Biggs: Portis casts a vote for Shanahan
Clinton Portis’ head has cleared up enough that he’s decided Mike Shanahan would be a good fit for the Washington Redskins.
Portis, who has been sidelined since early November following a concussion, endorsed Shanahan to the ’Skins on Tuesday when he appeared on The John Thompson Show on ESPN-980 in Washington.
“If they have a change, then of course they would get the thumbs-up vote for me for Coach Shanahan,’’ Portis said. "If Coach Zorn is done, I would think that's a great direction to go in, if you can get Coach Shanahan. But I don't know if Coach Zorn will be gone."
There is little doubt at this point that Zorn’s career as the head coach of the team will last two more games. There have been strong indications that Shanahan will be the next man in, joining forces with vice president of football operations Bruce Allen, who was hired last week.
Portis began his career under Shanahan in Denver when he had two 1,500-yard seasons before he was dealt away for cornerback Champ Bailey and draft picks. Portis’ departure from Denver, of course, raises questions of whether or not he would be a good fit with the coach.
"Mike Shanahan gave me an opportunity. He asked me, man-to-man, 'Do you want to be here? We can pay you and we'll keep you here. Or if you feel like you want to leave, I will allow that.' So I chose to leave," Portis said.
Of course, there is no guarantee that Portis will be back with the Redskins. His act as worn thin with many in the organization, and his production hasn’t been what it was.
"I think my evaluation would be great," Portis said. "It just depends on how people feel about you. I'll leave that up to them to decide."
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