And Spurrier even admitted that as recently as two days ago he didn't think Washington would select a quarterback in the draft, especially not Patrick Ramsey.
''We probably won't [pursue] Shane right now,'' Spurrier said. ''It didn't work out. We jumped off and went in a different direction with Patrick. If Shane had worked out, we may have gone in a different direction. Maybe this was just meant to be.''
That doesn't mean Spurrier wouldn't consider Matthews should Chicago cut him. But Spurrier also said he didn't foresee bringing in a veteran quarterback should his young quarterback's struggle in camp.
''I don't anticipate that happening,'' Spurrier said. ''That's like asking me how I'll like losing half the time. I don't plan on that happening. If it does happen I'll be a basket case.''
Also, Spurrier said he'll continue rotating quarterbacks, based on who's playing well--and who isn't.
''If they're really struggling,'' Spurrier said, ''my experience has been that it's helped a guy to hit the bench for half a game. After he watches from the bench, he's a lot better quarterback.''
John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers.