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Campbell: Portis calls to clear the air

Just received a text from quarterback Jason Campbell, who said running back Clinton Portis called to clear the air about his comments today regarding Campbell's leadership ability.

In his weekly appearance on ESPN 980's "The John Thompson Show," Portis questioned whether Campbell has the right demeanor to be a leader and team captain. In response to Portis's comments, Campbell blasted Portis for, in Campbell's opinion, Portis's poor work habits and lack of understanding about what is expected of true leaders.

Campbell declined to reveal the specifics of his conversation with Portis, but "we're just going to move on," the text read. "We don't want to have any issues out there between us for the offseason, so we're just going to squash all of this right now."

In texts I received from several of Campbell's teammates, they told me they were glad Campbell spoke out. Regardless of what anyone thinks of Campbell as a quarterback, his teammates wrote, he leads by example, and his toughness and dedication to his teammates is considered second to none in the locker room.

Campbell was battered throughout the season (only two quarterbacks were sacked more) while playing behind one of the league's worst offensive lines. He has earned the respect of his teammates.

If Portis didn't want his comments about Campbell's leadership abilities to be misconstrued, one player told me, he shouldn't have said anything about Campbell.

By Jason Reid  |  January 5, 2010; 11:11 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Campbell  
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Comments

Stayin' classy.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | January 5, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I dunno.

I say we keep this Campbell kid around for another year.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | January 5, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Claussen?

No freaking way.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | January 5, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Portis is too stupid to get his point across. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that his neck is bigger than his head.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 5, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Portis is too stupid to get his point across. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that his neck is bigger than his head.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 5, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

CP was right. Campbell is not a leader and Campbell proved that when he started lambasting CP for being honest. If Campbell thought that CP was a problem long before he got hurt, and that CP was getting preferential treatment, he should have spoken then and not now after CP called him out for lack of leadership. It is obvious CP is right.

Posted by: hock1 | January 5, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

If Portis didn't want his comments about Campbell's leadership abilities to be misconstrued, one player told me, he shouldn't have said anything about Campbell.

Portis not say anything? That's one thing that isn't going to happen!!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 5, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Ironically, Portis is pretty much spot on about one of JC's deficiencies...

his apparent lack of leadership.

but in now way has Portis been any more of a leader.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | January 5, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

CP was right. Campbell is not a leader and Campbell proved that when he started lambasting CP for being honest. If Campbell thought that CP was a problem long before he got hurt, and that CP was getting preferential treatment, he should have spoken then and not now after CP called him out for lack of leadership. It is obvious CP is right.

Posted by: hock1 | January 5, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

portis is an a$$ clown. can't wait to see him gone. shanny tossed him once, and he'll do it again. listenin to cp talk makes you wonder how difficult it must be to earn a degree from the "u".

Posted by: cancunlizzard | January 5, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Nice Campbell...you finally ARE a leader...your only about 10 weeks late

Posted by: kickass10101 | January 5, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

1. Global warming is total BS, Sorry Al Gore and Michael Moore. I'm in FL and should not be freezing my tucas off.

2. Good, safe hire = Marty 2.0
Bring credibility and authority to the players

3. Mock Drafts Analysis - top 5 choices from 100+ drafts by pick

Pick #1 = Clausen, Suh, Bradford, Okung, McCoy
Pick #2 = Suh, Okung, McCoy, Clausen, Berry
Pick #3 = McCoy, Berry, Okung, Suh, Clausen
Pick #4 = Okung, Berry, McCoy, Suh, Clausen

Looks like Okung being available depends on former Redskins Martin Mayhew and who the Lions pick.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | January 5, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

WalterFootball is a great site, recommend it highly

Posted by: noonefromtampa | January 5, 2010 11:21 PM

Looking at the schedule 7-9 or 8-8 is very doable. If Shanny can motivate the hell of the talent on this team maybe (a big maybe) we go 9-7.

At least we could be NOT excluded from the playoffs until weeks 14-17. That would be a huge improvement.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | January 5, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else watching the highly "educational" film on MoreMax channel?

Flicking between that and SportNite on Comcast

Posted by: noonefromtampa | January 5, 2010 11:28 PM

Posted by: noonefromtampa | January 5, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

portis is an a$$ clown. can't wait to see him gone. shanny tossed him once, and he'll do it again. listenin to cp talk makes you wonder how difficult it must be to earn a degree from the "u".

Posted by: cancunlizzard | January 5, 2010 11:32 PM |

They call it the u because they have trouble speaking. Un-i-vers-it-y= too many syllables to pronounce. Have you ever paid attention when Santana speaks? He's damn near stupid too. I love him but he can't talk. All I can say is thank God for football for those guys.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 5, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry lets make that 13 weeks late

Posted by: kickass10101 | January 5, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

"If Portis didn't want his comments about Campbell's leadership abilities to be misconstrued, one player told me, he shouldn't have said anything about Campbell"

I'm only 95% sure that this quote should be credited to Phillip Daniels. Portis could take lessons from the Georgia alum.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 5, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

JC is my boy! Good for him.

If I have one criticism of Campbell (and that is not to say that I have only one) it is that he may be a little too nice. But this shows me that he can get pushed to far. He will defend himself. It might be a good thing for him to learn. If 5 seasons in the NFL doesn't do that I would be real surprised.

On the other hand, in true JC style, he also seems like he was quick to let bygones be bygones when he and Portis talked. Just showing his class like always.

I want him around next year too but with an O-line this time, not a line held together with stickum and duct tape made up of guys they just pulled off the street. Campbell has never had that. For me he gets one more year in a good situation. In the meantime, we keep a seasoned QB who may not be the greatest but can get the job done. In the meantime we can groom someone else if he still can't bring it to the next level.

Just my 2.

Posted by: mrapier1 | January 5, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

there's a real familiar feeling about this, seems like the broncos and redskins share a few more commonalities. . .

starting with the superbowl xxii win and later schlereth going over to donkeys, to cp/cb trade to the trade that landed the skins JC and later the other jc to the broncos. . .

better of than we were at this point last year. . .
curious to see who syays and goes, starting w/ the coaching staff. . .

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | January 5, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

i would like to see wut JC can do with a real coach that knows wut hes doing..

Posted by: cboyhater | January 5, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Campbell will be back, there is not much out there in FA. For any position. No CBA makes UFA go from 4 to 6 years and that kills the FA market.

He fits with the run heavy WCO that Shanahan runs.

I think the Skins trade down from #4 with SF or NE. We get couple of OL, RB and FS.

That would make things a lot better.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | January 5, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Ironically, Portis is pretty much spot on about one of JC's deficiencies...

his apparent lack of leadership.

but in now way has Portis been any more of a leader.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | January 5, 2010 11:31 PM
Seems you folks missed the part of the blog that said the WHOLE lockerroom, despite differing opinions of JC's abilities, believe nobody is a better leader on the team. Maybe some of you think you know better than the players.

Posted by: kenboy1 | January 5, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

1. Global warming is total BS, Sorry Al Gore and Michael Moore. I'm in FL and should not be freezing my tucas off.

I recommend sticking to football, and such as.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | January 5, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, kenboy.

JC is a leader

of a losing squad.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | January 5, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

like to see jc behind an nfl line, can't hurt to give it one more year. . .real optionality there, given there are fewer alternatives that are viable. . .kid deserves it after dealing with what he had to deal with this year. . .would like to see new d coord, gb has lost it and t'd rather see the d more aggressive. . .

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | January 5, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I hope Shannahan and Allen put their heads together and see that this team lacks grit and gets some gritty dudes with passion on the roster to lead these creampuffs somewhere. Club Med is over!!

Posted by: scottmando1 | January 6, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

you know what the NFL stands for? "Not for long" when you argue in the newspaper on the day your new boss is hired...portis is gone, he couldn't out-run gerald riggs at this point!

Posted by: ncoxx002 | January 6, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

you know what the NFL stands for? "Not for long" when you argue in the newspaper on the day your new boss is hired...portis is gone, he couldn't out-run gerald riggs at this point!

Posted by: ncoxx002 | January 6, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Portis is such an ignorant fool.

Posted by: abxinc | January 6, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Portis is such an ignorant fool.

Posted by: abxinc | January 6, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Portis is such an ignorant fool.

Posted by: abxinc | January 6, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Hiring Shanahan is a huge step forward for this team. BUT .... its not what it could be. Putting Shanahan in the Exec VP role is a significant mistake.

For starters, having the same guy be both the top football exec and the head coach almost never works well, even with some of the best minds in the game ... including Shanahan himself.

Both jobs are full time jobs. Actually more than full time jobs. These jobs have a limited overlap. No one can do both and be nearly as effective as compared to two guys who properly divide responsibilities.

Further, it is helpful to have the coach independent of various items like contract negotiations. Shanahan, the Exec VP has to tell players what they are worth, then has to coach them. Those two messages are likely to conflict.

What I find most disturbing is that Shanahan doesn't need to be in charge to have all the influence he needs to be effective. Unlike Zorn, no major decision could be made without Shanahan's input -- and that input would carry substantial weight.

Finally, making Shanahan Exec VP makes an instant liar out of Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder (I know, you're shocked). Allen said he'd be in charge of football decisions and quite simply, he isn't. Not even close.

Bottom line, its hard to imagine Allen and Shanahan not being a huge improvement, but its not hard to see that this arrangement isn't the best it could be or should be.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 6, 2010 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Is RI fixed now?

Posted by: crashinghero | January 6, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

i would like to see wut JC can do with a real coach that knows wut hes doing..

Posted by: cboyhater | January 5, 2010 11:46 PM

You mean somebody like Gibbs?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 6, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Peeps aren't we getting sucked in just like usual? This is Dan Snyder business as usual.

There he is going out in the offseason and making a big splash-- winning the offseason Super Bowl again. Except instead of Albert Haynesworth or Joe Gibbs or Deion Sanders, this time just type in the name Mike Shanahan.

And just like all the other big name peeps that Snyder went after, it was the same here. Fly em out in your plane, wine and dine em and then make a big media splash.
What is difference folks?
And what's with a 5-year contract?? What coach under Snyder has come close to lasting even 3 years.

And what happened to the Big GM hire just a week ago? All of a sudden he doesn't even have Football-Final-Say Power anymore.
What kind of GM is that?

Folks, face it, nothing has changed in Redskin Land.

Posted by: dovelevine | January 6, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Portis is an a$$clown and Campbell is a wet noodle. They are both right about each other and with any luck both will be gone before the draft starts. Portis has never been worried about anything but himself and playing on Sunday which he feels is what he gets paid to do. He isn't the first great RB here that felt that way as Riggins had the exact same attitude and was equally flamboyant. The difference is Riggins actually di go out every Sunday and perform, and as long as Portis did it he got a bye. Now he isn't doing it and wasn't doing it even before he got hurt.

Campbells lack of leadership is also well documented and find it laughable that Jason actually said the words "their is a reason why no one questions my leadership but they do question his work ethic". He has never felt adreniline in his life nor has he ever demanded performance from his team mates. He accepts what they give him. period. HE is voted a captain because of his position and thats all.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | January 6, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Hiring Shanahan is a huge step forward for this team. BUT .... its not what it could be. Putting Shanahan in the Exec VP role is a significant mistake.

Further, it is helpful to have the coach independent of various items like contract negotiations. Shanahan, the Exec VP has to tell players what they are worth, then has to coach them. Those two messages are likely to conflict.

Finally, making Shanahan Exec VP makes an instant liar out of Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder (I know, you're shocked). Allen said he'd be in charge of football decisions and quite simply, he isn't. Not even close.

Bottom line, its hard to imagine Allen and Shanahan not being a huge improvement, but its not hard to see that this arrangement isn't the best it could be or should be.

Posted by: zcezcest1

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I guess you missed the part where Allen's title is Exec VP and GM. Meaning Allen and Shanahan are both Exec VPs. And Allen's reputation is as a contracts and salary cap guy. Based on what I've heard about Shanahan's role in Denver, the GM type was in charge of scouting / contracts, etc, but that Shanahan had final say on all roster moves. It doesn't mean that he will be sitting in on all of the contract negotiations (of course, it also doesn't mean that he won't).

You're missing the most glaring and obvious piece of criticism that could be levelled at this arrangement. Both Allen and Shanahan are VPs...meaning whether it's stated or not, the role of 'president' still resides with Danny Boy.

Posted by: ts35 | January 6, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Damage is done. Reconciliation impossible. Portis is being real, but team dissension because of him was too damaging. Calling out Mike Sellers and Jason Campbell was deserved but not from a fellow player. Should have come from a coach. Portis has got to leave the team. Shanahan do the right thing and straighten this mess out. A trade may be the only option for team unity.

Posted by: getitritegov | January 6, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"Peeps aren't we getting sucked in just like usual? This is Dan Snyder business as usual."

That's what I think. I'm waiting for him to draft a QB instead of OL, then I'll be sure...
And Allen is the new Cerratopuppet (with a lifetime losing record).

Posted by: AlohaFan | January 6, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Snyder is no fool. He is not going to give up final say. What he will do is stay out of "decision-making", yet can comment when there are disagreements.

As long as the parties have a unified vision, one of building through the draft and being patient, then it is good for Shanahan to have more say. Ultimately, Shanahan has the closest contact with the players, so it makes sense for him to have significant input.

Posted by: Peaceful2009 | January 6, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Portis is done, a guy that can't practice shouldn't play. He's gassed at the end of any run over 10 yards. He's not a leader and shouldn't talk as if he should be one, he's just the team clown..... JC leads by example and has acted with class this entire season, and is one of the few players or individuals (including Snyder) who have represented the Skins in a classy, professional manner. With no outstanding prospects in the draft, and free agents to speak of, to get rid of him would be a mistake. To get a rookie starter, would condemn the team to at least 2 years of rebuilding. See what he can do behind a decent line, and use the picks to either trade down and get OL's out the wazoo.

Posted by: ttiger211996 | January 6, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I have said it before and I will say it again. Campbell is good enough. You guys honestly think Eli is the natural leader that Peyton is? He ain't. He is like Campbell. He leads by example. Showing up on time, doing the studying.

Do you all honestly think Campbell can't do anything a Brad Johnson, Eli Manning or Trent Dilfer did when they won Super Bowls?

All Campbell needs to do is quicken up his release mechanics and he will be fine.

But I especially like when he said, "Make SURE you quote me on this"...no backtracking. No mixed messages.

Posted by: keithrjackson | January 6, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

This feedback is in reference to the constructive criticism from Portis and Colley of Jason Campbell. I feel that if they were good friends of Jason and they wanted to help him succeed they would have went to him man to man to express their view on his style of leadership. Instead they waited till the end of the season then blasted him through the media.

Posted by: hadams59 | January 6, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I've said it 100 times before and I'll say it again.....when Portis proceeded to throw Zorn under the bus on the John Thompson show last year after he was benched in the Ravens game......that was proof positive Portis is not a locker room leader a "media qoute machine".

Team leaders understand what goes on in the locker room stays in the locker room. Portis viewed himself above that rule clearly because of his relationship with Synder.

Being tough on the field should never give a player...any player a pass to air dirty laundry or attack teamates in public.

I'm convinced that in the few moments that the offense looked competetive this season, it was because it came together around JC and didn't have Portis to get in the way with his "vibe"

Posted by: chris_r | January 6, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

CP was right. Campbell is not a leader and Campbell proved that when he started lambasting CP for being honest. If Campbell thought that CP was a problem long before he got hurt, and that CP was getting preferential treatment, he should have spoken then and not now after CP called him out for lack of leadership. It is obvious CP is right.

Posted by: hock1 | January 5, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse
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I'm just curious to know how you're supposed to call a man out when he's in good with the owner. How much good do you think it would do?

It's obvious CP is wrong. Wrong on many levels.

Posted by: walkdwalk | January 6, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

We need more players like JC. If all the players on this team played with the passion and toughness he has played with this year the Redskins would be playing this week. He has to stay. His leadership alone keeps him in DC. Unless a whole lot of money takes him elsewhere. Some Redskin players on and off the field act they they have done something in DC. I don't see it. You all know who they are. In my oppinion this team has been a disappointment the last 4 years not just this year. But I see alot of players that did play their hearts out this year. Orakpo is Awesome. But we need every OL in the draft. Don't pass not one single OL up. There are some positives but we have to get rid of the negitives. That started with Vinny being fired. Zorn is a great guy but we all know that great guys don't make great coaches. Now I want to believe in Mike Shanahan. But it is hard to get your hopes up until I see change. When players heads start rolling that need to be released from this team for the team to be successful then that will be change.

Posted by: creepyjackolopeeye | January 6, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Portis said nothing but the truth. Campbell needs to go. All of ya'll keep saying if we had a line then Campbell will ball... Whateva!!!

Campbell not a leader ..and I'm sorry but in the NFL ur QB needs to be vocal and the leader on your team.

Now this guy wants to speak up. (JC)

Just do us a favor JC play better if you are here nxt yr.

Posted by: taylormade218 | January 6, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan goin to put some much pressure on Campbell watch him fold. PLEASE, PLEASE, move on without JC. We are going to lose with him in there anyway.

Take a tackle w/ the first pick, second pick QB, third RB, fourth LB

Posted by: taylormade218 | January 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

My guess: Campbell stays...Portis goes...

Posted by: rickbeans | January 6, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Portis should go, but who's going to eat his bloated salary?

Posted by: loux24 | January 6, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Portis is such an ignorant fool.

Posted by: abxinc | January 6, 2010 1:47 AM |

Abxinc you are an ignorant FOOL. Portis does do some stupid things. But his comments were right on point. I couldnt agree with him more. Jason lacks leadership, fire, intensity....spark. He never appears as though he is on a mission. He will always be a back up not a starter on any NFL team.

Posted by: Fred23 | January 6, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Portis is such an ignorant fool.

Posted by: abxinc | January 6, 2010 1:47 AM |

Abxinc you are an ignorant FOOL. Portis does do some stupid things. But his comments were right on point. I couldnt agree with him more. Jason lacks leadership, fire, intensity....spark. He never appears as though he is on a mission. He will always be a back up not a starter on any NFL team.

Posted by: Fred23 | January 6, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck --
CP is a ridiculous fool who must go!

Posted by: ML1001 | January 6, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

1. Global warming is total BS, Sorry Al Gore and Michael Moore. I'm in FL and should not be freezing my tucas off.

I recommend sticking to football, and such as.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya

.and Global warming is full of scientists that fudge the data, are biased, and unethical.........

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 6, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

kick # 26 to the curb

Posted by: miked4 | January 6, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I have been a Clinton Portis fan since his days at the "U" and always backed him up when others would bad mouth him. i didnt think what he said about Campbell was bad it's just that he has that reputation of being selfish if rock cartwright had said it it wouldnt have been a big deal but since it was CP the media pounced on it and twisted it to bash our skins the media hates us the other teams hate us the nfl anyalist's hate us. i guess more money more problems. HTTR RIP#21 4ever

Posted by: cpt55back | January 7, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

First of all get an O-Line that will protect the QB, and open running lanes for a RB. Jason Campell was either running for his life, sack, or throwing the ball away. CP has 2 more years in his legs and I guarantee you he will probablly share touches(CP 15 touches, others 15) with a younger RB. Remeber that Shanny Scripts his first 15 plays. Before I go Washington also need a help on D(FS,CB that tackles). So you folks get it togehter next year, and maybe the Skins can see the Steelers in Dallas.

Posted by: gpimp6503 | January 7, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Portis is right Campbell is NO leader.. but Portis is also a jerk to bring it up in a radio program... I say get rid of them both...

Posted by: sovine08 | January 7, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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