Redskins’ quarterback John Beck finished Sunday’s 23-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills, his second start as a Washington Redskin, with 20 completions on 33 attempts for 208 yards. He threw two interceptions, both in the second half. He finished with a poor passer rating of 53.6, and he is now the first quarterback ever to be shut out while playing for Coach Mike Shanahan.
But most importantly: Beck has now started six NFL games, and is looking for his first win.
“You never want to lose a game,” Beck said. “You never want to lose back-to-back games and so forth. So this will definitely be a week for us to get as much as we can out of the tape, the most we can out of practice, and take that step forward.”
Beck spent much of Sunday under constant pressure from the Bills, who sacked him nine times. But he said he had to take some responsibility for the sacks.
“I would like to go back and see on tape and see how I could have helped that cause,” Beck said. “There were some that were probably on me, and part of the protection is on the quarterback as well. It’s my job to get the ball out of my hands.”
With wide receiver Santana Moss out with a broken hand and tight end Chris Cooley lost for the season with finger and knee injuries, Beck’s options were limited. He targeted nine different players, but despite taking several shots downfield, couldn’t complete a pass longer than 24 yards.
“Injuries do happen,” Beck said. “It’s part of the game. The good teams find a way to continue to do well regardless of the injuries. That’s our plan, to be a good team.”
Beck replaced Rex Grossman in the fourth quarter of an Oct. 16 loss to Philadelphia, and started the following week at Carolina. In his three appearances, he is now 50 of 85 (58.8 percent) for 604 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions, a rating of 69.9. In the first five games of the season, Grossman threw six touchdown passes with nine interceptions and had a rating of 66.5.
“There were things I saw there,” Beck said. “There were some that, [when we] came off to the sideline, where [we discovered] we could have done something different. Maybe I could have stayed on a guy a little longer before getting off of him. Those are things we really need the tape to look at.”