or six guys - out together, having dinner, hanging around, shooting pool, bowling or doing something. I think it's just a team vibe all of a sudden. I think everybody's bought into, 'We tired of losing.'"

While Portis didn't specify by name which players have are subscribing to this new vibe, he made clear later in his availability with the media Thursday that he knows of at least one person who's acting differently. Sitting out the final eight games of last season gave Portis a lot of time to reflect on his place in the organization.

"I think it gave me a chance to go out, take a look in the mirror and realize [what] things my fault, some of the things I was doing wrong and the person I needed to be and what I needed to do to come back and be a part of the organization," he said.

"Honestly I didn't feel like I was doing nothing wrong but telling the truth. But at the same time, I got to the point of, I could've been a better teammate. I could hang around, what's the rush for me to get to work and get out of work. Do the things that everybody else do. Everybody else come out here and workout, they get it done.... Why can't I?"

His new attitude has been noticed by most at Redskins Park. He's slimmed down, engaged in meetings and is among the most excited players to be working under Mike Shanahan. Portis fended off training camp challengers Larry Johnson and Willie Parker and is expected to start and get the bulk of the carries Sunday against the Cowboys. He says he likes Shanahan's approach to practices, which keeps him out of pads and keeps him from taking hits in the days leading up to games.

"I actually was telling somebody the other today, I actually feel younger at this point than I did in a long time," Portis said. "Usually coming out of preseason, you're beat up, two-a-days, your body tired. But coming into this week, I think our whole team feels fresh."

Portis was particularly reflective today. He doesn't mind that the spotlight has focused on guys like Albert Haynesworth, Donovan McNabb and Shanahan in the weeks leading up to the season. And he's not eager force himself to the foreground right now, he says.

"I realize you can't satisfy people and there's no need to continue to try. No matter what you do," Portis said. "If I talk to the media, the headlines going, 'I bash somebody that I shouldn't bash.' If I don't talk to the media then I'm a jerk for not speaking. You can't satisfy people. For myself, I'm content, I'm happy with what I've done over my career. I think my teammates are happy with the things I do and what I bring to the game. That's really all that matters."

By Rick Maese  |  September 9, 2010; 1:37 PM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis  
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Comments

I liked his old attitude better.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 9, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Santana Moss, Santana Moss, Santana Moss, Santana Mo.....

Posted by: saltine182 | September 9, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Happy that Clinton's happy, but we've heard this song and dance every offseason. I'll wait and see how it goes on the field, but I do believe he'll be more dedicated to Shanny than Zorn.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 9, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedDMV | September 9, 2010 1:36 PM |

Heh, heh. It getting deeper and deeper, ain't it? Book It reply: "It sure is - my dick in your throat!" Heh, heh.

Posted by: QuietTeeth | September 9, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I really would love to see a re-invigorated CP go for about a buck twenty and two scores on Sunday night. That would be an excellent sign.

Posted by: manlius1 | September 9, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm feelin' good from my head to my shoes
Know where I'm goin' and I know what to do
I tidied up my point of view
I got a new attitude

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 9, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Patti Labelle singing the National Anthem sunday night?

Posted by: PlayAction | September 9, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton Portis has a new attitude this season"

Well, it's Deja Vu all over again for him.

He's in the system and with the head coach who made him a star.

He's fairly rested, was born tanned, and should have a very good year.

And as for that 'lost a step stuff,' well, he still can get yards working as a grinder type back who works the chains, pass protects well, and makes catches out of the backfield.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 9, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Dammit...poopy always makes me laugh.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 9, 2010 1:47 PM |

It's obvious that Poopy is one of the Dallas trolls. Don't believe me ? Then why does he rip Redskin fans and not Cowboy fans when given the chance. Dude is 100% dallas troll.

Posted by: hessone | September 9, 2010 1:52 PM

Idk Hess...not poopy's writing style...I do think poopy maybe AH among others...just makes me laugh...don't wanna admit it but I do.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 9, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I think my teammates are happy with the things I do and what I bring to my bank account. That's really all that matters.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 9, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

hessone = Peter North's personal pole polisher.

Go polish that pole hessone!!!!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 9, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Clinton, you can say what you want as long as you rack up 100 yards on the ground every week and stay healthy.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 9, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse


Hey Red,

There's not enough characters to make a list of the trolls on this board. The only question, is it the same person ?

Poopy, not only did beep-beep bust your ass, you seriously need to grow up dude.


Posted by: hessone | September 9, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey Hessone, for the last time, I don't want to watch "School of C0ck" with you!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 9, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I just pooped in your pants.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 9, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHHA.

Glad to know that Detective Hessone is on the case.

I guess many Cowboy fans had Redskins season tickets for years and has various Redskins garb, including my personal favorite, my Art Monk jersey.

Go back to rubbing out loads to Peter North solo videos hessone.

And of course I'm not Fat Albert, the only other name I ever used on here was Chief Clancy Wiggum, but that was long ago before WaPo made you use your "registered" name as your blogging name.

So go and lick my freshly shaved balls and taint area hessone.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 9, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Coach says time to run some more shuttle sprints.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 9, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse


hessone = Peter North's personal pole polisher.

Go polish that pole hessone!!!!


Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 9, 2010 1:59 PM |

Funny how you always reference the gay thing. Guilty conscience ? Better not let mommy and daddy know you're gay.

Posted by: hessone | September 9, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcPsdF-h2cU&feature=related

DT's highlights against the Saints are nice. Only game he really had quite a few.

Posted by: saltine182 | September 9, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

No Fat Al I was able to make it to the toilet in time so that's where you ended up, until I flushed you, though I did need the plunger to get all of you down the hatch.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 9, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

His new attitude has been noticed by most at Redskins Park. He's slimmed down, engaged in meetings and is among the most excited players to be working under Mike Shanahan.

By Rick Maese | September 9, 2010; 1:37 PM ET

Shoot, it doesn't take a dummy (see Wade Phillips) to understand why. He's toeing the line cause Shanahan traded his azz the first time, and this time there will be no trade, he'll get cut, and at his age no one will pick him up. So, Shanahan says "jump", Clinton should say "want me to stroke it on the way down?"

Posted by: monk811 | September 9, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

**Re-Post**


Really don't understand these bama types who use 20 different screen names and make attempts at starting arguments.

It's like 'Fu_k man. Go fly a kite, go get laid, collect stamps, count the clouds in the sky...' -- anything is better than trying to bait people into arguments on message boards.

The only thing worse is admitting the sh*t.

Pitiful.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

StainTeeth, you're a faggit troll. Even if I were going to say that 1) I wouldn't have said it like that, especially without a 'No Homo' disclaimer 2) You're not supposed to say that another man is going to say that, or is sticking anything into your mouth.

The 'heh-heh' sh*t just sealed it for me. You once had a screen name up here but got blasted and bounced, in other words disgraced and sobbed like a b*tch in front of your monitor and keyboard in disbelief. You figured that jerking off and bullying your baby brother wasn't filling the void in your life, so you returned to RI. Armed with a new screen name and posting style.

In the end you can't hide who you are though. A immature trolling pussy who still asks ma'dukes for ice cream truck money and collects pokemon pogs.

LOSER! GET A FU_KING LIFE ALREADY AND QUIT REACHING FOR MY BALLS! YOU ARE AN ALLEGED MALE! YOU CAN NOT EVER HAVE THEM, OKAY?!?!?!

Posted by: RedDMV | September 9, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

What a coincidence! Out here in the fan base, we tired of losing, too!

Love Clinton... I believe he's got one more great season in those legs, and I believe the Shanahans are going to coax it out of him.

Hail to Clinton Portis, future all-time rushing leader for this franchise. May his great season begin with a great performance Sunday night.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 9, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Where is my ham sandwich?

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 9, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

In the end you can't hide who you are though. A immature trolling pussy who still asks ma'dukes for ice cream truck money and collects pokemon pogs.

LOSER! GET A FU_KING LIFE ALREADY AND QUIT REACHING FOR MY BALLS! YOU ARE AN ALLEGED MALE! YOU CAN NOT EVER HAVE THEM, OKAY?!?!?!

Posted by: RedDMV | September 9, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I was trying to ignor these rediculous posts........but really Red? Calling someone else immature?

Also, telling someone on a lbog to get a life? From a guy the is probably 5 foot nothing a buck nothing......and the self proclaimed blog "tuff-guy". I'm willing to bet you stand in front of the mirror at night and rehearse your little rants. The you chant "yes, I can; yes, I can"

Its getting old..............

Go Skins!!!

Posted by: rupertpupkin | September 9, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

you flatter yourself when you say i'm a redtards fan. can't stand the redtards or their obnoxious, vacuous, horse-toothed fans. never have and never will, you assw!pe.

make sure you show your loser face on monday, ya hear?!

Posted by: 10peterbilt

You know, it's actually kind of refreshing to hear a pejorative in reference to the skins which isn't "deadskins". I mean, it isn't just a learned behavior because I know for a fact that these idiots think this term up independently, one of these jerkoffs turn trent william name into "Bent Williams" in a recent post so these seem to be following a formula.
I mean petebuilt10 is obviously a d'mbass (as are most cowboys fans...the cowboys seem to attract the stupidest retarded-jock-who-works-repairing-air conditioners-now sort of fan); this one is just barely literate and apparently has a computer in his outhouse because he posts here.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 9, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Never mind, there is no "meat" in "team".

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 9, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse


Hey Hessone, for the last time, I don't want to watch "School of C0ck" with you!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 9, 2010 2:00 PM |

I just pooped in your pants.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 9, 2010 2:01 PM |

It doesn't get anymore obvious that these two handles are the same person, posting back to back. Just like a criminal, they get more daring as they commit the crimes.

Look, do us all a favor, go post on a Cowboy's board, ass lips.

Posted by: hessone | September 9, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Sorry hessone but I was talking about Peter North's stripper poles he has in his basement.

Leave it to you though, to assume by pole I meant something else related to Mr. North.

Looks like you're the one making it a gay thing. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Now let's go tell your mommy and daddy.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 9, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Where is my ham sandwich?

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 9, 2010 2:12 PM

Shanahan traded it. The Titans offered more for the sandwich than they did for you.

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 9, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Tonight Drew Brees will receive a season ending injury and Chase Daniel will step in to lead the Saints to victory.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 9, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

LOL when it rains it pours... ALL the trolls coming out of the wood work now. Now we have the ultimate Red antagonist this rupert fu_kface acting as my conscience.

Dude, I'm not up here to post body stats. This ain't eHarmony or whatever, so you need not to be concerned with my measurables. Yes, I called someone else 'immature'. It's an immature act when you're up here solely to start arguments then admitting to them. So shut your fu_king mouth!

The only thing getting older than my "tuff guy act" is you coming up here trying to fu_k with me about what I have to say to ANOTHER motherfu_ker. Why is it that you only have something to say at that time?

I think you're one of these trolls also, fu_kboy. Mind you damn business and stick modeling your pink leotard for your homo life partner, QuietTeeth.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Never mind, there is no "meat" in "team".

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth

21-million dollars buys a lot of cheeseburgers though.

On to another subject: is it just me, or does JR seem to be posting stories based around a single qoute that he got perhaps a month ago? Some of these stories seem so stale that I think he actually has a cache of stories he keeps as "filler" for when can't, or doesn't want to, get current redskins news.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse


hessone = Peter North's personal pole polisher.

Go polish that pole hessone!!!!


Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 9, 2010 1:59 PM |

Sorry hessone but I was talking about Peter North's stripper poles he has in his basement.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 9, 2010 2:18 PM |

Ah Poopy,
It doesn't read that way. You're backing yourself into a corner dude.


Posted by: hessone | September 9, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Tonight Drew Brees will receive a season ending injury and Chase Daniel will step in to lead the Saints to victory.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 9, 2010 2:21 PM

Thanks RSH...so should I hurry and grab Daniel on the ww right now? I'm screwed if Brees goes down...

Posted by: PlayAction | September 9, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse


@kaasmaster

re: Where is my ham sandwich?

Please don't feed the animals. Thanks - Hess

Posted by: hessone | September 9, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone so interested in how much I weigh?

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 9, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedDMV | September 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Translation........I'm the baddest man on this blog. Fear my keyboard! Ha ha. If you could make a valid argument or even a discussion you wouldn't need all the other b.s. you always add in

by mentioning your stats I was pointing out the you are a little tiny man who acts tuff on a keyboard behind the safety of your anonymonity to help your napolean complex

Posted by: rupertpupkin | September 9, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 9, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: hessone | September 9, 2010 2:29 PM

Ok Hess, thanks for the advice.

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 9, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Clinton Portis? The Concussion King? LMAO!!

I promised myself I wouldn't come on this DI board and mess with y'all today, but alas, I'm just a man.

Get all the Febreze, Lysol, and nose plugs you can find because it's going to absolutely foul on Deadskins Insider come Monday morning. The apologists will do their level best to make things better and kiss your aching boo-boos, bless their hearts, but the atmosphere will be rancid!

Q: Given the fact that it is a felony in most jurisdictions to commit violence on senior citizens, if Brooking or Ware de-cleats Joey Galloway on a crossing route, is either subject to imprisonment by the DC police department?

Peace, Y'all!

Hell...To The...Deadskins

Posted by: MrIrvin88 | September 9, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Reid, the Washington Examiner beat you to this report by an hour.

Posted by: narielnasl | September 9, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

....smh.....

Posted by: joerutgens72 | September 9, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Clinton Portis, tomorrow's Shakespeare.

Posted by: 44fx2901 | September 9, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Both the author of the article AND the interviewee make LaVar Arrington's grammar look good.

Please learn how to write or at least proofread your articles before posting them.

Thank you,

A concerned reader.

Posted by: dc1020008 | September 9, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I have trouble imagining the Skins beating Dallas, but if they do... that'll feel real nice. Either way, should be funny on this board. Great trolls here.

Posted by: McLobo | September 9, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone so interested in how much I weigh?

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 9, 2010 2:30 PM

Got nothing but love for you and the junkyard gang Fat Albert. Well, I take that back. I have a 20% off coupon to Ben's Chili Bowl. You down?

Posted by: willfacc10 | September 9, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Ckinton was a big part of the problem the last two years. He undermined Zorn and Zorn did not get backed by Snyder and lost the team halfway through the first season. CP knows he cannot pull those sideline stunts with Shanny. Hopefully, his Diva attitude has shifted.

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

poopy and albert haynesworth are one in the same

Posted by: FOURWATTS | September 9, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Portis Pockets strait!

Posted by: rlomax67 | September 10, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

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