Jon Beason just put together another Pro Bowl caliber season and was rewarded with that by being a late entry into the Pro Bowl. Not only did Beason play, but he put in quite the day by picking off Matt Cassel late in the fourth quarter and taking it to the house. Many thought that when John Fox was at the end of his road in coaching the Panthers he wasn’t getting the maximum effort from his players. Well Beason was putting in another great season and he wasn’t even playing his regular position. When Thomas Daviswent down early in camp with his second consecutive ACL injury, the Panthers decided to move Beason to the outside. Beason later moved back into his regular middle linebacker position, but that was later in the season.
So, what does this say for Jon Beason this upcoming year?
In steps blitz and pressure crazy defensive coordinator Sean McDermott from Philadelphia. Also, without any setbacks Thomas Davisis set to return back to his role as the outside linebacker. With Beason now patrolling the middle and McDermott at the helm to bring more pressure on opposing offenses, there should be a lot of sacks coming Beason’s way. I see Beason being the dominant linebacker that can be brought up in conversations with Brian Urlacher and other top-notch MLB’s.
In his days at The U, Beason was dominant in all phases of the game. There is a reason the Panthers spent their first round selection on this guy, because he has the ability to give opposing quarterbacks nightmares as both a dominant rusher and as a solid cover man too. If you don’t believe me look at this past Pro Bowlas I mentioned early and tell me Beason can’t cover anyone.
So, with the addition of Sean McDermott and his scheme of bringing pressure to offenses, Jon Beasonwill cash in on this opportunity and be able to showcase his rushing and coverage skills. Oh, and Beason won’t have to wait until days before the Pro Bowl to see if he will be headed to Hawaii because he will show other fans that he is capable of starting in the game for the NFC.