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Head coach Mike Shanahan gave some glimpses into how his team might look next season but offered few concrete answers. On the subject of Jason Campbell, Shanahan appeared impressed with him and said the team would tender the QB appropriately. That means Campbell either will get a chance to start for the Redskins next season or he will be on another team's roster with the Redskins getting some kind of draft-pick compensation. The former is the far more likely scenario.
"I've got a big admiration for Jason and how he's handled himself through some very tough situations with a beat-up offensive line and the way he's handled himself as a quarterback," Shanahan said.
And Campbell would be working with a new pair of offensive minds, not just one. Shanahan said in Indianapolis that his son, new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, would be the one calling plays. Many in Houston credit him for helping Texans QB Matt Schaub for his fine season in 2009, and he perhaps could coax the best out of Campbell next season.
But there's no question that the Redskins will look to draft a quarterback, too, perhaps with the No. 4 pick in the draft. Mike Shanahan did not suggest this, of course, but our team sources indicate that finding another QB who can be developed is a team priority.
It's believed that Shanahan's public comments about Campbell are in line with what he really thinks. But it remains to be seen whether Campbell will be the starter beyond next season, especially if the team takes a QB high in the draft.
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