Luke Kuechly named Defensive Player of the Year

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.

53 responses to “Luke Kuechly named Defensive Player of the Year

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  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.

    ——————–

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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……….

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!!!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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).

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