3 ways Luke Kuechly’s retirement will impact the Panthers

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Carolina Panthers Reason No. 3: Ability in coverage

Given how dominant Luke Kuechly was in run support and tackling in the open field during his career. It’s easy to forget just how well he played in coverage.

This is something that one doesn’t normally associate with inside linebackers. And this is certainly the case with Tahir Whitehead, who has struggled covering across the middle over his career.

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Kuechly was a different breed of player. And he made a point of trying to make an impression no matter what in-game scenario he found himself in. This was down primarily to a fierce desire that was matched by a sneaky athleticism despite his impressive physical build.

The Panthers have a front seven to be reckoned with in 2020. If Kuechly had stayed around one more season, it might even have propelled his game to new heights.

His frustrations with this area of the field were evident on more than one occasion last time around. And this probably played a role in Kuechly eventually giving up the game.

The player ended his eight-year stint in the NFL with 18 interceptions, one touchdown, and 566 pass deflections. This was just a small sample of what Kuechly brought to the table. And it always made wide receivers or tight ends look around with caution across the middle before getting their hands on the ball.

Kuechly will go down in Panthers’ history as one of the greats. His play warrants a Pro Football Hall of Fame selection when he is eligible. And it will be some time before Carolina finds another like him.

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