Here in Tampa today, the Pro Bowl press conference included Redskins RB Clinton Portis. During the session, Portis picked Arizona to defeat Pittsburgh by more than 10 points.
Afterward, speaking with two D.C. media types, Portis said he and coach Jim Zorn are on the same page but would not commit to attending all of the off-season workouts like he did last year after being given more guaranteed money to do so.
“I’m going to play it by ear,” he said. “I’m going to be taking my time. I know I’m winding down. I’m going to take my time and make the decision best for me to help carry this team.”
Not surprising considering Portis and Zorn don’t appear to have the best relationship. Portis knows he can pretty much do and say anything he wants because of his relationship with owner Dan Snyder.
On Zorn returning, Portis said: “You get tired of all that change. Having Coach Zorn around, he’s going to have the opportunity to learn and we won’t have to go through the massive change of learning a new playbook. Hopefully we’ll execute the system better.”
On needing to meet with Zorn to define his role, Portis said: “That’s up to them. My talking don’t do any good – it’s their decision to be made. However they call on me and whenever they call on me, that’s when I get the ball.”
On being on same page with Zorn: “Of course we’re together. After the season, I left. I haven’t had a film session with anybody. Football was over with and I left last year behind me. We can’t go back and change. There’s no need to harp over it and have conversations over where we went wrong and how it happened. Myself, I’m content getting myself ready, well rested and being prepared for another year.”
After Portis’ presser, former Redskins running back John Riggins was a part of the Sirius NFL Radio press conference.
Told of Portis’ non-commitment to the off season program and if he could become a headache for Zorn, Riggins said: “He’s already a headache. Is it going to get worse? I don’t know. I said that at the end of the season and I believe that unless he changes the way he views himself and views his contributions to the team, that could be problematic for the Redskins. It’s a bad situation and it’s created probably by the people who run the team that he’s been allowed to take the course that he has.”