While Mike Shanahan’s comments Wednesday on Albert Haynesworth are garnering the most attention, his opinions on the position battles at quarterback and running back were too good not to pass on to you.
When asked by NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora at the NFL Annual Meeting if there would be an open competition between incumbent Jason Campbell and newly signed Rex Grossman, Shanahan was appropriately evasive. Shanahan didn’t take the opportunity to name Campbell the starter over Grossman, who said he wants the job.
“There’s competition at every position,” Shanahan said about the quarterbacks. “Just because a guy comes in as a maybe third, fourth or fifth guy, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a chance to compete. But Rex Grossman was with (offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan) in Houston, he understands the system. … We’re going to get as much steps as we can and have all these guys compete.”
Shanahan went down the same path when asked about his backfield duo of Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson.
“Same thing. I know what (Portis) has done. When he was with Denver, 1,500 yards a couple of years in a row, right at six yards per carry,” Shanahan said. “I’ve watched Larry Johnson from afar; we know what types of years he’s had. Competition again, two guys who have done it. Proven players. Hopefully they can do it again for us.”