Robert Saleh speaks about John Beck
During the New York Jets‘ statement win over the Bengals this past Sunday, fans on Twitter quickly noticed a new face on the sidelines, speculating it was that of Zach Wilson’s personal quarterback coach, former NFL signal-caller John Beck.
On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Beck was indeed on the sidelines.
During his Tuesday press conference, head coach Robert Saleh went into great detail regarding the new hire.
The first point Saleh made was Beck’s experience in the offensive system, saying, “Obviously John [Beck] has a lot of history within this system.”
Beck was most recently in the NFL with Houston in 2012 but played his last game in 2011 with Washington. There, his head coach was Mike Shanahan and his offensive coordinator was current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur most recently coached under Kyle Shanahan in 2020 as the 49ers’ passing game coordinator.
As Wilson’s personal quarterback coach, Beck already has a rapport with the Jets’ first-round pick.
Wilson went back home to Utah to work out with Beck during the bye week. After a few discussions with the Jets, all parties decided it would be best to bring him to New York. “Why not just bring him here?”, asked Saleh.
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Currently recovering from a PCL injury, Wilson has been able to “replay each week,” said Saleh.
Describing Wilson’s weekly routine, Saleh said that Wilson would “go through the practice scripts, go through the install, watch the game, watch all the practices.”
As for having Beck with Wilson, he’s “just another piece to add,” said Saleh. “Those specialists, if you want to call them, those quarterback gurus and all that. John’s fantastic.”
But Beck’s not only here for Wilson.
Saleh stated his belief that “it would be really good to have John in our building, learn the verbiage that we’re teaching, along with the things that are being asked of all our quarterbacks. So when he is having those conversations, on the side conversation, everyone’s speaking the same language, and he can tie in what he does as a quarterback guy to his students.”
Summing it up, Saleh added, “He’s another quarterback’s coach.”
Beck will join Mike LaFleur, quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese, and senior offensive assistant Matt Cavanaugh in the Jets’ QB room for the rest of 2021.
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