Everything counts when you’re bucking for a big promotion which might explain why John Beck showed up at Redskins Park moments after the lockout was lifted.
Beck is bidding to become Washington’s starting quarterback and stopped by the team’s headquarters to try to speak with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Showing up a few minutes after the end of the lockout sends a pretty good message about your work ethic to both Shanahans. Winning the job will take more than that, but there’s no doubting Beck’s desire to grab it.
There was only one problem. According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the guard at the gate didn’t know who he was.
“I’m OK with that,” Beck said. “I haven’t done anything yet.”
It wouldn’t have mattered if Beck was a more recognizable face, however. Players aren’t allowed to report to the team facilities until Tuesday, a piece of information that left Beck, per Jones, “slightly disappointed, but not offended.”
Beck figures to compete for the job with Rex Grossman, who worked out with the Redskins even though he’s not yet under contract for the 2011 season. Indications on both sides are that Grossman will return. The Redskins do have one other quarterback currently on the roster, although one would think Donovan McNabb won’t be around much longer once Beck is officially allowed into the facility.