John Becks first NFL start since 2007 did not turn out the way that he wanted it to. Although his stat line was quite respectable and he got his team into the end zone twice, the Redskins were on the wrong end of the 33-20 final score. Winning is the only thing that really matters, said Beck, who now has no wins in five NFL starts. Four of those starts were with the 2007 Miami Dolphins. Until he went into last weeks game against the Eagles in the fourth quarter, Beck had not taken an NFL regular-season snap since that season. At times, he looked a bit rusty. He threw only 12 passes in the first half, completing six for 53 yards, as the Redskins had a good running game going. Tim Hightower picked up 78 yards on 15 carries in the opening 30 minutes. But the Redskins trailed 9-6 at halftime, as they were unable to punch the ball into the end zone. Ultimately, you want to find the end zone, because thats how you win in the NFL, Beck said. Beck did commit a turnover in the first half when he was sacked from behind and stripped of the ball. The Panthers recovered, killing what had been a nice first drive for Washington. Beck was forced to pass more in the second half, as the Panthers started to roll on offense. A fourth-and-two gamble on the Redskins' first drive of the second half backfired, as Beck was sacked and it took Carolina just two plays after that to score a touchdown and take a 10-point lead. Beck brought the Redskins right back, going 4-for-4 passing and capping the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to make it a three-point game again at 16-13. For a moment, it looked like the game had turned in the Redskins' favor. Any time you score, theres a swing in your favor, Beck said. I felt from an offensive standpoint we were marching down the field and getting chunk plays and big third downs the way were supposed to. I felt comfortable that we could do this. Climb back, get one score at a time and then keep on rolling. Unfortunately for the Redskins, the Panthers kept on rolling, taking the ensuing kickoff and marching right down the field to a touchdown that pushed the lead back to 10. The Redskins went three-and-out on their next series, and it was pretty much over after that. Beck finished the game 22-for-37 for 279 yards. He had one touchdown pass to Fred Davis in the fourth quarter, and he threw one interception that ended any hopes the Redskins had of pulling off a miracle finish. I thought he did some good things, Mike Shanahan said. First time out, we knew he was going to have some growing pains; thats the nature of the business. I think you can see his athleticism, his quick release, and it seemed like he was poised in there throughout the game. "He did a good job today, wide receiver Jabar Gaffney said. He kept his composure, and he ran the show. We just didn't do enough around him today." Beck was pleased with his effort: I want to be the guy, and I gave it everything I had. But he knows what the key is to keeping the job. I just want to win. And thats how you remain the guy.
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October 23, 2011, 10:10 pm