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Shanahan would start RG3 in opener

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08:07 AM ET 03.29 | With the second pick in the NFL Draft ... Washington selects its Week 1 quarterback? [Mike Shanahan said] Wednesday he will be open-minded about the possibility that the quarterback the team will draft in April, either Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck, will be the club's starter at the outset of his rookie season. But that's not a given, according to Shanahan, who said the issue of whether the prized rookie starts immediately will depend on the young quarterback's progress during the offseason and training camp. "You put him in there when you feel like he's ready to go," Shanahan said at the NFC coaches' breakfast at the annual league meeting.

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March 29, 2012  08:13 AM ET
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Why not?? What has he got to lose???

'zactly, Mick... It's not like the incumbent has done anything to keep the job!

March 29, 2012  08:20 AM ET

I feel so bad for the QB that Washington drafts. It won't end well.

March 29, 2012  08:23 AM ET
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I feel so bad for the QB that Washington drafts. It won't end well.

Hey, if I'm choosing, I think I'd take Washington over Indianapolis at this stage.

March 29, 2012  08:27 AM ET

That's so enlightening given the other exciting options.

March 29, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Duh. If Shanahan doesn't start his rookie phenom next year he might be sitting at home on the couch watching someone else start his rookie phenom the following year.

March 29, 2012  08:39 AM ET

We'll soon see whether Shanahan can coach up a young QB, or not.

March 29, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Colts Pick RGIII, Rams pick Luck, luck pulls Eli, Luck traded to SF for Smith + 2 First Rounds, Smith traded to Skins for 2nd Rounder!

March 29, 2012  09:01 AM ET

Have I ever mentioned how grateful I am to Little Danny for hiring that fool Shanahan before JJ could.

March 29, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Hail to the Redskins!

March 29, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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Duh. If Shanahan doesn't start his rookie phenom next year he might be sitting at home on the couch watching someone else start his rookie phenom the following year.

At this point, I think I'd prefer to see Shanahan back at home. He's so committed to absolutely nothing with that statement.

March 29, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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Have I ever mentioned how grateful I am to Little Danny for hiring that fool Shanahan before JJ could.

Actually you did... but it also bears repeating from time to time...

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March 29, 2012  09:17 AM ET

What a brilliant deduction from Mr Shanahan. I can thank him for one thing, he'se proven what I believed for years: all great coaches had great players. Shanhan has done nothing with a team that lacks talent. So much for his coaching abilities.
Of course this idiot will start whomever they pick, what else does he have and when you pay that kind of money to go to the dance, you dance.

March 29, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Well yeah, I mean if you buy a new Ferrari you don't leave in the garage and keep driving your Chevvy

March 29, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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Well yeah, I mean if you buy a new Ferrari you don't leave in the garage and keep driving your Chevvy

You do if it's bad weather outside.

March 29, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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You do if it's bad weather outside.

20 years and counting.

March 29, 2012  09:31 AM ET

RGIII is probably the better pick for the 'Skins.... at least he can run for his life when they play the Giants.......

March 29, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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We'll soon see whether Shanahan can coach up a young QB, or not.

Like he did with Brian Griese?

 
March 29, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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RGIII is probably the better pick for the 'Skins.... at least he can run for his life when they play the Giants.......

yup - duh.....didn't the skins beat the giants twice in the regular season? and with terrible qb's?

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