You would think the Redskins are 0-4, given the continued media speculation about Jim Zorn and Jason Campbell’s job security. This past week Don Banks of Sports Illustrated stated that Campbell and Zorn are tied at the hip, and that he wouldn’t wager $5 either would be back with the Redskins next season. Maybe not DB, but I’d gladly wager $1000 you don’t have a single fresh insight into the Skins. Oh wait, a person can’t actually bet after he or she already knows the outcome. Maybe Mr. Banks is self-assured enough to take the bet anyway. One can only hope.
Jim Zorn must think the local and national media pundits have absolutely no imagination. He was asked about the exchange between Clinton Portis and Mike Sellers. That incident wasn’t covered enough by the time he was asked about it, was it? Sure it was. Zorn pretty much mocked the question with his answer. Go JZ!
Speaking of saturation – we now hear Clinton Portis can be moody and selfish. We are talking about the same CP who wears his emotions on his sleeve, right? Is this news? Regardless, does he back his words up with a superlative effort on the field? You bet he does. Do the stats show that the Redskins win the majority of the time when Portis tallies 100 yards or more in a game? Oh yea. Yet, in spite of these facts, Jason Reid wrote this week: To be sure, Portis has been a productive player throughout his career with the Denver Broncos and the Redskins. He hasn’t attained the type of superstar level, however, that leads some players to set themselves apart from their teammates, sources said. Portis had played through pain, runs hard in games and has been effective in blitz pick-up — but so what? So what indeed!
I’m not defending Clinton Portis here. I’m simply saying that if beat writers and columnists want to hear themselves speak, they should climb into a sound booth and talk away. And, if their purpose is primarily to try and sucker the Head Coach into saying something provocative while making provocative statements themselves, why should Zorn give them the satisfaction? He shouldn’t, and he doesn’t. He just says ‘no’.
Guess what? The Redskins are going to play the Panthers in Carolina this Sunday. The Skins are reasonably healthy, except for Hunter Smith and Anthony Montgomery. Both should be available next week. The Panthers are healthier than they’ve been since training camp, thanks to the bye week. They’ve had ample time to game plan for the Redskins. For their part, the Redskins created a foundation in the second half of last week’s game on which they can build. They established some rhythm on offense, and must keep it going. Their defense looked solid. All things considered, this is a no excuses game. The best team will win Sunday. Go Skins!