It is hard to imagine that one of the best linebackers in the game could improve but that is exactly what Luke Kuechly is focused on entering 2016. The Carolina Panthers' linebacker told Mike Mayock that one thing he is trying to improve on this year is getting pressure on the quarterback and getting sacks.
"Every year you have certain things you want to accomplish," Kuechly said. "One of mine is to be able to get after the passer. That is something I haven't been able to do very well my first few years and I'm trying to get better at it."
Kuechly only has nine career sacks between the regular and postseason in four years and his career high is three, which came in 2014.
As a whole, the linebacker position didn't get much pressure on the quarterback and the starting linebackers (Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson) combined for 7.5 sacks in the regular season. This is one category Davis led the way, accounting for 5.5 of those sacks and is an example for Kuechly to follow.
"Thomas [Davis] does a very good job at it, sacks. If you can get multiple sacks, that helps your defense, the guys in the front and in the back end. It's a valuable part of being a linebacker."
The Panthers defense is entering this season with some question marks with a new defensive end and a very inexperienced secondary. If Kuechly can improve in his pass rush, it will have an impact throughout every level of this defense.