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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Portis: Albert Haynesworth needs to audition for other teams

By Rick Maese

Running back Clinton Portis is more than a little familiar with the bright glare from the spotlight.

"When the microscope hits you, there's really nothing you can do right," Portis said during his weekly appearance on "The Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner" on 106.7 The Fan. "It's hard to be in a situation where you get paid and are the focal point of the town and you're supposed to be the savior."

So what's his advice to Albert Haynesworth?

"He's got to put himself in position to play a game, to audition for somebody else," Portis said.

The injured running back had a lot more to say and Cindy Boren has all the goods over at The Early Lead.

By Rick Maese  | December 7, 2010; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Clinton Portis  
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I own you.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 7, 2010 12:02 PM |

not much to own on an internet board, but if it's one of your needs, have at it

Posted by: hessone | December 7, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Less Haynesworth Drama please :)

Posted by: WishboneJr | December 7, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Love this list,


Gotta question: how many soon to be availiable players do we have that other teams covet as much as we do theirs?

My point?: Let's start drafting and developing our own.

If anything, the losses to the Giants, Vikings, and Eagles should prove that the franchise needs to be more circumspect and patient with regard to acquiring/grooming talent.

Slobbering over other teams' players is why the Redskins are where they are:

Preparing for FA--and not the playoffs--yet again.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 7, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Portis: Albert Haynesworth needs to audition for other teams


What CP doesn't get is that teams are well aware of AH's talent on the field.

It's the off the field things that raise eyebrows.

In any event, Portis is correct: Haslet and Shanahan should think long term, feature AH as a defensive tackle, hope it drives up his value, and take whatever they can get for him in trade.

And they should drop the 2nd/3rd rounder stuff, and realize that getting rid of a headache beats aany and everything at this point.


Posted by: MistaMoe | December 7, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Moe,

As much as I want to chime in on, "let's build this thing the right way from the draft." I just can't. It' not the principal but rather the practicality. Next year we have a 1st, a 2nd, a fifth and I believe a couple of 6ths and 7ths. You can't fill in the holes on this team with a bunch of Perry Rileys and Selvish Capers. Hopefully we get impact guys at 1 and 2 and a guy who makes the roster out of the rest of the picks. The other guys might make the practice squad.

Posted by: bangkokben | December 7, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bangkokben | December 7, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I own you.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 7, 2010 12:02 PM |

Does he keep you in the Georgetown town house heesone? Is it sweet?

Red, Wow. That was very specific back there. Deserved too.

Posted by: mack1 | December 7, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth suspended four games without pay...

Posted by: CheyenneWY | December 7, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Portis nailed it. Phillip Daniels = Birmingham Brown.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 7, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Moe great point man. We do need to develope our guys more.

You don't hear any of our free agents ever really listed as the top available or mentioned much except here real

The main two id resign are moss n rogers, portis on the super cheap

Moss can be our slot man, rogers is still a decent cb n we got a lot of holes to let our decent guys go

I expect an ol/dl/wr/

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | December 7, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

92 suspended w/o pay. F al

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 7, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Moe great point man. We do need to develope our guys more.

You don't hear any of our free agents ever really listed as the top available or mentioned much except here real

The main two id resign are moss n rogers, portis on the super cheap

Moss can be our slot man, rogers is still a decent cb n we got a lot of holes to let our decent guys go

I expect an ol/dl/wr/

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | December 7, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Gotta question: how many soon to be availiable players do we have that other teams covet as much as we do theirs?

My point?: Let's start drafting and developing our own.

If anything, the losses to the Giants, Vikings, and Eagles should prove that the franchise needs to be more circumspect and patient with regard to acquiring/grooming talent.

Slobbering over other teams' players is why the Redskins are where they are:

Preparing for FA--and not the playoffs--yet again.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 7, 2010 12:04 PM

Moe, you'll never hear me argue with this line of thinking. But I could list you no less than 15 teams that would love to have a crack at Orakpo, Landry, Banks, Davis, and (on a much smaller scale) vets like Cooley and Fletcher. So the cupboard isn't exactly bare...

Even Steeler fans (who know full well their team doesn't use FA more than rarely) lust for the acquisition of other people's stars...which is fine for fans. It's when an NFL organization does it that's harmful.

Some up here think "free agency" is a curse word...it really is a good tool that can help your team so long as you're spending responsibly and acquiring the right pieces. I think of it like booze...it's harmful if you overdo it or drink the toxic stuff. In moderation, it's actually good for you.

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 7, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Redskins have suspended AH w/out pay for final 4 games
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5895357

Posted by: pgugino | December 7, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Next year we have a 1st, a 2nd, a fifth and I believe a couple of 6ths and 7ths. You can't fill in the holes on this team with a bunch of Perry Rileys and Selvish Capers.

Posted by: bangkokben | December 7, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse
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Other teams seem to do it. Heck, the Pats are filled with Perry Rileys and Selvish Capers. The difference is, their Perry Rileys and Selvish Capers are supporting characters to a few stars (Wilfork, Mayo, Brady, etc).

Our problem isn't that our #2 receiver is Anthony Armstrong. It's that our #1 receiver doesn't make him better. Or that Lickedandsticky is our LG, it's that Rabach stinks to high heavens. Or that we have stone hands McFee for a DB, it's that our NT doesn't make his job easier by getting in the QBs face enough.

Let's face it: Our stars suck compared to the rest of the leagues stars, but we have had so many different schemes and off season championships over the last decade, it's been impossible to assemble any kind of star talent.

We had a potential HOF DB (Champ) LB (Arrington) LT (Samuels) and RT (Jansen) and we blew their best years on trying to decide whether we wanted to be a power team with vanilla D(Norv/Shotty), a spread team (Spurrier) with vanilla D, a power team (Gibbs) with aggressive D, or a West Coast team with vanilla D(Zorn)

Posted by: mattsoundworld | December 7, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

You can't fill in the holes on this team with a bunch of Perry Rileys and Selvish Capers.

I understand.

But if you consider we've gone 4-12 back to back and might finish 6-10, you have to explain to me how what I propose is so radical.

And, what, we are going to add a slew of big FA name types and go 11-5 next year?

Sure.

I believe that.

What I say means you get younger, develop a new core, and use your improved draft position to build accordingly.

Then, once you've rebuilt your front lines, and groomed your new starter at q-b, you use FA to supplement.

I don't see what's wrong with that.

The jets are in the middle of doing that very same thing now.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 7, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: mack1 | December 7, 2010 12:26 PM |

c'mon mack, help us out on this one

Posted by: hessone | December 7, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I own you.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 7, 2010 12:02 PM |

Personal_Fowl = 1 Trick Pony

Posted by: monk811 | December 7, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

As mentioned, Fat Albert is suspended for the last 4 games. http://bleacherreport.com/tb/b7rRX

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | December 7, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

let the healing begin!

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 7, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Phillip Daniels has got to be loving this. I hope he gets inspired to actually do something in a game - like make a tackle, hurry a pass - something.

Posted by: coparker5 | December 7, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

The draft isn't the answer if you continue to draft poorly.

Posted by: coparker5 | December 7, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, Albert, maybe the Girl Scouts are looking for a defensive tackle.

Posted by: mevans223 | December 7, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I remain loyal to my Redskins, as hard as that is. I think they need to sacrifice a couple of seasons and focus on rebuilding. The results could not be much worse than the past couple of seasons we've had.

Posted by: CAmira5 | December 7, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

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