Kyle Shanahan calls John Beck all the time these days. It’s not to catch up on old times.
Beck, 39, was a backup quarterback in Washington in 2010-11 when Shanahan ran the team’s offense and the two have remained close. These days, Beck is better known as the private quarterbacks coach for Ohio State’s Justin Fields and, as of a few weeks ago, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, who along with Alabama’s Mac Jones are in the running to go to the 49ers with the No. 3 pick. He also works with BYU’s Zach Wilson.
Hence the phone calls from Shanahan.
“Knowing that I’ve been around (Fields) the last three months, he’ll reach out and just want to ask questions or talk,” Beck said Tuesday in a phone interview from his facility in Huntington Beach. “And kind of like prod into: What are the things we’re working on, the things that I think having played in his system, having been coached by him, I know how he’s going to coach quarterbacks. I know what he’s looking for. So I think it’s an easy extension of Kyle in terms of the eyes I have for quarterbacks.”
Fields will have his second pro day in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday. Shanahan and general manager John Lynch not only are scheduled to attend, the 49ers have given input on the types of throws Fields will make.
Beck said that Fields’ routine essentially will be a trimmed-down version of what he did during his first pro day on March 30. The difference is that the teams attending Wednesday’s session — the most notable are the 49ers, Patriots and Falcons — have given Beck some suggestions on what they’d like to see.
“It’s along the lines of, ‘Hey, I know when he did some of these throws, some of the (play) action was to one side. Can you show me those actions to the other?'” Beck said. “It’s simple stuff like that. That way Kyle can get a balanced look.”
Beck orchestrated Fields’ first pro day, which was attended by 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters, quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello and director of college scouting Ethan Waugh. Beck won’t be in Columbus, Ohio, for this one and it won’t be aired live like the first one was.