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Tackling machine in the thick of DPOY chatter

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07:26 AM ET 12.25 | When the conversation turns to Defensive Player of the Year, big numbers in interceptions or sacks often to do the talking. For 2013, though, the award could well go to a guy who isn't among the NFL leaders in anything but the most subjective statistic possible, total tackles. Certainly, in Sunday's victory over the New Orleans Saints, middle linebacker Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers established himself as one of the favorites for the award, with a mind-blowing 24 tackles. ... [It's] hard to ignore what the second-year linebacker accomplished against the Saints' high-octane offense. "People will say, like, 'Well the guy was all over the field, right?' But (Kuechly) really was everywhere you looked. It was like he was making every play," acknowledged fellow Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis after the victory.

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December 25, 2013  09:07 AM ET

It's Not Only A Numbers Game, Bro.





Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 25, 2013  09:08 AM ET

When you consider the multiple "no call" penalties he's gotten away with, Carolina wouldn't be in the place they are. I believe he had 2 or 3 games in a row where they ignored blatant end zone penalties he committed which handed Carolina wins. If the officiating wasn't absolutely horrible this year he'd probably be considered a goat of the week multiple times and not even be in the discussion.

December 25, 2013  09:18 AM ET

The Guy is on a Roll, look out!!!

December 25, 2013  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Guy is on a Roll, look out!!!

He's on something.

December 25, 2013  12:02 PM ET

He's a major reason why Carolina is a dark horse to make the SB.

Then again, the same was said about Houston and JJ Watt last year.

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December 25, 2013  12:36 PM ET
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Carolina has taken the mantle of this year's Surprise Team. Woulda thought 8-8, but they've been quite good.

Very surprising team. Although I wouldn't count Kansas City out of the conversation.

December 25, 2013  04:27 PM ET
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Carolina has taken the mantle of this year's Surprise Team. Woulda thought 8-8, but they've been quite good.

You obviously confused them with Dallas. Easy mistake.

December 25, 2013  10:25 PM ET

With what he did to the Saints, he sure deserves a lot of consideration... Kuechly was Butkus dominate...

December 25, 2013  11:03 PM ET
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When you consider the multiple "no call" penalties he's gotten away with, Carolina wouldn't be in the place they are. I believe he had 2 or 3 games in a row where they ignored blatant end zone penalties he committed which handed Carolina wins. If the officiating wasn't absolutely horrible this year he'd probably be considered a goat of the week multiple times and not even be in the discussion.

sounds like someone is a bit bitter that the 49ers scored NINE???yes, 9 points against the panthers

December 25, 2013  11:50 PM ET

Fine BC product.

December 26, 2013  02:06 AM ET

Just an outstanding player, clearly.

 
December 26, 2013  07:58 AM ET

Vontaz Burfict.......undrafted walk-on for the Bengals that no other team wanted is the man ,leads the NFL in tackles and is a true sideline to sideline tackling machine.

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