Luke Kuechly, of the Carolina Panthers, was named the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press Saturday evening.
Kuechly finished the season with 156 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks and zero forced fumbles.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was sixth in the Defensive POY voting with just two votes, as he was the ’12 award winner.
Watt was deserving of more than just two votes for the award. I’m not saying he deserved to to the POY, but he was a heck of a lot better than just two votes, right?
Watt finished the season with 80 tackles, 10.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. Watt had zero interceptions.
“The Texans’ J.J. Watt had a better overall 2013 than Kuechly, and Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis also was a strong candidate in a season without any easy choices.”
I believe Watt had a better season than Kuechly as well, but playing on a 2-14 team killed any chances of Watt earning a second consecutive POY award. I’m sure he’ll use the “two votes” as some type of motivation this offseason and in 2014.
Watt will finish higher than sixth in the voting next season and will have more than just two votes.