Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis ripped into Head Coach Jim Zorn after seeing limited playing time Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens.
I hope this doesn’t linger or we’ll be in even more trouble than we’re already in.
According to the AP we have this information:
Portis, in his weekly appearance on WTEM-AM radio, was still smarting from his lack of playing time in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, when he was removed from the game after the first series of the second half.
“Either you feel like you need to sever ties with me – split ties with me – but don’t sit here and throw me out like I don’t pay attention, like I don’t know what’s going on, like I’m making mistakes, like I’m the problem,” Portis said. “It is what it is, bro.”
Zorn said Monday he did not use Portis for most of the second half against the Ravens because Portis’ lack of practice time had finally caught up to the running back.
Portis begged to differ with the coach’s assessment.
“Jason on his (butt) all game long, you try to stay in and help, then it’s ‘Aw, you should have gone out…. If he’s over there and can’t breathe and unconscious where he done got the wind knocked out of him from being sacked, then it’s ‘Aw you got to help out, you’ve got to chip,'” Portis said. “So I don’t think they know what they want me to do.”
Portis also denied that his lack of practice time was affecting his performance. He said he had not missed a meeting and attended every practice, though he was unable to suit up. He noted that his inability to practice wasn’t an issue while the team was playing well.
“Outside of Jim Zorn and the coaches on that team and maybe the quarterbacks, I guarantee you I know our system better than anybody else,” Portis said. “I guarantee you when we go into blitz pickup, I don’t miss my man. So I don’t know what it is. If anybody’s got a problem with me, they need to talk to me. I don’t know what’s going on.”
Portis was almost derisive when asked if teams have figured out how to defend Zorn’s offense.
“We got a genius for a head coach, I don’t know, so I’m sure he’s on top of things,” Portis said. “He’s got everything figured out. All I can do is when he calls the plays is to try and execute to the best of my ability.”
Portis also implied that Zorn’s offense might be too complex.
“We got 25 protections, so maybe that’s why the o-line’s sometimes confused,” Portis said.
Zorn appeared on the radio station later and responded to some of Portis’ remarks.
“He’s a big part of our offense, and he’s sitting on the bench,” Zorn said. “He’s going to feel like he’s benched. I don’t blame him for that…. He’s an every-down back, that’s the way he sees himself and that’s the way we see him.”