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Jon Beason: “We’re going to be aggressive and blitz-happy”

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After a few days of work with new coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Panthers linebacker Jon Beason is telling all the quarterbacks on Carolina’s schedule that they’d better be ready.

“We will not sit back and be dictated to by anybody,” Beason said, per Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com. “We’re going to dictate what we want to offenses. We’re going to be aggressive and blitz-happy and we’re going to force a quarterback to be in some uncomfortable situations. That part of it is going to be fun.”

Beason says there’s a “night and day” difference between the new system and the defense the Panthers ran under the old coaching staff. He seems particularly excited about the pressure the Panthers can put on the quarterback this year: Beason said the Panthers blitzed about 30 percent of the time in 2010 but will blitz about 65 or 70 percent of the time in 2011.

“They’re going to have to do their homework this year,” Beason said of opposing quarterbacks. “It’s not going to be, hey, we know about the Panthers and we know about their scheme. It’s going to be a completely different defense.”

Last year the Panthers were the worst team in the NFL. This year, Beason says, “I think we can be just as good as anybody in the league.”

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27 Responses to “Jon Beason: “We’re going to be aggressive and blitz-happy””
  1. offsideburns says: Aug 1, 2011 4:58 PM

    Huge year ahead for Mr. Beast

  2. bleedgreen says: Aug 1, 2011 4:58 PM

    Take a look at how well that worked out for the Eagles when Gingerballs was calling the plays.

  3. gfan8611 says: Aug 1, 2011 4:59 PM

    Beason must’ve just finished up a killer season of Madden. Hey Jon you have no QB. The best teams in the league tend to have QB.

  4. crabboil says: Aug 1, 2011 5:01 PM

    Dude, I DARE you to blitz Drew Brees 70% of the time. Do that and the Saints will light the scoreboard up like Christmas.

  5. oldboyy26 says: Aug 1, 2011 5:03 PM

    Well the defense was never an issue. We had one of the better defenses last year, but the offense going 3 and out constantly prevented the D from getting breaks and being able to maintain a high level. Lets get the O-Line healthy and add some depth and then grow our young QBs!

  6. giveseanpaytonhisjuicyfruit says: Aug 1, 2011 5:04 PM

    He’s right it’ll be more like a cakewalk

  7. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Aug 1, 2011 5:04 PM

    Maybe this could help Cam Newton. That’s after he’s done being an entertainer cause that always come first.

  8. sturg18 says: Aug 1, 2011 5:07 PM

    You better get there in a hurry Beason, bcuz the back end of that defense sucks!!

  9. saturn1111 says: Aug 1, 2011 5:10 PM

    after 1 season under McDermott Beason will be singing a different tune:

    we’re confused, not blitzing as much as I thought we would be, terrible at tackling, and rapidly losing respect for our know-it-all coordinator.

  10. boneyardbuc says: Aug 1, 2011 5:15 PM

    We’re going to be burning those kitties deep…

  11. qdog112 says: Aug 1, 2011 5:16 PM

    gfan8611 says: Aug 1, 2011 4:59 PM

    Beason must’ve just finished up a killer season of Madden. Hey Jon you have no QB. The best teams in the league tend to have QB.
    —————————-
    Unless the rules have changed, the QB still plays on offense and Beason plays defense. But just in case you’re confused, the Panthers drafted the best QB in the draft and the BCS. I predict he’ll make the transition just fine. Meanwhile – LOOKOUT FOR THAT BLITZ!

  12. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 1, 2011 5:18 PM

    All this because of Sean McDermott and what he learned under Jim Johnson.

  13. kathleenturnersoverdrive says: Aug 1, 2011 5:21 PM

    As A Saints fan I will say that the Panthers free agency has been Stellar. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them make some noise this year if Cam is even half as good as they think he will be.

  14. stoicfan says: Aug 1, 2011 5:23 PM

    Who the hell is Derek Anderson?

  15. gridassassin says: Aug 1, 2011 5:29 PM

    Ron Rivera loves to blitz and blitz often, from everywhere on the field. Carolina is going to be an AGGRESSIVE defense – not to say it will work all the time.

  16. pantherfan89 says: Aug 1, 2011 5:31 PM

    sturg18 says:
    Aug 1, 2011 5:07 PM
    You better get there in a hurry Beason, bcuz the back end of that defense sucks!!
    ==================================

    And you have no idea what the hell you are talking about.

  17. bird2jasun says: Aug 1, 2011 5:41 PM

    Lol, I laugh at you people think this is MecDemott’s Defense! Hahahahha, this is Ron Rivera’s Defense! Sean just has the label bc sombody has to be it, And Rivera has had a number one Defense in a 4-3 AND a 3-4. Go Panthers!

  18. gi141 says: Aug 1, 2011 5:53 PM

    It will only be a matter of time before McDermott puts his stamp on this Defense, and they begin setting franchise worsts like the Eagles have done in his hands the past two years. Just wait until your best pass rushers are dropping into coverage, and players are playing out of position because he thinks he is outsmarting someone. Wait until your players are playing slow because they are over thinking an over complex scheme, further hampering their ability to make instinctive plays. Fair warning Carolina, it’s going to get uglier with each week.

  19. packerfever12 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:04 PM

    I can’t wait for the panthers to blitz A Rod in week two. The score is going to get out of control early.

  20. tednguyen73 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:11 PM

    Same old adage when a new DC/HC arrives. People tend to forget that Sean McDermott was the heir apparrent to Jim Johnson’s BLITZ crazy scheme in Philly and look what happened…oh, Sean got fired and went to a desperate team looking for some new blood. NEWS FLASH…the Eagles have never won a Lombardi trophy under the scheme of Jim Johnson or Sean McDermott. So much for being an aggressive defense that is going to do whatever it wants to an offense…..

  21. stellaboycarl says: Aug 1, 2011 6:15 PM

    sturg18 says: Aug 1, 2011 5:07 PM

    You better get there in a hurry Beason, bcuz the back end of that defense sucks!!

    yea your right the back end sucks Godfrey just finished tied with grimes of atlanta in INTs and 3rd of all Safeties in the same category. while the team ranked 11th in Pass D head of a bunch of no ones like.

    Pittsburgh no 12
    Philly no 14
    chicago 20
    baltimore 21
    atlanta 22

    yea The back end sucks…. just like your researching abilities

  22. rpiotr01 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:30 PM

    Good QBs like to be blitzed. They know where their receivers are going to be and can throw to that window before the pressure gets there.

    Good pressure comes in two different ways:

    1.) Great players along the line, beating their man one on one over and over again. Rare these days. See the 2007 Giants.

    2.) Confusion. Make the QB guess where the pressure is coming from, but at the same time be able to fill the gaps where receivers could be effectively. Run stunts, zone blitzes, CB blitzes. See Steelers, Packers, Jets, respectively.

    It’s not about sheer numbers, it’s about match ups and scheming to free a rusher up.

    Carolina plays in a division with 3 very good QBs – Brees, Ryan and Freeman. My prediction is that should they really blitz 70% of snaps they will struggle defensively.

  23. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 1, 2011 8:09 PM

    I’m not doubting they may have a good defense this year, but their offense had better give them some rest or else they’re going to be gasping for air as they’re half heartedly making their way to the QB.

  24. madenatewell says: Aug 1, 2011 8:15 PM

    Being a panthers fan I’m excited…being a PFT comment reader I’m baffled. Do you people just take a players word and run with it? I guess if drew brees said he liked to wear leather pants 70% of the time you’d just automatically assume he does.

    My point is he’s only saying that they’re gonna blitz more. Ron Rivera learned a lot about defense from Buddy Ryan, Sean McDermett learned from Jim Johnson…I’m sure they aren’t braindead about living/dying by the blitz…but I guess because they have a Panthers logo on their clothes now and we’re a division rival of your saints, they just forgot absolutely everything…lol child please!

  25. doe22us says: Aug 1, 2011 10:10 PM

    Yes, this is awesome i was looking for something to crack about and Jon Beason provided my Monday Night comedy moment. Thanks Dude

  26. saturn1111 says: Aug 1, 2011 10:39 PM

    @ bird2jasun

    You’d better HOPE it’s Rivera’s defense and not McDermott’s.

  27. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 2, 2011 1:11 AM

    madenatewell says: Aug 1, 2011 8:15 PM

    Being a panthers fan I’m excited…being a PFT comment reader I’m baffled. Do you people just take a players word and run with it? I guess if drew brees said he liked to wear leather pants 70% of the time you’d just automatically assume he does.
    ______________________
    I don’t get the analogy with the leather pants. Yeah if Brees said he likes to wear leather pants I’d believe him, he’d be stating a fact if that was his preference.
    Just like if Cam Newton came out and said that he likes to go out on the town in drag I’d believe him, he’d be stating a fact, if that was his preference.
    Beason is saying they’re going to be more aggressive and blitz happy which is odd, because normally new defensive coordinators come out wanting to be more passive right?
    Shockey, I mean, shocker.

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