Three weeks ago, the New York Giants defense may have been one of the worst-ranked units in the entire NFL to the point where it could have gotten defensive coordinator Perry Fewell fired, along with the rest of his defensive assistant coaches. There was no pass rush, there was no communication, there was a lack of production and they were giving up 30-plus points per game.
The unit was doing the same thing in the middle of their Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears, as it allowed 27 first-half points and were on pace to be the first NFL team to allow 30-plus points in their first six games of the season. But then, something happened. And something happened for the better because every since that second-half against the Bears, the Giants defense has been lights-out and showing signs of being a dominant group again.
Many point to that game as the one that the Giants defense "got it" because it was also the first one middle linebacker Jon Beason started for the team after being traded the week before by the Carolina Panthers for a late-conditional draft pick. Not only did the defense simplify things, it has not allowed a touchdown from an opposing offense in their last 10 quarters- the two against the Bears, and in the games against the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles. In those games, we all started to see Beason look like the guy that dominated for Carolina before injuries took their toll and eventually, took him out of the starting lineup.
Who knew that Beason losing his starting outside linebacker job to former Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn would be a blessing in disguise as in his first three games, has already racked up 25 total tackles; 18 of which were solo, and is impressing everyone with the Giants, including his position coach Jim Herrmann, who told Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York that not only did he bring a strong leadership quality to the team, but it's his voice on the field that has made a tremendous difference.
"Obviously he's a Pro Bowl-caliber type guy and I think our guys like that in the room," Herrmann said. "It's different and new. He has a gregarious personality. He's very easy to get along with. You can tell why he's been a good leader. I've always been a firm believer that there has to be one voice on the field," Herrmann said. "Coaches are on the sideline, somebody has to be the voice on the field. When you have a guy like that, that one voice resonates to everyone on the field, and the results are you have 11 guys on the same page, which is good."
Beason's contract at the end of the 2013 season voids and he will become a free agent, but the 28-year-old linebacker has expressed major interest in not only re-signing with the Giants after the season, but has said that he already loves the Giants to the point where he wants to play the rest of his career with the team and follow in the footsteps of Jessie Armstead and even take a position with the organization after his football career is over.
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