Tag:Clinton Portis
Posted on: September 27, 2010 3:06 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:07 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 3

Posted by Will Brinson  

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at  NY Mag ), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 5:51 pm

Lance Briggs gets into Ines Sainz discussion

The Ines Sainz situation simply will not fade away (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a story that just will … not … go … away, Chicago LB Lance Briggs said what probably many, many NFL players believe (including Redskins RB Clinton Portis): women should not be allowed in an NFL locker room.

I know you know this already, but this story started with Ines Sainz and a debate has sprung up across the football nation about whether female reporters – or any reporters at all – should be allowed in the locker room. Portis weighed in, only to have to issue a statement of apology a few hours later.

Now, we’ve got Briggs, who told NBC Chicago: “I don’t think women should be in the locker room. The locker room is the place where us guys, us football players, we dress, we shower, we’re naked, we’re walking around and we’re bombarded by media.  A lot of times I’m asking the media to wait until I’m dressed."

Most reporters who have jumped into the fray – including quite a few women (including well-done posts by Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post and Ashley Fox of the Philadelphia Inquirer – and the vast majority have defended why the media have the right to be in the locker room. One exception is CBSSports.com’s own Gregg Doyel, who wrote all media should be kicked out of the locker room.

As Doyel predicted, the media will disagree. Including me.

As somebody who’s been in hundreds of locker rooms and clubhouses, there is absolutely nothing sexual about the experience, and if you asked every reporter you’d meet, 99 percent of us would say that we’d rather interview athletes who are wearing clothes. I’m not going to lie and say I’ve never seen an athlete flirt with a female reporter, because I have. And I’m not going to lie and say I’ve never seen a female reporter who dresses inappropriately (I think she was a college intern, and she immediately got a stern scolding from her sports anchor boss), because I have.

But I think most athletes realize we’re there to work, and though most of them probably would prefer us not to be there (although for certain times during the day, the locker room/clubhouse is our workplace as well), they understand and respect it. I don’t think fans understand it or respect it, so many of them likely will agree with Doyel.

One last thing I’ll say about Sainz. Obviously, I wasn’t in New York when she allegedly was harassed by some of the Jets players and I’m unfamiliar with her locker room demeanor and her work in general (except her behavior at Super Bowl media days that wasn’t real reporter-ly), but if you look at pictures of her where she’s got credentials wrapped around her neck, it’s tough to argue that she doesn’t dress suggestively. She certainly doesn’t deserve the harassment, but you have to wonder if what she wears casts a poor light on other female reporters who don’t dress like that and display nothing but a professional attitude.

I think it probably does.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 3:37 pm

Portis: She's gonna want somebody

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just as the Jets and the NFL would like for this Ines Sainz situation to blow over as quickly as possible, Redskins RB Clinton Portis added his thoughts during a radio interview this morning with 106.7 The Fan.

Let’s just say, Portis’ views on female reporters harkens back to the days of Archie Bunker (not for the satired racism, but for the satired misogyny).

D.C. Sports Bog was kind enough to transcribe Portis’ most inflammatory quotes.

"You know man, I think you put women reporters in the locker room in positions to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room, I think men are gonna tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman. For the woman, I think they make it so much that you can't interact and you can't be involved with athletes, you can't talk to these guys, you can't interact with these guys.

"And I mean, you put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she's gonna want somebody . I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's packages. And you're just sitting here, saying 'Oh, none of this is attractive to me.' I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm gonna cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to. I'm sure they do the same thing."

UPDATE (2:08 p.m.): And Roger Goodell has spoken, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello: "The comments are clearly inappropriate, offensive and and have no place in the NFL. We have contacted the Redskins and they will discuss the matter directly with Mr. Portis."

UPDATE (3:29 p.m.): And the Redskins have spoken. From a news release, here's Clinton Portis' statement: "I was wrong to make the comments I did, and I apologize. I respect the job that all reporters do . It is a tough job and we all have to work and act in a professional manner. I understand and support the team on these issues.”

And from Redskins spokeman Tony Wyllie: "The Washington Redskins have a clear and unambiguous policy about being professional on these issues, and we will take the necessary steps to remind everyone about it."

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 12:03 pm

Hot Routes 8.27.10: we talkin' 'bout practice

Posted by Andy Benoit

Clinton Portis is getting props for his new dedication to practice. Funny what the sense of being in your twilight can do for your work ethic.

Dez Bryant is running routes for the first time since injuring his ankle.

Giants Pro Bowl center Shaun O’Hara is out two weeks due to soreness and swelling in left ankle/Achilles. Is this a chronic injury that could follow the 11th-year veteran all season?

Sam Bradford lit it up as the starter in St. Louis’s third preseason game. So that means he’ll be under center in Week 1, right? Probably, though don’t expect Steve Spagnuolo to confirm that just yet.

Something that stood out in the Packers-Colts game was the way Green Bay’s veteran offensive tackles, Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, handled Indy’s speed-rushing ends, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Very impressive.

Rhett Bomar could soon challenge Jim Sorgi for the No. 2 quarterback job in New York.

Hugh Jackson talked about the Raiders offense that he’s now in charge of.

Kudos to Marc Bulger for his charitable work to help service men and women.

The Bills aren’t revealing their quarterback rotation for Saturday’s game just yet, though we know that Trent Edwards is the starter. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm have been competing for the top backup job.

Jason Taylor talks about his frustrating time in Washington.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 7:01 pm

What will (and won't) happen tonight

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Some quick thoughts and Tweets before the 11-game slate of preseason games begin tonight.

-Ben Roethlisberger will start and play maybe two series tonight for the Steelers. Then, it’ll be Byron Leftwich and then Dennis Dixon.

Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi will not play tonight. Josh Cribbs will take his place in the starting lineup.

The Giants could be without RB Brandon Jacobs, who has a stiff neck. The NY Daily News also reports Jacobs is not dressed for the game.

Instead of starting RB Clinton Portis, Washington will give Larry Johnson a shot at taking first-team snaps .

There could be a delay of game in the 7:30 p.m. Jaguars-Dolphins game. According to Armando Salguero , “Stadium officials told fans at EverBack Field to go to the concourses because of a lightning alert. Stadium seems empty. Teams not on field.”

And one to grow on for Sunday:

Brett Favre – I’m not sure if you’ve heard of him – will start and play maybe 10 snaps Sunday vs. San Francisco,

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:43 am

Buffalo, San Fran interested in Westbrook too?

Posted by Will Brinson

Brian Westbrook's been quite cautious with his free agency this offseason, which is rather rare for an aging running back with concussion issues. Theoretically, he'd like to jump on the first team that could offer him a good contract and some playing time, before the rest of the 2002 Pro Bowlers (Larry Johnson, Willie Parker) filled those spots.

Turns out, his patience was a smart move: yesterday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan mentioned Washington's renewed interest in the back , and now it appears that the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers would also be interested in inking the former Eagle.

That's via Chris Russell of the Reskins Radio Network , who says he talked to Westbrook's brother Byron at Redskins practice on Monday.

According to Byron, his brother has "some new possible opportunity's [sic] in SF and Buff as well as" St. Louis.

Buffalo and San Francisco adding themselves to the mix makes perfect sense: Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch could both miss extended time into the season , while San Fran just lost Glen Coffee to a very early retirement .

And of course, St. Louis would love to have Westbrook in order to compliment Steven Jackson.

So, now that it's clear that his patience has paid off, what should Westbrook do. Personally, I think the Niners provide the best possible fit for Westbrook.

They're a contending team (in a particularly weak division) with less personnel in the backfield -- Frank Gore and new-found bruiser Anthony Dixon are the only competition for carries out by the bay.

In Washington, Westbrook's talents would certainly be utilized and he would get to play with his old buddy Donovan McNabb, but as mentioned, their depth chart is pretty full with LJ, Parker, Clinton Portis, et al. That's not to say Westbrook couldn't be better than those guys or that those guys couldn't be cut, but the path to touches is much more difficult there.

St. Louis would provide touches and good money, but the odds of winning a Super Bowl there this year are roughly 200:1 (at least according to Sportsbook ... and that's being generous, really). The same thing applies for Buffalo, with the caveat that when Jackson and Lynch return, Westbrook could see his carries drop again.

Like every decision for veterans, it may come down to how much Westbrook values winning versus playing time versus money. San Francisco just seems to offer the best combination of the three.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 6:25 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 8:19 pm

Redskins still interested in signing Westbrook

Posted by Will Brinson

On Saturday afternoon, it seemed all but guaranteed that Brian Westbrook would be a member of the St. Louis Rams. However, the Rams refuted the reported Westbrook signing, and the former Eagle remains a free agent.

Now, the Washington Redskins -- one of three teams along with the Rams and the Broncos that were initially interested in Westbrook -- have restated their interest in bringing Westbrook to the nation's capitol.

"Like I told you, I'm not sure what direction he's going," Mike Shanahan said. "But we've been entertaining that option. I'm not sure what direction he's going at this time."

In non-angry words, that means "We're interested, but we're not sure if we can overpay for an additional 2000 Pro Bowl running back."

The 'Skins already have Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, Willie Parker, Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams on their depth chart. Bringing in Westbrook would be good for them in terms of really boosting the backfield's pass-catching ability, but they'd probably have to admit a mistake on either Parker or Johnson and cut them loose, simply because there aren't enough carries to go around.

Of course, the upshot for Washington looking at Westbrook is that he already has an excellent repoire with starting quarterback Donovan McNabb, and plugging him into Shanahan's offense with an already comfortable situation would be fun to watch.

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 8:31 pm

Portis refocused for 2010

Over the years, Redskins running back Clinton Portis has made no bones about his minimal interest in offseason conditioning. However, with his career at a crossroads – or, morel likely, nearing an end – and veteran runners Willie Parker and Larry Johnson being brought in to challenge his place atop the depth chart, Portis’s approach seems to have shifted. C. Portis (US Presswire)

Jason Reid of the Washington Post writes:

After (Mike) Shanahan in March publicly challenged Portis to improve his conditioning, Portis trimmed down to about 217 pounds after playing at more than 230 pounds last season, sources said. Portis's strong showing apparently has made a favorable impression on Shanahan.

To be sure, Johnson and Parker will have opportunities to unseat Portis when camp opens July 29 at Redskins Park. Portis, however, is in top shape and highly motivated.

He's also guaranteed $6.4 million of his $7.2 million base salary, so management presumably would prefer for Portis to be highly productive after a concussion cut short his ineffective 2009 season.

According to Reid, people close to Portis say the running back still believes he can still produce a 1,500-yard rushing season.

--Andy Benoit

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