Redskins quarterback John Beck will return to Miami this weekend, the place where his NFL career both started and stalled. Though he was drafted there in 2007 and saw his first NFL action as a rookie, the Dolphins don’t exactly stir any warm feelings for Beck.
He was asked Wednesday if he has any fond memories of his time with the Dolphins.
“Not that I can think of first-hand, off the top of my head,” he said.
Cam Cameron selected Beck in the second round of the 2007 draft. Injuries forced him into the lineup at midseason. Beck played in five games that year, starting four and winning none. The Dolphins won just one game during the entire season and the coaching staff was overhauled.
Bill Parcells brought in Coach Tony Sparano, who in turn brought in Chad Henne and Chad Pennington. Beck was No. 3 on the depth chart and didn’t see a single snap in 2008.
“I was just kind of a guy there,” Beck said.
The Dolphins released him in April 2009. Asked if Sparano and his staff gave Beck a fair shot, the quarterback said: “I don’t know.”
Usually verbose and outspoken, Beck did not have a lot to say about his time in Miami. “I did play there when I first came into the league, but other than that, there’s no...” he said, his voice trailing off.
That 2007 Miami team finished the year with 15 players on injured reserve, including running backs Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, linebackers Zach Thomas and Channing Crowder, cornerback Andre Goodman, quarterback Trent Green and three starting safeties.
Were those injury woes similar to what the Redskins are experiencing this season? Beck wasn’t entertaining the idea.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m not sure.”
Beck is still searching for his first career win as a starting quarterback and this Sunday against the Dolphins might represent the best opportunity to date. Miami brings a 1-7 record into the contest, but Beck says the Dolphins have been playing well in recent weeks, particularly on defense. The Dolphins picked up their first win of the year last Sunday beating the Chiefs 31-3 on the road.
“You can’t look at their record at all,” Beck said. “They had Denver beat, they had New York, they obviously did really well against Kansas City last week. This is a team that’s had a lot of teams on the ropes, and it’s a team that’s probably gained some confidence after that win.”