Portis is Mr. October

Clinton Portis has been officially named the NFC Offensive Player of The Month for October, an award he very much has earned. Portis carried the offense through October as he amassed 575 yards on 101 carries and hit paydirt 4 times. He continues to lead the NFL in yards gained (944) as the next closet player is Adrian Peterson (684) is a whopping 260 yards behind. Portis continues to prove his doubters wrong (*cough Mr. Best cough*) and often shows defensive lineman why he is the best blocking running back in the NFL. Give credit to the O line, and give credit to the dump truck Mike Sellers, but the main reason for Portis’ success is his toughness. He still hits the hole like a bullet out of cannon and will very rarely go down without a fight. Coach Z recognizes this and continues to call the game with a run first mentality. This is perhaps the main reason why Zorn has succeeded in his first season, he decided to keep the run game intact and so far it looks like he made the right call. His run offense is one that would make Joe Gibbs jealous as Gibbs could never really figure out how to use Portis the right way. Portis isn’t afraid to tell you this either as he is quick to point out the big twenty yard gains just were not there last year. As the season continues lets hope he doesn’t get worn down, he has already carried the ball 187 times through 8 games. I just cringe at thought of having Sean Alexander as our full time running back.

Portis isn’t the only player that was recognized for his efforts. Santana Moss was awarded as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Moss sliced and diced his way through the Lions special teams for an 80 yard score in just his second punt return of the season. Let’s watch it one more time Skins fans!

Topics: Adrian Peterson, Clinton Portis, October, Player Of The Month

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  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    Don’t forget to go vote for the Pro-bowl at Nfl.com!

  • Josh

    Interesting how you bring up Zorn vs. Gibbs in Portis’ running this season. Any other ideas about why Portis is doing so much better under Zorn? My hunch is that it’s because Campbell’s game, under Zorn, has improved enough so that defenses are worried about both the passing & running game…but with our o-line’s mediocre pass-blocking, I could see arguments to the contrary. I guess it’s always a give-and-take with run vs. pass. You also have to wonder how much of Campbell’s improvement is due to (Portis’) run setting up the passing.

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    I think that’s some of it. I also think the playcalling has something to do with it too. Zorn, right now, is a little bit of a mystery to the opposition. 

    That will change as they get more and more game film on him, but when you contrast that to Gibbs who’s offense is ancient I think there’s a big distinction.  Very often everyone in the world knew what Gibbs was going to call. Late in the 4th and we have a small lead? Gee, ya think Gibbs is going to run the ball three times to eat up the clock and then punt?  Maybe???  I’m not saying he got predictable but…well wait.  Yeah, I guess that’s what I’m saying.  Zorn has been anything but, especially when he was at his best (eg, against the eagles and Cowboys).

  • http://riggosrag.com JTFuhr

    Great points Josh, Campbell has certainly improved and it does help open things up for Portis.  I just think its a different kind of offense and it fits Portis better.  Also great point Guy, Gibbs was a little too predictable.

  • Josh

    Interesting remarks all around!

    While on playcalling, I also wonder whether Zorn’s been waiting to pull out the big guns on Monday night. I mean, maybe I’m just overthinking things (Zorn quoted on RI about red zone problems “I’m not alarmed, but I know where we have to push.”) & it’s not like we couldn’t have used all that stuff for the past 3 games, but we did play relatively conservative, & I wonder if Zorn just wants to appear a little more predidctable going into a tougher match against the Steelers and then…kablamo!

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    Also, Portis had to actually work this offseason. He wasn’t injured and there were some reports that the Gibbs regime let him get away with a lot of stuff.  It’s possible that a little discipline and conditioning went a long way. 

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    Oh, and I hope you’re right Josh.  I have to say I’m a little worried about this game.  If only because our record on Monday night is so terrible.  And the Steelers are getting Willie Parker back which could give them a spark.  And they’re going to want revenge after the Giants game.