January 4, 2006

GUT AND POWER:

Defiantly Old School (Thomas Boswell, January 2, 2006, Washington Post)

As Joe Gibbs walked past the Redskins' bench last week at FedEx Field, running back Clinton Portis started screaming at his Hall of Fame coach. "It's 'gut' and 'power.' Do you want to win?" yelled Portis, demanding the up-the-middle, punch-in-the-nose plays he loves to run.

"Yeah, I want to win the game" said the surprised Gibbs, not accustomed to being asked by his players if he prefers to win.

"Then it's 'gut' and 'power,' " repeated the 5-foot-10, 212-pound Portis, who doesn't look like nature intended that he be used as a human battering ram.

"Okay, I got it," said Gibbs, who did as he was told.

For the last five weeks, the Redskins have been using guts and power, returning to the kind of intimidating, old-school football that defined the first Gibbs era.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 4, 2006 12:00 AM
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