While the on-going saga between the Redskins and Donovan McNabb, another quarterback quietly is working to make his own mark with the Redskins. John Beck is not looking to secure a back-up spot with the Redskins, but he looks to start. No better to make a lasting impression than on the man he believes has been in his corner before he was drafted.
Before the 2007 draft, Beck heard that Mike Shanahan was a fan of his. Beck passed for 10,157 yards, 74 touchdowns and 29 interceptions in three seasons at BYU.
But Shanahan instead drafted Jay Cutler in the first round, and the Miami Dolphins took Beck high in the second round. Beck appeared in five games as a rookie, before the Dolphins had a coaching and general manager change. They drafted Chad Henne the following year. Beck spent the next two seasons (one with Miami and one with Baltimore) on the sidelines, wishing he could somehow wind up with one of the Shanahans.
“My dad would say, ‘If you could get with the Shanahans, maybe that would be your opportunity.’” Beck said this week, recalling a conversation from the 2010 offseason. “I said, ‘I’d love to get there, but what are the chances of that happening?’ And the day it happened, I can’t tell you how excited I was. I was literally sprinting off the Baltimore field, jumped in my truck and called my wife and said, ‘Meet me at Chick-fil-a. It happened.’”