Then again, there's nothing like competition to bring out the best in the two.
"I like that [dead heat] right now, but eventually you want it clear cut,'' Dawson said. "If you hog-tied me and put me under a fire right now and made me make a decision, chances are it would be the wrong one because it's just so close. Hopefully at some point one of them rises up.
"But this is going to make them better. You can't be complacent when the competition is that close. If either one of them gets complacent, then the other one will win the job.''
That's not likely to happen soon, though.
"For us to even have a quarterback named at the end of spring is probably far fetched,'' Dawson said. "We've got a whole spring, a whole summer and a whole camp. And the competition is only going to make them better.''
BRIEFLY: Offensive lineman Pat Eger, one of the leading candidates to win the open job at center, apparently wasn't seriously hurt when he injured his surgically-repaired ankle at the end of Tuesday's practice. He didn't practice Thursday, but rode a stationary bike and did a few other things during practice with his ankle taped.
"I asked him if he was ready to block and he said he'd never done it,'' receivers coach Lonnie Galloway said. "But he's willing to do anything to get on the field.''
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