Football is football. On of the primary goals is to get the guy with the ball. Jon Beason, the MLB the Giants acquired from the Carolina Panthers on Oct 4, is very good at getting the guy with the ball.
He is also a leader, vocal and otherwise. He gets the defense lined up and in position to make plays. He is physical as well as cerebral. The Giants got a real gift from old friend Dave Gettlemen, the former Giants' executive who is now the GM in Carolina.
"Beason’s been a godsend," said Justin Tuck. "We always talk about how short he is, the floating joke on the sideline was, “The quarterback threw the ball four feet in the air and he still had to jump to get it.” But, again, he’s really come in and uplifted our spirits with his play and just his enthusiasm for the game. He’s a true warrior and a true leader on that football field."Yesterday, Beason had eight more tackles (six solo), one tackle for a loss, a pass defended, a QB hit and an interception that changed the momentum of the game.
Since cracking the lineup on Oct 10th in Chicago, the Giants have looked like a team with a real NFL defense. They've won four of five and probably should have won all five.
"He's done an outstanding job. He's a football player," said Tom Coughlin. "He's physical. He communicates very, very well. He's very focused. He brings that to the table and other people have to join him in that focus. He's done a really good job. Antrel has done an outstanding job. I don't want to leave anyone out over there. They've all encouraged each other. They work hard at it and that's been a huge plus."
It's no mistake that the defense is playing better with Beason around. Sure, they played against backup QBs the past month, but you can't discount the fact that they have simply stoned some of the best RBs in the business.
Going into the Chicago game, the Giants' defense was at the bottom of the league - 26th overall - 2th against the rush and 22nd against the pass.
As of this morning the Giants are 11th in total defense. They have improved to 7th against the run and 15th against the pass. That's progress. You have Jon Beason to thank, too.