He wasn't the only guy that went wingless, just the highest profile. Should RR have gone easier on him than the rest of the players just because Tate had a larger, more fragile ego? Regardless of the wisdom of the earn your wings stuff, once you've decided on doing it you can't change the rules for one player.
"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."