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Kuechly may be the best defensive player on the team already.

Aug 27 2012 06:59 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
I have seen some tempered enthusiasm on here about Kuechly, which I think is reasonable for a rookie. But I can't help thinking that if I am watching that game last night and not aware that Luke is a rookie, he was by far the best defensive player out there.

I don't think I have ever seen a more fluid and sure handed tackler. Nose for the ball, smart, great in coverage. I don't think we have seen anyone like him yet in a Panthers uniform. I know, thats saying a lot with guys like Sam Mills, Dan Morgan, Jon Beason, etc. But as far as the complete package goes, this kid has it all.

I get a football boner thinking about a Kuechly/Beason/Davis combo.

We may have a DROY on our hands here folks. It is a very real possibility.

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I know what you mean, but his play will decrease his chances of getting hurt. As long as he can get to the ball we have plenty of other guys ready to do damage (Beason,Davis,Johnson,Hardy,Godfrey,Norman). I did see one nice lick he put on somebody wrapped up already.


Meh some just have it and some don't. Ray Lewis has been hitting people hard for years and he is no worse for ware. I'm not knocking the kid, he is going to make a whole lot of good plays and on goal line plays he has not given a inch so I'm not real worried.

He popped Greene several times. Not every tackle is a madden hit stick bro. He had 10 tackles in 1 half. No need to nit pick about him hitting harder. The thing about Luke once he gets his hands on the guy they go down almost every time. The play is over once he's there.


No one said this is madden and I'm not your bro, bro. A better word would be he wrapped up green several times and if I were to nit pick I would say he also miss tackled Green twice.

No one said this is madden and I'm not your bro, bro. A better word would be he wrapped up green several times and if I were to nit pick I would say he also miss tackled Green twice.


10 tackles in a half. Get over it

10 tackles in a half. Get over it


Your the one that needs to get over it. I was just giving my opinion. Anywho moving on...

Gross wasn't the best LT prospect to come out in a decade though......

true, but my point is we had a player at gross position who had pro bowl caliber talent & still had some tread left, even after he was gone we tried wharton at LT for awhile
He gets in on every play...Put Beason next to him now and we have the best LBs in the NFL

Kuechly has the potential to be better than Beason, he's already better in coverage. Beason is an amazing talent, and this isn't a knock on him at all, but Kuechly can be a once in a generation player.

At no point during my post did I question Kuechly's potention. I said that Beason is our best defensive player and he is. Kuechly will improve and that's scary good considering where he is right now, but there is no way that I'd say that as of right now, he is better than beason because he's not! Beason is not only the better of the two, Beason is the heart and soul of our defense. His presence on the field is something I would never even think of replacing with a Rookie or ever say that a Rookie is better than someone that brings so much to our team and has done from his rookie year. Kuechly will continue to grow by watching the best defensive player on the team, Jon Beason.

not sure he will ever be the type leader Beason is.....

But I think overall he will be the best LB on the team by the end of the season. Beason will be the leader but outside of hitting harder Luke at least projects a little better in all other aspects....I expect him to be that guy.

MLB will be Luke's next year. Gives Luke even more room and ability to use his instincts to make plays. Beason needs to be used in more of a thumper role.


This is why Beast will be in the middle for atleast the next 3 years if healthy
He made so many amazing plays over the course of preseason, and especially last night with the extended amount of PT. But, for some reason, the one that really stood out to me last night was where he was basically the only guy to break through on a run down in the red zone to his right, the runner (may have been Greene) shook him off, but Kuechly forced him to redirect... The runner cut back and tried to run back around the left side (defense's perspective) and Kuechly got up from the missed tackle ran him down on that side and finished him off before he could gain anything.

Unbelievable.
He is a dang good LB already. Makes plays. Him and Beason are going to form a dynamic duo.

He made so many amazing plays over the course of preseason, and especially last night with the extended amount of PT. But, for some reason, the one that really stood out to me last night was where he was basically the only guy to break through on a run down in the red zone to his right, the runner (may have been Greene) shook him off, but Kuechly forced him to redirect... The runner cut back and tried to run back around the left side (defense's perspective) and Kuechly got up from the missed tackle ran him down on that side and finished him off before he could gain anything.

Unbelievable.


He moves through traffic like a Barry Sanders LB monster.

I still don't like that he does not have that killer mind set. I saw on one play where he had a chance to blow up the RB and he let up and the guy got an extra yard on the play. His nose for the ball is uncanny but he does not like to destroy players.



That is what I like best about him. He knows how to tackle and very few players these days know how to bring a guy down instead of trying to make the big hit. He reminds me of a rugby tackler which think is a great thing.
I personally liked the play where he missed the initial tackle got back up and STILL made the tackle on the RB. That's tells you a lot about him. You can't teach that kind of hustle.

my gf say keeklys cute


Mine too. She also said The Golden Calf of Bristol was cute. Time for a new gf

Mine too. She also said The Golden Calf of Bristol was cute. Time for a new gf

You guys should've told them to shut up and finish the sandwiches.
Its very hard for me to disagree with this, i really enjoyed just watching him play and make tackles. Beason is my guy, but i am leaning more towards Keek being the better player down the road, he just looks he was born to play linebacker. He just pops out of the screen so much for being a linebacker, they were talking about him the whole second quarter thats how you know you have special player if they do that from a position thats not emphasized as much as others.

This is why Beast will be in the middle for atleast the next 3 years if healthy


Different styles. Luke will likely never lead in the manner Beason does.....

Beason's leadership isnt going to keep Luke from MLB if Luke turns out to be what he projects. I still don't think people realize how good Luke has the potential to be.....but will after this season.

Just want to add...If Thomas Davis can somehow get back to 2009 form before his injury, he would become our best defensive player

Ordered a Kuechly jersey last night though!!


Im bout to order mine, i was gonna wait till regular season but fug it. Now Im sure as hell he is gonna dominate this year.

He made so many amazing plays over the course of preseason, and especially last night with the extended amount of PT. But, for some reason, the one that really stood out to me last night was where he was basically the only guy to break through on a run down in the red zone to his right, the runner (may have been Greene) shook him off, but Kuechly forced him to redirect... The runner cut back and tried to run back around the left side (defense's perspective) and Kuechly got up from the missed tackle ran him down on that side and finished him off before he could gain anything.

Unbelievable.

I personally liked the play where he missed the initial tackle got back up and STILL made the tackle on the RB. That's tells you a lot about him. You can't teach that kind of hustle.


That play alone shows us what we've got in Kuechly. Like this guy named Lombardi once said, "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up." (and what you do afterwards)
Thomas Davis on that sack and YELLING TD was the highlight of my night

Once cuts come around maybe we can finally get a decent safety...

LUKE IS A BEAST
Somebody put together a highlight reel of Keek for the pre season, hell we already got enough material. lol

He moves through traffic like a Barry Sanders LB monster.


He's like a liquid brick. Nearly every play I tried to locate Keuchly pre snap - he'd then disappear into a pile of linemen and be hanging onto the ball carrier a half second later.

For those bitching about him hitting big - he hits a hell of a lot harder than we realize. You gotta remember at 6-3 245 he's ALOT bigger than he looks and it one of the larger LBs in the league. When he gets some room to use his top speed on some pitches, screen or dump off passes your gonna see him level some people. you gotta remember when weaving through traffic like he did all game he really can't get more than one step of momentum - so he wraps up and tugs at the ball like he should.

Keuchly's blitzing ability isn't really known, he wasn't asked to do it in college. That doesn't mean that he can't. He has the tools to be a dominant blitzer for sure.


He did a good job of it earlier in the pre-season and he's been picking Gross' brain about it in training camp too.

At BC he was simply asked to make every tackle - their DC didn't want to risk running him out of the play by blitzing him.