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Clinton Portis Has A Chip On His Shoulder (The Good Kind)

Posted by Matt Terl on February 23, 2010 – 1:32 pm

It sometimes feels like every time Clinton Portis appears on the air, he says something that leaves me shaking my head — and, often, leaves one of his teammates with bus-tracks across his back. So my hopes for this — part one of his conversation with NBC-4’s Lindsay Czarniak, which aired last night — were not high.

But, as he so often does, Portis surprised me. The only guy Portis threw under the bus this time, as near as I could tell, was the 2009 Clinton Portis. Offseason Portis seemed genuinely remorseful for not attending more practices, and seemed very, very aware of how his actions through last season had been perceived.


“Now with the practice situation,” he tells Czarniak bluntly, “that’s something that should’ve been handled differently — on MY behalf. It should’ve been handled differently. But for everybody to know, even without the practice, I never stepped on the field on Sunday [when] I wasn’t prepared.”

Later, he adds, “Could I have participated in more? Yeah, I probably should have. Could I have fought through some? Yeah, I probably should have. But then it got to a point where when I was fighting through it, when I really wanted to fight through it and I was trying to fight through it, all of a sudden me fighting through it and being in pain comes out as the wrong thing to do.” Read more »

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Tuesday, February 23: Meet The Coaches – Keenan McCardell, Wide Receivers

Posted by Matt Terl on February 23, 2010 – 9:13 am

Thinking of former Pro Bowl wide receiver Keenan McCardell as “Keenan McCardell, wide receivers coach” is still unusual, to say the least — even for McCardell himself. “Sounds strange,” he says, as Larry Michael introduces their interview on Inside The Redskins, “usually Keenan McCardell, wide receiver, huh?”

But to a certain extent, that’s one of McCardell’s greatest assets as he starts his first season as a position coach: he knows the players, and he understands what he’s asking of them. That’s what Antwaan Randle El — former McCardell teammate, now McCardell protege — told me, and that’s what McCardell himself believes.

“I have relationships with guys,” McCardell says to Michael. “I understand the guys. And they believe in me. They know what type of player I was, what type of person I am. And I think that’s gonna push me so far ahead of guys that would’ve came in here that didn’t know these guys.”

Here’s the video of the interview; the full transcript is after the jump.

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