John Beck was named the starting quarterback for the Redskins earlier today per a report from coach Shanahan’s long-time friend Adam Schefter on ESPN980. Beck may be the starter this week versus Carolina, but this is far from the beginning of a long tenure for the fourth-year quarterback out of BYU.
The leash is short for both quarterbacks. Rex has thrown his share of interceptions this year, but he’s known for bouncing back after a poor performance. Beck is known for nothing. Nothing at all.
Starting Beck this Sunday makes sense for three reasons:
- The offensive line was decimated last week versus Philadelphia and anybody with a pulse can tell that Beck’s mobility and vision are greater than number eight’s.
- The Panthers not Pittsburgh Steelers. Yes, Cam Newton is having one hell of a season and the Panthers are probably one of the better 1-5 teams, but they are still 1-5. Their defense is just terrible. Skins fans thought they’d be able to move the ball against the Eagles? The Panthers are 31st against the run, allowing 140.3 yards per game and 11th against the pass. The Panthers have also given up 27.2 points per game. The Redskins should have their way so long as they don’t turn the ball over.
- We need to find out what this guy is worth. He says all of the right things, makes all of the right off-field moves and apparently practices fairly well. It is truly now or never for John Beck. If he can just manage the game, allow the defense to not be put in bad situations and not turn the ball over, call this guy a success through one game.
Around 4:30 PM this Sunday we should have a better understanding of Beck and whether or not he can guide this team to a winning or even .500 record. It’s just a little to early to be handing this guy the entire season especially with the harsh winter schedule this team will have to face. I’m sure all of Washington is pulling for this guy to be the truth, but nothing will be settled until the season is over.