Search for franchise quarterback ongoing in Washington

The Washington Redskins will close out their season on Sunday at Philadelphia but the Shanahans have already begun their hunt for a franchise quarterback.

As offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan pointed out, the franchise is in need of a franchise quarterback, something that has eluded the play caller and his father who is the head coach through their first two seasons in Washington.

According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Mike Shanahan began the evaluation process for college quarterbacks midway through this season. Holy gameplanning!

I’ve already looked at 10 or 15 of them,” Mike Shanahan said. “I’ll take half-hour a day, early in the morning. The tapes are made up. I’ll look at maybe 75, 80 plays of just a guy throwing the football in game situations and so that’s most of the passes, or at least the good passes during the season, just so I get a feel for the guy.”

Kyle Shanahan said it’s not necessarily important to get a quarterback experienced in the system, casting some doubt on the future of gunslinger Rex Grossman, who will be a free agent at the end of the season.

“You don’t need a guy that’s experienced with your system,” Kyle Shanahan said. “When (Matt) Schaub came into Houston in his first year, he played at a very high level. I don’t think it’s a system that takes a long time to learn. You can get better at it, but everyone in the league runs similar plays.

“Everybody’s looking for a franchise quarterback. You want one of those guys that there’s no question about. There’s probably only about five or six of them in the league. Then, there’s a lot of guys who can play and a lot of guys who need to be replaced. You’re always trying to find that one and (we’re) still looking to do it.”

Let the search continue.

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