Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Sunday he is sticking with John Beck as his starting quarterback despite Beck’s struggles. Shanahn said he still believes in the fifth-year pro.
Beck said Monday said that he believes his teammates remain confident in him as well, and that even if they don’t, he believes in himself.
“I think as a quarterback, if you’re the guy out there playing, you believe the guys believe in you,” said Beck, who on Sunday fell to 0-7 as a starting quarterback in the NFL (four losses as a starter in Miami in 2007 and three in Washington this season). “I’m always going to feel that way. I’ve said before playing, I still believe in me. That’s the way you have to be if you want to be a quarterback in this league, if you want to be able to to make it.
“There are going to be tough times. There are always tough times. But it’s those who can stand fast, stand tall and battle through it, and I’m going to do my very best to help this team do that.”
Beck showed promise four weeks ago when he relieved a struggling Rex Grossman and led his team on a touchdown drive during the fourth quarter of Washington’s Week 6 loss. He passed for a touchdown and rushed for a score in the team’s loss to Carolina the following week, and then appeared to regress the next week against Buffalo. Beck’s struggles continued on Sunday when he failed to lead Washington on a scoring drive until late in the 19-11 loss to San Francisco. In the last two games, the Beck-led offense has produced only 11 points.
Beck, who this season has completed 60.6 of his passes (80-for-132) for 858 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions and owns a quarterback rating of 72.1, says that he has noticed small improvements each week even if the win-loss column may not reflect it. He believes that maintaining a healthy confidence gives him and his teammates the best chance to succeed.
“If you lose your confidence in what you’re trying to do, you stand no chance of getting better. You stand no chance of fixing things,” Beck said. “It’s when you stay confident, you put your foot in the ground and you say, ‘We’re moving forward, we’re going to continue to take our steps.’ That’s when things can happen. Right now, I believe that’s our mindset. … Because that gives us the best chance.”