Thursday, March 25, 2010
Updated: May 12, 3:32 PM ET
Shanahan not naming starter yet
ESPN.com news services
Jason Campbell has been the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback since 2006. But his role appears to be in jeopardy.
Mike Shanahan says he does not expect to name a starter at quarterback before training camp, according to The Washington Post. Put that together with the Redskins' active pre-draft assessment of incoming quarterbacks and its signing of former Bears starter Rex Grossman, and it appears likely that Washington's camp will be an open audition for quarterbacks.
Shanahan, speaking Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla., said he'll be watching Campbell's progress during the team's offseason conditioning and minicamps, according to the report.
"I don't think you know until you actually work with somebody for sure exactly how they're going to handle your system," Shanahan said Wednesday, according to the report. "I think Jason's handled a lot of different systems in college and pro. He's a big guy, an excellent athlete and he's a worker. So now we get a chance to let it unfold and see how it goes."
The Redskins are planning to scout Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford twice -- at Oklahoma's pro day next week and in a private workout a week before the draft. And Shanahan, along with Redskins general manager Bruce Allen and director of player personnel Scott Campbell, scouted Florida's Tim Tebow in a private workout last week.
The Redskins, who were 4-12 last season, hold the No. 4 overall pick in next month's draft. Already on the roster are Campbell, Grossman, Colt Brennan and Richard Bartel.
Shanahan, who prefers to scout quarterbacks in person, offered his first public comments about Tebow's workout on Wednesday, saying "I like everything about him," according to the report.
"Here's a guy to me that brings everything to the table. He'll interview with 30 people, work out for everybody, when you're with him, he's just an off-the-chart guy," Shanahan said of Tebow, according to the report. "Those guys don't come around all the time. Especially with the success that he's had."
Shanahan said he's not worried about dashing Campbell's confidence, explaining that competition is part of the game, according to the report.
"Unless you go out there and prove yourself on a week-in, week-out basis, you're never really assured. You'd better not be," he said, according to the report. "Just like coaches. This league is game by game, season by season -- you've got to go out there and perform. And I think that's what Jason does. He's going to do everything he possibly can to get himself ready for the season."