If you don’t think Mike Shanahan is going to answer the “why do you believe in John Beck?” question 1,777 times this season, you haven’t been paying much attention to the Redskins lately.
The coach is even getting the question from team media, as in this video interview from Sunday’s off day.
“John Beck, why hasn’t he done anything just yet to really stir the pot in his professional career?” Shanahan was asked.
“Well, he really hasn’t had an opportunity,” Shanahan said. “Like I said before, John when he went through his senior year probably was statistically as good as any quarterback in the NFL. I really liked him. He had a chance in Miami, got a chance to start. The team was 0-9 and went against Pittsburgh and Philly, a couple tough games in bad conditions and with football teams that weren’t very good.
[This is true, although Beck’s third start came at home, against a New York Jets team that was 2-9 at the time and being quarterbacked by one Kellen Clemens. The Dolphins lost, 40-13, as Beck threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles, and yes, this is another completely unfair blog post, but whatever.]
“But I’ve got a lot of belief in John, as well as I do Rex,” Shanahan continued. “You know, there’s a lot of people that DON’T believe, because they don’t know them, they don’t study film, they don’t work with guys on a day-in day-out basis. I’ve got a lot of confidence in both these guys. And we’ve also got Kellen Clemens that has come in and he’s got a lot of ability as well, so hopefully we can go get it done on game day.”
Later, Shanahan said his whole team is “working extremely well, and I’ll be surprised if we don’t play exceptionally well,” which sounds good.