Portis, Zorn speaking through media

On the radio show of one former coach, John Thompson, Redskins running back Clinton Portis laid into Washington’s head coach, Jim Zorn.

“We got a genius for a head coach,” Portis said sarcastically on Thompson’s radio show in Washington D.C when asked what adjustments the team should make. “He’s got everything figured out. Hey, that’s up to him. All I can do is when he calls a play go out and try to execute to the best of my ability.”

But Portis did not stop there. He hinted of problems plaguing the Redskins.”I don’t know where it went wrong, all I know is it’s going wrong,” he said. “So, you know, maybe I’m the problem. Maybe I’m the problem since I don’t practice, since I’m the only person that don’t practice and come out and play and try to give it what I’ve got, maybe I’m the problem. So I might need to be on IR.”

Later, Zorn publicly addressed Portis’ concerns.

“Well, any time you don’t go in, that’s the way you feel,” Zorn said. “And he is a big part of our offense and he’s sitting on the bench, he’s got to feel like he’s benched, I don’t blame him for that.”

As for whether Portis should be placed on injured reserve, Zorn said: “No, I think he’s gotten himself healthy, I think he felt a lot better after this game and I’m looking forward to having him out there on every snap, practicing [and] getting ready for the Cincinnati Bengals so we can use him as our every-down back.”

The Redskins might be getting back Portis, but Portis and Zorn need to get back together and communicate to each other, not through the media.

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