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Portis needs a new character -- leader

Portis needs a new character -- leader
Adam Best and the rabid football fans at Fan-Sided Blogs will weigh in with the perspective from the bleachers, couches and sports bars after each week's games.

NFL Week 6

Week 6 action

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    Texans 29, Dolphins 28 -- Recap | Box
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    Vikings 12, Lions 10 -- Recap | Box
    Saints 34, Raiders 3 -- Recap | Box
    Jets 26, Bengals 14 -- Recap | Box
    Bucs 27, Panthers 3 -- Recap | Box
    Rams 19, Redskins 17 -- Recap | Box
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Clinton Portis posted MVP-caliber numbers this past Sunday, but true MVPs don't let their squads lose to the lowly St. Louis Lambs. By now, everybody's heard Portis' grumbling about his Washington Redskins not having their mind right heading into the Rams game, but the person who really needs to pay close attention to those comments is Clinton Portis himself.

I have a hard time swallowing this "Mr. Serious" spiel from Portis. After all, this is the guy who's concocted more stupid characters than Eddie Murphy played in "Norbit." This is the guy who once chuckled with Chris Samuels about Michael Vick's dogfighting ring. This is the guy who once wore a Ric Flair-style gold title belt on the Denver Broncos' sideline, despite not being the champion of anything I'm aware of. This is the guy who guaranteed the Redskins would earn a berth in last year's NFC Championship game, but ultimately didn't deliver.

Portis can run around in phony championship belts and play all the fake characters he wants, but until he displays some real character, his Skins aren't going to win any real championships.

Portis has six rushing TDs on the season and leads the league in both rushing attempts (136) and yards (643). Recently, he has been even more impressive, posting three consecutive 100-yard rushing performances. Portis also hasn't fumbled yet this year and is a stud blocker in pass protection. But the Redskins need more -- they need Portis to be their unquestioned leader.

Jim Zorn is a first-year coach who isn't exactly Tom Coughlin when it comes to his temperament. Jason Campbell hasn't done enough yet to be the true leader of that locker room. Mr. Taylor just got to Washington. Chris Cooley is too busy accidentally exposing himself on the Internet. If someone's going to step up and be the face of the Redskins, it's going to have to be you, Sheriff Gonnagetcha. What's truly "gonnagetcha" team somewhere is you stepping up and becoming a leader. Portis should have let his teammates know they weren't taking a desperate Rams team seriously enough.

If Portis had stepped up, assumed a larger leadership role and talked some sense into his teammates before or even during the game -- for instance, when Marcus Washington went all "8 Seconds" and celebrated a routine play against a league laughingstock -- I wouldn't be writing this right now. Santana Moss's brutal two weeks wouldn't have mattered. Pete Kendall getting all young Tiki Barber with the pigskin? Wouldn't have mattered. None of it would have mattered, because the Redskins would have won that game.

Portis can come out and give us all the lip service he wants, but if he led half as well as he played last week the Burgundy and Gold would be sitting pretty in the NFC East right now. Instead, the Redskins pulled an even bigger Week 6 choke-job than the rival Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants did. Coach Janky Spanky can keep making excuses for his team, but until he truly steps up and becomes the man in D.C. he'll be Christian Slater (he's still alive?) -- his own worst enemy. If he does step up, I can see him winning the MVP award and carrying his team deep into the playoffs.

Around the League

AFC East: What in the heck was going on between Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniel during halftime of the New England Patriots' lackluster showing Sunday night? Not even degenerate gamblers losing the house on that Detroit Lions-Minnesota Vikings game got that heated. McD just flat out lost it on the Hoody.
-- Full AFC East breakdown

AFC North: I absolutely blasted the Browns before their bye week, but against the G-Men they had the Wright stuff. Speaking of Eric Wright, coming out of college he looked like the second coming of Pacman Jones -- both on and off the field. Good to see that he's like Mr. Jones on the field, and a little less funky off of it.
-- Full AFC North breakdown

AFC South: Maurice Jones-Drew, welcome back to the party. Unfortunately, Jacksonville Jaguars fans and fantasy owners RSVPed for about a month and a half ago. Maybe that offensive line is finally starting to gel? Or maybe Denver's defense just surrenders more points than the Dow Jones did last week.
-- Full AFC South breakdown

AFC West: San Diego Chargers fans can exhale, because Norv Turner's annual six-week slow start is over. The only difference is that this year he still hasn't figured out that he has the best running back in the league on his team. Let's give him a few more weeks. His last name might be Turner, but his pages seem to turn a little slower than the rest of ours.
-- Full AFC West breakdown

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  • NFC East: Brad Johnson? Brad Johnson? That guy's older than Bob "is that something you might be interested in" Ryan. If someone would have told me that a finger was going to ruin the Dallas Cowboys' season, I would have guessed that it would have been Jessica's, not Tony's.
    -- Full NFC East breakdown

    NFC North: What in the world is wrong with the Vikings? Had it not have been for Kevin Williams and his Sack Quattro performance, the Vikes would have dropped one at home to the cowardly Lions. Oh my! After seeing that and both the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers drop games to the Atlanta Falcons of all teams, I'm starting to wonder if anyone actually wants to win this division.
    -- Full NFC North breakdown

    NFC South: As one of Matt Ryan's earliest and biggest supporters, I practically begged my Kansas City Chiefs to trade up and draft him. Still, even I didn't think he'd be this good, this fast. Trust me, Matty Ice and Hot Roddy are set to dramatically change the climate in this division. Michael Vick who?
    -- Full NFC South breakdown

    NFC West: What a win by the Arizona Cardinals, huh? Even though they nearly got screwed over by the zebras, they held on to finally hand the bully back an unlikely beating for all those years of abuse. Raising Arizona to victory took both an opening- and closing-game touchdown, but a win is a win. Just when everybody stopped making the Cards their trendy sleeper pick, they finally look poised to win the West.
    -- Full NFC West breakdown

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