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Luke Kuechly named Defensive Player of the Year

Luke Kuechly, Colin Kaepernick AP

For the second straight year, a second-year player has earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press.

The NFL announced Saturday night that Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly has been voted the AP‘s top defender for 2013.

Kuechly notched 156 tackles, intercepted four passes and forced two fumbles for NFC South-winning Carolina, which featured one of the NFL’s top defenses.

Kuechly had a monster game in the Panthers’ pivotal Week 16 victory vs. the Saints, recording an astounding 24 tackles (nine solos).

Only 22 years old, Kuechly is the first inside linebacker to win AP Defensive Player of the Year honors since Chicago’s Brian Urlacher in 2005.

Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt garned the AP‘s top defender award in 2012.

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  1. 80sbroncofan says: Feb 1, 2014 7:39 PM

    I don’t understand this one. Robert Quinn, Richard Sherman and Robert Mathis were more deserving. Luke Kuechly had a lot of tackles? Tackle counts are inflated because its the players own team that does the tackle count.

  2. meatfish66 says: Feb 1, 2014 7:40 PM

    What a joke. No knock on Kuechly, he’s really good, but he’s not even the best linebacker in his division – but Lavonte will get his well-deserved dues soon enough…

  3. rodvmunchiii says: Feb 1, 2014 7:44 PM

    How does he get Defensive Player of the Year when he wasn’t even the best LB in his division?

    ESPN Stats

    Luke Kuechly
    156 tackles, 4 INTs, 2 sacks, 0 FF, 7 PDs, 10 STF

    Lavonte David
    144 tackles, 5 INTs, 6 sacks, 2 FF, 10 PDs, 18 STF

  4. swakman says: Feb 1, 2014 7:48 PM

    WOW! what a joke this pick is

  5. corkspop says: Feb 1, 2014 7:48 PM

    People who don’t like this choice apparently haven’t seen him play more than one game. Number of tackles aside, he controlled the games. He was EVERYWHERE! And he doesn’t miss. Good choice.

  6. rabidbillsfan says: Feb 1, 2014 7:49 PM

    Not trying to beat the horse here, but Kiko, with identical stats, doesn’t win DROY, yet Luke wins DPOY. Something does not make sense here.

  7. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 1, 2014 7:52 PM

    It’s the right choice.

  8. rodvmunchiii says: Feb 1, 2014 7:54 PM

    corkspop says:
    Feb 1, 2014 7:48 PM
    People who don’t like this choice apparently haven’t seen him play more than one game. Number of tackles aside, he controlled the games. He was EVERYWHERE! And he doesn’t miss. Good choice.

    ——————–

    No, I did watch him play against the Bucs, whatever other games were on TV and in the playoffs – and while he’s good, David is better. The stats show that and tape shows that.

  9. qdog112 says: Feb 1, 2014 7:55 PM

    Luke is the best white LB in the game, but DPOY … I don’t think so.

  10. osiris33 says: Feb 1, 2014 7:57 PM

    It’s a joke. There are 5-6 guys just in the NFC West that are better players than Kuechly. He’d be backing up Bobby Wagner in Seattle because Wagner has way more range.

    Serious joke. East coast pick I guess.

  11. jakec4 says: Feb 1, 2014 7:57 PM

    rodvmunchiii says: Feb 1, 2014 7:44 PM

    How does he get Defensive Player of the Year when he wasn’t even the best LB in his division?

    ESPN Stats

    Luke Kuechly
    156 tackles, 4 INTs, 2 sacks, 0 FF, 7 PDs, 10 STF

    Lavonte David
    144 tackles, 5 INTs, 6 sacks, 2 FF, 10 PDs, 18 STF

    ———————————————————

    Hard to argue with this logic.

    He’s really good, but not DPOY good. I wouldn’t have voted for Keuchly.

  12. rufusporter says: Feb 1, 2014 7:59 PM

    Massive Fail! Would have taken anyone of Bowman, Thomas, Sherman, or Watt. Kuechley is a good player but he does not dominate games the way these other guys do. He does have a large number of tackles but the rest of his stats are just so so.

  13. wwwmattcom says: Feb 1, 2014 8:00 PM

    Joke

  14. threedeep1998 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:01 PM

    What a pedestrian pick. Wow.

  15. rodvmunchiii says: Feb 1, 2014 8:01 PM

    BTW, Lavonte David doesn’t make the Pro-Bowl yet he’s selected to the much more difficult to make All-Pro Team (1st team) and has a better year than the DPOY. Good job internet voters.

  16. novanation33 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:04 PM

    Navorro Bowman had the season most people thought Kuechly had.

  17. winstonjed44 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:05 PM

    Very disappointed by this. Don’t get me wrong Kuechly is a great player, but he does play behind a great front four allowing him to do what he does. Robert Mathis led the league in sacks with 19.5 and he led the league in forced fumbles with 8. He was a game changer on a defense where there were no other pass rushing threats and no other pro bowlers.

  18. johnnycantread says: Feb 1, 2014 8:07 PM

    Robert Mathis should have won.

  19. cjspiller12 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:08 PM

    So Luke Kuechly was named NFL defensive player of the year with 156 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 interceptions but Kiko Alonso isn’t defensive rookie of the year with 159 tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble and 4 interceptions. What a joke!

  20. winstonjed44 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:15 PM

    I’m sure fox isn’t very happy that the results of the awards have been released considering they are just now airing the award show now.

  21. thealmightybigblue says: Feb 1, 2014 8:16 PM

    Mathis is the only known pass rusher on the colts and still put up the numbers he did…Luke is a good pick too.

  22. chawk12thman says: Feb 1, 2014 8:18 PM

    Not sure I totally agree here. Tough category this year and I think the voting must have been skewed a bit for some of the others to the point that he won……….

  23. docboss says: Feb 1, 2014 8:27 PM

    This is good for Rams in their dealings with Quinn. He sucks (sarcasm). If not Quinn then Mathis. Do the voters watch game film? Quinn and Mathis were screwed on this one.

  24. hess97 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:33 PM

    Bowman loses his knee to intercept Russel Wilson at the goalline. (also wasnt creditted for fumble forced/ recovered vs GB’ Kuhn in the wildcard). Meanwhile Kuechly absolutely gets posterized on two touchdowns in the playoffs.

  25. tropboi11 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:34 PM

    Boooooo this pick, #TeamLavonteDavid

  26. qdog112 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:36 PM

    Thomas Davis was actually the Panthers DPOY. Go figure.

  27. swakman says: Feb 1, 2014 8:37 PM

    must be a bunch of old lady’s making the pick’s this year ……

  28. JackedUpSports says: Feb 1, 2014 8:50 PM

    i mean, the dudes really good…

  29. cgsuddeath says: Feb 1, 2014 8:56 PM

    More and more you guys are going to realize that this is Goodells NFL and going to be a lot of injustice.Count on it.

  30. meatcarroll says: Feb 1, 2014 9:00 PM

    WHAT A JOKE

  31. bullethead527 says: Feb 1, 2014 9:04 PM

    I was shocked Luke got DPOY, and I am a Panther fan. Dude is a top MLB in the league, but I could name 7-8 guys that had better years on DEF. But, Luke is loved by the media. That is why I believe they choose him.

  32. drsummeroff says: Feb 1, 2014 9:23 PM

    Wow. I’ll go with the pro football writers association pick. Robert Quinn got punished because he plays for the rams.

  33. ratsfoiledagain says: Feb 1, 2014 9:24 PM

    He had an excellent year. But, he shouldn’t be DPOY.

    It’s sad when reputation, or perceived reputation, either lets you win an award, or lose one.

  34. bucrightoff says: Feb 1, 2014 9:29 PM

    It’s nice to see people recognize how great Lavonte is. He’ll win a few of these in time

  35. gadgetdawg says: Feb 1, 2014 10:32 PM

    I suspect this has a lot to do with Kuechly’s utter domination of the Saints on Dec 22nd. He had 24 tackles in that one game, which was one short of Urlacher’s record of 25 in a game. The voters like sizzle and he had oodles to spare in that game.

    He is one heck of an LB.

  36. brooklyn40niner says: Feb 1, 2014 10:35 PM

    Navarro Bowman was robbed!

  37. rufusporter says: Feb 1, 2014 10:53 PM

    Best white defensive player in the league(maybe).

  38. savilo831 says: Feb 1, 2014 11:56 PM

    They got this one wrong!!!!!!

  39. waxthat says: Feb 2, 2014 12:38 AM

    It is like Bowman doesn’t exist. Travesty.

  40. valcomm5 says: Feb 2, 2014 12:50 AM

    Quinn… Period!!!

  41. 64post says: Feb 2, 2014 1:10 AM

    Robert Quinn, Navarro Bowman or Earl Thomas were far more deserving than Luke.

  42. 4d9erdynasty says: Feb 2, 2014 4:13 AM

    Bowman, a first-team All-Pro, ranked fifth in the NFL in tackles (145) and added 11 passes defended, five sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions, one of which he returned 89 yards for a touchdown.

    Kuechly, a first-team All-Pro, ranked fourth in tackles (156) and added 11 passes defended, four interceptions and two sacks. He did not have a forced fumble or a fumble recovery.

  43. lagg1 says: Feb 2, 2014 5:08 AM

    Tough choice but still well-deserved!

  44. gtskyrider says: Feb 2, 2014 5:43 AM

    I think Lavonte David should have been the Defensive Player of the Year…if the Buccaneers would have had a winning record he would have gotten it, which is totally BS. I had Kueckly and David on my fantasy football team, the one I had in every freak’n week was David cause he was consistent and scored major points!!!!

  45. rambose99 says: Feb 2, 2014 7:12 AM

    I watched a lot of game film. Kuechly was left unblocked on many running plays. FB tacked by the unblocked middle linebacker — the plays were designed that way. Kuechly’s tackes were inflated by his lack of dominance. Several others more deserving of this award.

  46. djshnooks says: Feb 2, 2014 10:52 AM

    Lavonte David did not do much to help his team, did he? Enough with him, he’s average.

    Kuechly carried his team almost to a Super Bowl.

  47. 4d9erdynasty says: Feb 2, 2014 12:04 PM

    Luke winning this award makes the NFL look weak. Media likes him and it paid off..

  48. realfootballfan says: Feb 2, 2014 1:51 PM

    It was a tossup between him and Bowman. Bowman was the best player on either side of the ball in the playoffs, so that’s why I would have gone with him even though we’re not supposed to consider that.

  49. pkaiser59 says: Feb 2, 2014 5:00 PM

    Congrats to Luke!
    They got it right…..he’s the best……get over it!!!!

  50. rodvmunchiii says: Feb 3, 2014 12:40 AM

    djshnooks says:
    Feb 2, 2014 10:52 AM
    Lavonte David did not do much to help his team, did he? Enough with him, he’s average.

    ————

    Why do you think Schiano was fired. He had David, Revis, McCoy, Barron, Goldson, etc.

    If you think David is average then you must think Luke is flat out awful – because David outplayed him last year and this year. Even on that awful Bucs team people still talked about him as DPOY. Go watch Glee and leave the football talk to the men.

  51. jgedgar70 says: Feb 3, 2014 8:46 AM

    Kuechly did things that don’t show up in the stat sheet. I totally disregard tackle stats, because if you scrape your hand on a running back’s arm and the guy behind you gets the tackle, the team gives both players a tackle.

    Kuechly often made tackles that kept the player from making a first down. He can go from sideline to sideline faster than anyone in the NFL. He makes those around him better – even an over-the-hill Chase Blackburn had a decent year playing next to him.

    Some other players are equally deserving, especially Sherman, Bowman and David. But you can only pick one, and Kuechly is a good selection.

  52. lukekuechlyrocks59 says: Feb 3, 2014 8:49 AM

    He may not have had the best stats this season, compared to some other linebackers that some people in this thread think should have won other than Kuechly, but Luke is an absolute BEAST on the field, and you are CONSTANTLY hearing his number called. Like other posters have said here..he is EVERYWHERE!! His nose for the football is like a bloodhound, when he tackles, HE DOESN’T MISS, and including last year as a rookie, (thrown into the position of starting defensive signal caller), plus his experience AT THAT JOB flowing over into this season, showed a lot of people just how good the Panther defense can be, and how much BETTER it is with Luke Kuechly at inside linebacker. Maybe THERE WERE players with some better stats this past season, but my money is on Kuechly to keep piling up those great stats year after year. Kuechly was the best choice, (some bias included here…not gonna lie), and #59 is the BEST MLB in the game right now, (no bias here, just fact).

  53. nflcommissioner says: Feb 3, 2014 1:46 PM

    Luuuuke I am your father !!!! He deserves this people he made our barely funtional secondary look decent.

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