Fans are upset about the rumors of Clinton Portis and his rejection of Washington head coach Jim Zorn. Why this is a surprise, no one knows; I mean, Mike Florio started it, so it must have some truth, right?
But seriously, even if there was a legitimate beef between Portis and Zorn, which Portis and others have said doesn’t exist, what would be the final result? A trade?
There is no getting rid of Clinton Portis. Eccentricities, candor, and yards are all part of his package here in Washington. Whether he gets along with the coach or not, he won’t be the one to depart a team searching for an offensive identity and relevance in the rock em’ sock em’ NFC East.
You can’t trade a running back like Portis who is in elite company when it comes to career rushing production. With about three years of legitimate contribution left in his legs, Portis could emerge as the greatest running back in Washington history, and among the greatest in NFL history.
No controversy is worth getting rid of that, be it directed at the coach or anyone else.
There’s always something to pick at about an athlete willing to open his mouth on a given subject, and it’s highly likely that it rubbed Jim Zorn the wrong way in year one. But they need each other to have long-term success in D.C.; Zorn needs Portis’ best to open up the potential of his passing attack, and Portis needs Zorn to find a role that will add games and years to his career and eyes to his legacy as a player.
Just call them the Odd Couple. A conservatively-erratic coach and an erratically-consistent back, joined together by the Snyder-bitten fortunes of a franchise in flux.