Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan Leaning Towards Starting John Beck at QB


Mike Shanahan seems bent on putting John Beck under center in 2011, and it seems more and more like they are going to make some type of move with Donovan McNabb in order to open the door for a competition between Beck and Rex Grossman.

From what Pro Football Weekly hears, nothing has changed in Mike Shanahan’s mind about his QB situation: He still plans to go with John Beck as his starter. That could change whenever free agency starts, but it appears to be the direction the Redskins firmly are headed. Back in May Shanahan was asked about Beck’s strengths, and he said: “No. 1 you’ve got to love the game, you’ve got to have passion, you’ve got to have a mindset and what I’m looking for is a guy that’s first to work, last to leave. You’ve got to be able to run this offense at a very high level. He can do some things with his legs that a lot of quarterbacks can’t do. He’s in that 4.675 [40-yard dash] range. Those are some of the things.”

It’s a huge risk for a coach like Shanahan to hitch his wagon to Beck, who has yet to prove that he can be a solid starter in the NFL. With the way Daniel Snyder wants results, it could be a decision that spells the end for Shanahan if Beck fails.


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