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Betts supplies a boost the offense needed

Backup Ladell Betts provided a spark in the running game in Sunday's loss in Atlanta after Clinton Portis suffered a concussion in the first quarter and did not return.

Betts displayed a burst rarely seen in the Redskins' rushing attack the last 16 games. He finished with a team-high 70 yards on 15 carries (a 4.7-yard average) and scored Washington's first touchdown in the third quarter on a 1-yard run on fourth down.

"Ladell ran hard and really got us going," quarterback Jason Campbell said. "When Clinton went out, we needed someone to pick us up and help the offense get into a rhythm. We needed to slow down their [pass] rush, and the best way to do that is to run the ball. Ladell really made a difference for us."

Coach Jim Zorn declined to speculate on how long Portis might be sidelined, but given the seriousness with which concussions rightly are treated, it would not be surprising if Portis were to sit out Sunday against the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field.

If he's needed to do more again, Betts will be ready, he said.

"It feels good to come in and help, but I don't put it on anything special I did," Betts said. "The O-line took upon themselves to come out and fight.

"Those guys have taken a lot of criticism through the media and a lot of other avenues, but those guys came out and fought. I just tried to hit the holes as hard as I could and make yards."

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By Jason Reid  |  November 9, 2009; 7:12 AM ET
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Perfect. CPo can now retire, and go live with the Danster as Court Jester.

Posted by: SonofNero | November 9, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

What's this? A Redskins running back that actually comes to the defense of his offensive line instead of throwing them under the bus...?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 9, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: DikShuttle | November 9, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Portis shouldn't play even if he's healthy. He's done.

Posted by: ridgely1 | November 9, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

If CP26 plays another down this season, it should only come after he has put in a full week of practice with the rest of his so called teammates. And since I don't expect that to ever happen -- especially given CP26's well documented aversion to such things as practices and teammates -- perhaps it would be better to just put him on IR and open up his roster slot for someone who actually wants to play for the team.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 9, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Betts decided to burst through holes, rather than jump around in the backfield and string everything out. Skins should start Betts the rest of the way and tell Portis he's done. Then ship him out of town after the season.

Posted by: CDon | November 9, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Betts is a refreshing change from CPs latest antics. However, a concussion is nothing to take lightly and I hope CP gets better. I have been dealing with my most recent concussion for over three months now, and it's awful.

Posted by: hobbes9 | November 9, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Do you think Sellers feels a little more motivated to block for Betts than for Portis?

BTW, did you see the one play where the pass rusher - I think it was John Abrahms - pulled a spin move on Mike Williams and Williams came up with nothing but air? I am not sure Williams is as ready as they say he is. Maybe he has fast feet for a big man, but his reflexes are a little slow.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 9, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

GLad to see Marko get some play. Just beat Dallas in two weeks, that's all I care about.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 9, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

prediction: LBetts will run hard, but the Redskins will continue to lose.... The Skins front office will think they have the replacement for CP and try to move him in the off-season... LBetts will be the primary RB next year and will be hurt the first half of the season.

My view is this ENTIRE offense needs rebuilding. There are NO QUICK FIXES!

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | November 9, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Wise words?

"Now, after the most embarrassing and poorly executed first half of this increasingly depressing season, there is one goal dovetailing into one not-altogether bizarre question: Can the Redskins win another game this season?"

Sure: we'll beat the raiders, even though they have a decent defense.

Redskins v. Raiders will be called the "Too Painful to Watch Them Play" Bowl by the chucklehead sports commentators who now look like genuises when they condemned the teams in their preseason rankings.

They got JaMarcus who makes the cuss.

We got Soup that ain't a complete meal.

They got Al "Darth Vader" Davis.

We got Dan "Mini-Me" Snyder.

And together, we'll both be fighting over the same draft picks next April.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 9, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

"Glad to see Marko get some play."


Won't it be sad and a little frightful that he might be the best option at wide receiver for the skins as the season ends.

I think he will be.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 9, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

When you say "boost offense needed" to do what exactly? Score their average, drastically disappoint? underachieve?

Posted by: chrislarry | November 9, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Beat Dallas?????? They can't beat anyone. This team is a joke. They need to lose out and clean house,

Posted by: ridgely1 | November 9, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Watching the Saints/Panthers game, the announcer said something like, "I love the way the Saints utilize their players"

Flipping over to the Giants/Chargers, the announcer said, "That was some GREAT playcalling"

2 thing you never heard said about the Redskins under JZ.

8 weeks to realize that Betts was on the roster and a better option than portis
8 weeks to throw to Mitchell
7 weeks to throw to Davis

Categorical Failure...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 9, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I wish they would wait another 7 weeks to throw to Davis..dudes a bum.
but yeah Zorn blows, no argument here.

Posted by: chrislarry | November 9, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

cl, openly pining for Davis to fail, thats funny....I don't get that...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 9, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I heard Sonny J. say this morning on the radio that Snyder is holding Vinny accountable for the decision that have been made over the past two years, and that Vinny knows it. Sonny feels that if the team wins only 2-3 more games, Vinny will no longer be heading up personnel decisions. Sonny felt that Vinny will still have some role within the organization because of the relationship Vinny and Snyder has.

As far as the team, BMW has to be moved to RG for the safety of the QBs. I'd put Levi Jones at LT and slide Heyer back to LT. Also, I'd like to see Marko's role continue to increase. I think DT will be a fine player, he's a year away from being consistent, but Mitchell can play now.

Posted by: TWISI | November 9, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

twis, don't care what he does, as long as its not player, or player picking related, vinny can head up the marketing dept.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 9, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 9, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Trade Clinton for a 3rd.
Trade JC to Carolina for a 4th.

Take CJ Spiller with first pick.
Take O-lineman with remaining picks.
Colt/Chase/Todd starts for one year until we can draft a franchise QB.

That is all.

Posted by: Rypien11 | November 9, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Colt/Chase/Todd starts for one year until we can draft a franchise QB.

That is all.

Posted by: Rypien11 | November 9, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Try actually following the team. Then you will see how retarted your statement is.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | November 9, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

They should hide CP helmet for the rest of the season and let Betts play out the season.

CP days are numbered around here and he could care less since his contract is already good for 2 more season.

Posted by: ENJOYA | November 9, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

They should start to bench players who do dumb sh***. Haynesworth offsides = meet the bench. Landry missed another tackle = meet the bench.
Davis give the other team a touchdown because you can't catch = meet the bench

Hold someone's feet to the fire!!!!!

Posted by: rupertpupkin | November 9, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

ridgely= "Lose out n clean house."
BUT, wait...who's going to "clean house"? Who will be making the decisions on which FA's to sign? Who will be making the decisions on who to draft? It's like a bottomless abyss.

Posted by: scmonty1 | November 9, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The Skins have four RB's on the active roster:
(1) Portis, age 28,
(2) Betts, age 30,
(3) Cartwright, age 30,
(4) Sellers, age 34.

It is ridiculous we have not replenished at this position, but of course, how can you replenish a noncritical position when you have so many needs and you treat draft picks like toilet paper.

Just look around the division: the Giants have Jacobs, age 27 (but fewer than 1/3 the career carries of Portis), and Bradshaw, age 23. The Cowboys have Barber, age 26 (but fewer than 40% the career carries of Portis) and Tashard Choice, age 24. And the Eagles have speedster LeSean McCoy who just turned 21. I believe we have less young RB talent than any other team in the league unless I am missing someone.

Posted by: jksesq1 | November 9, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey,Dan Snyder!!! Wanna spend some good money this offseason?

1. Get a Good Coach

2. Send Portis to another team for a 2nd or 3rd round pick (if his contract allow you to)

4. Send Campbell outta here...Then, bring in Michael Vick.

5. Draft a few (YOUNG) O-linemen based on your new coach's needs and offensive scheme.

6. See if you can get something for WRs Kelly and Thomas.

7. Most of all, build your offense with players that have exceptional SPEED.

In two to three years Danny, watch your money DOUBLE!!

Posted by: clifton3 | November 9, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Dump Portis.

He should concentrate on his next career. I think he would make an excellent English Teacher.

Posted by: peej9999 | November 9, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Fire Vinny and get a real GM and all will be forgiven!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | November 9, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

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