The New York Giants still haven't cracked a win yet this season. After Thursday night's 27-21 lost to the Chicago Bears, the Giants dropped to 0-6 on the season, but had some positive things to take out of their defeat. They played their best game of the season so far, and saw improvements in key areas that they can build on for the rest of the season. One came on defense with improvements in stopping the run led by middle linebacker Jon Beason.
Beason, who was playing in his first game in a Giants uniform after coming over from the Carolina Panthers via a trade last week.
"It went well," said Beason on his Giants debut. "As the Mike linebacker, you're in charge of making the calls, getting the guys lined up, making checks. For the most part I feel like I did a good job but there were some plays that I wish I could have back. At the end of the day, if you don't win, nothing really matters."
In his Giants debut, Beason had 12 tackles, which was the most by any player for the game and helped the Big Blue defense slow down the Bears running attack lead by running back Matt Forte.
"I feel like I moved around well. "Mentally I thought I was there in terms of the scheme and where I was supposed to be," noted Beason on his play. "I felt like I played hard and the plays that I was dreaming about, making this play or making this great interception, I was close but I didn't get it. But the fact that I knew it was coming, the anticipation was there, that's how you play the game. When you're a veteran player you sit and you know when you can make an impact or a splash play or a game-changing play. I had a chance and that's something that's going to eat at me but that's how I am. I want to be perfect."
The biggest knock on Beason since he suffered multiple injuries the past couple of years, was that he is no longer a three down linebacker and that his play overall has diminished since he came back from his injuries.
"Sometimes perception is not necessarily reality," noted Beason. "You guys need something to write about. They made it a story down there, but for me, I'm very confident in who I am. I know what I can do, I know what I've done and you can always bank on that. Obviously I'd like to be in better shape just when you're coming back from an injury you have to recover from that before you can get better. Not necessarily an affirmation but I think I can get so much better."
Hopefully for the Giants, Beason can build on this past game and get better to help strengthen the Giants defense. Beason's next task will be to help the Giants defense slow down Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings offense and help the Giants finally get their first win of the season.