On one hand, it’s not much of a surprise that a football player actually wants to play football. On the other hand, it’s not every day that a backup quarterback makes a public pitch for the job.
That’s precisely what John Beck did after Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, during which he replaced Rex Grossman after Grossman threw four interceptions.
“I want to play,” Beck told Kelli Johnson of CSN Washington. “I want to be the quarterback. But I’m not the one that makes that decision, it’s coach, and they’ll make the best decision for the team. . . . What’s gonna happen next, I don’t know. But I’ll just do everything I can to be prepared if my number is called.”
Though coach Mike Shanahan said that he’d never announce the next week’s starter after a game in which this week’s starter was benched, it’s hard not to think that the time has come for Beck to get his shot, especially after Mike and Kyle Shanahan have spent months gushing over him. Indeed, at one point Kyle claimed that he lobbied the Texans to take Beck with the 10th overall draft pick in 2007. (Houston G.M. Rick Smith recalled that one a little differently.)
Beck also gets some style points for his choice of post-game attire. He wore what looked like an old-school mechanic’s shirt, complete with a name tag that said “John.”
In the past, folks in D.C. may have needed that extra help to recognize a guy who looks a little like Brad Johnson mixed with Will Forte. Once he gets the job, they’ll know who he is.