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October 15, 2009

#Panthers' Beason says he was wrong to make radio comments about Peppers

Panthers linebacker Jon Beason said Thursday on his weekly appearance on WFNZ (610 AM) that he shouldn't have made  comments about defensive end Julius Peppers on the air last week.

"After what happened, I realized I was wrong,” Beason said. “There are certain things you shouldn’t say in public and certain things that should remain in-house. That's where I made my mistake.”

Beason had declined earlier Thursday and on Wednesday to meet with reporters in the Panthers locker room.

Last week, he told listeners to the radio station that he planned to talk to Peppers about playing with more intensity.

However, he said Thursday he never had the meeting with Peppers after receiving negative publicity about announcing those plans ahead of time in a public forum.

Peppers had one sack and 10 tackles in the Panthers' first three games, all losses. But he turned in arguably his best performance of the season in Carolina's 20-17 win over Washington last Sunday, totaling two sacks, six tackles and two quarterback pressures.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on October 15, 2009 at 05:14 PM | Permalink


This has the Big Cat's paw-prints all over it, doesn't it guys?

Jerry's teammates must unquestionably "support" each other in dealings with the media -- see Kris Jenkins and Keyshawn, the latter dumped because he didn't step up to accept responsibility for Jake's INTs, a tidbit Tom Sorensen sat on until Keyshawn was safely out of town. (Tom, be a reporter or Jerry's best friend -- pick one.)

Now Beason's chain has been yanked too. What a surprise. Two predictions suggest themselves -- one, the Bucs rise up and smack a demoralized, half-speed Panther team on Sunday. Two, Beason is now on the path to not re-signing with the Panthers when the time comes.

Posted by: JAT | Oct 15, 2009 5:36:23 PM

maybe beason's comment did some good,someone needed to yank pep's chain

Posted by: charles yount | Oct 15, 2009 5:41:33 PM

The difference is Beason didn't mean it in a bad way. He just said he was going to talk with Peppers Friday after dinner. He didn't say at any point Peppers never gave it his all. He commented how Peppers needed to pick it up, like himself, to help this team win. He commented how they were Pro Bowl players and need to pull the team through.

I don't think no harm in that. Peppers is SUPPOSE to be the leader, with Beason and Harris on D.

Posted by: STH | Oct 15, 2009 5:45:39 PM

Beason you don't have to apologize. You were correct with your assessment and even if you didn't have "the talk" Peppers got the message.

Posted by: foxybrown | Oct 15, 2009 5:51:44 PM

I hope he calls out Delhomme and the Offensive line this week.

Posted by: Pantherheels | Oct 15, 2009 5:56:42 PM

its funny how none of yall read what he said. he didnt talk to pep so what he said didnt do anything. pep saw jared allen on mnf and probably challeneged himself, but then again most of you so call panther fan wont believe that. i dont care what was said as long as we win, i dont care if it against a bad team or a great team as long as we win, do you honestly think the bears, vikings,packers are mad cuz the lions on their schedule. so gooooooo panthers against the winless bucs.

Posted by: steve | Oct 15, 2009 6:13:19 PM

Like i said before , The Panthers are now in a no win situation with half of these "fans". If the Panthers win they will say "they were supposed to win against a sucky team" if they lose they will say "I knew they wouldnt win a game with Fox & Delhomme". Half of them would rather see the Panthers lose just so they can say "i told you so". I have seen several posts of people that say theyre fans saying they hope the Panthers lose every game just to get rid of the coaches & players and start new. They would rather the Panthers lose every game, than see the coaches make all the right calls & win. Some fans huh?

Posted by: mrbernz | Oct 15, 2009 6:30:28 PM

Beason is the man. He is the true leader on the team and he needs to do what he must to help us win. I commend him for getting tough and doing the things that nobody else on this team is willing to do....including calling out our DE.

Posted by: anonymous | Oct 15, 2009 7:10:57 PM

Beason has nothing to hide from. A grown man making 1 million each sunday should be ashamed he can't show up to play each week.

Posted by: Tim | Oct 15, 2009 8:04:07 PM

You should call out a guy that make a million a game and plays half butt. I am someone that has a Panther rom with a Peppers helmet and a Peppers game jersey. Watch the tapes of some of the games. Getting blocked out by tight end come on! Jared Allen is not as well built as Peppers, but his motor is twice as better.

Posted by: jeb | Oct 15, 2009 8:04:54 PM

Nothing out of the ordinary. The Panthers' pecking order and proper public relations protocol is restored.

Lets just hope that behind closed doors, the Panthers as an organization continue to light the right fires under everyone's butts to get the right effort and play on the field.

Posted by: 704Champ | Oct 15, 2009 8:05:14 PM

JAT, that is just a dumb comment about Beason not resigning with the team. Why would one comment, an accurate comment that needed to be said, put him on a path to leaving the team? That's just an uneducated comment.

Posted by: Mike | Oct 15, 2009 8:05:52 PM

You go Beason!! you have more heart on this team than the whole secondary (excluding Harris). I hope you tell the whole group how it is and maybe somebody will listen and learn how to cover their man and learn to tackle. I applaud you and my next jersey will say Beason. Rile feathers and step on toes, kickstart this team to the potential they have...Fox sure don't know how.

Posted by: Pat G | Oct 15, 2009 8:19:09 PM

I do like how Beason's apology wasn't "I shouldn't have called out Julius Peppers about lack of effort" but instead was basically "Calling out Peppers was something that needed to be done, I just shouldn't have mentioned it on the airwaves, Big Cat doesn't run his ship that way. My bad"

Posted by: 704Champ | Oct 15, 2009 8:35:06 PM

Jenkins said the team lacked heart. Turns out he was right.

Posted by: kevin | Oct 15, 2009 8:36:10 PM

Beason probably shouldn't have said it, but at least we know he cares..and he plays like it. Wish they all had his aggressiveness.

Posted by: Ron | Oct 15, 2009 8:50:50 PM

Beason...just remember, in situations like this...it's better to ask for forgiveness and not permission. And you didn't need to apologize for it, it needed to be said 3 years ago to Peppers.

Posted by: BlockParty | Oct 15, 2009 8:51:29 PM

I liked what Beason said. Someone had to step up. After all, since Peppers expressed wanting to leave the Panthers, Beason has every right to call out Pep.

Posted by: JoeSchmo | Oct 15, 2009 9:33:18 PM

I, for one, liked how Peppers played on Sunday. I know there are a lot of Pepper haters out there, but I'm not one of them. Having said that, he certainly needs to play every play as if it were the Super Bowl, but so does everyone else. I realize this isn't a "Peppers forum," but I'm assuming we're all Panthers' fans. Let's win this division and get into the playoffs that way. The Saints will have to be pushed aside, but I believe that can happen.

Posted by: Frankie | Oct 15, 2009 10:33:41 PM

Ok, let's get this straight. MOST of us who criticize the team now have been the ones (me for the last YEARS and before this season) who've spoken up about our: poor D line depth, no shutdown corners, no kick/ punt returner, a mediocre QB, no new young up and coming WR's, keeping an overpaid peppers, etc... so YES we reserve the right to say we are obviously, as I said, going to win 5-6 games guaranteed this season.. we're in that 3-4 game win stretch right now BUT we will go back to loosing unfortunately. Bottom line, the team has NO confidence in Delhomme past 20 yrds, so Davidson calls NO pass plays designed to go past 20 yrds to safe guard, so the safeties move up, stack the box... then we get NO running game and O line LOOKS bad. PERIOD. Better QB with a REAL NFL arm and accuracy = deeper safeties, fewer guys in the box and YES last year was a fluke with those miracle deep passes coming due to smittys LEAPING/ CATCHING ability vs. ACCURACY, this year we see when smitty doesn't make miracles we don't have that deep threat. Oh and Beason is our future and the new D hero, thank God for him, say whatever you want and God bless for standing up and saying what we're all thinking. Oh and dude above... peppers has NEVER been SELF motivated, he heard what beason said like we did and it pissed him off because he saw future dollar signs flying out the window from next years team due to the bad press. Period.

Posted by: handyman | Oct 15, 2009 10:43:24 PM

Beason has been our best defensive player since we drafted him.

On another note, handyman...you say last year was a fluke and Smitty bailed out Jake a lot. What about our 2-0 start when Smith didn't play? Also, do you say Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin "bail out" Kurt Warner, or do you say Warner is a great QB?

Just be consistent in your criticism. Theres no such thing as a 12-4 fluke. Winning 12 games in the NFL takes an impressive team effort. I'm not so sure we can get back on playoff-track this year, but you never know. Thats why they play the games.

Posted by: 704Champ | Oct 15, 2009 11:04:46 PM

Why can't people just stand by what they say? Beason was right on...the first time.

Posted by: Randy | Oct 15, 2009 11:16:16 PM

So this season we've paid Peppers approx. $1.3 million per sack? Sounds like Beason should be kicking him in the butt, not just talking to him. Good luck getting a nice contract next year.

Posted by: pnthrsfan | Oct 15, 2009 11:51:02 PM

Jon Beason, by showing some actual emotion, is leading off the field and on. I support our team but I'd feel alot better about this team if more guys, Fox included, showed more emotion. We don't need a soap opera but we also don't want a bunch of mono toned "it is what it is" babble. Thanks Jon for showing some fire in the gut.

Posted by: Scott Griffin | Oct 16, 2009 12:15:51 AM

"...totaling two sacks, six tackles and two quarterback pressures."

How much did Poopers pay you to print this phantom stats?? He got a sack after the QB was chased toward him (and he was WATCHING it happen) and the other sack was Thomas Davis. And six tackles??? I guess every time a opponent runs towards Peppers and his teammates around him make the stop you guys are going to count that as a solo tackle for Poopers??? Really?


Posted by: SYRPIS | Oct 16, 2009 12:30:16 AM

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