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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Shanahan sounds off on Haynesworth

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- I started my day at Mike Shanahan's breakfast table -- as usual. The NFC coaches breakfast Wednesday drew a packed audience, and Shanahan was front and center.

As you might expect, there were several questions about nose tackle Albert Haynesworth's reluctance to participate in the Redskins' "voluntary" offseason conditioning program. Oh, and there's also the part about Haynesworth going on the radio and complaining about the prospect of playing nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme.

"I totally disagree with his decision to not be there," said Shanahan, referring to the conditioning program. "But I respect him being there the first day and sitting down and talking to me man to man. Any time a person's willing to do that, you feel good about the communication."

I also tried to ask Shanahan if there was an open competition at starting quarterback, but he made a joke about all the positions being open and quickly moved on. I've pressed both Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen for their thoughts on incumbent starter Jason Campbell, but they've been very evasive with their non-answers. Allen basically said he didn't want to talk about Campbell and Shanahan keeps talking about how he needs to see the quarterback on the field.

Obviously, there is plenty of film available at Redskins Park, so it's a little odd that Shanahan's reluctant to discuss Campbell. He's probably afraid that saying anything about Campbell might tip folks off on his draft strategy. I have to head out to the airport soon, but we'll have more from the owners meetings throughout the week.

I also had conversations with Tom Coughlin and Wade Phillips on Wednesday morning. And there's more from my marathon session with Jerry Jones.