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Clinton Portis's new dedication to practice

Determined to prove he is still among the NFL's elite, running back Clinton Portis has displayed a renewed commitment to the team since Coach Mike Shanahan arrived in Ashburn. Portis's teammates have noticed.

"He's a totally different player as far as practicing and preparing for practice," outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "I think a lot of that has to do with bringing in guys like Larry Johnson and Willie Parker, who can perform as well. Being with Mike in Denver, he understands what was going to be expected of him. When he was in Denver performing at a high level, Shanahan let him go and traded him here.

"Clinton understood that he needed to perform and step up his game because Shanahan might not accept the things he was used to here. And he's done a good job of understanding the regime has changed, the culture has changed around here, and he had to change himself. Now, Clinton is always going to be Clinton and have his fun, and he's still the same guy. But he's taking the day-to-day work more seriously."

Early last season, several Redskins offensive players privately complained that Portis was missing holes because he did not practice enough. They said the squandered opportunities showed on film.

"You can see already in the preseason, when he's running the ball, he's seeing things a lot better, and all that comes from practicing every day," Alexander said. "And when you have all these media guys talking about you, you're out to prove 'em wrong.

"He did the professional thing in listening to the stuff out there, taking that and then saying, 'Okay, let me come in here and show these guys I am a professional.' He's done it the right way."

By Jason Reid  |  August 27, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Portis has been a consistent veteran bright spot this offseason amidst all the AH drama and bad attitude ... but can he stay healthy for the whole season in the FIRST place?

Posted by: SkinsSinceDayOne | August 27, 2010 6:33 AM | Report abuse


Haven't we hashed this out all preseason long. I get it already, CP is practicing now.

I think it's long overdue that the Redskins wear burgundy at home. If they go gold pants, I'd like to see the helmets with the spears on both sides of the helmet.

Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

I am on record as a Portis doubter. At this point in his career I'm not sure he can hold up for 16 games.

I hope he proves me wrong.

Posted by: Original_etrod | August 27, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse


For those of you that critisized me for being anti - $nyder, it seems he's still up to his old tricks.

From the bog and Steinberg:

Affordable Redskins season tickets available at StubHub

Here's something weird: StubHub is currently offering 942 season tickets to Redskins games, many of the non-club, non-premium variety. That doesn't speak very highly to the market savvy of tens of thousands of Redskins fans signing up for the waitlist every year. Hey, tens of thousands of Redskins fans, just go buy your season tickets on StubHub!

The prices on these seats vary wildly, and I'm not sure what numbers they're actually selling at. But here's one interesting example. A friend of mine is paying $890 a year for his seats in row 8 of a 400-level section. StubHub has season tickets for sale in row 5 of the exact same section for $900. The site also has tickets available in row 8 of what appears to be an extremely similar 400-level section for $790.


Also, my same friend was paying $710 a year when he was higher up in that same 400-level section. Yet StubHub will let you move one section closer to the 50-yard line and buy season tickets in row 19 for $650.

Of course, the face-value season tickets you'd buy from the Redskins include the two preseason home games, while these StubHub packages do not, so maybe that explains things. And if you're buying season tickets on StubHub, you're violating team policy and not assuring yourself of the same seats in the 2011 season. Also, maybe people didn't know these season tickets were for sale, though now they should.

The Redskins, incidentally, say that selling season-ticket packages is against their policies, and that demand for general-admission season tickets remains strong.

"For the Dallas game I wish we had another 10,000 tickets to sell, because if we did they'd be gone," COO David Donovan told me.

Lie, lie, lie. Between AH drama, McNabb hurt already, and $nyder's policies still in place, it's starting to look like another long season for us. And please don't start with the, "all teams in the NFL have the same policies". I can tell you that most successful teams are sold out and don't hide behind a "waiting list" to sell their tickets.

Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

I am on record as a Portis doubter. At this point in his career I'm not sure he can hold up for 16 games.

I hope he proves me wrong.

Posted by: Original_etrod

History is definitely on your side. Very few teams rely on 1 back anymore. Running backs take a severe pounding through the season that it is hard to keep them healthy. I can't see him staying healthy for a full 16. If he does manage to stay healthy I see him wearing down later in the season.

Posted by: srobert1117 | August 27, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

It's good that CP came into the league with Shanahan. He's back to his baseline, acting less like a vet and a little more like the player he was when he entered the league.

I wonder if he would have responded as well with, say, Cowher.

Posted by: WorstSeat | August 27, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

CP does not have the speed to take it the distance. I hope some RB on our team does. Look for an ugly game tonight. Might be hard to watch. Pray for no injuries to the OL, or skill positions.

Posted by: FedorEm | August 27, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Clinton Portis's new dedication to practice

In CP We Trust.

No one doubts Clinton Portis.

It's the guys behind him that have me worried.

If I have to choose between Larry John and Willie Parker, I'll settle for Ryan Torain and Kieland Williams.

To me, two young unknowns behind a known quantity is better than two guys I know are past their prime.


Posted by: MistaMoe | August 27, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Lie, lie, lie. Between AH drama, McNabb hurt already, and $nyder's policies still in place, it's starting to look like another long season for us. And please don't start with the, "all teams in the NFL have the same policies". I can tell you that most successful teams are sold out and don't hide behind a "waiting list" to sell their tickets.

Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 7:11 AM |

hessone,

Maybe you should do a little research before you talk, every team in the NFL sells non club or premium related season ticket packages on Stub Hub. Go check it out you can even get season tickets for the Steelers and Patriots. I'm assuming these are those good teams that are always sold out you are referring to.

Posted by: Flounder21 | August 27, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

fedorem

"CP does not have the speed to take it the distance."


Well, that's okay.

Let Chris Johnson types 'take-it-to-the-house.'

What we want is a grinder, a guy who can get tough yards that sustain drives.

Long drives made up of a back averaging 4.0 yards a pop are better, to me, than the occasional long run anyways.

Long grinding drives keep the defense off the the field while wearing down your opponent's defense.

Long drives also keep hot passing offenses waiting on the sidelines.

And finally, a solid, hit'em in the mouth running game opens up your passing offense to play action.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 27, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Flounder21 | August 27, 2010 7:53 AM |

I was referring to the "waiting list", or don't you read entire post ?

Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

For ih8 and other fans up here expecting a playoff run this year, read today's Boswell column...dude is right on the money and has plenty of stats to back it up:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/25/AR2010082506409.html

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 27, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

flound, whats up, long time no post, how's things?? Family doing well?? Good to have you back.....

hess, you sound like a jilted woman at this point...whine, whine, whine, whine, whine...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Flounder21 | August 27, 2010 7:53 AM |

I was referring to the "waiting list", or don't you read entire post ?

Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 8:01 AM

Hessone,

Again with the lack of research, the Steelers have a longer waiting list then the Skins. The Patriots waiting list is almost as long, yet these teams are selling season ticket packages on Stub Hub. Your argument was flawed from the start, Snyder does what all the other teams do. I don't like Snyder either but he is'nt going anywhere. So constantly crying about him does you no good.

Posted by: Flounder21 | August 27, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Meh, Danny-boy fudgin with the business policies doesn't bother me much. As long as he's not d!ckin with the football operations like he used to, I'll be fine.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 27, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

moe, agreed on Williams/Torian over LJ/WP...Williams is a bigger cat who seems to have a little wiggle, can make a guy miss, or run him over...

what was with Tom Brady playing in the 4th quarter with 8 minutes left last night....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

And this post has nothing to do with AH? Hmmm.........I'm surprised....

Posted by: gixxer998 | August 27, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Whats up Greg I'm always watching just got tired of all the crying on here.

Posted by: Flounder21 | August 27, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Well OK if he can't take it the distance, maybe he can give us a few 20 or 30 yard runs.

Posted by: FedorEm | August 27, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I think the "waitlist" pertains to seats in the lower bowl, general admission area. Not club-level and/or upper level seating.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | August 27, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

my advice to you is to avoid hess then....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse


my advice to you is to avoid hess then....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2010 8:22 AM |

Cosign on that one.

Lack of research is a learning tool indeed. My point here is, the Redskins boast that they are sold out and have a waiting list for season tickets. Bull sh!t. Maybe at RFK, but not at FedEx.

Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Tom Boswell says 7-9, 8-9 or 9-7 with luck.

I'll take any of the finishes over 4-12 any day.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 27, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Cosign on that one.

Lack of research is a learning tool indeed. My point here is, the Redskins boast that they are sold out and have a waiting list for season tickets. Bull sh!t. Maybe at RFK, but not at FedEx.


Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 8:31 AM |

hessone,

My point is there are plenty of teams that claim the same thing yet are doing exactly what the Skins are doing. Why do you care if there sold out or not, are you waiting for tickets if so I would suggest going the Stub Hub route.

Posted by: Flounder21 | August 27, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Lorenzo Alexander = Rock Cartwright

Posted by: TWISI | August 27, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Am amazed by CP26's reversal of attitude, but appreciate the results shown thus far.

Hopefully the extra conditioning work will help him succeed and survive the long season ahead.

Posted by: Vic1 | August 27, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Flounder21 | August 27, 2010 8:37 AM |

I hear you load and clear. The stub hub route is cheaper anyways. Thanks Dan.

Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

"Determined to prove he is still among the NFL's elite....."


Say WHAT??? He was NEVER among anything approaching elite! Average back is more like it!!

Posted by: iubiquity | August 27, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Clinton Portis is playing hard in these meaningless preseason games. You remember, the games he always blew off in years past cause he was too full of himself to play. What happened to all those mysterious BS training camp injuries of unknown origin? Remember all those work days you blew off, mr I am above the team cause Dan is my boy, while those groveling team lackeys were sweating, bleeding, puking and bustin all around azz?

What, you've changed? I ain't buying that. How long will it take the phantom pulls, cramps, tears to start? Then again, if Mr Haney has taught us anything, the Shanwow don't play that missing practice sh_t!

Posted by: iubiquity | August 27, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

"...whine, whine, whine, whine, whine..."

There will be plenty of that on here all day tommorrow.

Why?: the jets will probably beat a lackluster redskin team hoping to just get back on the bus and plane to go home.

We don't want any injuries (especially to our starting o-line) to come in a meaningless game, folks.

Yeah, there are redskin players who'll play hard in acknowledgemnt of Tuesday's cutdown day.

But they'll get cut regardless of tonight's outcome.

So expect a lot of ,"...whine, whine, whine, whine, whine..."

But the crying will really come if we win against the jets and, say, J Brown is seriously hurt.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 27, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse


Clinton Portis is playing hard in these meaningless preseason games. You remember, the games he always blew off in years past cause he was too full of himself to play. What happened to all those mysterious BS training camp injuries of unknown origin? Remember all those work days you blew off, mr I am above the team cause Dan is my boy, while those groveling team lackeys were sweating, bleeding, puking and bustin all around azz?

What, you've changed? I ain't buying that. How long will it take the phantom pulls, cramps, tears to start? Then again, if Mr Haney has taught us anything, the Shanwow don't play that missing practice sh_t!

Posted by: iubiquity | August 27, 2010 8:44 AM |

Are you talking about the same CP that hurt his shoulder making a tackle to save a TD in a preseason game ? My problem with CP is he doesn't finish his runs. He falls forward to much.

Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I've been critical of Portis for the last 2 years (deservingly so) and I'll praise him for his attitude and professional work ethic so far this year.

Put me down for 200-250 carries this year and between 800-900 yds and 8 TDs barring injury.

TWISI- perfect comparison. A similar attitude (until Rock complained about his contract), a step slow, a core special teamer, but a man without a position.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 27, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Are you talking about the same CP that hurt his shoulder making a tackle to save a TD in a preseason game ? My problem with CP is he doesn't finish his runs. He falls forward to much.

Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 8:51 AM |

That I agree with hopefully that will change this year.

Posted by: Flounder21 | August 27, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

To the CP doubters.

Not sure why news of Portis practicing his tail off is causing doubt. Do you think he's putting on a show in practice so that he can loaf it through the games or something?

There's never been a doubt about CP's approach to gametime - he's always been a gamer. The doubt has been about his preparation and that looks like it's turned around.

Bascially, I think you doubters are dumb.

Now, is CP going to turn out a 1500 yard season with a dozen TDs??

No. Probably not. But I don't think he needs to in order to be effective.

If he can give us 800 yards/ 7-8 TDs, solid blocking from the backfield, a couple more big plays (now that he's slimmed down) and then a combo of 2 other RBs (say LJ and Torain) combine for another 500 yards and 5 TDs, then we have a very solid RB by committee led by Portis - I say that is a success.

Posted by: p1funk | August 27, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm just happy we're NOT talking about Portis like we were last year.

This year would be much more enjoyable if we were talking about Fat Butt either.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 27, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

We need a reliable running back that follows blocks, finds the holes, and gains 4-5 yards a carry. No fumbling. And catch an occasional pass. Not to mention picking up blocks on blitz packages.

If CP can do this fine. If LJ can do this fine. If WP can do this fine.

Just don't fumble the ball.

I think CP gets the nod based on his blocking.

I liked getting all three of these guys but don't expect them all to make the roster. Key blocking for a RB is how they make the roster, amoung other things.

I'm not sold on Lorenzo being that outstanding. He's solid but in reality we need more. That said, yes he's equal to Rock and Rock never really did anything for us but play solid. I like Rock but bottom line he never really did much.

I think this team's reality bite is the offensive line. If they can't block any better than last Saturday's game against the Ravens, we're in big big trouble. Every team is licking their chops over that film and now we get lots of blitz packages week in and week out. I pity McNabb, Grossman, and whoever gets thrown in after those two get lit up. We have to protect the qb.

Also, not sold on the old DE being good Lb. We need Lb's. This group is weak to what we really need. Maybe just maybe we can get by this season, but a major upgrade is needed.

Shanahan has a major job to do with this team and it will take a couple years.

Posted by: Rando | August 27, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

@Hess:

"the Redskins boast that they are sold out"

Hess, the Redskins for all practical intent and purpose are solded out. Somebody had to purchase those tickets that are out there on StubHub.

Also, read this:

I think the "waitlist" pertains to seats in the lower bowl, general admission area. Not club-level and/or upper level seating.

Posted by: oh_boy1

Posted by: dbailey211 | August 27, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Put me down for 200-250 carries this year and between 800-900 yds and 8 TDs barring injury.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 27, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

If he can give us 800 yards/ 7-8 TDs, solid blocking from the backfield, a couple more big plays (now that he's slimmed down) - I say that is a success.

Posted by: p1funk | August 27, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse


Ha ha.

Nice call on the Portis stats Diez...were you looking at my paper or something?

Posted by: p1funk | August 27, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

iubiquity

"He (CP) was NEVER among anything approaching elite! Average back is more like it!!"


Hold up there, bro'.

Clinton Portis IS NOT an elite back?

Seriously, you jest.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 27, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse


@Flounder21

Contrary to what bean says about me, I have, for the most part, ditched the $nyder belly-aching. But when an article or thread mentions his practices, I'll comment on it. Let's not forget the past here and hope for the best in the future. Oh, and bean, don't jump me cause I still use the $ for the S in $nyder's name. That will never change. HTTR

Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

"Shanahan has a major job to do with this team and it will take a couple years."

I also don't see them being 7-9 like a lot of people are saying.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 27, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

p1funk

I'd prefer he gets 800 yards and some other guy gets 600.

(maybe, Torain 400 and Williams 200)

That's 1,400 yards, or what Portis was expected to do all by himself in one season.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 27, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse


"the Redskins boast that they are sold out"

Hess, the Redskins for all practical intent and purpose are solded out. Somebody had to purchase those tickets that are out there on StubHub.

Also, read this:

I think the "waitlist" pertains to seats in the lower bowl, general admission area. Not club-level and/or upper level seating.

Posted by: oh_boy1

Posted by: dbailey211 | August 27, 2010 8:57 AM

If not for stub hub and brokers I don't think the Redskins would sell out. I'd be interested to see if all those tickets that stub hub and the brokers have are sold for the games. I guess if they have purchased the tickets, then technically the games are sold out. It's not the same deal that RFK was though.

Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

If portis is up around 250 carries and isn't over 1,000 yards, thats gonna be disappointing. The 200-250 range is perfect for the number of carries for him this year, but I'd expect more yardage......

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 27, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I envision us keeping LJ in the mix.

As much as it pains me to use a Cowpie analogy, I think that CP-LJ could make a good combo the way that Julius Jones and Marion Barber used to - use CP for 3 quarters as your all-around back, bring in LJ in the 4th quarter to beat down a defense when its tired.

I definitely want to hold onto Torain, but I'm not sure there's much value in Keiland Williams right now.

Posted by: p1funk | August 27, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

For ih8 and other fans up here expecting a playoff run this year, read today's Boswell column...dude is right on the money and has plenty of stats to back it up:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/25/AR2010082506409.html

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 27, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

I read the article, and I have a few thoughts.

For one, stats and history to me mean nothing.

Speculation from journalists about the amount of wins/losses, percentages of teams that have turned it around and these other things are a moot point.

The one thing that they do not acount for is the will to win. The idea of 53 men working together collectively to attain a goal. The embarrasment from a 4-12 season lights a fire under athletes.

As a diehard fan I must believe the Redskins will win every game. No matter the opponent, no matter the opposing talent. I have to believe that someone like Anthony Armstrong will beat the best secondaries in the league. I have to believe that Clinton Portis will be back to 2005 form.

If not I might as well be a Ravens fan. A journalist citing stats will not change my attitude.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 27, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Finally got to watch the 1st half of the skins/ravens game last night. Laron Landry looks to be reborn hard core. Looking fwd to him knocking a few cowboys out in a couple of weeks. Also saw some pretty nice Mcnabb to Moss and Mcnabb to Cooleys in there. Just too bad Davis dropped that TD pass.

I too would love to see the gold pants for week 1…….and the gray facemasks.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 27, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Hold up there, bro'.

Clinton Portis IS NOT an elite back?

Seriously, you jest.

Posted by: MistaMoe |

No, I jest not! Given. he is an elite blocker. But with our team what has he done? Averaged a whopping 4 yards per carry.. we've won nothing during his stay.. oh.. ONE first round playoff game.. wow.. and lest we forget 4 ypc!

Posted by: iubiquity | August 27, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

For brownwood26:

Or, you can read this article and feel a little better.
http://www.hogshaven.com/2010/8/26/1651847/boswell-odds-are-against-redskins

Posted by: luvdc808 | August 27, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse


If not I might as well be a Ravens fan. A journalist citing stats will not change my attitude.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 27, 2010 9:29 AM |
ih8, you use stats all the time to make your points. I agree that what's in the past, as far as players statistics, don't mean squat. So we can hope for the best come December.

Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

beantown

"If Portis is up around 250 carries and isn't over 1,000 yards, that's gonna be disappointing....I'd expect more yardage..."

I'd say fewer yards in an offense that functions properly (can pass/run well) is better than more yards in an offense where a back expects to get 1,500 plus yards.

And remember: this is a contract year for CP.

Maybe the idea of fewer carries in a two-headed back based offense justifies re-signing him for an additional 3 yards as he won't have as much mileage on him.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 27, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

dl, I said that yesterday, I expect Landry to have a big year, he looked big, fast, and mean out there....the D looked Fast, and thats a good thing...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

ih8, you use stats all the time to make your points. I agree that what's in the past, as far as players statistics, don't mean squat. So we can hope for the best come December.


Posted by: hessone | August 27, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

No I don't hess. What are you talking about?

I usually post upbeat, optimistic and fun things. I hate stats.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 27, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

dl, I said that yesterday, I expect Landry to have a big year, he looked big, fast, and mean out there....the D looked Fast, and thats a good thing...
Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 27, 2010 9:47 AM |

Agreed….overall the D looks much faster, except A Carter still looks a bit out of position. The D backs all look like they have had a major attitude adjustment…..as the season goes on we’re probably going to start realizing more and more how bad Greg Blache sukked as the d coordinator. They didn’t get any sacks but still put some good pressure on Flacco and Bulger. If they send Orakpo after the QB as much as they have been saying, he’s gonna get more than 10 sacks I would think.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 27, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Finally got to watch the 1st half of the skins/ravens game last night. Laron Landry looks to be reborn hard core.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 27, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse


I've been as critical of LL30 up here as anyone, but if he can play a whole season like he did against the Ravens, then I'll be won over for sure.

He did the usual hard-hitting and helped cause the turnover w/DHall. He stood up LeRon McClain in the open field on a nice solo tackle. My favorite was his pass break-up while covering a TE.

He's still going for the big hit moreso than the wrap-up, and that concerns me, but so far so good...

Posted by: p1funk | August 27, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

clinton portis

"But with our team what has he done?"

Lest we forget:

He's rushed for over 6,597 yards as a redskin.

He's the face of the team until Donovan McNabb actually does something other than wear a boot on his ankle.

He's thrown dudes under the bus, not practiced, and played hard enough to miss large parts of two seasons.

He used to wear goofy costumes right until the losing seasons proved how silly it was to celebrate personal success when you're 4-whateva.

But for right now, he's our starting running back.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 27, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Shanny kind of has a built-in taxi squad if he wants to utilize it. He's indoctrinated Galloway, LJ, Roydel, Wade, Fast Willie, etc... to his system. He could cut any of those guys and bring them back later in the year if he wanted to cause no other team is going to sign any of them. If Torrain gets hurt, or Thomas/Kelly/Armstrong fail to produce - he can get rid of them and bring back the veteran.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 27, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Don't blame Portis, blame Gibbs 2.0 for the practice ethic.

Portis will continue on the list on 'endagered species' this season, unless they find a RB to put as much production overall as he does.

What other teams still work with primarily one RB?

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 27, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 27, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: p1funk

Re: Landry

Hopefully, Landry's "go for the knockout" mentality will pay off for us more than it will burn us...

Cam Cameron touched on hits/fumbles the other day when speaking about the Ravens.

"On how much he can attribute fumbles to a great defensive play: “The one great point you make is… We kind of do a study. We take every turnover in the league, every year, and analyze what causes it. The No. 1 cause of fumbles is the first guy hitting someone extremely hard. At one time it used to be the second or third guy, now it’s somebody getting hit. The technique we use – and Wilbert Montgomery brought to us – really shouldn’t be affected by that. So, the bottom line is it’s one hand until you can’t secure it with one hand, then it’s two, and then it’s take care of that ball any way you can. Get us to the next down. You’re carrying this entire state, all the Raven fans, [and] the entire organization; when you carry that ball, that’s who you’re carrying with you. I think for us… I think we’ve got the technique squared away, but I think now we’ve just got to develop a mindset that under no circumstances, regardless of the hit, are we going to turn the ball over.”


Posted by: oh_boy1 | August 27, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

A real professional wouldn't need a 'whip cracker' to conduct himself as such. Fletcher was a real PRO regardless of who was HC.

As far as his play, we'll see if he's fresh from taking last year off. Sadly, he's the best we have right now.

Posted by: kahlua87 | August 27, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

CP practicing may seem great only cuz everyone has been used to him doing the wrong thing until now--and AH is setting new all-time records in laziness. He'll get no props from here about doing what he's supposed to as a professional athlete.
Plus I'd like at least some signs of a future RB corps starting this season. RT will make the roster, but I'll take KW over LJ and WP any day.

Posted by: pgugino | August 27, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I love when Portis plays hard!!! Best blocking back in the league

Posted by: leberuff | August 27, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

If he can give us 800 yards/ 7-8 TDs, solid blocking from the backfield, a couple more big plays (now that he's slimmed down) and then a combo of 2 other RBs (say LJ and Torain) combine for another 500 yards and 5 TDs, then we have a very solid RB by committee led by Portis - I say that is a success.

Posted by: p1funk

p1funk

I'd prefer he gets 800 yards and some other guy gets 600.

(maybe, Torain 400 and Williams 200)

That's 1,400 yards, or what Portis was expected to do all by himself in one season.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 27, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

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I think you guys are underestimating the total production of a rushing attack on the season.

Great rushing teams routinely surpass 2,000 yards. (Deangelo Williams + Jonathan Stewart, Brandon Jacobs + Derrick Ward + Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Johnson, Thomas Jones + Leon Washington + Shonne Greene, Ray Rice + L'Ron McClain + Willis McGahee, etc.). In fact, the top 10 rushing attacks last season all surpassed 2000 yards.

If Portis can break 1,000 and Torain, Williams, and LJ can break around 400 each (averaged between them) then I'd be ecstatic.

But I'd also say anything less than 1800 as a rushing attack would be an abject failure. 1800 would have been good enough for 19th best last season.

Posted by: psps23 | August 27, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Boswell's article is void of any meaningful statitics. He basically points out that everyone should expect 7-9 if the team is healthy. Thanks. Was already there. He then goes and cherry picks to examples of why he thinks Shanny can take them to the playoffs next year. Here is where I have the problem with it. Cherry picking two examples without analyzing each situation is an incomplete picture.

The situation Shanny inherited in Denver was nowhere near as bad as what is in DC. The roster in Denver was not decimated like it is in DC. The team went 7-9 the year prior to his coming on board.

Shanahan built his team around a strong running game. At the time he had Alex Gibbs as his Oline coach. When Gibbs left Denver so did the unprecedented running game success. It followed Gibbs to Atlanta and Houston while Denver's running stats decreased every year after his departure.

The hole left by Vinny is going to take several year to overcome. As they add talent they are also going to have to replace aging talent. It is one thing to put up mediocre season with young developing talent but it is another when you are doing with an older team.

Posted by: srobert1117 | August 27, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Not that my opinion matters to Shanahan's selection, but if I were to pick the four running backs, my selection will be 1.C.Portis
2.K.Williams
3.R.Torrain
4.D.Young
D.Young can also play full back among other things. Why keep 3 over the hill gang, all we need is a do it all veteran and we all know C.Portis is capable.

Posted by: abxinc | August 27, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see CP is trying to be a good soldier this year. I hope it stays that way, because we desperately need the ground game to be effective.

@abxinc: I like that lineup! Torrain has been pretty good this pre-season, and it would be a shame if he didn't make the roster.

Posted by: RCBJr | August 27, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

whos gonna be the two and three?

Larry and Willie i dont like them in any capacity. I wonder how Torrain is in pass protection?

Posted by: mrhney03 | August 27, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"But with our team what has he done?"

I guess setting single season yardage record is nothing now, or willing a team to the playoffs Gibbs year 2 is nothing now. Interesting new math.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 27, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how Torrain is in pass protection?
Posted by: mrhney03


In the two games I watched, he wasn't making the blocks. On a couple plays he had the guy read but couldn't maintain the block. And on a couple other plays, he just didn't read the defense and make the play at all. He can learn this stuff and I like his running. I think he could make this team as a #3 back or practice squad player.

I like #1 and #2 being CP and LJ. LJ isn't a good blitz blocker either. I don't think running against the ravens was a good indicator of his ability.

IMHO, CP's attitude changed because he knew what Shanahan was bringing. And for the record (again), I would much rather have Champ Bailey on this team and any drafted running back. I still think that trade was bad and I don't believe Champ would have left via free agency - the relationship could have been healed - then again I'm talking about VC and DS making decisions. But I think Champ is 10x the player by position than Clinton. 10x is a big big number. CP has been a bit of a cancerous mole on this team, within the locker room and running to Dannyboy when things didn't go his way. I will add, CP is a great athlete and decent running back (if his pass catching skills were better he would bump up quite a bit).

Posted by: Rando | August 27, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Lorenzo Alexander sure has a lot of comments for a career backup.

Posted by: oknow1 | August 27, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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