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Shanahan on Portis: "He's our running back"

When Mike Shanahan ran the Denver Broncos, he drafted Clinton Portis, coached him to two 1,500-yard rushing seasons, and then traded him to the Washington Redskins.

Now Shanahan runs the Redskins, and he says Portis will remain in Washington.

He’s our running back,” Shanahan told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Sirius NFL Radio.

Portis played only eight games, had a career-low 494 yards and wasn’t always the most popular man in the Redskins’ locker room last year, and that led to speculation that Portis might not be back with the team for the 2010 season. But Portis’s contract may be the biggest factor in keeping him. The Redskins owe Portis $6.43 million guaranteed in 2010 whether he plays for the team or not.

For his part, Shanahan says he has positive memories of Portis.

“I don’t go back to what happened the last couple years or listen to differences of opinion. I just know what Clinton did for me,” Shanahan said. “I expect him to be in great shape and do everything he can to be the best player. If he does that, I know what type of ability he has. Hopefully, he can help us win.”

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27 Responses to “Shanahan on Portis: "He's our running back"”
  1. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Feb 26, 2010 1:32 PM

    “Shanahan on Portis: “He’s our running back””
    Translation: He’s gone, just like Campbell.

  2. RIP__21 says: Feb 26, 2010 1:33 PM

    Shanahan brought the best out of him a few years ago. Hopefully he can do it again now. I’d also like to add:

  3. downwithdansnyder says: Feb 26, 2010 1:35 PM

    “If he does that…” being the operative part. Let’s see if he can lose some weight and get even a sliver of those quicks back.

  4. DatSkinzDude21 says: Feb 26, 2010 1:39 PM

    Enough said…let the cards play themselves out. The truth is that Portis ran for Shanahan then Gibbs. He did not run for Zorn. Expect Portis to return to great forum and run behind a newly, revamped o-line.

  5. bigbillnocmd says: Feb 26, 2010 1:39 PM

    cp isn’t done. If shnahan can put the drama to rest and clinton comes ready to play, skins fans will be happy. If he comes in camp out of shape and still a problem in the locker room, he will be cut and fans will be grateful as well. Either way its a win win. Alridge will get a legit chance this year and hopefully push portis. last year he was the kid Shanahan told vinny he should go get because he thought “he was the quickest guy he has ever seen on a football field.” This year he will get some touches and hopefully contribute. You know he will also bring in a back through the draft too. hopefully he works his magic and finds a gem in the late rounds like he has a number of times in the past.

  6. slipkid says: Feb 26, 2010 1:52 PM

    bye bye campbell and portis

  7. Cut Da Jokes says: Feb 26, 2010 1:53 PM

    In 2010 Portis rushes for another 1500 yards and scores 14 TD.
    The reason he fell off the last couple of years is because of the weak coaching ability of Zorn. I bet with Shanahan running the show he shouts his mouth and plays football.

  8. smo05d says: Feb 26, 2010 1:57 PM

    well that was a bad decision. He’s insulted almost every aspect of the Team, but more importantly, he can’t play anymore. he sucks. he should be put out to pasture, not get promised to start next season. it’s insane.

  9. Dre says: Feb 26, 2010 2:03 PM

    He’s your running back because you can’t get rid of him without paying him what he’s owed. If there wasn’t a penalty for letting him go that quote would have been “He WAS a great running back for this ball club”. Followed by some quotes about them respecting his work ethic, all the things he’s done for the team and how they will all miss him.

  10. Mangy66 says: Feb 26, 2010 2:38 PM

    I feel sick to my stomach.
    I don’t care if he DOES still have it. We need leaders in our locker room that treat this game as a way of life…not a joke.
    Ship his @ to the Raiders…or somewhere where being a cross-dressing prima donna takes precedence over winning football games.

  11. reddog9 says: Feb 26, 2010 2:46 PM

    Someone should hook Shanahan up to his lie detector as he is full of it on both Portis and Campbell. I live in DC and hate the Skins, so I hope Portis (who is a cancer) sticks around to continue to poison the lockerroom. Afterall, clueless little dannyboy is paying him over $6M (GUARANTEED!) whether he plays or not…….Just think dannyboy, that money could be put to better use at Six Flags!

  12. Tim Biakabutuka says: Feb 26, 2010 2:46 PM

    @ DatSkinzDude21
    as a skins fan myself, i respect your optimism. however, wat makes you think the skins will have a good offensive line all of a sudden? i’m aware about what Shanahan has accomplished in the past, but this is the skins we’re talking about. its hard to overcome a decade of neglect towards the O-line in one year…

  13. Atlanta Love says: Feb 26, 2010 3:10 PM

    Shanahan is exactly the kind of coach Portis needs.

  14. ignoringthehaters says: Feb 26, 2010 3:17 PM

    Skins suck. They will never be good they are too stupid to see the obvious writing on the wall. He fits in perfect with the rest of the losers on that team

  15. larr999777 says: Feb 26, 2010 3:31 PM

    Coach Shanahan has no choice but to indirectly send a message to Clinton that selfish ,foolish behavior is now over in Washington !!! 6 million guaranyteed makes this the proper response. Look for a new offensive line and a no nonsense coach and the pride of Clinton Portis to make many people surprised by his production this year.

  16. fatso says: Feb 26, 2010 3:32 PM


  17. bake says: Feb 26, 2010 3:56 PM

    As long as the Redskins get some linemen, things will be ok…..Portis can be a real cancer, it’s true, but he now has to deal with a coach who will command respect. So he will once again behave. If they rework the line, they’ll be fine. With the same bunch, it’s gonna be another long season

  18. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Feb 26, 2010 4:59 PM

    Never trust a rat.

  19. FumbleNuts says: Feb 26, 2010 5:22 PM

    Portis has ALOT to PROVE next year.
    Good luck with that!

  20. grimsleeper78 says: Feb 26, 2010 6:28 PM


  21. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Feb 26, 2010 10:59 PM

    With Shanny at the helm I have full faith in his decisions. I love seeing everyone get on here and speculate on what could happen. Lets all just stay cool until the season starts and then celebrate when Shanny is leading the Lombardi trophy down Pennsylvania Ave in a few short years.

  22. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Feb 26, 2010 11:19 PM

    Can’t wait to see what Shanny comes up with.

  23. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Feb 26, 2010 11:46 PM

    Joe in Toroto, you don’t know what you are talking about. You are just another floppy haired canadian who is running their mouth on a sports they know nothing about. Stick to hockey floppy hair.

  24. realityonetwo says: Feb 27, 2010 12:04 AM

    Cut Da Jokes says:
    February 26, 2010 1:53 PM
    In 2010 Portis rushes for another 1500 yards and scores 14 TD.
    The reason he fell off the last couple of years is because of the weak coaching ability of Zorn. I bet with Shanahan running the show he shouts his mouth and plays football.
    I’ll take that bet. I say he runs for 1,499 yards or less. How much?

  25. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Feb 27, 2010 6:31 AM

    DieHardSkinsFan21: lol, how old are you?

  26. grimsleeper78 says: Feb 27, 2010 10:14 AM

    Cut Da Jokes says:
    February 26, 2010 1:53 PM
    In 2010 Portis rushes for another 1500 yards and scores 14 TD.
    The reason he fell off the last couple of years is because of the weak coaching ability of Zorn. I bet with Shanahan running the show he shouts his mouth and plays football.
    first of all, you you either spelled SHUTs wrong or you meant to say CP will continue running his mouth. Because the last couple years thats all he has been good at running!!

  27. Gray Eagle says: Feb 27, 2010 11:58 AM

    Shanahan really knows what Portis is made of. After all, he traded him to the Skins for Champ Bailey. Portis gets $6 million regardless, so keep him, put his nose to the grindstone, make him get in shape, then play him – – if he shapes up; otherwise, put him as a reserve running back. Not being #1 will hurt his psyche. Idea: Really make him run during the preseason games where it doesn’t count, and don’t let him take himself out of a game.
    Oh yes – -and make him take Danny Boy off his speed dial.

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