Under what possible circumstances would Redskins RB Clinton Portis find himself riding the pine in favor of Ladell Betts? Apparently, you’d have to be a genius to fully comprehend, as Portis effectively put the screws to first year head coach Jim Zorn earlier today on John Thompson’s ESPN 980 radio program. From DC Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg :

Portis swore, he suggested maybe he should go on the injured reserve, he offered to become a cheerleader, and he said this, when asked what adjustments should be made.

“We got a genius for a head coach, I don’t know, I’m sure he on top of things. He’s got everything figured out. Hey, that’s up to him. All I can do is when he calls a play is go out and try to execute to the best of my ability.”

And then later, on the big picture, he had this to say:

“I don’t know where it went wrong, all I know is it’s going wrong. So, you know, maybe I’m the problem. Maybe I’m the problem since I don’t’ practice, since I’m the only person that don’t practice and come out and play and try to give it what I’ve got, maybe I’m the problem. So I might need to be on IR.”

“If my coaches don’t feel like I can get it done, put me on the sidelines. You feel like I can help this team, put me on the field, and that’s all I’ve got to say about it. I don’t have to confront them. They know what they’ve got. They know what’s standing on the sideline. Five weeks ago, three weeks ago, four weeks ago when I’m sitting first in the NFL and all of the sudden we don’t run the ball no more? I’m hurt, and that’s why we ain’t running it? Cmon. You [kidding] me?”