All offseason long and throughout training camp and the preseason, John Beck hasn’t carried himself like a guy who hasn’t played a down the last three seasons.
His confidence level doesn’t match that of a guy who, in his five career games, completed only 56.1 percent of his passes, throwing three interceptions to one touchdown, was sacked 10 times and posted a quarterback rating of 62.0.
Instead, Beck has gone – and continues to go -- about his business as if he is an NFL starter.
During the offseason, he trained with Super Bowl quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees as if he were on their level. During the NFL lockout, Beck was among the veterans who helped organize player workouts, bouncing between San Diego and Northern Virginia to get in work with receivers.
Beck has maintained a leadership role throughout training camp and the preseason. In two preseason games, Beck has completed 20 of 27 passes for 248 yards, a touchdown and an interception while posting a passer rating of 99.0. He also maintains the belief that he is the man for the job, although Rex Grossman has significantly more experience.
Beck is aware that the dots don’t all seem to connect. But he insists that his confidence is so high because his current circumstances are drastically different than they were in 2007.
“I know what I know, and I know I’m not the same quarterback as I was back then, and the situation is completely different,” Beck said Monday. “Just as I say a quarterback’s success hinges on the people around him, some times there are tougher situations, especially for a young [quarterback]. When I look back at them, was it a tough situation? Yes. Was I a young quarterback with inexperience in the league? Most definitely. Did I make some poor decisions? Yeah. Did I play like a rookie? Yeah. But I’ve been in the league now, this is my fifth year and I’ve worked extremely hard since then. I know I’m not the same guy.”
Beck said that while he hasn’t been able to improve through game situations, all the offseason and classroom work he has put himself through every year makes up for that.
“I’ve tried to put myself in the best situation I can, so that when I do get an opportunity, I can be at my very best,” Beck says. “I can take those past experiences and I look at them as good. ‘OK, that happened. I know what this situation is like because I’ve been there before back then.’ And now I can just move forward.”