As unhappy as Rams fans are going to be, there is nothing they can do to change the outrageous outcome of what went down Saturday night. It was announced that Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly won the defensive player of the year.
Here is a summary of the votes:
Luke Kuechly 19
Robert Mathis 11½
Earl Thomas 7½
Quinn won the PFWA defensive player of the year, giving Rams fans everywhere hope that he would for once, give the city of St. Louis something to cheer about, the AP had other plans however.
Kuechly is much deserving of the award as it takes an extraordinary player to win it, however many believe the AP made the wrong decision.
Robert Quinn had 19 sacks (2nd in NFL), 7 forced fumbles (2nd in NFL), 23 tackles for loss (1st in NFL) but LUKE KUECHLY wins DPOY
— Dominic V. De Anda (@domdeanda8) February 2, 2014
“I don’t know how Quinn didn’t win DPOY”..Really? Not that hard to grasp.
— Nick (@NFLDraftPage) February 2, 2014
Kuechly?!?! WOW. Rob was robbed. “@jthom1: carolina lb luke kuechly wins defensive player of year.”
— The Pigskin Arch (@ThePigskinArch) February 2, 2014
— Steven Spaid (@stevenspaid) February 2, 2014
Kuechly has now won two major awards in as many season as he won defensive rookie of the year last season. This year he had 156 combined tackles this season, 93 total, 63 assisted, along with two sacks and four interceptions.
He also had one of the greatest single game performance by a defender in NFL history in week 16 against the New Orleans Saints. Kuechly made 24 tackles, which nearly tied the NFL single-game record of 25 set by Brian Urlacher in 2006.
Robert Quinn had a fantastic season, and not winning an award will not take that away, Quinn was second in the league in sacks, second in forced fumbles, first in tackles for loss, and was just a dominant force.
Quinn made other teams game plan around him which is why he should have won defensive player of the year, not taken fourth. The one thing that hurts Quinn is that he wasn’t on a winning team and it usually takes a player on a winning team to win these awards.
Quinn is a dominant force on the Rams defensive line and will be hopefully for many years to come. With new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, maybe Quinn can come out on top next season.
Other award winners included:
Offensive Player of the Year & MVP: Peyton Manning
Offencive Rookie of the Year: Eddie Lacy
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Sheldon Richardson
Comeback Player of the Year: Phillip Rivers
Coach of the Year: Ron Rivera