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More Nice Things About John Beck

Posted by Matt Terl on May 12, 2011 – 3:06 pm

It’s going to be a race to see what runs out first: people’s interest in writing nice things about John Beck, or my supply of pictures from John Beck’s very limited number of appearances in a Redskins uniform. For today, though, both of those things run strong — the picture courtesy of Redskins team photog Ned Dishman, and the nice things about John Beck courtesy of his college coach via the Examiner’s John Keim.

Keim used some of his interview with BYU offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brandon Doman for a story in Sunday’s Examiner, but he posted the unused portions of the interview today. And … look, I know I use the word “effusive” a LOT. Like, way more than anyone should. But, man, Doman is EFFUSIVE in his praise of Beck.

Here’s a sampling:

Well, what you have in John and what coach [Mike Shanahan] and others see in him is a very detailed quarterback. He’s meticulous. He has a very strong accurate arm. That was the most impressive thing to me the day I walked into the room and saw him throw. He’s not 6-5 and 230 pounds, but he throws the ball like he is. From my short stint being around big, strong-armed quarterbacks he’s as good or better as any of those guys. You’ll see a guy who can throw the ball accurately. Hopefully what you’ll also see and what I saw in him is that he will be very detailed. Coach Shanahan is that type of quarterbacks coach. He wants detailed, organized guys who can manage that West Coast offense that has so much verbiage. It’s a pre-requisite that a guy is intelligent to manage the offense in a way that he’s on the same page as the coach.

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Sonny Jurgensen Was Great In College … As A Safety

Posted by Matt Terl on May 12, 2011 – 12:30 pm

I never got to see Sonny Jurgensen play football at any level, but all my life I’ve heard stories of how amazing he was. How he was the best pure passer in the league. How he threw the ball 90 yards downfield behind his back. How when he threw the ball, it trailed rainbows and sparkles and unicorns on its way into the receivers hands. And most of the highlights I’ve seen have backed all of that up, slight exaggerations aside.

So it came as something of a shock to see that longtime Charlotte News-Observer columnist Caulton Tudor not only left Jurgensen — a Duke man in his college days — off his list of top-25 all-time ACC quarterbacks, but backed his argument up a day later.

Here’s the main gist of Tudor’s defense:

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Evan Royster Tweeting A Much Happier Tune

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 12, 2011 – 11:40 am

Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman has already written about how Leonard Hankerson seemed fated to become a member of the Washington Redskins. Now he turns his attention to a draft pick whose first moments after being selected by the team were slightly bumpier.

by Brian Tinsman


Sixth-round pick Evan Royster one major shortcoming in his introductory conference call after the 2011 NFL Draft: his childhood team.Royster, a local product and graduate of Westfield High School, didn’t always cheer for the burgundy and gold.

“I had actually moved here from Texas and I was originally a Cowboys fan,” Royster told the media.”That didn’t sit well with my friends.”

He did add, “I kind of, slowly, converted into a little bit of a Redskins fan, I follow them a little bit.”

Nice save.

But in the weeks that have followed the Draft, Royster has had a change of heart about the Redskins, tweeting much happier vibes.First there was this twitpic:


Next, Royster made nice with Redskins Nation, tweeting about his knowledge of certain important lyrics:

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Donovan McNabb Visits South Bend

Posted by Matt Terl on May 12, 2011 – 9:47 am

It’s been kind of a weird week in Donovan McNabb. Technically, McNabb is one of two quarterbacks on the Redskins roster at the moment, but every 2011 preview seems to include a phrase like “but no one expects him to be back.” Half the Redskins fans on Twitter are engaged in some kind of weird, repetitive debate cycle about Vince Young, while the other half — which includes me — are writing about the possibilities offered by John Beck — a guy who has started no football games for three teams in the last three years. Yesterday, boxer Bernard Hopkins ripped into McNabb with a racially charged rant, seemingly without any real provocation. As recently as this morning, the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan were going over rumors of behind-the-scenes frustration with McNabb from last season.

And what was McNabb doing yesterday?

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