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John Beck believes he deserves another chance

Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:00 pm

By Josh Katzowitz

You’ve got to love John Beck. Not for the way he plays the game (he did lose the starting quarterback race to Rex Grossman at the start of last year before losing it again in the middle of 2011) or his winning percentage (he’s 0-7 in his career as a starter).

No, you’ve got to love Beck’s confidence because even though he’s been passed over plenty of times before for Grossman and even though the Redskins almost surely will find a new quarterback in the offseason, he still believes he should be Washington’s starter.

"I feel without a doubt I can be a better quarterback. I told our coaches this at the end of the season. I went into coach (Mike) Shanahan's office and said, 'I want to play right now,’” said Beck during an interview with 97.5 The Zone (via Hogs Haven). “This is very frustrating for me to have had my opportunity, to made the most of it when he put me in, I made the most of it, but the games following it didn't go the way we wanted. It's tough for me to say now I'm not playing. I'm like ‘Coach, I want to play because having that experience I know I can play better.’ And he said, ‘I know you can too, but right now we're in this situation. There'll be another opportunity down the road and you just got to make sure you're ready for it.’ So, there's where my mindset is at.”

What to do with Washington's QBs?
Even with Beck’s feelings, the Redskins seemed poised to land a quarterback this offseason. There has been talk that Washington will try to trade with the Rams to land the No. 2 spot in April’s draft so the Redskins (presumably) can take Robert Griffin III, but the problem with that scenario is that the Browns, with the No. 4 pick, also might want to trade up to No. 2.

Plus, in order to tempt St. Louis, the Redskins would have to put together quite a package to move up from the No. 6 spot.

If the draft fails, they could go after Packers free agent quarterback Matt Flynn, who is most likely at the peak of his earning powers based on two outlandishly good performances in the past two seasons. But Washington also has to ask itself this question: is the unknown of Flynn better than the known Grossman and Beck?

Beck, of course, would answer that question with a resounding no.

"I believe there will be another opportunity," Beck said. "When it comes, I have no control over it.”

No matter what he wants to believe, there’s a pretty good chance that Beck’s time will never come again. At least not with the Redskins.

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Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:44 pm

John Beck believes he deserves another chance

John Beck would make a solid backup to say, Drew Brees. He's a really good QB, but only in short spurts. He has proven that he's not a starter.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:32 pm

John Beck believes he deserves another chance

John Beck is terrible.  He has no downfield vision whatsoever.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:41 pm

John Beck believes he deserves another chance

John Beck won't get the chance he deserves.  In college, a lot of quarterbacks make it because they are more than the sum of their parts.  The NFL, with its obsession with "measurables," is a tough place for someone who is a couple of inches short in height or a few mph short in velocity.

If you are 6-5 or taller and have a rocket arm, even if you are as dumb as a rock, you have to prove you aren't good enough to play in the NFL.  If you are 6-2 with an average arm, you are extremely fortunate if you even get a chance to prove that you can play in the NFL, even if your intellect and intangibles are off the chart.

Beck can get the job done.  If he's lucky, he might get a chance to prove it.  History says he won't.


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