LB Jon Beason
August 5, 2015
Q: So far good for it looks like, physically?
A: Yeah, itís going well. Iím just happy to get my feet back under me, be back out here working hard. Missed the heat, missed the battles. Iím happy for 9-on-7, actually itís a blessing for 9-on-7 today. I just want to get out there and get my nose bloody a little bit, and get back in the swing of things.
Q: Itís been a while since thatís happened.
A: Yeah, I miss it. When youíre doing something you feel like you were born to do, I tend to get excited about that. Itís tough, but I like it that way.
Q: Arenít you supposed to try and bloody someone elseís nose?
A: Sometimes thatís the cost of doing business. You know they say, ďyou look bad, but you should look at the other guy,Ē right? Itís a huge respect factor.
Q: At this stage of your career, how important are those padded practices now than they were some years ago?
A: Well, I miss that. With the new CBA [Collective Bargaining Agreement], I understand taking care of guysí bodies. Everything has changed so much. But the two-a-days, pads every day, banging every dayóhelps you, because think about the brand of football that you see during preseason. Itís sloppy. Then hopefully the teams that get it figured out, hopefully they come out Week One looking good. Blocking and tackling is always at a premium when youíre trying to take care of guys. So you take advantage of these full-padded days because you know thatís the game. On Sunday, thereís no tagging off. So, we need to work our craft.
Q: You donít get to control how that CBA goes, but it sounds like youíd rather go back to the old school way.
A: Yeah. You know, football is tough. Itís combative and we like it that way. I would prefer the old way as opposed to the new way, if I had my choice. You weed a lot of guys out, you know whoís really down for the cause.
Q: Thereís a lot of players in this league now who donít even know that culture. Do you find that strange?
A: Not strange, it changed earlier. I think I was in college when there was no back-to-back two-a-days. Then, shortly thereafteróa couple years in the league, no two-a-days at all. I think itís essential, yeah itís a tough game and people get hurt, but thatís part of it.
Q: Can you quantify how you feel how at the start of camp, maybe as good or better than the last how many years?
A: Several years, several years. This is the first year Iíve come in and not been injured or going through the process of going through rehab. I feel strong, I just need more reps, I need more contact. New system, obviously, with Coach Spags, so the more reps I get, the more time in it is going to help me.
Q: That goes back to Carolina, too, certainly?
A: Absolutely. Itís the fifth [defensive] coordinator, but from a physical standpoint, back to Carolina.
Q: I donít know if you feel younger, but you feel healthier?
A: Yeah, I mean thatís the one side that no one really looks at. The years that I was on IR [injured reserve], I donít have those years of pounding throughout the season. I should be fresher and be considered younger than I really am.
Q: I remember talking to you back at the Super Bowl when you said ďI canít wait to get in the room with Spags and try to foster that relationship.Ē Where is it right now and how much have you gotten the chance to be together?
A: Itís coming along quite fast. Heís a guy who loves ball all the time--heís nonstop. We get a chance to hang out during the special teams period, where Iím a little less involved as I would beóso we get a little one-on-one time. I knew going into it that his scheme was going to be very complex. A lot is on my shoulders and thatís something that Iím trying to live up to the expectations. For him, theyíre through the roof, but obviously my own expectations. I have a lot on my shoulders and Iím looking forward to it.
Q: We saw you the other day working in the corner with Spags one-on-one. Were you going over technique or philosophyócommunication?
A: Heís such a great coach that if he sees anything that you can work on, heís always going to talk about it. Whether itís footworkóthatís our theme throughout the whole defensive room, is footwork right now. And then weíre on the tackling dummy. Obviously, weíre going to have some guys come over and work the drillóbut getting me over there, ďLetís take advantage of this five, ten minutes that we have. Get you over here and letís talk about knock back and the way that I see you tackling as opposed to the way I see you tackling right now.Ē
Q: Are you comfortable with people saying, ďIf Beason is healthy, they can be good. If Beason is not healthy, we donít think their defense can be good.Ē
A: Well, thatís the best kind of pressure. You know itís an opportunity to do something greatówhen people put a lot on you. Obviously I think I can do a lot. I think, when healthy, I think weíre a better team, a better defense. The pressure of that, it pushes meóit drives me to do more.
Q: Do you expect to participate in the first preseason game?
A: I better, I donít want to get dressed for nothing.
Q: But youíll be there right?
A: Yeah, Iíll be there. The first preseason game is always a series or two, you never know. Hopefully it just goes well, whether itís four plays or eight plays or whatever it isóyou just want it to go well.
Q: When people suggest that youíre injury prone or not going to make it, does that bother you?
A: No, football is injury prone. You know itís seriously out of your controlóthatís the most frustrating part about it. When people say that this happens to one guy more than not, thereís been great players that never were. High school, college players that never were, due to injury. So, Iím blessed, Iím fortunate to have come this far, to have the time that I have, I enjoy it. Now, I just focus on being in the moment and enjoying the very next rep because I know thatís all that is guaranteed.
Q: I know itís several practices away, but are you looking forward next week to Cincinnati and what that could mean for this team?
A: You know what, this isnít my first time scrimmaging against another team. I wish they were coming here. Itís a little differentóitís going to be more chippy because itís chippy at practice here. You see scuffles break out and itís your own teammates, so imagine if itís an opposing team. So you know, trying to keep a level head and not being too prideful, in terms of when a guy holds you or pushes youóthe little extra stuff. Cincinnati is a chippy group, which is why weíre going up against them. Theyíre tough against the run and they run the ball extremely well. Theyíve been in the playoffs the last four years, so itís a great opportunity to get an early gauge and get some live action. Because itíll be faster, itíll be more physical.
Q: Last year, one of the questions was about the Giants against the run, what are you guys doing to be better against the run?
A: First off, stopping the run always boils down to being accountable, being where youíre supposed to be. Then, doing your jobówe have a new saying: ďplus.Ē So, donít just be in your gap, make sure that you go out there, you do your job, but also want to make the playówant to be the guy whoís going to stop a play on third down thatís going to get us an extra possession and win the game. Weíre doing a lot in terms of swarming to the football. Guys running in the huddle just constantly, constantly trying to get in shape to play at a very, very fast and high level.
Q: Are you still thinking about the toe?
A: Seriously, I never feel it. So, when I get out there and play, I try to completely put it out and not think about the fact that I might have orthotics in or I have a plate in my shoe. Just play ball, and I feel fine, I feel natural and my feetóitís keeping up and itís coming along.
Q: You have orthotics?
A: Right, because itís preventive medicine, too.