New York Giants All-Pro middle linebacker Jon Beason hung out at MetLife Stadium (with Taye Diggs in tow) last week and explained to a throng of dudes how Duracell’s Quantum batteries power the NFL. We were part of that gaggle of dudes.
Talk about how you hooked up with Duracell.
“Duracell reached out, and being the “Mike” linebacker in our defense and equipped with the headset, I’m powered by Duracell Quantum. It was an eye-opening experience to work with Duracell. Through the course of an NFL game, 650 Duracell Quantum batteries are used, and that’s just mind boggling. And I thought, ‘Where do they all go?’ You can go to facebook.com/Duracell to find out all the others ways they are used to make sure the fans have the best experience possible.”
This preseason, I’ve noticed more than ever opposing QBs calling out where the mike linebacker is a lot more. Why is this?
“In a 4-3 scheme, there are 11 guys on both sides of the ball. There are two of everything except the mike linebacker; cornerbacks, defensive tackles, outside linebackers and safeties and then the one mike. Based on where he aligns, he is the X-factor, the extra defender, the guy you have to account for, because when the offense overloads a side in terms of protection, that is where we can gain an advantage. They usually point me out as mike based on what we’re in, but based on how were spinning the safety down, what we’re showing when we are showing pressure, they can call someone else the mike and say he’s the guy you are responsible for. If he comes, he is the X-factor in terms of pressure.”
Over the last couple years, you’ve had to play both “Sam” and “Will” linebacker positions. How nice is it to go back to mike, your native LB position?
“It’s funny. The reason I played outside is because I got drafted as a will and got moved over in week five of my rookie year due to injuries and played the mike backer, and [that] ended up being the best possible fit for me and my personality. It’s home; it’s like riding a bike. It’s something you’re never going to forget and something I’ve done at a consistent level, so to be back at that position is something that I’m grateful for and appreciative of.”
Is this the hardest period of time in the history of the NFL to be a defender?
“Absolutely. They’ve completely made the game too passive. That’s what they want — they want more points. It is what it is.”
Is there a guy you look forward to tackling the most when you are actually allowed to?
“Everybody! I’d love to tackle everybody! It doesn’t matter to me – I don’t discriminate!”
Tell Jon “The Beast” Beason who you’d like him to tackle via his Twitter account here.