After Utter Disaster, A Kind of Hush

By Mike Wise
Saturday, July 28, 2007

"The biggest negative in pro sports is when teams and players think more of themselves than they should."

-- Joe Gibbs, Training Camp 2006

It took a full year to absorb the message.

After one sticky day in Ashburn, it's not the heat or the humidity, it's the humility. It's everywhere the Washington Redskins walk and talk.

"I'm going to mind my own business," Clinton Portis said yesterday. "I'm going to keep Clinton Portis out of trouble."

It's a little disconcerting when the pride-swallowing reality of a 5-11 season has made even Mr. Popoff pipe down. But Portis, the most loquacious among them, is not alone.

Marcus Washington: "We had a couple of pieces of humble pie last year. I think that was good for us. I think we needed that."

"They definitely should be [showing humility]," Jon Jansen said. "There's not much to pat yourself on the back for being 5-11."

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