The Washington Times - September 22, 2009, 03:24PM

Clinton Portis just wrapped up his weekly radio appearance and he came off as pretty positive about the Redskins’ outlook despite having just one offensive touchdown in two games.

The exerpts …


(On his third-down pass): “We really didn’t sell the run on the play. From the start of the play, you see them dropping back. Nobody bit on the run because we we were running sideways, they didn’t bite and didn’t fall for it. They covered and made a play.”

(On Detroit): “If you’re going to watch Detroit on defense, they fly to the ball and they have hard-nosed players. Once they get it together and I hope it’s not this week they get it together, they have a lot of weapons capable of making plays.”

(On losing RG Randy Thomas): “It’s big because of all the work Randy put in this off season to come back and be healthy. Anytime you walked by the weight room, Randy was in there. For him to come out and have the same injury just the opposite arm, all the hard work you put in and you make it through all of training camp and into the season — it’s the same thing that’s happened since I’ve been here, you lose a key lineman.”

(On lack of big plays): “We moved the ball well in both games, it’s just our red zone that we have to improve on. As far as moving the ball up and down the field, we do that. The thing that hurts us is our starting field position. We need 10- and 12-play drives to get a touchdown. We need to find a way to have a 1- or 2-play strike. We haven’t had many big plays. Until we develop that, teams are going to continue think we’ll self-explode — penalties, dropped pass, not convert on third down and kick a field goal. Until we get that right, it’s going to be hard to do anything. Our drives have been so long.”

(On the offense not scoring points): “Of course you would be frustrated but a week prior, we didn’t score points and we lost. … Players are glad we got the win but everybody on our team know we have to go back to the drawing board and get things corrected.”

(On him and Moss not getting going yet): “Me and Santana have yet to have a big game. How long is that going to last? Jason has yet to have a big game. How long is that going to last? Cooley and Randle El are playing great and our defense is keeping teams out of the end zone to keep us in the game for four quarters. … When we do, we’ll be fine. Last year, we started off 6-2 and finished 8-8. Right now we’re 1-1 and have to take it one game at a time.”

(On coach Jim Zorn): “It’s not Jim Zorn’s play calls that weren’t successful. … Santana was 60 yards downfield wide open and that was the one time Will Montgomery broke down in pressure — he just got overpowered on the play and it wasn’t like he missed his assignment. If we execute the play, Coach Zorn is a great play caller. When we’re not executing and dropping passes, it makes it look like, ‘Why did he call that play?’ That we haven’t had a lot of success in the plays called — everybody is under fire. For the fans to boo us, you put in a lot of work and people are never satisifed if we lost or won the game. We’re in position to do something special. … I think we’re all one play away, the one play that will change away.”


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— Ryan O’Halloran