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Mike Shanahan has started looking at college quarterbacks

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LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 04: Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins looks on during a game against the New York Jets at FedExField on December 4, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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Mike Shanahan said earlier this week that he has “no doubt” that he’ll be back with the Redskins in 2012.

He’s also started the process of preparing for next season. Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports that Shanahan started reviewing tape of college quarterbacks provided to him by the team’s scouts around midseason.

“I’ve already looked at 10 or 15 of them,” 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.”

That doesn’t guarantee that the Redskins will be selecting a quarterback early in the draft, as this is the kind of things teams do every year to prepare for the draft. Still, it would be surprising if the team didn’t take a serious look in that direction come April. Rex Grossman has turned the ball over 32 times in 16 games with the Redskins and John Beck performed worse than Grossman during his brief run as the team’s starter.

Shanahan offered no hints to his thoughts about this year’s draft class. There’s a good bet that someone looks interesting enough for the Redskins to add a name to the mix before Shanahan’s third season as the team’s head coach.