RENTON, Wash. (AP) When Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner was younger in his career and still lacking some recognition, it was teammate Richard Sherman that was frequently touting Wagner’s talent.
With Sherman out for a season, maybe he’ll be means to find time to lead Wagner’s debate as his name is removing mentioned as a intensity defensive actor of a year candidate.
”(Sherman) needs to be in a building pumping us up,” joked associate Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright.
Now in his sixth season, Wagner competence be personification improved now than during any indicate of his career. That’s important given Wagner has already been an All-Pro, a multiple-time Pro Bowl selection, and is generally deliberate one of a best center linebackers in a NFL.
But Wagner has crept into a opposite review as a probable defensive actor of a year candidate. It’s always been a idea for Wagner, nonetheless seemed doubtful with a endowment customarily going to a many disruptive defensive lineman or a actor in a delegate carrying a standout season. Luke Kuechly and Brian Urlacher are a usually center linebackers given 2003 to be respected with a award.
Yet, possibly his deteriorate is being looked during from an methodical viewpoint or simply examination him play, Wagner has justly found his approach into a discussion. And he’ll have another primary theatre this week when a Seahawks horde a 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.
He’s some-more than only a center linebacker that creates tackles. Wagner understands that’s what it takes to be noticed.
”I feel like they don’t indispensably conclude tackles as most though. You can’t only get it off tackles. You got to do more,” Wagner said.
”You got to do interceptions, we got to do sacks. A man can have 10 sacks and he can win it. You unequivocally have to do some-more and we feel like a inside linebackers that have won it in a past know that and have finished more. And we know, we can do more, so I’ll be fine.”
The detriment of Sherman and Kam Chancellor for a deteriorate has authorised Wagner to be noticed some-more in a spotlight and he’s assisting to make adult for Seattle losing dual of a defensive stars. Wagner is third in a NFL in tackles with 100 by 11 games.
He’s fourth on a group in passes defensed and he’s tied for a group lead with Sherman with dual interceptions, including a conspicuous collect final week where he knocked a round giveaway from a San Francisco receiver and held it opposite his physique for an interception while he was on a ground.
”I told him I’ve never seen a play like that. It’s like a fumble/interception. Just unequivocally impressive,” Wright said. ”That’s display how most he’s profitable courtesy removing after a ball. We speak about it each week.”
Pass coverage is one area where Wagner has focused on improving. He’s always been vigourous opposite a run and has benefited this deteriorate from a further of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson eating adult descent linemen and gripping Wagner transparent to make tackles.
It was a unwavering preference by Wagner that started with examination film in a offseason and going from there.
”I consider we only go and watch film and kind of demeanour during all a opportunities that we had that we competence have missed out on and that’s kind of what we did,” Wagner said.
”I looked behind and we felt like there were some opportunities in coverage for me to make possibly a quarterback reason onto a round a small bit longer to get a rush there or emanate a play myself so we only kind of looked during that and picked that as a thing to improve.”
NOTES: DE Cliff Avril underwent neck medicine on Tuesday and all indications were a medicine was successful. ”As distant as we’ve heard, all went unequivocally well. So we are only watchful for him to get back,” Seattle manager Pete Carroll said. … RB Mike Davis (groin) and CB Shaquill Griffin were both singular in use on Wednesday after both missed Sunday’s game.
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