In fact, before the Easter Sunday trade the Redskins made with the Eagles to acquire Donovan McNabb, there were indications that Shanahan was willing to offer a major package of picks to the Rams in order to obtain Bradford.
While Shanahan is happy he has McNabb running his offense now, he’s still clearly very fond of Bradford and the type of quarterback he can become.
When asked what how much defensive coordinator Jim Haslett would ratchet up the pressure on the rookie signal caller, Shanahan said he expected Haslett to do it while taking great caution.
“I just wish it was a normal rookie,” Shanahan said. “A normal rookie, yes. I think you’ve got one of the premiere quarterbacks in a long time and I just like the way he plays, the way he handles himself. You get a quarterback like that once every 10, 15, 20 years.”