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August 19, 2013

Rivera wants to get 'creative' with Beason this season

Linebacker Jon Beason's recovery from October microfracture surgery on his right knee is still a process, but his return to padded practice this week gave Ron Rivera a reason to be excited for this season.

Rivera said they'll take it easy with Beason, and his availability for the final two preseason games is still up in the air. But Beason, who moved to weakside linebacker after Luke Kuechly took over at middle, has said he's working toward his target date of Sept. 8 when Carolina opens the regular season at home against Seattle.

And if Beason is healthy and playing at the level he's capable of--he went to three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2008-10--the Panthers may get creative with him.

"As Jon gets stronger and better and better, we’ll have to find a role because other than just being our starting will because he’s such a dynamic player," Rivera said. "We have to find ways to rotate those three guys (Beason, Kuechly and Thomas Davis) and keep those three guys on the field as much as possible.

"What it does mean is we’ve got to be a little bit creative. In talking to (defensive coordinator) Sean (McDermott), some of the different things we can do with that package. Whether it’s three down linemen and three linebackers, or two down linemen, three linebackers, five DBs. We’ve got to really explore the possibilities, especially if he’s going to be as productive as he has been in the past."

Rivera said he should know following Tuesday's practice if Beason would be ready for Thursday night's game against Baltimore.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on August 19, 2013 at 02:36 PM | Permalink


3-4 Defense anyone? Our LB's are quick...

Posted by: Jellybean | Aug 19, 2013 3:06:31 PM

Let's keep our fingers crossed 52 doesn't get a hang nail or something! Would love to see those 3 on the field together to develop a little chemistry.

Posted by: Mike W | Aug 19, 2013 3:21:39 PM

he used to be dynamic, but that was 3 yrs ago. he's done.

Posted by: big gulps | Aug 19, 2013 3:38:21 PM

Man if they stay healthy, we have the best LB core in the league.

Posted by: millz | Aug 19, 2013 3:48:29 PM

Let's not forget about Chase Blackburn and A.J. Klein!

Posted by: towercat | Aug 19, 2013 4:05:38 PM

Big Gulps, are you a Panthers fan? If so, why in the world wouldn't you want to see Beason back at full strength? Why so pessimistic? Did you steal your girl or something?

Posted by: Mike W | Aug 19, 2013 4:21:47 PM

I am all for Beason being back on the field, and like T Davis I do not think he will miss a beat. The Panthers have a lot of talent and I would like just one year with them playing without any major injuries. So let put the team together and start pounding.. Go Panthers.

Posted by: Shaw | Aug 19, 2013 4:45:16 PM

What scares me is they don't have plans to put 11 defenders on the field. "two down linemen, three linebackers, five DBs"

Posted by: ML | Aug 19, 2013 4:53:45 PM

ML - now that's funny

Posted by: Michael | Aug 19, 2013 5:10:26 PM

The last thing this Panthers team needs is for Ron Rivera to attempt to get "creative." The man looks aloof already with our basic defensive packages so I can't imagine how confused he'll be when Sean dials up some exotic blitz package. What we really need Ron is 60 minutes of consistent fundamental football. We haven't seen it yet, and I doubt the answer will be starting 5 DBs.

Posted by: WakeUpRon | Aug 19, 2013 5:22:28 PM

I was thinking the same thing ML...I pray that was a typo on JJ's part.

Posted by: T-Mac | Aug 19, 2013 5:47:50 PM

Mike W, big gulps is what you call a realist. It's nice to hang on to the past and imagine how great Beason was, but this is a job. If I was not performing on my job for months at a time, I would be shown the door. But instead, Beason and other injured "workers" get paid millions to be male cheerleaders the majority of the year.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Aug 19, 2013 6:06:33 PM

D.W.G., if you truly don't understand the glaring differences between your job, whatever profession that may be, and professional athletics especially how ignorant it would be if a team cut a player of Beason's caliber due to an injury, you really have no business commenting on sports.

Posted by: DI | Aug 19, 2013 7:01:41 PM

@WakeUpRon...you do realize the reason RR got the job was bc he ran the #1 defense in the NFL, right? Not to mention he was a LB on the '86 Bears...he hasnt had the personnel & health to do everything he can before now. His ability to coach an offense is the problem

Posted by: Hines | Aug 20, 2013 1:03:22 AM

"Cut a player of Beasons caliber"

What caliber is that D? Once again, feeble minded fans like you cannot seem to let go and move on. Wake up. Beason will be out by week three. Even if he does play, he IS NOT THE SAME PLAYER HE WAS!! Indy cut Manning after ONE YEAR of being out!! ONE YEAR!! Beason is going on YEAR THREE!!

Posted by: D.W.G. | Aug 20, 2013 6:34:11 AM

If Indy wasn't getting Luck with the #1 pick they never would've cut Manning. Calm down and let people root for the players. You saying he will be "out by week three" is just as big a shot in the dark as he saying will be a pro bowler.

Posted by: Holla | Aug 20, 2013 8:53:43 AM

Beason has been out two seasons, not three. For those with hangnail comments, he had made 65 consecutive starts prior to tearing his Achilles. Last season he started out on pace for another 100+ tackles before requiring microfracture surgery on the knee. These are not minor bumps and bruises keeping him out. It's also not major neck surgery as was the case with Manning. If Thomas Davis can come back to his level after 3 ACL tears I'm optimistic that Beason can return to his levels as well.

Posted by: Matt | Aug 20, 2013 9:14:32 AM

I'm rooting for Beason, But micro-fracture surgery is the nail in the coffin. I had no idea he had that surgery until week one of training camp.

I appreciate all the great things he's done for us, but micro-fractal surgery is 20 times worse than an ACL,PCL,MCL thing.

Posted by: Andy | Aug 20, 2013 10:25:44 AM

while we have the numbers to play a 3-4 we dont have the people to play a 3-4.

Posted by: spaceman mike | Aug 20, 2013 10:43:45 AM

why would we even want to? we have 4 solid lineman, none of whom are suitable as a 3-4 linebacker.

and nobody suited for nose tackle.

the comments were more about passing situations. kuechly is obviously going to be on the field every down possible. rivera was commenting on finding ways to get beason on the field more, IF he's the same guy he used to be.

i find it hard to count out a guy who is still in his 20's....2 time all-pro, 3 time pro bowler (including one time as an outside linebacker). i don't care what injury it is.....i'll withhold judgement til I see the guy play.

and just so we're all clear....the guy hasn't been getting hit and concussed for 2 years and the injuries were LEFT achillies tendon and RIGHT knee microfracture.

linebackers tend to go down quick because of the brutality of the position, just like running backs do. while he's been out for 2 years.....the rest of his body has been saved and rested.

pros and cons. if he can run, that's all that matters. and he doesn't have to be 100% of his former self because kuechly is. he just has to be healthy and better than james anderson to justify that move.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 20, 2013 11:37:06 AM

dwg, I can't believe that you went with the Manning thing. Are you really that stupid or are you just smoking something. Look at what Manning did in Denver last season, bet the Colts wish they had not let him go,and Beason is a lot younger than Manning. Why don't you go post your mindless comments on some other team on some other site. Beason will give 110% and IF(if a bullfrog had wings he wouldn't bump his rump when he jumped)he goes down we have players that can fill that position.Then,this is when you take a look at Beason staying a Panther,and not before the season starts.

Posted by: officer jim | Aug 20, 2013 2:36:22 PM

^^^ no, they have andrew luck. they're fine with the decision. difference is......beason can just slide over to outside linebacker. you don't have to play he OR kuechly. you play them both.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 21, 2013 2:18:40 PM

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