Last offseason, I tagged John Beck with the nickname of "Elder Price," after the diligent, hard-working missionary in the musical "The Book of Mormon." Beck earned that nickname after taking a leadership role with the Redskins during last season's informal minicamp and badgering his receivers to practice plays all summer long.
Unfortunately, once fall rolled around, Beck's main on-field effect was to make fans pine for Rex Grossman. Read that last sentence again.
But God bless him, Beck still thinks he has a viable future as an NFL starting quarterback, as he told a Salt Lake City radio show last week.
I feel without a doubt I can be a better Quarterback. I told our coaches this at the end of the season. I went into Coach Shanahan's office and said, "I want to play right now." This is very frustrating for me to have had my opportunity, to made the most of it when he put me in, I made the most of it, but the games following it didn't go the way we wanted. It's tough for me to say now I'm not playing.
Oh, come on, John, don't feel down. If lavish Broadway musicals teach us anything, all you have to do is just believe.