Mike Shanahan's First Order Of Buisness: Get Rid Of Clinton Portis

C Douglas BakerSenior Analyst IJanuary 6, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 21:  Clinton Portis #26 of the Washington Redskins puts his helmet back on in the huddle during a series against the Arizona Cardinals at FedEx Field September 21, 2008 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Cardinals 24-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
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Clinton Portis is one of the least likable players in the league.  He is a “me first” player who has constantly called out his teammates instead of looking in the mirror at himself. 

Just a short list from my feeble memory:

  • He criticized Joe Gibbs for playing him too long in a preseason game when he hurt his shoulder.
  • He criticized his offensive line and then got into a war of words with Redskin great Brian Mitchell.
  • He tried to get fullback Mike Sellers benched and then had a confrontation with him in the locker room.
  • He got into an exchange with Jim Zorn when he decided to take himself out of a game last year—without bothering to tell anyone.

And now, a player who it has been reported is not respected by his teammates because he never practices and gets preferential treatment by the owner, has called out Jason Campbell for not being a leader? 

And you are, Mr. Portis?  These actions demonstrate team leadership?

Mike Shanahan’s first order of business should be to rid the team of cancers like Portis who not only shows no team leadership, but is a divisive force on the team.  He sets a poor example for young players, and he’s getting old and washed up and doesn’t seem to really want to play anymore anyway.

And of course, Portis was a malcontent in Denver, and Shanahan already ridded himself of this annoyance once.  I will be suprised if he does not do it again.

Throw on your clownish outfits and head out of town, you clown.


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