Clinton Portis Calls Jim Zorn ‘Genius,' Couldn't Be More Sarcastic While Doing So

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by Ryan Wilson

Yesterday I mentioned that Clinton Portis had no idea why he was benched midway through Sunday night's Ravens game, and today we have Portis, making his weekly John Thompson Show radio appearance, unloading on first-year head coach Jim Zorn.

Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg kindly transcribed the best parts, with perhaps none better than this:

[When asked what adjustments should be made, Portis responded:] "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."

Yeah, I'm pretty sure Portis was being facetious with the "genius" comment, there. Later in the day, Zorn responded to Portis' claim that he was benched (but, oddly, didn't comment on the enormity of his brain):

"Well, any time you don't go in, that's the way you feel ... And he is a big part of our offense and he's sitting on the bench, he's got to feel like he's benched, I don't blame him for that."

That explanation's sure to placate Portis. That's not to say a coach's job is to keep his player's happy -- that's probably the quickest way to lose your job (but you'll have so many more friends!) -- just to point out that maybe benching your best player for mealy-mouthed reasons isn't such a swell idea.

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