Report: Luke Kuechly no longer scouting for the Panthers

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Former Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly’s scouting career didn’t last through an entire NFL draft.

Kuechly resigned “a few weeks ago,” Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The Panthers hired him as a pro scout June 4.

Kuechly, 30, made the All-Pro team five times in eight seasons as a linebacker with the Panthers.

He considered broadcasting or coaching, but Kuechly said in a statement when he was hired that he had found scouting the best fit for the first stage of his post-playing career.

“I’ve never really done anything like this, so I’m just going to take it a day at a time and see what I think,” Kuechly said. “I think it’ll be fun. It’s still going to be football. It’s still going to be around good people. That’s what matters.”

Apparently, it wasn’t fun enough, and Kuechly’s search for what’s next begins again.

10 responses to “Report: Luke Kuechly no longer scouting for the Panthers

  1. McDermott should throw a blank check at him to do whatever he wants as Buffalo Bills LB coach.

  2. Hard for some players to live outside the limelight. Scouting is a fairly anonymous and often thankless job.

  3. He probably put in a lot of hard scouting work, none of his guys were drafted by the Panthers, and he realized that it felt like he didn’t accomplish anything. It’s sad, but it’s the truth for scouts that each individual scout is only a piece of the picture and their fingerprints may not come anywhere near the actual draft class in the end.

  4. @godnollid16,he resigned “a few weeks ago” which was before the draft. How would he know his scouting leads didn’t prove unfruitful a couple weeks ago? My guess, is that he has lots to learn with scouting and it wasn’t going to get him into a position of prominence anytime soon so he bailed. I hope he does find use for his knowledge and talent.

  5. Well whatever the case thanks for your time in Carolina and good luck going forward in life.

  6. I hope he’s doing OK medically; the footage of him in pain on the field is difficult to watch even all this time afterward. It isn’t hard to imagine him having long term effects, perhaps having a tough time adjusting to a new job like that.

  7. He lasted longer then Brian Dawkins who spent a day or two as a scout then realized it was work and it took a different type of talent to be a scout. He got the bump up to VP right away. I like it when football players try a real job and realize that being a football player is such an easy gig once you get in the front door.

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