Houshmandazeh supports Portis

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Just chatted with Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandazeh, who supports Clinton Portis in the Redskins’ running back’s war of words with coach Jim Zorn. Here’s what Houshmandazeh had to say:

“I see where [Clinton’s] coming from. At one point in the season, Clinton Portis was the MVP of the NFL. The Redskins were running the ball. They was killing people. The way he runs the rock. Every running back coach in the league when they want to show pass protection, they put [film of] Clinton Portis on. Ain’t no linebackers running through Clinton Portis. He can catch the ball, he can run the ball and he blocks. He never has to come out of the game unless he’s tired. Now that he’s banged-up and he’s not practicing, you want to say [he’s benched] because [backup Ladell Betts] knows the gameplan better than he does, it’s like a slap in the face. At one point in time, he was the MVP of the league so if he’s the MVP of the league, he has to be the MVP of your team. You just got to handle it a different way [other than] throwing him under the bus to the media.”


— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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