The Washington Times - November 16, 2011, 12:31PM

Quarterback John Beck is determined not to let his recent demotion halt his progress.

“I do believe that I can get better, and I will,” he said Wednesday in his first public comments since coach Mike Shanahan replaced him with Rex Grossman last Sunday. “I don’t feel like where I’m at right now is where I’m going to be stuck at.”

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Beck was his usual positive self on Wednesday morning. He has moved forward from whatever sting he felt when Shanahan told him the news last Saturday 

“This isn’t the first rodeo I’ve been through in my life of going through adversity or being in a situation where for whatever reason things aren’t working,” he said. “You just continue to grind because I truly believe in the phrase: ‘Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.’”

Beck’s record as an NFL starter fell to 0-7 after losing all three of his starts for Washington after taking over in Week 7. He understands that the Redskins, whose losing streak reached five last Sunday, don’t have the luxury of enduring his growing pains right now.

“I could see areas that I progressed and I could see areas that I still needed improvement.” Beck said. “It’s a tough spot when you know that you’re in a spot where you need to still learn, but, hey, the time is now.”

Beck alluded to frustrations related to the coaching progression during his three starts. During the 10-sack game against Buffalo, coaches wanted him to get rid of the ball quicker. Then against San Francisco, they wanted him to hold it longer.

“My belief in me stays the exact same as it was before,” he said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity that I did get to go play in some games, to be able to be back out in live bullets because that’s where the ultimate learning experiences come. I was able to gain a little bit more experience, and whatever happens next, happens next. I just have to be ready.”