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Zorn tries to downplay Portis-Sellers feud

Amid reports that Redskins running back Clinton Portis and fullback Mike Sellers are currently at odds after Portis reportedly lobbied for Sellers to be benched during Sunday’s 16-13 win over the Buccaneers, coach Jim Zorn claims there’s no problem between the duo.

“These guys love each other,” Zorn said in comments distributed by the team.  “They absolutely love each other.  This is just how a team goes.  These guys are like brothers and they care about each other.  That is really between them.  Seriously it is not an issue.”

Zorn’s internally inconsistent Gollum-style monologue is no surprise.  Surely, he won’t be spilling the beans about the possible desire of Portis and Sellers to spill some of each other’s blood.

Earlier this year, Zorn tried to soft pedal the fact that, during offseason workouts, Portis openly disrespected Zorn.  This time around, with the vultures circling the coming carcass of Zorn’s head-coaching career and a “consultant” being hired to help soften the blow when Zorn is fired (presumably after the October 26 Monday night game against the Eagles), Zorn’s got bigger things to worry about than a locker-room problem between two frustrated players on a frustratingly underachieving team that has the talent to be successful but that, for whatever reason, can’t get it done.

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22 Responses to “Zorn tries to downplay Portis-Sellers feud”
  1. Resolution says: Oct 9, 2009 4:59 PM

    Love each other Zorn, really? Just like the D.C. area loves you right now.

  2. Abe Froeman says: Oct 9, 2009 5:00 PM

    Are your IT buddies every going to fix your log-in?

  3. hayward giablommi says: Oct 9, 2009 5:00 PM

    Only someone who predicted the Redskins would make the Super Bowl would consider this team “underachieving”.
    As for the other 95%, the Skins are who we thought they were…

  4. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Oct 9, 2009 5:01 PM

    Portis will be holding on to the back of Big Mike e. Mikes jersey this sunday en route to crushing the Panthers
    It’s 2:18 PST and Jake Delhomme just threw another INTERCEPTION

  5. longrodvanhungendong says: Oct 9, 2009 5:02 PM

    So it’s more like domestic violence…..

  6. Citizen Strange says: Oct 9, 2009 5:05 PM

    “These guys love each other,” Zorn said, adding …
    “This is just like the love/hate relationship between Seller’s alter ego Inspector Clouseau and his servant Kato. Talk about your alpha male! LOL!”

  7. bearsrule says: Oct 9, 2009 5:06 PM

    “These guys love each other,” Zorn said in comments distributed by the team. “They absolutely love each other. This is just how a team goes. These guys are like brothers and they care about each other. That is really between them. Seriously it is not an issue.”…….Zorn should be fired for saying something as stupid as this. Insulting the fans intelligence should be a fireable offense.

  8. East Bay Ray says: Oct 9, 2009 5:06 PM

    Let me help you out, Florio. You missed something
    Florio wrote: “…a frustratingly underachieving team that has the talent to be successful but that, for whatever reason, can’t get it done.”
    Should be: “…a frustratingly underachieving team that has the talent to be successful, AND THAT SOME HACK ON THE INTERNET PICKED TO WIN THE NFC, but, for whatever reason, can’t get it done.”
    Much better.

  9. Tomb says: Oct 9, 2009 5:14 PM

    I heard Florio’s Redskin SB prediction is creating a schism between him and the superfluous “g” man, Gregg.

  10. BradyQuinnsCodPiece says: Oct 9, 2009 5:15 PM

    hayward giablommi said it best.
    this team has a bust in Jason Campbell, a 50 year old Clinton Portis, Albert “Im a beast in a contract season” Haynesworth and……. uh well not much else. This team sucks.
    and Florio, you were the only one who didn’t realize it 8 weeks ago.

  11. Mr.ClaytonBigsby says: Oct 9, 2009 5:20 PM

    “Zorn’s internally inconsistent Gollum-style monologue is no surprise”
    That made me LOL

  12. Eternal Optimist says: Oct 9, 2009 5:35 PM

    Any team that has Jason Campbell as the starting quarterback cannot be considered “underachieving”.

  13. WetHog says: Oct 9, 2009 5:51 PM

    Well I’ve listened to news reports all day about this and not once was it referred to as a “Feud”. This happens all the time throughout the season. This is not a big deal.

  14. sandm@n says: Oct 9, 2009 5:56 PM

    Florio didn’t pick them for the SB. It was a collaborative prediction (“We”)…

  15. ppdoc13 says: Oct 9, 2009 5:58 PM

    dead man walking. another great hire by the danny. Uhhh… that’s Mr. Snyder to you… and btw don’t look me in the eye.

  16. SwedishMurderMachine says: Oct 9, 2009 5:59 PM

    Whats with all the hate because Florio picked the Redskins to go to the superbowl? At least it’s an interesting pick even if it is kind of tarded. Do we really need another amazing prediction of a Patriots/Steelers vs Giants superbowl. *Yawn*

  17. sandm@n says: Oct 9, 2009 6:12 PM

    Kind of tarded?!?
    Big difference between going out on a limb and being absolutely deranged…

  18. Gus says: Oct 9, 2009 6:20 PM

    If I were a Redskins fan I would feel disrespected. The only thing that comes out of Ashburn is lies and deception. This team is falling apart in front of our eyes. Next week is going to be very interesting after the Panthers beat the Redskins 34-16.

  19. TheDPR says: Oct 9, 2009 6:37 PM

    Mike, the Redskins are not underachievers, they do not have the talent to be successful, and their problem is not Zorn.
    They have mediocre talent and Zorn’s a mediocre head coach and their 2-2 record is mediocre. They’re right where they’re supposed to be. Just because some people thought they might be good for no explicable reason doesn’t mean they’re supposed to be. Just be happy when they beat the Cowboys like the rest of us, Mike, and lay off Zorn.

  20. Beast Of The East says: Oct 9, 2009 7:07 PM

    @ Florio
    “frustratingly underachieving team that has the talent to be successful but that, for whatever reason, can’t get it done.”
    And for whatever reason, you, Florio, predicted them to go to the super bowl. In addition, for whatever reason you fail to mention your prediction or acknowledge that you ever made such a prediction.

  21. Splash Saturn says: Oct 9, 2009 7:12 PM

    Funny… reading Zorn’s statements made me instantly think of this.

  22. HarrisonHits says: Oct 9, 2009 8:12 PM

    @WetHog
    “This happens all the time throughout the season. This is not a big deal.”
    Really ? Players demanding other players on their team be benched happens all the time ? Strange, I must have missed the all the time part in more than 40 years of watching the NFL.
    No, it doesn’t happen all the time. Its one thing to have a few words with each other, demanding that the coaching staff benches another player is a damn serious thing.

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