Bobby Wagner has been the one fixed presence within the Seahawks’ protection for the previous 10 seasons, however that may all change in 2022.
Following Seattle’s launch final month of the six-time All-Pro linebacker, the 31-year-old Wagner has joined the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, assuring he’ll meet the Seahawks twice as a member of an NFC West rival going ahead.
Seattle’s protection had its ups and downs in the course of the ultimate years of Wagner’s tenure with the group, and it was one thing he spoke about at size when he joined Seattle Sports’ Mike Salk Show for a 30-minute interview that aired Wednesday. Among the issues Wagner addressed was his view of what held the protection again, adjustments to the scheme, and his response to criticism of his personal play. Here’s a take a look at what he needed to say.
It’s no secret to anyone who watched the Seahawks carefully the previous couple of years that the protection took time to get going in the course of the season, which was one thing that prevented Seattle from ending excessive sufficient within the NFC to earn a playoff bye – or within the case of 2021, even make the playoffs in any respect.
“I felt like we always got off to a slow start,” Wagner mentioned. “We would give up a ridiculous amount of yards, and even like last year, last year was crazy because if you look at our yardage, we were (towards the) bottom if not the bottom of the list. But if you looked at our situational football, we were like top five – third down, red zone, things of that nature. And so we just struggled to kind of put it all together.”
One potential motive for the sluggish begins the previous two seasons is how little the Seahawks have been in a position to work collectively within the offseason as a result of pandemic. Wagner illustrated that by citing linebacker Jordyn Brooks, who was drafted by Seattle within the first spherical in 2020.
“We definitely had to communicate better. We definitely had to just execute the scheme and sometimes the trust wasn’t always there,” he mentioned. “And you think about COVID, you think of all these different things where normally you get to be around one another… I was talking to Jordyn a while ago and this might be his first real offseason where you have OTAs and everything like that. Up until this point, he’s never had a real offseason. Little things like that do matter, do mean something.”
A key challenge for Seattle final season was getting stops – after which the offense staying in possession longer than a couple of performs after the protection did get a cease. Wagner mentioned it was one thing he even seemed up because the 12 months was going.
“I was looking at it at some point in the season, I believe myself, (safety Quandre) Diggs, and (safety) Jamal (Adams) had the most plays in in the league by a longshot. I think we had like 200 more plays than the next closest person, and that just shows we had trouble getting off the field. I can’t really pinpoint on what exactly was the reason to that but I do feel like at some point of each of those seasons we were able to figure it out, but sometimes that was just too late.”
Wagner’s personal play
Has Wagner misplaced a step? He doesn’t suppose so, and whereas there have been critiques about him not seeming to be as energetic on the sector lately, he mentioned his numbers again him up.
“I feel like the production from a statistical standpoint has been there,” he mentioned. “The tackles are still around the same. Sacks are still around the same even though I think last year I blitzed the least.”
While Wagner made a career-high 170 tackles final season, he had only one sack and seemed to be much less of an element round and behind the road of scrimmage. He pointed to how Seattle used the line of defense for him as a motive.
“I just think some of the fronts didn’t necessarily allow me to come downhill the way that I was able to come downhill earlier my career,” he mentioned. “Earlier in my career we were more an under front… The front that we moved to the later part of my career, it was the stick front and it was not necessarily (allowing me to) come downhill, it was read behind the blockers. Teams were doing a good job of releasing that guard because there was nobody touching the guard.”
Potential dangerous information for Seahawks followers is that Wagner has heard the criticism and is motivated to show he can nonetheless be a standout participant together with his new group.
“I understand the criticism, I hear the criticism, I have no problem with embracing it,” he mentioned, “and I look forward to proving a lot of doubters wrong because I still feel like I’m one of the best linebackers in this league and I plan on proving that this year.”
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