The Redskins still are expected to draft a quarterback this April, but the team would need a veteran to either play while that rookie learns the ropes or to help mentor the young player. When asked if Rex Grossman had shown him enough to warrant re-signing, Mike Shanahan avoided giving a definite answer.
“Well, like I told you, or told everybody before, it’s not just one person. It’s everybody playing together,” Shanahan said. “There’s not very many quarterbacks that can be the quarterback without their supporting cast [and] put all the pressure on one guy. Part of it is having that cohesive offensive line, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends. It gives the quarterback a chance to be pretty good. Sometimes, when those pieces aren’t there, you go from looking at least pretty good to looking average...We’ll address the particulars at each position at a later time.”
Shanahan said that Grossman, along with his teammates, continues to audition for a role with the team.
“Sure. Everybody is. Everybody is, every game,” the coach said. “You’re playing for that opportunity to come back and be part of the football team, especially when you don’t have a shot at the playoffs--everybody’s playing for jobs [and] coaching for jobs.”