Gaffney says Beck has swag; Cooley says QB battle is a coin flip


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The Comcast SportsNet reporter asked the veteran wide receiver what the most impressive thing about Beck has been thus far.

“His little swag, his little swag that he has,” Gaffney said, via 106.7 The Fan. “And a lot of quarterbacks don’t do that, they just like to sit back and be mellow, but he likes to get amped up and get it going, and I like that in a QB.”

Then Johnson asked if that was particularly unusual coming from a BYU product.

“Right, that’s not normal at all, being from BYU,” Gaffney said. “So that’s why it’s real funny. Because other than that, he’s quiet, walking around, and then he just turns it on, turns his little swag on.”

Three usages of “swag” in five sentences!

Then there was Beck’s sideline interview on Thursday, when asked about the Redskins’ prospects.

“This team believes,” he said. “Right now, where we sit, nobody’s gonna think much of us. But this team believes.”

And for the most extensive thoughts in the universe, here are excerpts from Chris Cooley’s Friday appearance with the Junkies. He talked a lot about the quarterbacks. A lot.

“I don’t know how you pick,” Cooley said. “I don’t think one guy has distanced themselves to take the job. We were joking on the sideline [Thursday] – what, do you split series all season, they’re playing pretty good right now? Obviously we’re not going to do that, but it’s going to be a tough decision for the head coach. I don’t know who you go with....

“I’m just watching as a player-slash-fan of the guys; I feel like you toss a coin,” Cooley continued. “I don’t know. I don’t know how you make that decision. And obviously that’s why [Mike Shanahan’s] in the position that he is, but I think it’s going to be very tough to make the decision, and I think it’s gonna be tough to explain to the other guy how he lost the job....

“What I’ve seen from both guys is they’ve both put us in a position to win football games,” Cooley later said. “And not in the way that they come out and they don’t turn the ball over and they’re safe. I mean, these guys are doing the right things to make big plays, to make great throws. They’ve both taken us on drives, they’ve both had long passes. I just think they’ve both done a great job, so it’ll be tough for whoever doesn’t get the job.”

Then Cooley was asked about Beck’s arm strength, and about Becks and Rex compared to Donovan McNabb.

“I think it’s funny when you talk about arm strength or who has the better arm, because I’ve been really impressed with the accuracy Rex has thrown the ball with,” Cooley said. “And I’m not saying that John doesn’t have a great arm. He does. He probably throws the ball harder than anyone that we have right now on the team. But I wouldn’t always be over-enamored with arm strength. I mean, accuracy’s as important if not were.

“And talking about Donovan, we’re just ahead right now as an entire offense on our capacity for the playback, on our ability to run the entire playbook. And I wouldn’t say that’s because of Donovan at this point, but our offense right now is leaps and bounds ahead of where we were last year, and that’s as a whole group.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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