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Jeremy Igo

Luke Kuechly on the Blitz

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Sometimes during training camp much attention is focused on the team drills, while individual drills are an afterthought.

 

One should not be so quick to overlook the individual drills, however, because often they have real relevance to game time situations.

 

Individual drills featuring blitz and blitz pickup were a staple at training camp in Spartanburg. Players were lined up against each other, one on one. The object: Sack the QB.

 

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Fast forward to Sunday night against the Chiefs. Kansas City is near their own goal line, and Luke Kuechly is called on to blitz the QB and make the play.

 

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I spoke to Luke after the game about that specific play.

 

"I had to get in there and beat the back." Kuechly remarked "You know, the line is sliding away and you have to get in there and beat the back. He is responsible for you, so you have to put on a move and get to the quarterback."

 

One on one, linebacker versus running back, just like a Spartanburg drill.

 

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Kuechly sized up Chiefs RB Knile Davis then made a swim move that got Keuchly and QB Alex Smith face to face. The result was Luke's first QB sack of the preseason.

 

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Something that distinguishes Luke Kuechly, not just as a player but as a person, came after the play, Luke showed genuine concern for the same quarterback he just threw to the turf. As Charles Godfrey looked for Luke to celebrate, Kuechly first wanted to make sure Alex Smith wasn't injured.

 

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"I was just making sure he was good" Kuechly said. "It's preseason, Alex is a good dude.Just wanted to make sure he was alright"

 

Classic Kuechly.

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I knew you got that shot of him checking on Alex! I loved that moment.

He's a great player and even better person. We are lucky to have him.

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Something that distinguishes Luke Kuechly, not just as a player but as a person, came after the play, Luke showed genuine concern for the same quarterback he just threw to the turf. 

That only happened because it is preseason. 

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Remember when Luke was drafted and many Huddlers said we didn't need a LB? I wasn't unhappy with the pick, but I had no idea of what we really had. Here's hoping a Panther's uniform is the only one he ever wears.

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I was at the game and saw Luke showing concern, asking if he was alright, and thought "Man, Luke is such a class act player!"

My friend next to me (10 year KC Ticket holder until he moved to Charlotte many years ago) appreciated Luke's Gesture as well.

 

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I heard it's easy to put up big numbers when you are losing all the time  :cam:

 

I was there for those pass rushing drills and let me just say Luke was destroying in practice. His spin move was like watching a martial arts expert dismantle an opponent. It was physical but technical.

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One thing that I noticed about the play, was that the announcers on fox were talking about how great Luke is and how he is a tackling machine, but, went on to say how his blitzing is the only thing lacking. Then immediately after that was said Luke comes busting through and blast Alex smith. Then they retracted their words and begin to talk about that's what great players do they continue to strive to be better in every possible form of their game, lol not to mention I think it was john Lynch ex Tampa bay buc, kept screwing up names and who was on whAt side of the ball. Good thing he didn't play offense because the way he fumbles his words around would have put in the doghouse on the other side if the ball.

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