Jason Reid: If Shanahans go all-in with John Beck, they're taking a gamble

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  • Hondo Springville, UT
    May 16, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    I hope Beck finally gets his chance to tear up the NFL like he could have and should have done with the Miami Dolphins. With weapons like Cooley and Moss, Beck will have plenty of good receiving options. He has plenty of poise, accuracy, zip on the ball, etc. I can see him leading the Skins to the promised land, especially with Shanny as his coach.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    May 15, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    I hope John Beck can do well.

    But there is this: The Aging Veteran Factor.

    Kolb, drafted the same year as Beck, is projected as 2010 starter for the Eagles after he essentially nudged McNabb out of the position. McNabb is sent to the Skins. Kolb is later replaced by the aging Michael Vick who has an amazing MVP-like performance.

    Beck, drafted the same year as Kolb, is projected as 2011 starter for the Redskins after he essentially nudged McNabb out ot the position. McNabb is still on the Skins. Is McNabb the aging veteran ready to step up if Beck doe not deliver?

    Bottom line: In the fickle world of sports, if Beck does not show great signs early, it won't be long before the media/fans/management pressure Shannahan into putting the more proven, older McNabb in.

    I just hope Beck gets his chance---without the Yo-Yo-ing that has plagued Alex Smith's career (how many different O-coordinator systems must he learn, anyway?).

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    May 13, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    It's a loser team and management. Won't matter who fails at qb.
    That said, I hear Harline is STILL open.

  • Agg13 Logan, UT
    May 13, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    As a Redskin fan, I love this! It pretty much ensures the Skins will be in the running to have the worst record and the opportunity to draft Andrew Luck. I'd love to see Beck play well, but I just cant see it happening. Not because he lacks the skills, but because of the team he is surrounded by.

  • dutgut Saint George, UT
    May 13, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    Wrong BYU QB! Try again when you know what you are talking about.

  • tt2sweet Murray, UT
    May 13, 2011 2:14 p.m.

    Remember John Beck HATES ME!!!

  • Alterego Ogden, UT
    May 13, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    the redskins just became this region's favorite team

  • Two Cents Springville, Utah
    May 13, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    I'll root for you, John. Best of luck!

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    May 13, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    "After Elway led the Broncos to consecutive Super Bowl titles, Shanahan figured he could plug in any quarterback into his system. Shanahan thought it was all about him and he was wrong."

    Don't get me wrong, Beck might be the man, but too many coaches make this mistake.

    Coaches can put teams in position to win games.

    Personel win games.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    May 13, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    @ Utes, Jazz, and RSL Forever,

    Quick! Name what Smith has done in 6 years in San Fran... tick tock, tick tock... buzzzzzzzzz. Nothing! Oh my bad, collected a pay check for nothing.

  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    May 13, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    I would love to see Beck get a real shot. But the more likely scenario is the Redskins sign a solid veteran who starts and insert Beck as a solid #2. Which, if he held onto that role for the next 5 years would still let him walk away from the game a very rich man.

    Hopefully Hall impresses enough in AZ to stay on as the #3 QB there. He was a disaster as a starter but he can be great value as an undrafted emergency QB.

  • Utes, Jazz, and RSL Forever Taylorsville, UT
    May 13, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    No Mike, don't do it. Quick, name someone else as a starter quick before Beck ruins your career. A former Kitty quarterback who hasn't played much in 3 years is NOT the answer to the Redskins problems.

  • In My Humble Opinion South Jordan, UT
    May 13, 2011 12:19 a.m.

    Steve Young turned 30 -- his first year as the starter at San Francisco.

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    May 12, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    NFL QBs have to be in the right place at the right time in order to get a proper chance.Otherwise Montana was just a scrawny short guy. Beck is no Montana of course. However just because he hasn't had a chance doen't mean he can't be very good.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    May 12, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    Beck > Smith

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    May 12, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    "Shanahan digging his own grave'

    Just as Nolan and Singletary dug their...

  • Jimmy James Salt Lake City, Ut
    May 12, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    Wow. Good for Beck for keeping at it and earning the respect of the Shanahan's. Win or lose, you can't disrespect a guy for going after his dreams full bore.

    I would love to see both Alex Smith and John Beck find their place next season and turn some heads. Unfortunately, the reality for that happening does not look quite as good. I really hope both those guys can prove the critics wrong.

  • supainthehills Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 12, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    In the fall my blood definitely bleeds blue for my Cougars and my Boys in Big D! Granted, Beck did have a great senior year at BYU. I'll never, EVER, forget being in the north stands at Rice-Eccles when he completed the touchdown to Harline as time expired. It was, without question, one of the happiest 'sports moments' so far. In fact, it was so good that it ALMOST made up for the complete and total frustration I had with Beck his first three years as quarterback. His ability to consistently throw a ball (albeit on a line) three yards over his receivers heads was a rare 'gift'. I was surprised that Miami took him in the second round, but I thought he could do okay in the right system. Unfortunately the game just seems to move too fast for him...which it does for many. I hope he hits his stride in Washington, but hope even more that my Boys hit him in stride...HARD...and FINALLY start making some noise in the playoffs again. The three championships in the 90s are almost as far away as the 84 NC for BYU! :(

  • Keisels Beard Overton, NV
    May 12, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    "He's too timid in decision making and he doesn't handle pressure well..."

    Sounds like his first couple of years at BYU. But I think he got that figured out in time. Give him a chance and he might just surprise some people.

    Or he could fall flat on his face. But you will never know until they actually run him out there.

    And his showing in Miami doesn't mean a whole lot for what type of QB he is, by the way. Hard to do anything when you are constantly on your back because the line couldn't even stop a pass rush by Richard Simmons.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    May 12, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    @Starfarer - And you have witnessed this greatness? The fact that Shanahan likes him (given his recent record) is enough to make someone run for the hills.

    As a Redskins hater, this is great news for me...

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    May 12, 2011 7:18 p.m.

    Shanahan is offically on the hot seat. Look for a coaching change my mid November.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    May 12, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    Chris B he will do as well as Alex Smith.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    May 12, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    It could be worse, Shanahan could trade for Alex Smith.

  • Starfarer Mesa, AZ
    May 12, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    Gotta love Ute trolls who...

    are not in the meetings,
    not at practice,
    not seen him work,
    not seen anything but a game or two,

    are the experts on whether or not this kid can succeed.

    Good grief, if you know so much go get a coaching job, and quit armchair quaterbacking.

    I'll take a head coach with a lot of experience over the whole lot of you.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    May 12, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    Being a Redskins fan, and after having to live through the trash that has been called our past few seasons, I really, really want Shanahan to work out. But, and I like Beck - thought he was a great QB at BYU - he's not cut out for the NFL. He's too timid in decision making and he doesn't handle pressure well, which is why he is a great scout team QB - no pressure.

    Hopefully this will work out. At least Beck has been given some time under one system (if one year is enough time in the NFL) and has a better chance of success with the Redskins which he didn't have in Miami, which isn't saying much about either team.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    May 12, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    I for one hope Beck gets a chance and I can't wait to see what happens. If Shanahan asks me my opinion, I am going to tell him to go for it.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    May 12, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    Ultimate fail! This article should go on the Fail Blog. Let go by Miami. $th string in Baltimore, and then traded for nothing. Has not started a game since 2007, and is already 30, with very limited experience. How does any of this make Shanahan think Beck should be the starter. Like ChrisB said, he is digging hisown grave, and this will most likely fail, and he will get fired.

  • Jonas Denver, Colorado
    May 12, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    Hmm...he is concerned about how John Beck will handle being the starting QB in a fish bowl in DC where the Redsking QB job is high profile?

    Yea, I can't imagine how John will handle that...except for the fact that he handled it here for four years will complete class. Yea, except that.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 12, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    Shanahan digging his own grave