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New York Giants LB Coach Jim Herrmann Sees Jon Beason as Leader; Voice Team Needs on Field

October 31st, 2013 at 3:24 PM
By Doug Rush

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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24 Responses to “New York Giants LB Coach Jim Herrmann Sees Jon Beason as Leader; Voice Team Needs on Field”

  1.  Begiant says:

    I am loving everything I am hearing about Beason. I don’t have anything else to say. I am thrilled he is a Giant.

  2.  Begiant says:

    FYI. Karlos Dansby, a player a lot of people here wanted even though he might have been out of our price range, is leading the league in SOLO tackles with nearly 70 through 8 games. Burfict does hold the record for total tackles, but 70 solo tackles is very impressive.

  3.  BigBlueGiant says:

    New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul has parted ways with agent Drew Rosenhaus.
    about an hour ago

    JPP probably asked Drew to get him a new contract and Drew probably said “honestly, the way your playing… Not many people gonna make you a 40 million dollar man. Forget about 100 million”.

    JPP will sign with Jay Z and Jay Z will get him less money than Drew would have.

  4.  William says:

    DD statement about Nicks to me is very important and should not be taken lightly. The bottom line is that you can rest assure that despite any mid range number that JR throws out, Nicks is going to test the market in hopes for the Mike Wallace home-run contract. There is a huge difference in the Cruz situation versus Nicks. Cruz would have had to play (and risk injury or bad play) for no money in 2013, in hopes of a huge deal in 2014. That single year at crap money was huge leverage for JR to stick to his guns and Cruz was always going to fold. Cruz was never going to make up the lost wages in 2013 versus signing, so he had to take JR’s mid range offer.
    Not the same with Nicks, who simply becomes a free agent and sits back and hopes some team will look past his injuries, lack of speed since surgery and occasional drops. You can’t blame him because every free agent period someone gets grossly overpaid. Worst case he gets a decent deal in NY or somewhere else like Carolina….no real downside in rolling the dice.
    The issue for the Giants is they better get used to the idea that he wont be around in 2014, so benching Randle (for Jernigan) for a lot of the last game is an interesting move to say the least.

  5.  kujo says:

    “…after being traded the week before by the Carolina Panthers for a late-compensatory draft pick.”

    Pretty sure you can’t trade compensatory draft picks.

    They traded a conditional pick.

  6.  William says:

    I cant make this point enough, watch other NFL games and compare what you see to the NY GIants. I have pounded the table for Eli’s entire career that he gets at best adequate pass protection and at times horrible protection.
    Tonight another classic. I’ve been watching how soon Andy Dalton gets the play from the sidelines. The answer, every down so far with 15-20 seconds on the play clock and he’s at the line calling audibles with over 10 seconds. Sharp contrast to the Giants and the consistent fire drill we see because Eli gets the play with under 15 seconds left on play clock giving him no time at the line.

    •  kujo says:

      Yup. The tempo is quicker, the plays are creative and predicated on establishing a rhythm for your offense while preventing the defense from gaining any.

      On the other hand, our playbook was handed to Coughlin by Moses as he descended from the mountain.

    •  JBeast says:

      Sometimes i wonder how much greater Eli would have been with an OL like Brady’s and a OC that understands how to maximize the talent on his team

      •  kujo says:

        Wishing for a great OL is senseless. If the offensive braintrust–and YES, that includes Eli– had half a brain, they’d have done away with 50% or more of the 332 long-developing passes in our playbook. I don’t care how good your OL is–the best way to defeat a defense is to keep them off balance, prevent substitutions, and attackattackattack. Our offense is like jazz…we need more dubstep.

        •  kujo says:

          By “dubstep” I mean spastic, funky and off-beat. Don’t be predictable.

          Because our OL isn’t going to transform into a set of worldbeaters anytime soon.

  7.  Krow says:

    How bad must our attitude be that a guy here for 2 weeks emerges as ‘a leader’.

    •  kujo says:

      I dunno, man. Beason was an all-everything down in Carolina. He’s still the starting middle linebacker if Kuechly isn’t on that team, but he was viewed as a prototype prospect that just couldn’t be passed on.

    •  kujo says:

      I mean, he’s not just some guy. He was probably the best 4-3 middle linebacker in the game 2 years ago. He doesn’t have to pay his dues, or establish himself as someone who knows his stuff. If he stays healthy, he’s the best linebacker we’ve had in 20 years. Period.

  8.  William says:

    no ones concerned or surprised that Nicks will test free agency and we most likely lose him???

    •  kujo says:

      No one gives a f*ck what David Diehl has to say on the subject, nor do they consider him an authority on the legal/financial decisions that Nicks and his agent will mull between now and next spring.

  9.  J. Charles says:

    What up everyone! Kujo Big Blue, what’s poppin baby!!! Good to see yall goin at it. I would get on nicks, but i am going to dip before these damn ads make me shoot someone.
    Hoplax: If The Law Firm runs for 150 and 3 tds i am going to have a heart attack!

  10.  J. Charles says:

    kujo says:
    October 31, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    I don’t care how good your OL is–the best way to defeat a defense is to keep them off balance, prevent substitutions, and attackattackattack. Our offense is like jazz…we need more dubstep.

    Lol. Exactly!!!!

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