Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan swore he has a “game plan” for the team’s unclear quarterbacking situation this weekend.
“We have a lot of different directions we could go,” he said. “I can’t share it with you for obvious reasons. But we do have a plan.”
With Donovan McNabb unlikely to return and Rex Grossman not under contract, unproven John Beck is the only quarterback on the Redskins roster entering 2011. The team also emerged from last weekend’s NFL Draft with 12 incoming rookies, none of which were quarterbacks.
“When you have a board, when you pick at certain times, you have to decide what you’re going to give up,” Shanahan said, “the depth of your football team, how long it will take a guy to play, if he fits in your system.”
“If that guy does come in, how long will he be on the bench? Do you want to go out in free agency [and get a quarterback]? Do you have somebody targeted? Do you have somebody targeted at the college level as an undrafted guy?”
While Shanahan expressed his complete faith in Beck, who hasn’t taken an NFL snap since 2007, there are rumors flying about a number of free agent targets for Washington.
According to ESPN‘s Bill Williamson, there are rumors swirling that the Redskins are trying to ship Albert Haynesworth to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Kyle Orton. Broncos coach John Fox has dismissed the move, but it’s something to keep an eye on.
NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora said he has also heard “rumblings” that the Shanahans like ex-St. Louis Rams starter Marc Bulger.
Other free agents, including Vince Young and Carson Palmer, have also had tenuous links to the Redskins.