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Which woukd you take next year in the middle, Beason at 100% or Kuek as a soph?

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PFF have keek ranked as the fourth best ilb throughout the NFL, as good as Beason is leading this team, he has never graded out as well as Luke has.

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We need to move on from our old LBs. Simple and plain.

Not all at once but we need to start. Can't rely on multiple guys with injury issues at the same position....

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It would be stupid to not let Luke keep his job after this. He has excelled and as a competitor Beason will know this. You don't start your rookie see him master the game then take him out or move him for Beason who was not 100% after he was injured the first time. I think Beason will still be a beast but I don't think he'll ever be back to the way he was. Luke still surpasses him, it would be stupid to take hime out jsut like it was stupid to start Beason over Luke in the beginning of the year.

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We need to move on from our old LBs. Simple and plain.

Not all at once but we need to start. Can't rely on multiple guys with injury issues at the same position....

I understand what you are saying but that is usually handled by allowing players hit free agency. What we have done is extend Beason to a big contract, seen Thomas Davis somehow match his best and have Anderson have a decent sized contract. Releasing or trading Beason hurts the team financially and we don't have a ready made replacement. Moving on from TD after this season would be nuts. So the only way to cut back on our old lbs is to release Anderson, the healthiest of our trio.

Regardless you don't just move on from players without a replacement lined up. Currently we have journeymen behind our first 3-4 with very limited potential. Until we have some promising youngsters drafted that fit out lb responsibilities then I think we would be mad to make changes to our lb corps.

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Obviously Luke. It's not really a knock on Beason but actually more of a compliment. He's a better OLB than Luke is. It's just better for the team. I expect us to let Anderson go, he gets paid a bit too much. Then again, you're taking big chances on Beason AND Davis out there and having someone like Anderson would be a nice insurance policy. Not sure he wants to be a backup and I'm not sure it would be fair to him either.

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Luke Kuechly (LB-Car)

After a monster Week 14 where he made a season-high 16 tackles (11 solo) and helped Carolina upset the 11-1 Falcons, Kuechly moved into the NFL lead in tackles with 130 in 13 games. This feat is even more impressive considering he had just 26 tackles in his first four games. Since Week 4, the former Boston College linebacker has seven double-digit tackles games and hasn’t made less than eight stops in a single game.

Kuechly has been so dominant in the middle of the Panthers’ 4-3 defense that only Thomas Davis is within 50 tackles of him on the Carolina roster and he’s tied for third on the team with 4 pass breakups. Add in 3 fumble recoveries when nobody else on the defense has more than one and it’s easy to see that Kuechly has a nose for the football and has the potential to be an impact defender.

Carolina’s run defense still ranks among the bottom 12 in the NFL but it’s hard to blame their first-year middle linebacker, who has arguably played the position better than Pro Bowler Jon Beason before Beason was hurt after the team’s fourth game. That timing coincides with Kuechly’s explosion onto the scene and when Beason returns next season, he may find himself in the weakside linebacker role that Kuechly started the season in rather than his customary middle linebacker spot. It’s not difficult to envision Kuechly following Beason’s footsteps to the Pro Bowl in the future, maybe even as early as this season.

http://www.draftinsider.net/blog/?p=6581

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clearly luke

beason has proven he can play OLB. if we have to keep him for his salary, make him the best OLB in the league paired with the best MLB in the league.

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