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New York Giants Could Start LB Jon Beason on Thursday Vs. Chicago Bears

October 9th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Douglas Rush

Because the New York Giants made their very rare in-season trade to land three-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jon Beason just 48 hours before they played the Philadelphia Eagles, he didn't have much time to get acclimated into the Giants defense and thus, only saw five snaps this past week, which were all on special teams.

This week will be a different story, even though the team has a very short turnaround from Week 5 into Week 6, the Giants are thinking about breaking out their latest addition on defense against the Bears offense, as not only could he end up playing, but potentially start at middle linebacker when the 0-5 Giants look to get in the win column in the Windy City. Tom Rock from Newsday asked the 28-year-old about it, and while he wasn't definitive about it, he certainly seemed like someone with a plan.

"Possibly," Beason said with a smile. "It's possible."

After seven seasons with the Panthers, Beason is now getting accustomed to the Giants and Perry Fewell's defensive playbook and while it is a different defense that he hasn't played in before, Beason told Dave Hutchinson of the Newark-Star Ledger that it's a 4-3 scheme and something he is very comfortable playing in and getting the terminology of the schemes set.

“I’m in the playbook heavy,” he said. “It’s different terminology but I’ve played football in this league for a long time so I feel pretty comfortable. I have a vet out there in (outside linebacker) Spencer (Paysinger) who has been doing it. With the both of us together, it’s definitely something I want to do.”

Beason and Paysinger felt comfortable enough with each other that on Tuesday, the two linebackers switched jersey numbers, as Beason will wear the number he's worn since 2007, which is 52, while Paysinger will switch to the number that was assigned to Beason for the week, which was number 54; Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record said Paysinger gave Beason the number because of the kind of leader he is in the league and thought it was proper for him to get his particular number back.

"Spencer Paysinger told me he gave up 52 to Jon Beason "because of who he is" as leader on field. Wouldn't say if there was compensation #nyg," he tweeted.

Beason was originally the Panthers starting outside linebacker to start the season, as Luke Kuechly ended up taking over the middle linebacker spot when Beason was hurt, but Beason ended up losing his starting job to former Giant Chase Blackburn, which lead to Panthers GM Dave Gettleman calling his former co-worker and colleague in Giants GM Jerry Reese to pull off the trade last Friday.

For the first four years of his professional career, Beason was one of the best linebackers in the sport, but injuries have hampered him over the last two years, suffering a torn Achilles in the 2011 opener and undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee last October which cut his 2012 season short, so Beason's had a long way to go in order to making the comeback into the league, much less, as the same level he once played at.

But Reese was willing to part with a draft pick, even though it was a late-round one, but still had enough interest to take a chance on Beason and see if he can regain his old form for the Giants in 2013 and breathe some new life into a struggling defense that has allowed over 30 points in every single game this season.

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33 Responses to “New York Giants Could Start LB Jon Beason on Thursday Vs. Chicago Bears”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    in theory this makes sense given the Bears ability to run the ball, but…….

  2.  JimStoll says:

    fanfor55years says:
    October 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM
    You know what’s going to prevent it from being the 70?s? The outrageous prices for PSLs and tickets. It was one thing for fans to stay loyal and suffer through that earlier era when the cost of doing so was low. It’s an altogether different thing when you have “partners” who financed your stadium and aren’t going to stand for this garbage very long.

    I don’t disagree that Mara probably would prefer to stay “steady as she goes” and bring back Coughlin, Reese and everyone else (with perhaps one sacrificial lamb among the assistants slaughtered to signal to the fans that something is being done). But I don’t think he can get away with it. If the team keeps spiraling down and he doesn’t make significant changes then they’d better start the season next year VERY strong or he’ll have a rebellion on his hands, with fans booing the team as it comes out of the tunnel, booing every three-and-out, and staying home, leaving a third of the seats empty. They could actually have blacked out games because of a loss of attendance (unless the league counts all of the sold seats that sit empty as “filled”). And the secondary market for PSLs will plunge, leaving an angry mob at Mara’s doorstep.

    It isn’t the Old Days when the owners could just assume they could abuse the fans forever. Now that they jacked up the cost of being a real fan to outrageous heights, they bought high expectations, whether they realized it or not at the time. The Giants are now no different from the Yankees. Either you put out a winner or the fan base won’t tolerate it. That’s what happens when you line your pockets at the fans’ expense. They actually insist that you perform.

    JimStoll says:
    October 9, 2013 at 9:32 AM
    maybe you are right about the economic pressures. if so, let’s look at our Chinese Menu

    Column A — stay the course and hope for better

    Column B — Retain Coughlin and fire Fewel hoping that abetter defense can compensate for a dreadful offense

    Column C — Retain Coughlin and fire Gilbride hoping that a different coordinator will better implement TC’s bomb’s away offense theme

    Column D — retain Coughlin and fire Quinn — just because it would be fun

    Column E — fire all coaches

    Column F — fire Reese and retain coaching staff — who can coach this talent-less pool?

    Column G — fire Reese and the coaching staff — burnin down the house

    Column H — fire Reese and the coaching staff and release Eli (take the $100M cap hit) — the nuclear option

    Column I — retain Reese and Coughlin but release Eli — Fat Man and Little Boy

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    If Beason DOESN’T start this week or next then the trade was idiotic. Giving up even a low draft pick means the guy you went and got had better be a quick contributor.

    Given that Mark Herzlich has been given every opportunity to take the starting job at MIKE and hasn’t been able to handle it, I think we know all we need to know about him. Great kid, great story, hopefully a great life. But just another guy whom the broom that sweeps this team clean needs to get out of the way. You can’t say he’s a bust, or that Reese made a mistake signing him as an UDFA. It was a risk worth taking, and not a particularly costly one. No one to blame here. But clearly this roll of the dice came up empty.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:


    •  Doug Rush says:

      Completely agree, and hey, at the end of the day…he’s got his life and is alive to live it.

      So even if he retires tomorrow, he’s cancer free and said he played in the NFL, plus won a Super Bowl with a world class organization.

      In the grand scheme of things, being a linebacker who wasn’t best suited to be a starter isn’t the worst thing in the world considering he was fighting for his life and won.

  4.  GOAT56 says:


    GOAT56 says:
    October 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM
    To all that think there is no way we can win thurs look no futher than the Jets. No one, I men no one thought they had much chance to even keep it close. Funny things happen in the NFL. Plus Chicago is two plays away from being 1-4 so it’s not like we are facing Denver.

    Coach wise the only college coach that I think could succeed here is Shaw. He’s an offensive mind but a pro set one. He’s also a former NFL assistant so he’s knows what the NFL is about. Also his father was a long time NFL assistant so he grew up in the NFL. Plus coaching he’s not just winning because of talent. The success without Luck the past 1 and a half show he can really coach. Lastly, his demeanor is a good fit for us.

    DE is a huge need all of a sudden. None of the young guys that at least seem to be decent 4th and 5th DE options are around. Tuck looks done. Kiwi looks done too. We only have JPP and Moore guaranteed for 2014. An early DE wouldn’t be a surprise.

    Out of the vets I think in general most want gone the one I think makes the most sense keeping is Webster. Webster played the first 2 games. Even if we draft a CB we need another starter. Maybe it’s Hosley but we don’t know yet. Also unlike most of these vets Webster has been good except for 2012, he hasn’t been on steady decline. But of course Webster has to show he can get and stay healthy soon.

    Our RB situation without Wilson and Brown is horrible. I just hope TC gives Cox a few carries. Cox can be given the ball or motion out as a receiver so we are not risking Eli. What I saw in preseason was a much more natural RB than either Jacobs or Scott.

    What’s also funny is as bad as we have been we still have a better chance at winning our division than Atlanta or Pitt.

    Chad Eldred says:
    October 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM
    Agree on Cox. I know it’s easy to talk about the guy who hasn’t been on the field, because he hasn’t had the opportunity to stink along with the rest of the team. But Cox looked decent in preseason, I would like to see how he does in some regular season action. At this point, what the hell do we have to lose?

    •  JimStoll says:

      the Jets are a far far far better team than the Giants and the Falcons are doing their best to imitate the Giants

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    Jfunk – the issue with Wilson and snaps is simple none us should even have to think about it if he had the most snaps. He should be getting like 80% of the snaps not 40%-50%. Maybe you haven’t noticed but our other RBs suck. So it is a big deal that Wilson isn’t getting the snaps he needs. The things that are suppose to be his issues Jacobs and Scott struggle with just as much and they don’t have an once of his ability.

    •  JimStoll says:

      Wilson is a bust
      He will never make it in the NFL
      it is obvious that he can’t handle the transition
      physically gifted but doesn’t have the mental concentration, the toughness or the it factor
      you watch, he’ll play less and less (if at all) as the season goes on; next year he may get the snaps but he won’t produce like a No. 1
      he’ll be released in his 4th year

      JR strikes again!!

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Pretty sure you’re dead wrong about this. How would we know? He has not had the chance to run behind an even decent offensive line.

        He certainly proved a great kickoff returner, and that takes talent, concentration, toughness and the “it” factor. He just needs time and opportunities.

        •  JimStoll says:

          I should rephrase — for whatever reason he does not have the confidence of this coaching staff and so long as they are here it will be a push and pull to get a full-fledged opportunity

          and while I agree that it is unfair to judge Wilson behind this line, this is the line he has, this is the time when he will be judged, and the one thing we know is he can’t (or at least hasn’t been able to thus far) manufacture yards on his own
          I predict he will sit until the bye and then he will take a back seat to Andre Brown (if healthy) and we won’t know any more by the end of the season than we know now

          •  Kettles78 says:

            I disagree with you on that Jim. Wilson has run hard and manufactured a few yards each time. Even trying to run some people over. But look up the percentage of times the Giants RB’s have been hit behind the line of scrimmage. I know it was at or about 30% of the time just before the Chiefs game I believe. While he has not done what they expected yet I think he has been far from a bust. This year the Giants have trailed and have abandoned the run which is preventing this kid from getting into any kind of rhythm.

  6. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    Some interesting notes on Shaw:

    Was coached at Stanford by Dennis Green and Bill Walsh.

    As the Raiders’ quality control from 1998–2000 and quarterbacks coach in 2001, the team won two consecutive AFC West titles and completed a 10–6 regular season

    In 2005, Shaw coached wide receivers Derrick Mason to a Ravens record of 86 receptions and 1,073 receiving yards (the third-highest Baltimore record) and Mark Clayton to a Ravens rookie record of 44 receptions for 471 yards.

    I’m officially on the Shaw bangwagon

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Glad to have you.

      I doubt we hire him, but we should.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      His father was long time NFL assistant Willie Shaw. His pedigree is a lot like Lane Kiffin but he wasn’t rushed into a job too early and had the right progression. Plus he’s not an ****.

      If TC is not the coach someone like him would not surprise me. I think that Briles is the other college coach I like but I don’t think he’s a fit for us.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Julio Jones out for the season. The Falcons have bigger problems than ours. Given what a terrific guy Tony Gonzalez is, and what a great football player he’s been, it’s a bit sad that he’ll go out this way, but such is life.

    Think about this. Most thought the Giants would be a decent team that had an outside chance at reaching the playoffs and making a run. But almost EVERYONE thought the Falcons were one of the 3-4 top teams in the NFC and were a serious championship contender. So which fan base is more disappointed?

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Word is Falcons are looking to move Tony G.

      Unless they consider this season lost, which I think they have a better chance of turning it around then we do, AND with Jones out for the year… They might contact us to see what we want for Nicks.

      Don’t be shocked.

  8.  skinnydoogan says:

    3 reasons why that would never happen:
    Tony Gonzalez is 105
    He is way too talented
    Coughlin would not play him.

  9.  skinnydoogan says:

    Sorry ***

  10.  JBeast says:

    I’m sorry to say fellas but I have given up on this season, I’m going to the game tomm its my first NFL game ever and i couldn’t be less excited. I will keep an eye out for beacon to see how he looks and if he is worth thinking about keeping for next season. TBH i was most excited to see Wilson when i bought these tickets just not my year lol

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Take heart. We can all be scouts now. Since the games won’t have that much relevance it becomes quite easy to pick 3-4 players that you really want to focus on and see how they’re doing with their individual assignments. I’ve tried to do that while paying close attention to the game but it’s hard.

      So go out there, take a look at a few of the young guys (ie. Pugh, Cordle, Randle, Paysinger, Hill, etc.) and figure out whether you think they are building blocks or not.

      I’m going to the Vikings game (and probably all of the other home games….I must be a glutton for punishment) with the full expectation that they will be 0-6 coming into it and in total disarray. But I enjoy it anyway. That comes from a certain degree of perspective built upon my basic personality, my long experience as a fan of the team who has seen plenty of ups and downs, and my conviction that Eli has one more “run” left over the next 3-5 years and the team will do what is necessary to give itself the chance to ride a franchise quarterback to another title or two. It also comes from my pleasure in watching a few players in detail. I think I’m a pretty good evaluator of football talent, so enjoy reaching my own conclusions about the personnel.

      Try it. I think you’ll like it.

    •  Krow says:

      Like the old joke goes, “it’s your fault … you trusted them.”

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