John Beck: Some of the sacks were on me

Immediately after Sunday’s 23-0 loss to Buffalo, Redskins quarterback John Beck said he wanted to review the tape before assessing why he was sacked nine times by the Bills. His conclusion: Some of the sacks were his fault.

“The first thing that comes to my mind is there’s things that I could’ve done better to help avoid a handful of those, just getting rid of the ball,” Beck said during his Wednesday session with the media. “Those are things that I can help. That way we don’t have that happen again.”


Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Chris Kelsay (90) celebrates after sacking Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck (12) in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. (Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)

“That’s kind of a fine line,” Beck said. “That’s what makes playing quarterback difficult is, where is the line of, ‘Do I hang in here trying to make a throw? Or do I get [the ball] out?’ There were a few in there, though, where I could’ve easily just said, ‘You know what? We don’t have a play right here. Just get the ball out of my hands. Live to play the next down.’”

The Redskins have allowed 22 sacks this year, tied for sixth-most in the NFL. The nine allowed Sunday tied a franchise record. Beck said aside from the pressure, he left a few plays on the table.

“There were some plays out there where I felt like I could’ve made a play, maybe didn’t see it the way I wanted to see it, or should’ve seen it, I should say,” Beck said. “That’s where, as a quarterback, you say, ‘OK, you know what? I didn’t have my best game. I’m going to come back this next week, improve, and do a better job.’”

Barry Svrluga is the national baseball writer for The Washington Post.
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