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McNabb, Portis look like goners

Posted on: February 25, 2011 5:08 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 5:11 pm
It doesn't sound as if Donovan McNabb and Clinton Portis will be with the Washington Redskins this season. That's not exactly a revelation, but it is news when it's the head coach dropping hints.

That would be Mike Shanahan, who said Friday that after talking to McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, the Redskins "would make a decision after the draft which direction we want to go." Later, he acknowledged that he could make a move before the draft, but it's not what he said that matters; it's what he didn't say, and what he didn't say is that McNabb would be with the Redskins in 2011.

And is anyone surprised? After what happened last season it's unfathomable to think that Shanahan or his son, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, would want McNabb back or that McNabb would want to return. While Shanahan acknowledged that he spoke for nearly an hour-and-a-half to Smith, declining to discuss the specifics of their conversation, he also said he has not spoken directly to McNabb.

That tells me something, too. Something like ... adios.
Portis, who turns 30 this year and missed 19 games the past two years, in all likelihood will be released by Washington.That's been in the wind for a while, and Shanahan all but confirmed those suspicions when he said Washington could not afford to carry Portis at his cap figure this season and that something could happen "two days from now ... three days from now." In short, he all but said the Redskins would move on and "let him test the market out."

Translation: Adios.

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth almost surely is a goner, too, but people who know Shanahan tell me he won't cut him; that he would prefer to get something, anything, in a trade for the guy. Owner Daniel Snyder at this year's Super Bowl wouldn't rule out Haynesworth's return, but he's not coaching the team. Shanahan is, and all he said is that Haynesworth must take care of a couple of off-the-field incidents before the Redskins make a move there.  

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Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:44 pm

McNabb, Portis look like goners

Portis still plays for the Skins?

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:41 pm

McNabb, Portis look like goners

Nothin here should be a surprise to anyone.  After the benching of McNabb before the offense took the field for the two minute drill, him being gone isn't a shock to me.  Also, Portis is not putting up the numbers, or the playing time, that he should with the money he is getting paid, and Haynesworth was a bad idea from the start for them.  All three would make excellent backups, and I think that is all they will see at their age.  Oh, they will test the market and see what they can get, but I think they will settle for a lot less money than they think they are worth.  The only one of the three I see doing anything significant in the league is maybe McNabb, and that is only if he gets the right job, maybe the Vikings should look at him.

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2011 5:59 pm

McNabb, Portis look like goners

Some might argue that the wear and tear that he undertook in Joe Gibbs offense used up Clinton before his time.  The problem with Clinton is that for years he was too close to the Danny.  Under Zorn he all but phoned in practicing.  He also gained weight and lost a step.  The fact that if he didn't like what the coach was puttin out, all he had to do was phone The Danny, undermined Zorn's authority.  He would come to play on GameDay.  No douubt he played like a Mad Man on Sundays.  But his lack of work ethic under Zorn led to the beginning of injuries. After his season ending concussion in '09, I don't think that he was the same.  Then Shanahan came along and Clinton got serious.  He came into and out of camp lighter and quicker, looking like it was his second season not his ninth. He did, however, look hesitant to hit the holes. Then groin tear and that was it.  Make no mistake Clinton Portis blocked and played the other parts of the game better than most backs in NFL history.  Incredible Blitz pick up ability.  I have a Portis jersey in my closet, too bad it will end up like my Steven Davis jersey, retired before it's time.  Portis will catch on somewhere else as a great third down back that might just end up wiith the whole gig by he end of the season (if there is one), like LT with the Jets.

McNabb has been throwing grounders for the past two seasons in Philly before he got traded.  I got nothing on him.  When his speed went from him all that left was a long ball.  His short game wasn't that good.  Didn't like the move when he came, so no tears here.

Daniel Snyder is someone who is stuck in the quicksand of his own ego.  The harder he struggles to get away from it, the more it swallows him.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 5:16 pm

McNabb, Portis look like goners

Redskins are as dysfunctional as there is in the NFL.  They are just a horrible organization and the best thing for Portis and McNabb is to go somewhere they will be respected and loved as football players.  McNabb has been a great QB and should end his career, however long it will be, as the champion he is.  As for Portis, good, if not, great back that deserves the chance to end his career with some form of respect.

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