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By Eric Edholm

Sometime here in the next 24 hours, Mike Shanahan will be the Redskins' next coach. And in the 24 hours that follow, he'll have to start thinking about what to do at quarterback.

It certainly could be Jason Campbell. He's a free-agent-to-be, either a restricted free agent if no new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached by March or an unrestricted free agent if a new CBA is agreed upon.

Truth is, Shanahan already has thought about Campbell for a while. He has looked at the Redskins' situations, its pros and cons, along with other potential job openings, for the better part of two months now. He probably has a good idea what he thinks about Campbell.

Now the question comes about whether he thinks he is a short- or long-term solution. As a potential RFA, Campbell could be tendered at the first- and third-round level and dealt for draft picks or retained for another year with the chance to prove himself. Or he could be brought back for a year as a placeholder for whomever the team drafts in April. You'd have to think they'll take at least one QB in the draft.

Right now, Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen are discussing contract with Daniel Snyder. Soon, after he's hired, they'll talk personnel. The first big decision will be to get a pro and college scouting staff in place. Allen is the team's mouthpiece, but he's not going to be the guy poring over hours of tape. Once those people in place, this staff will go forward on Campbell.

Shanahan might be the kind of coach who can work with any style quarterback and perhaps turn water into wine. In that case, Campbell might be back next season as the team tries to figure out what it wants to do long term and win some games to regain respectability.

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