After spending seven of his nine NFL season with the Washington Redskins, former running back Clinton Portis has kept a close eye on the team. After watching Washington's first two games, it's safe to say he does not approve of its recent roster strategy.
The Redskins have fallen back to their norm after a surprise run of success last season, starting 0-2 in their typical dysfunctional fashion. Portis says the team, specifically general manager Scot McCloughan, didn't make the right offseason moves to build on its winning record.
"You had a cool season last year, and your only offseason move was (signing cornerback) Josh Norman," Portis said, according to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. "You needed to go out and make offseason moves on the D-line. You needed to find some kind of speed. We have no team speed. You needed to find a pass-rusher. You needed to find an interior D-lineman. We didn’t address any of the issues we needed to address. You (drafted) the sports car in (rookie receiver) Josh Doctson, but there were so many receivers in this draft … We should have went and addressed a need."
After back-to-back losses against Pittsburgh and Dallas, the Redskins have already come under scrutiny for their odd use of Norman, and a lack of trust between quarterback Kirk Cousins and his teammates.
Portis, a two-time Pro Bowler, knows all too well about disappointment in Washington, being part of just two winning seasons across those seven years.