Redskins quarterback John Beck believes he has what it takes to be an NFL starter, and he’s not afraid to say that he’s happy he may get that opportunity after the Donovan McNabb-Mike Shanahan relationship crashed and burned.
“I have to say I’m glad it happened,” Beck said on SiriusXM’s NFL Radio, via CSNWashington.com. “If I want my opportunity, I have to have stuff like this happen so I can get an opportunity. If McNabb stays as starter of the Washington Redskins, I remain a backup, and I want to be a starter. So, I have to hope for things like this to happen.”
And make no mistake: Although many people think the idea of Beck entering the season as the Redskins’ starter sounds crazy, Beck doesn’t doubt that he can do it.
“I believe I’m a starter in the NFL,” Beck said.
In a surprisingly candid interview, Beck hit on a number of issues, including his struggles in his only previous chance to be a starter, in his rookie year with the Dolphins.
“I feel like I’ve been there when the crap’s hitting the fan,” Beck said of the 2007 season with the Dolphins. “Did it suck back then? Yes. But I’ve spent the last three years preparing myself mentally and physically so that when it comes up again, if it does, I’m ready.”
Beck said he’s already acting like a starting quarterback by taking actions like organizing workouts with teammates, and he said that if some teammates don’t view him as the starter now, they will by the way he conducts himself.
“I basically say, ‘Screw the awkwardness,’” he said. I’m trying to be the starting quarterback. I’ll call whoever, try to set whatever up. If you don’t think you’re a starter and act like a starter, your teammates aren’t going to think you’re a starter.”
As he’s champing at the bit to become the Redskins’ starter, Beck is upset that the lockout is keeping that from happening.
“I’m furious that I don’t get to be out there running OTAs, running minicamps,” he said. I’m pissed I’m not doing football right now because I want to be practicing.”
Beck also said he didn’t care whether the Redskins drafted or signed another quarterback, because he believes he’ll be the team leader no matter what.
“If they brought somebody in, my mindset was I couldn’t care less,” he said. “Just let me to go toe-to-toe with whoever they bring in. I believe in myself, and I never want to come across as somebody who is cocky or arrogant, but if you want to be successful, you have to believe in yourself. That holds strong in whatever situation you’re in. I’ve been through crappy situations, and I’ve tried to tell myself through this whole thing that I’m going to be a starter in the NFL.”