Here’s Jim Zorn’s fullest explanation of Sunday’s sideline spat with NFL rushing leader Clinton Portis.
“[Running backs coach Stump Mitchell] had asked him if he was ready to go and he said yes. I call a play for him and he wasn’t in there. I was kinda surprised and Shaun [Alexander] ran the ball and he got all he could. When the quarter ended, [Clinton] was already on the field on about the 5-yard line waiting for the [rest of the offense]. I’m thinking, ‘Wait a minute. This isn’t right.’ So I was confused and I brought him off the field and just said, ‘Don’t go on the field. I don’t know what’s going on here so get off the field.’ He was mad, rightly so, because he was ready to go. … I didn’t want a player to go on or off when he felt like it. Those are things I tried to communicate to him. And he had said that he had had a helmet problem and that’s why he was off. We got it straightened out very quickly and he went back in and did his thing.”
— David Elfin