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Shanahan Says the Lockout Won’t Stop Redskins from Drafting QB

A lengthy lockout and the risk of few if any offseason workouts will not cause Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan to shy away from drafting a rookie quarterback according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.

The coach said that he hopes that the NFL’s labor dispute is resolved quickly so the players selected in next month’s draft can get as much time in the Redskins’ playbook as possible this offseason. A speedy end to the dispute might not be possible, however, and Shanahan acknowledged that limited offseason work could stunt a rookie quarterback’s development. But that wouldn’t be the negating factor on the decision to draft a passer.

“No, that doesn’t bother me,” Shanahan said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in New Orleans. “I think everybody’s in the same situation, bringing in a rookie quarterback or even a veteran quarterback. I don’t care what it is, if someone’s not familiar with your system, it’s going to take some time.”

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