The Washington Times - August 11, 2008, 07:04PM

Sometimes, the best thing to do in this space is get out of the way and just provide a transcript.

Will this make fans happier or crankier? Who knows. But this does give a more complete look at Ralph Friedgen’s take on his quarterbacks:

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“James [Franklin], his thoughts were that [Chris] Turner and [Jordan] Steffy were about even again and [Josh] Portis played better and managed the game better. Just didn’t make a couple throws and had a big interception, but I still see him improving. I think he’s a lot more improved than what he was in the spring. I thought he had another good practice today. I think he’s coming on, so we’ll just see. This is a big week. I’d like to make a decision by this week. I don’t know if we can, but I’d like to.”

And for the possibility of going live with Portis?

“I’m not going to do that. We talked about it, and James didn’t want to do it. We’ve come this far with him now. James’ thought was, and it’s probably a legitimate one, ‘We know what he can do.’ My concern was we put him in there and he hasn’t been hit in three years and he gets in there and fumbles.”

Finally, Turner is the incumbent starter. But Friedgen is looking for the same thing out of him that he was last November:

“Consistency with him [is big] to me. If he could come out day in and day out and play consistently, that might be the separating factor right there.”

And that’s the word for the day.

Patrick Stevens