November 6, 2011
For years and years as an NFL coach or coordinator, Mike Shanahan was hailed as an “offensive genius.” At the moment, there's very little going right on that side of the ball for his Washington Redskins. Still, Shanahan announced after a 19-11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers that he's sticking with John Beck as Washington's starting quarterback, rather than going back to Rex Grossman. It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Redskins - they're 3-5 after starting 3-1 - and their only points before the closing 75 seconds Sunday came on Graham Gano's franchise-record 59-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
September 7, 2011
Rex Grossman is getting his long-awaited next chance to lead an NFL team from the opening bell. John Beck has to turn his patience meter on once again. Wednesday was debriefing day for the Washington Redskins quarterback competition, a gentlemanly affair decided in favor of the nine-year veteran who once took a team to the Super Bowl but never really got the glory or appreciation that comes along with it. “Anytime something gets taken away from you and then you get it back, you have a different outlook, a different type of approach and respect to the position you're in,” said Grossman, who will be at the helm for Sunday's opener against the New York Giants.
September 5, 2011
It's Rex. By the proverbial nose of the football. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan ended the suspense Monday and announced Rex Grossman as the starting quarterback, giving the nine-year veteran the nod over John Beck going into Sunday's season opener against the New York Giants. “I've got a lot of faith in both of them. It was very competitive all the way through,” Shanahan said. “I thought Rex won by an edge.” Grossman becomes the latest player to be given the chance to hold a position that has lacked stability essentially since the end of the glory days of the 1980s and early 1990s.
September 2, 2011
On one hand, it seems harsh to deny John Beck the Washington Redskins starting quarterback job based on his performance in the first half of the final preseason game. Beck wasn't playing with the starting receivers or running backs, and his 21 passes represent just a sliver of his body of work in the context of the thousands of balls he's thrown in practice since the start of training camp. On the other hand, Beck had the golden opportunity he has wanted for so long. With Rex Grossman given the night off, Beck could have seized the moment and claimed the job outright with a solid performance, leaving all doubters behind.
August 26, 2011
It's a primary D.C. race that's too close to call. With just over two weeks to go before the start of the season, there's not much separating John Beck and Rex Grossman as they vie to be the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins. And, at least so far, it's not a choice between the lesser of two evils. Both quarterbacks have overcome legitimate doubts about their suitability for the job to prove themselves worthy of serious consideration. Despite the obvious pressure that comes with such a competition - and despite an awkward rotation by coach Mike Shanahan that had them alternating every two series - they combined to complete 14 of 25 passes for 220 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against the always formidable Baltimore Ravens defense in a 34-31 loss Thursday night.
August 22, 2011
“Rex vs. Becks” will go down to the wire. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he won't announce a starting quarterback for the regular season until “right before” the Sept. 11 opener against the New York Giants. That means two more weeks of suspense as Rex Grossman and John Beck compete the No. 1 job. Even after he makes the decision, Shanahan isn't going to let the world know because he wants to keep the Giants guessing. “Probably have the team get ready for both quarterbacks,” he said.
August 21, 2011
For his 30th birthday, John Beck received praise from Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, a dinner out from his family, and several questions from a swarm of reporters. What the Redskins quarterback didn't get was an answer from Shanahan whether he or Rex Grossman will start against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. “I haven't made that decision,” Shanahan said Sunday. “We'll see what happens during the week with our football team and obviously share with the players first.” Shanahan said he was pleased with the decision-making of Beck, whom the Colts sacked three times Friday in Washington's second preseason game.
August 20, 2011
John Beck uttered words that seemed out of place in August. Asked when he first knew he might be in for a good night in his first major audition for the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback job, he had an interesting answer. “Really, in pregame, I felt our team came ready to play,” Beck said. “I felt like immediately I could tell from the offensive line and skill players that they were ready. And I think that when you're in warmups and you feel that, you just want to carry it over into the game.
August 19, 2011
The competition for Washington's starting quarterback job is all square. John Beck led the Redskins to scores on each of their first four possessions, kept the ball for more than 23 minutes in the first half and relied on that fast start to get Washington past the Indianapolis Colts 16-3 on Friday night. He looked sharp and efficient and played mistake-free - the perfect counterpunch to Rex Grossman's impressive performance last week. “I know they're confident in him, I hope they're confident in me, and I don't know how it's going to play out,” Beck said.
May 25, 2011
If it sounds improbable that John Beck is a genuine candidate to be the Washington Redskins starting quarterback, consider the odds he faced daily during his two years as a missionary for the Mormon church in Lisbon, Portugal. “You can knock on a couple of hundred doors a day and everybody shuts it,” the Washington Redskins quarterback said. “From a mental standpoint, you just have to keep believing that the next door could be the one that somebody opens and says ‘We’d love to talk to you.’ I can remember stretches of days where nobody wanted to talk to you and all of a sudden — bam — somebody does, and those 400 knocked doors are worth it.” Such patience and persistence has also served Beck well in the NFL, where he has been a bench-warmer since playing in five games as a rookie for the Miami Dolphins in 2007.