June 16, 2011

Beck Fires Up Snark Machine

You kinda expect it from the Washington Post. It's what they do.
With the Shanahans apparently determined to promote the former third-stringer, one thought comes to mind: For their sake, this had better work.
And it's predictable catch-a-wave content for the average blog:
The man who is certain to take over as the team’s starting quarterback by sheer force of positive will has enlisted the help of a friend whose job it is to record the proceedings. Because John Beck is a LEADER OF MEN, and filming fake practices screams of leadership and other intangible qualities that will make the Shanahan duo swoon.
You'd be shocked at anything BUT from the standard-issue know-it-all element on sportstalk radio and the web (no quotes necessary—if you're a Skins fan you've heard 'em,  made 'em or both).

Hell, even Dan Steinberg can't help himself:
Someone joked about how it must be nice to have film sessions without coaches barking out corrections, but the Leader of Men disagreed.
Although, being a consummate pro, Big Dan caveats it just in case:
And while I’m mostly joking about all this, there’s probably something to what the Redskins and Beck are doing...
No, John Beck probably won't turn out to be Montana or Manning. Maybe not even Bolger or Brees. But given the state of Redskins quarterbacking over the past generation, and the snarky, reactionary lemming-fest of criticism that has materialized around his sudden summer spotlight as he takes his shot, should Beck turn out to be even competent—say Gannon or Green—it sure would warm ye old cockles to watch the Snark Machine's mad moonwalk claiming to have seen it coming all along.

Yeah. It's been a long offseason.


Dik Shuttle said...

F tha Post.

I was RI for years, but I can't take it anymore. The fact that those NY pu55ies on deadspin schill for them, too, just makes it worse.

I think Beck's been due a chance for a while. I don't think it'll happen here, but if it's his shot, he needs to take it.

Please 'scuse mah French.

Mark "Om" Steven said...

Il n'ya rien de mal avec votre français.

One thing I'll say for Beck, he's not shy about putting it out there. If the man succeeds on the field he's going to come off as supremely confident in his abilities.

If he falls flat on his face, he's going to be a quick footnote and occasional punchline in Redskins lore for many years.