Through the first five weeks of the 2013 season, the New York Giants defense was playing poor enough to the point where it was going to cost defensive coordinator Perry Fewell his job; especially since they were allowing over 30 points per game in an 0-5 start.
However, during that time, the New York Giants decide to make a trade that would change the entire outlook of their defense as they acquired Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers for a seventh-round draft pick and with the middle linebacker manning the middle of the defense, it gave the unit a completely fresh look and one they desperately needed.
From the second half of their Week 6 loss against the Chicago Bears, the defense looked like shades of the team from 2007 and 2011 with Beason in the middle, as they were keeping opposing offenses out of the end zone and were a major reason why the Giants went from 0-6 to 4-6 in a span of five weeks and were right back in the thick of the NFC East division race and many credited Beason's presence as a result of the turnaround.
Before coming to the Giants, the terms "done" and "washed up" were thrown around when the trade was made with the Panthers to land Beason, especially since he was coming off of two injuries that really hampered his 2011 and 2012 seasons and eventually, his benching and trade out of town from Carolina, but gladly into the arms of the Giants who desperately needed a middle linebacker with Beason's talents- if he were healthy.
It had looked like Beason was fully healed from his past injuries because with the Giants, he racked up 93 total tackles to go along with the 11 he already had with the Panthers which gave him 104 total tackles and an interception and looked like the guy that was at one time considered to be the best middle linebacker in the sport along with Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers. After the Giants 20-6 season finale victory over the Washington Redskins, Beason emphasized his strong desire to return to the Giants, as he will be heading into free agency into the offseason.
“I would love to play here next year,” said Beason, who suffered an Achilles tear in 2011 followed by a knee tear in 2012. “I want to continue to play football at a high level and I’m trying to win a championship. … That’s my No. 1 priority, right. And that is something I think we can do here. I think the pieces are here and you don’t really need to look elsewhere.”
Along with Beason, the Giants do have other decisions to make on defense such as Justin Tuck, Terrell Thomas and Linval Joseph as well as figuring out the deals of Mathias Kiwanuka and Antrel Rolle, especially since their 2014 salaries will weight heavy on the salary cap.
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