Last Friday, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio posted an item claiming that “the Redskins have a problem. And its name is Clinton Portis.” Dramatic. So, what was the problem? Well, according to a “source” who could quite literally be anyone, CP and Zorn’s relationship is having some issues:
Multiple sources have advised us that Portis shows little or no respect to coach Jim Zorn, and that the situation bubbled over at least once during the team’s OTA sessions, with Portis telling the coach off in front of other players.
Said one source: “Portis totally has no regard for [Zorn] and thinks he’s above everyone.”
Florio then took this and added it together with something John Riggins said back in January, plus the fact that the two feuded a bit last season, and — presto — PORTIS IS CAUSING PROBLEMS AGAIN! So, a reporter asked Portis about Florio’s report. Portis had this to say:
“How this story came about, I have no idea,” Portis said. “There’s nothing going on. There’s no beef between me and Coach Zorn. We’re on good terms at this present moment. There’s no problem.”
Jason Campbell corroborated CP’s claim that there’s no rift.
Florio, never one to back down from his “source + past history = must be true!” formula (not to be confused with the previously dissected “past history = must be true!” formula), defended his original post about Portis-Zorn today while taking a shot at Skins bloggers and fans:
We use the stuff we get that we think our readers will find interesting. And when a credible source tells us that [Portis] mouthed off to [Zorn] during offseason workouts and another credible source corroborates the notion that [Portis has] no regard for Zorn, then it’s something we’re going to share with our audience.
And we assume that Redskins fans (including some bloggers who lack the ability to be objective because they’re more concerned about seeing their favorite team be successful than they are about getting to the truth) will blindly accept the version of the events being told by Portis and quarterback Jason Campbell and anyone else with a vested interest in keeping the team’s dirty laundry in the locker room.
Here’s the thing: We aren’t “blindly accepting” anything. We are accepting, for now, CP and Campbell’s version of the story because it is the more believable side. Florio’s Redskins speculation is inaccurate more often than not (he’s 0-3 this month), and there has not been one report — not even a whisper — from anywhere else that Portis has treated his head coach this offseason in the manner in which Florio’s source suggest. In fact, believing Florio’s report would be the very definition of blind acceptance — simply trusting that Florio’s unnamed informant knows something that has not been mentioned anywhere else.
So, yeah, given all of that, we’re going to give the players the benefit of the doubt here. I think most rational people would — it has nothing to do with being subjective.
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