Friday, October 9, 2009
Report: Redskins' Portis, Sellers had argument
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
As if the Redskins didn't have enough problems, a local TV station and The Washington Post are reporting that running back Clinton Portis and fullback Mike Sellers had a "heated verbal exchange" Monday that apparently stemmed from Portis' frustration with Sellers' blocking -- or lack thereof.
Jason Reid of The Washington Post said that Portis has been upset with Sellers since the running back was stopped on a fourth-and-goal play early in the Redskins' 19-14 loss to the Detroit Lions. Sellers reportedly found out that Portis had asked coaches to remove from last Sunday's game against the Buccaneers and confronted Portis about it Monday.
Listen, there are going to be disputes (and even fights) in the locker room from time to time. But with the scrutiny that this team is under, an incident like this one just adds fuel to the fire. In my opinion, coach Jim Zorn has had his authority weakened with the addition of offensive consultant Sherman Lewis earlier this week.
Sometimes teams can use turmoil as a reason to become closer. Unfortunately I don't really see that happening with the Redskins right now.