Folks in Miami may not recognize John Beck, even though he's been in town through myriad minicamps and his face has been on TV and newspapers throughout south Florida.
However, if they see a guy in a grocery store, intensely studying a play sheet atop a baby stroller as his wife, Barbara, fills up a shopping cart, one may assume they've run into the Miami Dolphins' second-round draft pick.
Beck has taken his gym-rat self to the next level, immersing himself deep into the Dolphin playbook as if it's some kind of lost treasure map. He's deployed a memorization technique, trying to master the complicated huddle calls required by Miami, a play-call system far more complicated than the one he used at Brigham Young University.
"Making reads, throwing the ball and running plays isn't much different than what I experienced at BYU, but the verbiage they use when calling out a play at the NFL level requires two to three times more words and its much tougher."
Beck's best bet is repetition, something he experienced when learning Portuguese to serve a mission for the LDS Church in Portugal.
How complicated is it?
Well, at BYU, his huddle call for a basic pass play would involve two words, usually a color and a two-digit number.
With the Dolphins, who use a lot of shifts and motion, the call could involve eight to 10 words or phrases, each signaling a specific aspect of the play.
Source: Deseret News