Word on the Street: Low Beck-pectations

Word on the Street: Low Beck-pectations
November 8, 2011, 1:59 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comRedskins ReportThe Salt Lake Tribune's headline following John Beck's empty calorie performance shows just how low the bar for success was set for the former BYU quarterback and the Redskins offense. Then you have the polarizingviews on John Beck (Wise - Washington Post)So much of this QB discussion is about perception. The years of lampooning Rex Grossman, in part because his high wire act never jibed with the first round, starred for Steve Spurrier pedigree he entered the league with, gives the impression of a fraud in our midst. Despite throwing for 290 yards in more than half his games as Redskins starting QB, the penchant for turnovers - and worse - the potential for embarrasment is too great to bear. We have seen this act for years; move on, regardless of the alternatives.On the flip side, after starting as many NFL games over four years as anyone reading this sentence, the media savvy Beck has that cuddly underdog vibe. Maybe he can be the guy, oh please, pretty please make it so seems to be the mantra for those wanting a closer look at the side-armed passing wonder. No argument Beck was dealt a bad hand when he entered the lineup, but playing with a short-decked lineup shows his toolbox is not fully stocked. Perception is reality. One guy has been deemed a failure despite starting a Super Bowl, showing he can produce points in the sacred Shanahan offenseand being under center for the only Redskins wins this season. One guy is given a pass despite rarely being able to complete one over 10 yards and never winning a single NFL game. We all know neither guy is the long-term solution. Clearly there is no agreement on the here and now, even if one guy is a never-been.One oftheoffseason bets placed by the Redskins head coach was riding essentially the same offensive line that rarely rocked the casbah in 2010. Early on this season that call was paying off, at least reasonably well, before one injury to the nondescript starting left guard started an offensive run of snake eyes (Loverro - Washington Examiner)Mike Shanahanmoved closer to getting behind the "r" word, but not quite (O'Halloran - CSNwashington)Shanahan's Grimm tales (Snider - Washington Examiner)College CornerShould the Hoyas remain among the ranks of the Big East's best,forward Hollis Thompson's scoring figures to be a reason why (Casual Hoya)Not quite sure what to make of this headline: "Despite bubble stretch, Seth Greenberg seen as perfect fit for Hokies." (Washington Post)...Contrary to what the coach himself says, no, he would not remain employed by another school - let alone a power conference program - with just one NCAA Tournament appearance in eight seasons.Nats NookReport: Plans to make a strong push for Roy Oswalt (Fox Sports)As someone that grew up an Orioles fan and is continually harassed by countless friends that made the switch to therising Nats,it pains me to agree with just about everything written here regarding the differing directional paths of the two franchises. (Zuckerman - CSNwashington)Breakfast BuffetPenn State scandal: Mothers of two of Jerry Sandusky's alleged victims lash out atschool officials'(Penn Live)Famed for his epic three fights with Muhammad Ali, former heavyweight champion Smokin' Joe Frazier lost his battle with liver cancer on Monday. The last of those bouts, the Thrilla in Manilla, is beautifully captured in this Sports Illustrated article some say is the best deadline piece the magazine ever produced.Andray Blatche is ready to show he's a changed man on the court. Too bad the lockout will not let him. (Washington Times)