Friday, February 19, 2010
Portis still has gas in tank, says RBs coach
By Dan Graziano
Now that you've had time to recover from the Tiger Woods public statement, let's discuss the future of Redskins running back Clinton Portis. Head coach Mike Shanahan hasn't said anything definitive regarding Portis' status for the 2010 season, but running backs coach Bobby Turner had some interesting things to say to Larry Michael of "Inside the Redskins" fame earlier this week.
Turner talked mostly about what made the Broncos so successful on the ground, but he also answered a question regarding whether Portis had anything left in the tank.
"Oh, he definitely has something left,” Turner said. “We were excited about Clinton when we drafted him. I’ve looked at a bunch of his games, pretty close to every one...and he definitely has something left."
Now that doesn't mean Portis is necessarily in the team's long-term plans, but it does indicate that Turner feels like Portis can still be a valuable contributor. Shanahan has a great deal of respect for Turner's opinion, so you can attach some importance to any of his quotes on Portis. But I think Shanahan will take a long look at Portis this offseason and see if he's truly committed to preparing himself for the 2010 season.
You'll recall that Shanahan talked during his opening news conference about the importance of veteran running backs doing everything in their power to take care of their bodies in the offseason. Portis has been widely criticized for marching to his own offseason drum in the past. That's not going to fly with the Shanahan administration.
And by the way, I asked Jason Campbell on Thursday if he and Portis were now on the same page. The running back took some shots at Campbell late in the '09 season and the quarterback fired back.
"We both said what we needed to say and now it's time time to move on," said Campbell. "I think we're fine."
I actually think Chester Taylor would be a good fit for the Redskins, but I don't think the club's head over heels for him. And here's a link to Larry Michael's interview with Turner via Matt Terl's blog.