The end of an era, Portis discusses the end of his tenure in DC

The best back we had in a long time.

Clinton Portis expects to be released today and was on the Mike Wise show with Holden Kushner.  He offered some insight to what is on his mind with his pending release.

On being released:

“There’s no need to stick around “when we could part on good terms.”

On whether he spoke to Dan Snyder about the situation:

I have talked to Snyder, and the emotions in that conversation reminded me of those when Snyder told me Sean Taylor died.

The failure to reach John Riggin’s rushing record:

“If the [franchise rushing] record really meant that much, I think I could stay in D.C. to get it.”

“If John Riggins is the only one you can say did more than me as #Redskins running back, then that’s good company.”

On where he might land:

“It’s not about the money for me at this stage of my career, it’s about winning…. I would love to go to a team that’s already bonded…I don’t need to come in and be the spotlight.”

What will Portis treasure most about his time in DC

Portis said the mindset and inspiration Joe Gibbs brought is one of the things that stands out most of his time in D.C.

When did he lose the “drive” to be the best:

Said he lost some passion when Sean Taylor died.

On his ability to be a feature back, still:

Portis says he hasn’t been the workhorse for two years and he’s looking forward to being that again.

On whether Mike Shanahan can get the Redskins organization turned around:

“Coach Shanahan will definitely get the Redskins back into that position and that point. I just don’t think it’s right now.”

What advice would he give to himself as a 22-year old coming to the Redskins

“Enjoy it.”

Portis, whether you liked him or not, was one of the Redskin’s staples for the past seven seasons.  He willed the team to the 2005 playoffs and was a vital component to the Joe Gibbs offense while he was here, and also Jim Zorn’s offense in the first season.

Backs are a dime a dozen, and the fact that we had a good one for this long is something that no Redskin fan should take for granted.

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