Still, the drop in Kuechly’s tackle totals are noteworthy. With “just” 75 tackles, he is tied for 15th in the NFL, though a few of the players ahead of him have not had their bye week yet. At just 8.3 tackles per game, Kuechly is practically on vacation this year.
But that does not mean he is having an off year. Just the opposite: Kuechly is the reigning NFC Defensive Player of the Week and a worthy Defensive Player of the Year candidate. His tackle totals are down, but that’s a good thing. It means that the Panthers defense is playing better and getting off the field faster. It also means that Kuechly has the opportunity to do more with less.
Tanier's always had a soft spot for us as he used to write the Panthers section in the FO Almanac, but nice to see the (educated) love.