Cover Two Podcast: Clinton Portis, unplugged

The “Cover Two Podcast” is back up and running but it’s been re-tooled. It’s “The Cover Two Podcast: 2.0.”

Jason Smith of “NFL Fantasy Live” is my new co-host and we kicked off the re-birth of the podcast with some hot topics and the perfect person to address some of them: outspoken free-agent RB Clinton Portis.

The former Bronco/Redskin is trying to get back into the NFL after missing last season, and he disclosed that Redskins team doctors physically cleared him Monday from a groin injury that he was still recovering from when he was released last season. That clean bill of health, coupled with other medical clearances from private doctors, will hopefully help open the door for a return.

“I have all of my strength, everything is back … I’m ready,” Portis said.

A huge topic of discussion was the upcoming 2012 Scouting Combine.

“I think the combine actually hurts more guys than it helps,” Portis said. “The microscope is on to judge you, to figure out what you can’t do, they already know what you can do. Where in football does a broad jump mean anything? You don’t see anyone jump from the 5 to the end zone, standing off of two feet from a standstill. Give me a running start and let me dive across! I think it hurts more people than it helps.

“Going into this combine, you already know who is going to turn out to have the best NFL careers. You got Andrew Luck, you have RG3, you have Trent Richardson and Lamar Miller. You already know these guys are going to be great talents, because you’ve already seen them do it.”

Portis went on to say that Baylor QB Robert Griffin III, who won the Heisman Trophy, is the “real deal.”

“If it were up to me, Griffin would be the first pick in the draft,” Portis said. “Andrew Luck with the fundamentals and his career, he won every game he played. But on the flip side, if you look at the kid from Boise State (Kellen Moore), who is the same way, but he lost three games in his college career, how do you not take him?”

Portis didn’t steal the show. Smith and I had plenty to say about Ben Roethlisberger’s comment about not hearing from new offensive coordinator Todd Haley, free-agent QB Matt Flynn and the comments Brady Quinn made in a GQ article regarding Tim Tebow

 But here’s one last nugget from Portis, who for the most part agreed with Quinn.

“It’s obvious that the Broncos as a team won,” Portis said. “Tebow got all the credit because he came in and they began to win. It was his fourth-quarter effort that propelled them into victory that always ended in excitement and he was spectacular at that.

“But as a team, for the other three quarters, the Broncos defense played lights out. … Then all of the sudden you play as a team and one guy gets the credit. That kind of picked away into that locker room as you can see now. Did Tebow deserve all of the credit that he got? I don’t think so. But he handled it well.”

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