Fans want to know: Who will emerge as the new Redskins QB?
ABC7's Mike Conneen was there as the Redskins welcomed fans to their morning practice today. Watch his report.
Washington Redskins quarterback situation fluid as camp opens
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Mike Shanahan isn't shying away from it. He knows his stature as a coach is in play with his plan to go with John Beck and Rex Grossman as his quarterbacks in his second season with the Washington Redskins.
Shanahan addressed his quarterback situation and numerous other issues — including the departures of Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth — on Friday evening in his first meeting with reporters since the end of the NFL lockout.
Near the top of the list: Votes of confidence in Beck and Grossman, who have combined for four NFL starts over the last three seasons. Beck hasn't played in a regular season game since 2007.
"You talk about a guy not being experienced — I believe in the guys," Shanahan said. "I believe in 'em. And I've been doing this for a long time. And I put my reputation on these guys that they can play."
Beck and undrafted rookie Ben Chappell were the only quarterbacks on the field Friday morning at the first practice of training camp. Grossman is a free agent, but the team plans to re-sign him to compete for the starting job.
"John's done a good job on the first day of practice. I don't want to put him in the Pro Bowl yet, but he's close," said Shanahan, who then quickly added: "It's a joke."
As for McNabb, Shanahan gave some hints as to what when wrong after the Redskins traded two draft picks to Philadelphia for the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback a year ago.
"We were hoping he would fit into our system," Shanahan said. "I told Donovan when he came in here, I said: 'Hey, here are the reasons why I think Philly did not sign you' — they were going to go with (Kevin) Kolb — 'this is what you're going to have to do to stay on our football team for a number of years. If you do that, I think you've got a chance to go to the Pro Bowl and do the things you've been doing throughout your career.' It didn't work out."
McNabb was benched twice during the 6-10 season and was demoted to third string for the final three games. Shanahan said he gave McNabb's agent permission to negotiate with any team, and this week they worked out a trade with Minnesota.
"I think Donovan has a great future ahead of him — if he decides to do the little things that he needs to do to get to the next level," said Shanahan, who then declined to elaborate on what those "little things" are.
As for Haynesworth, Shanahan had no plans to bring back the disgruntled two-time All-Pro who was suspended for the final four games of last season. Haynesworth was shipped to New England this week for little return — a 2013 fifth-round draft pick.
"He wasn't going to come to our camp. Thankfully, we did get a trade," Shanahan said. "We were releasing him if we didn't trade him."
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