Getting personal with Portis

"The 49ers can be dangerous. At 2-11, you never know what a team is going to bring out. Just because a team is 2-11 doesn't mean they don't have athletes. I think you all have been hit with the injury bug just like we have. You all lost some close games and I see your quarterbacks shuffle. (Kevan) Barlow hasn't been going. You never know the day Barlow will come out running wild. I hope it isn't (Saturday), but they are going to get things clicking out there too." -- Redskins RB Clinton Portis

Q: Do you plan to wear the red socks this week?

Portis: Ha ha. I don't know. The fine is getting pretty expensive, so I don't know. I got to come up with some kind of scheme to find a way to get out of it.

Q: Do the socks have any special meaning to you?

Portis: It's just a different look and a different feel for the game. You just enjoy doing it. Like I said, it's getting expensive now, but it is just a different feel for the game.

Q: What's your feeling about the league fining you for wearing those socks?

Portis: I think that is like a stupid fine for the simple fact that they want everybody to be the same. This is an individual game, you know. That is the thing that has the league being the number one sport because different personalities come together as one and people enjoyed that. Now all of a sudden, you are trying to make everybody the same and it is not going to work. Your players don't even enjoy themselves. So, they try to make it so everybody has to have on this and everybody has to have on that. The people that are fining you are the main people who were around here doing all the crazy stuff back in the day.

Q: Do you think you are being used like you were before the season started?

Portis: You know, I've been having my opportunities. It's probably just opening up. I think I've had numerous opportunities. It was just opening up and having everybody being used. Our offense suffered at the beginning of the season and now all of a sudden, we have found a rhythm in our offense and we are trying to score all of a sudden and it is too late. Well, I wouldn't say it is too late, but our offense came together too late. Just getting everybody involved and getting everything opened up I think will change a lot.

Q: Why hasn't the offense been more productive?

Portis: I think there are a lot of reasons. Like I said, you are adding all of these different players into a system and everybody is learning the system at the same time. If 10 guys are on point and one guy makes a mistake, it wrinkles the whole offense. Everybody has their mistakes at different times, so that is what really made us look bad. When everybody was finally clicking, we would have a penalty or a hold or a missed assignment here or a missed assignment there. We really didn't have our offensive line together. We were shuffling at the beginning of the season. We were trying to align our players and all that and that finally happened.

Q: Kevan Barlow had some critical comments of his offensive line. Do you feel Redskins have all pieces in place to have a successful running game?

Portis: Yeah, I think our offensive line, I think we've been hampered by injuries all season. We go out and lose a key offensive lineman in Jon Jansen. We had Kenyatta Jones step in and then Kenyatta fell off and we released Kenyatta. Then Randy gets hurt and our center has been shuffled around and Chris has been hampered by an ankle injury. I think we have all the key ingredients, it is just getting everybody healthy and going at the same time. So, I think we have a lot to build with. It's not like we need new lineman. I think everybody is finally coming together and finally clicking and everybody is getting the reads. Now early on, like I said, there were struggles here and there between different people and there was miscommunication. Everybody had a pickup and one guy misses his assignment, whether it was me or somebody else missing an assignment, it just looked like our offense just wasn't going.

Q: Are you enjoying your time in Washington?

Portis: I think it has been tough because we have been losing, but you know, I see the positives. You know, I see how upbeat the team is and how focused we are for the future. I know we have all of the building blocks. My teammates are great. I think all of my teammates are young and hopefully we will be together for awhile. Eventually, we'll be a force to reckon with.

Q: Are you having a better season than Champ Bailey?

Portis: I really haven't been keeping up with Champ. I think their record is better than ours, but I really haven't been keeping up with Champ. But in the long haul, like I said, we plan to turn it around and we are going to have the team of the future.

Q: After facing Philly, are you looking forward to playing 2-11 49ers?

Portis: The 49ers can be dangerous. At 2-11, you never know what a team is going to bring out. Just because a team is 2-11 doesn't mean they don't have athletes. I think you all have been hit with the injury bug just like we have. You all lost some close games and I see your quarterbacks shuffle. Like you said, Barlow hasn't been going. You never know the day Barlow will come out running wild. I hope it isn't this (Saturday), but they are going get things clicking out there too.

Q: Since the Redskins spend so much money, why isn't the team winning more?

Portis: Well, like I said, you bring a lot of different character to the team. Everybody has to be on the same page. I think now, that is starting to happen. With the money being spent, it was for character guys. I think before, it was just going out to get the best players, but all the best players don't click some times. It's like, you have a whole bunch of stars on one team and they don't click. You go to New England and you go to Indy and you don't have a whole lot of stars, but you got guys that can play together. You got to get guys that compliment each other and can play together. Once you find that, you'll find an equation to win.

Q: What are your personal goals for the last three games?

Portis: Number one, we have got to get wins and finish this season strong. Go into the offseason and make the changes that we need to make with our draft picks or whatever we have to do and come back next season knowing that we have a fresh opportunity. We lost a lot of guys this year. Let's stay focused and let's go out and do it. Myself, and my personal goals are to just finish off the season with a bang. We are out of the playoffs, but it doesn't mean giving up. Everybody could give up. Keep fighting.


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