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April 27, 2012

Kuechly arrives in Charlotte after sleepless night

Luke Kuechly didn't get much sleep after the Panthers drafted him Thursday night – until his flight from Cincinnati to Charlotte Friday morning.

“I think people started clearing out of my house a lot later than I anticipated,” Kuechly said. “But I was able to get a little sleep on the plane, so I'm good to go.”

The Panthers took Kuechly 9th overall, bringing the Boston College linebacker to a team that has two starting linebackers coming off major surgeries.

Kuechly met with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson on Friday and members of the coaching staff. He received a congratulatory phone call Thursday night from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who trained with Kuechly at IMG Academy in Florida during the offseason.

“I talked to him a little bit (Thursday) night. He said he's excited,” Kuechly said. “He said he might be around a little bit (Friday).”

Kuechly said he's not sure which linebacker spot he'll play. That will depend on the health of Jon Beason, who is coming off Achilles surgery, and Thomas Davis, who last fall underwent his third ACL surgery in a two-year span.

“Right now we're just trying to see. I'm going in with an open mindset. We've got to figure out what's going to happen,” Kuechly said. “But all three positions are going to be a challenge moving forward. I've got to pick up on some new things. But I'm excited to see what happens.”

Kuechly said he was not often asked to blitz or play man coverage at Boston College. But Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who attended Kuechly's press conference, said afterward one of the first highlights he saw was of Kuechly blitzing up the middle and getting to the quarterback.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on April 27, 2012 at 02:33 PM | Permalink


Wasn't he the 9th pick? I'm pretty sure the Panthers picked 9th. I wasn't at the draft party and I wasn't at Radio City Music Hall, but I'm pretty sure everything that I read stated that the Panthers had the 9th pick. How can professional writers miss simple details like this? Stupid little stuff like this makes your whole company look second rate. Be better guys.

Posted by: chaos03 | Apr 27, 2012 2:39:57 PM

And Kuechly spelled two different ways.

Posted by: Scott | Apr 27, 2012 2:43:32 PM

9th not 10th!! Wow!

Posted by: chriss | Apr 27, 2012 2:43:40 PM

Who edits this stuff prior to posting?

Posted by: chaos03 | Apr 27, 2012 3:02:57 PM

Agreed. Horrible writing. Also could have noted that Kuechly (note the "y") trained at IMG as well. After all that is the only reason to mention that Newton trained ther in an article about Kuechly.


Posted by: Graham | Apr 27, 2012 3:08:09 PM

In the interest of getting news to you quickly, the reporters post many of these blogs directly, and we edit behind them. You're all right, the Panthers picked ninth, and the post has been corrected. Mistakes happen. I'm guessing we've all made some.

Mike Persinger
Executive Sports Editor
The Charlotte Observer

Posted by: Mike Persinger | Apr 27, 2012 3:09:39 PM

Joe, you're lucky no one pushes their kids into journalism anymore, or you'd be out a job. LET THEM EAT CAKE!!!!

Posted by: fdsadf | Apr 27, 2012 3:11:05 PM

Join me in being more concerned about the quality and common sense of the pick rather than the writing about the pick.

Posted by: YeahRight | Apr 27, 2012 3:11:20 PM

Im all about doing jobs the right way and professionalism and what not but holy hell some of you people need to get a life. If the most productive thing you have to do with your day is proof read a blog and insult the minor flaws instead of actually commenting on the story itself then you have serious issues. Chances are any person reading this is a Panthers fan and know they picked 9th and not 10th. Its really not that big a deal. So go out and get bent for once.

Posted by: Greg | Apr 27, 2012 3:18:40 PM

The Willy Loman of beat writing.

Posted by: fdsadf | Apr 27, 2012 3:27:54 PM

Bunch of english grammar school teacher wannabes..go put a $20 in a g-string, have a few cocktails, or steer two wheels over the curb at 2:00am..get some perspective on this misspelling

Posted by: ThatsRight | Apr 27, 2012 3:33:44 PM

Mike Persinger.... In the Blogasphere the correct way to fix a bad blog entry is to draw a line through the bad information and put the correct information in following it. I know there's no official style book but that's the way it's done. Bloggers don't subscribe to the George Orwell "1984" method of putting the bad information down the "memory hole" as if it never happened.

Posted by: Rev. C.F. Cleaver | Apr 27, 2012 3:38:21 PM

So who did the Panthers actually draft? Luke Kuechly or Luke Kuechle?

Posted by: Mike | Apr 27, 2012 3:39:35 PM

You're right, we all make mistakes from time to time. But reporters get paid to get the "who, where, when and why" right. It's their job. They got the "who" and "when" part wrong in a single post. And it's an editor's job to catch those errors. That's what you get paid to do. Do it better.

Posted by: ok...but | Apr 27, 2012 3:41:46 PM

Wow! Rev Cleaver, what are you the reverend of - the dumbass school of journalism?!?!? Why don't you just STFU and sign off the internet before you hurt yourself!?!?!

Posted by: dbigcat | Apr 27, 2012 3:43:19 PM

Everyone on this blog is suffering from "Holden Caulfield" syndrome. It's sickening.

Posted by: fdsadf | Apr 27, 2012 3:49:09 PM

The first comment ever on any blog in the history of the world was followed a moment later by a comment that was snarky and sarcastic and then the third ever comment on the internet corrected the spelling of the second. After that, there was nothing new ever posted.

Posted by: tarhoosier | Apr 27, 2012 3:52:25 PM

Fans come here because they are fanatic for the Panthers. Thus a certain degree of passion exists in the subject they are reading about. I think the stink everyone is creating is about simple proofing, or lack thereof. The Panthers have had the 9th pick in the draft for numerous weeks. To type 10 is to press two separate keys versus the singular 8 or 9 based on the MIA coin flip. Kuechle vs. Kuechly is further evidence of lack of focus vs. a mistake/misspell. That would be Kuechlu. E and Y separated by two keys. Fans rely on their beat writers for current up to date information and at times - inside information. When the fans perceive they know more, or that they can do better; the beat writer loses trust and then malcontent grows. Heck I think most just miss Darin Gantt and they are piling on Joe. I mean, it's not like the Panthers made a trade in draft position and Joe reported the old number as the position they picked from. Just poor effort. Mistakes yes. But even a re-read would have caught 10 vs. 9. The name could have been missed in a scan of the blog, but not the double digit number. It's Friday Joe!!! I got nothing better to do today at work than to come and poo where you work! GO PANTHERS!!!!

Posted by: Scott | Apr 27, 2012 3:58:49 PM

Could be worse. If Sorenson had written it we would have to endure his incessant whining about MJ and the Tarheels.

Posted by: deepenwide | Apr 27, 2012 4:03:36 PM


Posted by: Grammer Police | Apr 27, 2012 4:10:52 PM

Misspelling of Grammar, Gramm"er" Police!! Of course you see nothing wrong!

Posted by: English Professor CMS | Apr 27, 2012 4:16:03 PM


Posted by: netranger | Apr 27, 2012 4:33:24 PM

I wonder if Jerry had a chat with Luke about tattoos and his hairstyle...?

Something tells me he did not.

Posted by: SFPFC | Apr 27, 2012 4:39:12 PM

Scott I can guarantee you know one misses the guy (Darin Gantt) that constantly demeaned fans, and at one point called people that didn't want to draft Cam Newton all racists.

Posted by: Frank | Apr 27, 2012 4:40:28 PM

I sure hope management was worried about an injury or off the field issues with Fletcher Cox. He was the best player on a good SEC defense....Kuechly seems to be a great tackling LB, but did we just acquire another Dan Connor with the 9th overall pick? It seems like this will be available in the 3-4th round. Not a fan of the selection.

Posted by: Mill-Dogg | Apr 27, 2012 4:43:08 PM

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