Tag:John Beck
Posted on: June 14, 2011 10:08 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 10:32 pm
 

John Beck gets on Internet to research teammates

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With the lockout keeping teams apart for weeks at a time, Redskins QB John Beck, who thinks he should be the starter in Washington, is doing whatever he can to learn about his newest teammates.

So, he’s taken to the Internet to find out some extra info.

Take a guy like Redskins rookie WR Aldrick Robinson (taken in the sixth round out of SMU). Beck doesn’t know anything about him, and since he is barred from the team facilities, he can’t watch film on him.

So, Beck gets creative.

“I actually watched his YouTube last night,” Beck told the Washington Post. “I hadn’t seen him yet, so I was like, ‘OK, let’s see what we’ve got.’ That’s the nice thing about YouTube. You can learn a lot.”

Beck did the same with RB Evan Royster as well, tapping his name into the YouTube search engine to see a few highlight videos.

And what Beck discovered: Learning about your new teammates is kind of cool.

“I had no idea Evan Royster was the all-time leading rusher in Penn State history,” Beck said. “I watched his YouTube and then his draft-day [highlights]. So, today I was like ‘Hey, man, congrats. That’s pretty sweet! I had no idea.’”

And while watching YouTube seems like a rather amateurish way to go about scouting players, that’s all Beck can do for now. Now, I just wonder if Rex Grossman (“No, I’M the starter!”) has the same creativity.



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Posted on: June 6, 2011 3:35 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Is this the inglorious end to McNabb's career?

D. McNabb (US Presswire)Posted by Ryan Wilson

Donovan McNabb remains a man without a team. Technically, he's still with the Redskins, but as soon as there's a 2011 season, he'll be free to hawk his wares elsewhere. The problem: "elsewhere" could turn into "nowhere." The former Eagles first-round pick hasn't drummed up much rumor-mill interest during the lockout. This could mean that teams keen on McNabb's talents are downplaying it for now (as typically happens in the days leading up to the NFL Draft). Or, more likely, there truly isn't a market for him.

Free-agent running back Michael Robinson told ESPN.com's John Clayton recently that he predicts McNabb will end up with the Vikings.

"[McNabb] keeps telling me all he wants to do is get with a team and take them to a Super Bowl," Robinson added.

There was no mention if McNabb would be willing to go on that Super Bowl ride as a backup, because there are plenty of teams (although none are contenders) looking for "mentors."
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Stats -- the everyday NFL.com ones that we're all familiar with and the advanced stats from Football Outsiders and Pro Football Reference -- are one way to determine just how good a quarterback is. Another, simpler way: play the "Would I want that guy starting for my team?" game. For most fans, McNabb would garner an "absolutely not," which tells you all you need to know.

It's too bad, too, because McNabb seems like a decent guy. Despite a career pock-marked by unprovoked criticism, McNabb has seldom responded publicly. But we've mentioned it before -- that's part of the deal. Want to be an NFL quarterback? Be prepared for the inevitable media backlash that comes with it. And no one's immune. If Patriots fans feign outrage over Tom Brady wearing a Yankees hat, McNabb doesn't stand a chance. Also not helping: his recent on-field performance.

The last two seasons, McNabb ranked 20th and 25th in Football Outsiders' QB total value metric. In 2010, he finished behind the likes of Jon Kitna and David Garrard. Not exactly a ringing endorsement that McNabb deserves to be a starter.

And now, barely a year after the Redskins gave up a second-round pick to division rival Philly to land McNabb, they're happy to move on without him, even if that means turning to John Beck.

Would McNabb be a good fit for the Vikings? Probably not. Minnesota just rid it of one old-timer. While rookie Christian Ponder may not be NFL-ready whenever the season begins, McNabb lost his job to Rex Grossman. That's shorthand for "he'll never be NFL-ready again … ever." If the Vikings manage their expectations for 2011 and stick with Ponder, they should be in good shape going forward. If they instead buy into the "we're one veteran QB away from the Super Bowl!" hype, Ponder will end up wasting away on the bench.

We don't expect that to happen, thanks largely to the team's recent experiences with Brett Favre, but also because to annually contend for a championship you need a franchise quarterback. For McNabb, that ship sailed a while ago.

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Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.23.11: Brady, Gisele frolic poolside

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • You think Tom Brady spent his weekend sweating the Rapture? Hell no he did not. So what did he do? He spent his weekend at a resort in Mexico, frolicking around a pool on a waterslide with his mildly attractive soulmate, Gisele. Yes, there are pictures. And yes, it's entirely possible to enjoy the lockout without actually SAYING SO. 



Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:38 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.19.11: Beck's mullet retrospective

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • I don't know why, but I just can't quit John Beck. Whatever the Redskins would-be starter is doing is just making me wish more and more that he DOES end up starting. Of course, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post isn't exactly doing much to kill my mancrush by posting a retrospective look at Beck's mullet. Which probably tells you worse things about me than it does Beck, but whatever.
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:14 am
Edited on: May 19, 2011 10:20 am
 

Rex Grossman: No, 'I'm the starter'

Posted by Will Brinson

Just how awesome are the Washington Redskins? Well, we're in the middle of a lockout that's preventing any football from taking place, they only have three quarterbacks on their roster, only one of whom -- Donovan McNabb -- has any success as a starter, and there's still a war about whether or not John Beck or Rex Grossman is going to start.

Alright, "a war" is a bit of a stretch. But after Beck declared himself the starter amid a motivational speech on Sirius XM the other day and, Grossman also weighed in.

"If you’re asking me, I definitely feel like I’m the starter, but I’m not even signed yet so I’m assuming a lot of things here," Grossman said on the radio, via Cindy Boren's "Early Lead" at the Washington Post. "I feel like I’m coming into the prime of my experience and I know exactly what I can do well, what my weaknesses are and what my strengths are and how it relates to this offense. I’ve been in a lot of situations, crucial games. I’ve played in a Super Bowl. I feel like I’m so much better than I was then that I’d love the opportunity to have a full season with this offense and have a whole season to really feel like this is my team.

"That’s my goal and that’s what I want to happen. I’m assuming a lot of things here, that I’m signed and they’re going to do all those things. At the same time, I don’t see why it doesn’t make great sense."

'Skins Spicy Offseason
Andy and I talked about this on our most recent podcast, but it warrants repeating here: an NFL team going into the season with just Beck and Grossman as starting quarterback options is not only the most insane thing ever, it's also the most Shanahan thing of all-time.

Had Washington not already given Donovan McNabb the kind of extension that makes keeping him in 2011 unbearable, at least the 'Skins could come back with a gimpy, three-headed monster of sorts to compete for the quarterback spot. At this point, though, it seems pretty obvious he's gone, even without having to read between the lines.

It's still possible that the 'Skins could trade for a quarterback and/or pick up someone off of the veteran free agent pile once (when?) the offseason starts.

But whoever that person is, they better understand they're waltzing into a hornet's nest of public controversy that's already buzzing. So, yeah, nothing's really changed in Washington.

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Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:52 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 10:13 am
 

McNabb speaks about wristband, Beck, future

D. McNabb (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

Last week, reports surfaced that Donovan McNabb refused to wear a wristband in his first season as a Redskin. According to the story, McNabb’s pride carried the day on that decision.

McNabb did not respond to the reports…until now. In an interview with Mike Jones of the Washington Post, McNabb declined to say whether he did indeed decline a wristband or not. But he did characterize the anonymous reports as “amazing”.

“For someone who’s so quiet and really just tries to be the best at what I do, and to be a part of the firestorm every offseason, it’s amazing,” McNabb said. “But I never let that affect what I’m doing. I write goals for myself every season and offseason, and I look to achieve those goals, and they really make you stronger mentally and physically. Things are going to be out there negative, out there about you. Everyone’s going to play the hoopla and what-if. But I can only control what I can control. All I can do is make sure I’m ready when the time comes.”

McNabb was also asked about John Beck boldly saying he plans to be the starter in Washington.
'Skins Spicy Offseason

“John is a great guy. He does a great job preparing himself,” he said. “I’ve known him since he was about 16 years old. I’ve trained with him in Arizona, he went to BYU. He’s done a great job, and I’m sure he’s taking on that role because he’s kind of been given the position, so to speak. He’ll do a good job if that was to happen. But whatever the situation is – if I’m here, if I’m elsewhere -- I’m gonna be ready to go.”

McNabb is not sure where he’ll play in 2011. He intimated that he likes the city of D.C. but, reading between the lines, it’s apparent that McNabb himself is, well, also capable of reading between the lines.

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Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:10 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 5:01 pm
 

John Beck: 'I think I'm the starter'

Posted by Will Brinson

As someone who's written WAY too many posts about Donovan McNabb, I can tell you that Redskins quarterback news just isn't that fun anymore. Until John Beck decided to show up anyway.

The potentially best quarterback on the 'Skins roster come the start of the season had an interview with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon of Sirius XM Radio on Monday and man-oh-man! I mean, it's awesome.

"I've been through crappy situations, and I've always just tried to maintain through this whole thing [that] I believe I'm a starter in the NFL and I'm not gonna let anybody tell me no," Beck said. "And if they try to tell me no, I'm not going to listen to them."

As Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post said, everything about Beck is just "spewing testosterone."

Listen to how he started the interview off when he was asked by Gannon and Schein whether or not he could be 'Skins starter come 2011.

“This is XM Radio, right?” Beck asked [Ed. Note: It was, obvs.] "I basically say, 'Screw the awkwardness.' I'm trying to be the starting quarterback. I'll call whoever, try to set whatever up. If you don't think like a starter and act like a starter, your teammates probably aren’t gonna believe you’re the starter. So I'm thinking I'm the starter."

I mean, he's like the total opposite of Donovan McNabb. And I don't mean that in any sort of ridiculous Bernard Hopkins way, of course -- it's just that McNabb always says the right thing and the smart thing and now Beck's just lobbing his chestnuts up on the table and basically daring Shanahan to roll with him to start the regular season.

I'm still not buying that the Redskins won't acquire some veteran if there's an offseason, simply because they need some stability at the quarterback position, but if Shanahan's adrenaline functions anything like mine, he's getting pretty excited to kick off the John Beck era in Washington.

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Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Hot Routes 4.22.11: Sand-bagging special



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • In case you missed the CBSSports.com draft chat with Andy Benoit, Will Brinson, Rob Rang and Mike Freeman (with a cameo appearance by yours truly), you’re in luck. Click the link for the archived version.
  • Read this story from Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez about the potential of players sand-bagging their baseline concussion tests. It’s scary, and I’m sure it will happen.
  • All Falcons WR Roddy White wanted was some of his jerseys framed. Now, he’s asking for an arrest warrant to be taken out on the person who, according to White, is demanding $10,000 for the jerseys to be returned. Apparently, the two originally had agreed on a $400 fee for each jersey to be framed.
  • Former Ravens coach Brian Billick on why it’s so hard to get that first-round quarterback pick right. Money line: “I am living proof that if you miss on a first-round quarterback, as I did with Kyle Boller, you end up broadcasting games and writing about the NFL instead of coaching.”
  • Boomer Esiason sympathizes with any future Bengals QB. Said Esiason: "I have to completely sympathize with Blaine Gabbert if he does get drafted by the Bengals. I do believe he would make a great fit there, but as Cris (Collinsworth) and I both know, he is going to have to be a better player than advertised in order to be successful there because of the lack of support."
  • Lynn Chandis, who starred on Steelers teams in the 1950s and is second only to Gayle Sayers for career kickoff return average, died at the age of 86.
  • Positive news story of the day! Falcons owner Arthur Blank has donated $3 million to the Child Protection Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Nice gift.

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