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A Closer Look Into Bobby Wagner’s Success

Bobby Wagner is a huge part of the Seahawks success on defense. He has been a consistent player for the Hawks and plays with energy and confidence. Watch out for him, as he leads the Seahawks defense one step closer to the final prize.

Wagner played his college ball at Utah State, which was his only offer coming out of high-school. He went on to be very successful at Utah State and was named the WAC defensive player of the year as a senior in 2011. The Seahawks made a great decision, when they drafted Wagner in the 2nd round in the 2012 NFL draft. At the NFL combine Wagner ran a 4.4 40 yard dash and had an impressive 39.5 vertical jump. He is very athletic and can run sideline to sideline, making plays on speedy running backs and athletic quarterbacks.

In his rookie season, Wagner led the Seahawks in tackles with 140. He was also only 2nd to Luke Kuechly, in voting for the NFL defensive rookie of the year. To step in and start every game as a rookie is remarkable, and to do the job at a high level every game exceeded anyone’s expectations.

This season Wagner led the Seahawks again with total tackles. Bobby Wagner also missed two games with a high ankle sprain, but made a fast recovery from the injury. In fact Wagner has started every game in his career, except for the two games missed from the high ankle sprain. Once Wagner came back from the injury, he didn’t miss a beat and has continued to be a dominate force on defense.

The game on Saturday against the Saints was one where Bobby Wagner played his very best. He had 9 total tackles, and made many crucial plays in stopping the Saints running and screen game. Last time the Seahawks played the 49ers, Wagner made a shoe string tackle, to stop a touchdown bound Colin Kapernick. These are the kind of plays that Seahawks fans have become used to seeing from Bobby Wagner.

Expect many more big time tackles from Wagner in the years to come. He will continue to improve and has already become a dominate linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks. With the biggest game of his life, coming up on Sunday, Seahawks fans can be assured that Wagner will be ready to go. He hasn’t backed down from a challenge since being the starting middle linebacker as a rookie. To win a Super Bowl in only his second year would be a dream come true. But, Wagner knows he has to have a big game on Sunday, in order to achieve that dream. The 12th Man will be in full force, cheering Bobby Wagner and the rest of the Seahawks to victory against the 49ers. Go Hawks!!!

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Kam Chancellor’s Rise to Greatness

Kam Chancellor is a special player for the Seattle Seahawks and has already achieved greatness in his young career. Seahawks fans have become accustomed to seeing the big safety deliver huge hits against his opponents. He also has provided great pass coverage and even though his interception numbers are lower than those of Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, he is just as valuable. If you haven’t heard much of Chancellor, then it is time to take notice and appreciate the big time player that he is to the Seattle Seahawks organization.

In college at Virginia Tech, he switched positions many different times. He started playing quarterback, then moved to cornerback, and eventually found his true calling at free safety. Well almost, he now plays strong safety for the Seattle Seahawks. Clearly, Chancellor has a special talent and is a hard worker that can do whatever his coach asks of him and does it well.

When the Seattle Seahawks drafted Kam Chancellor, they picked up a physical, hard hitting safety. But at that time, that was about all he could do. Over the years though, he has developed into a player that can shut down receivers just as good as he can make a highlight reel hit. Chancellor has also become a team leader. He leads the Legion of Boom pregame talks and puts his teammates first, which is demonstrated by his motto, “play for your brothers.” Kam is a classy person and takes his job seriously, his fashion is off the chart and he answers questions in interviews with respect and insightful answers.

Kam Chancellor is now a pro bowl talent and leads the NFC West Champion Seahawks every time they take the field. Recently Chancellor was named a 2nd team all pro and he definitely deserves this award. He came into the league as an afterthought when drafted only in the 5th round. Everyone, except the Seahawks organization would rate the similarly built USC safety Taylor Mays way ahead of Chancellor. But, now Mays, who is playing for the Bengals is the forgotten one, and Chancellor on the other hand, has risen to the top of his position. This example shows the hard work that Kam has put in over the years, in order to be great.

Last offseason the Seattle Seahawks signed Chancellor to a 5 year extension worth up to 34 million. He earned that extension and Hawks fans should be ecstatic that he will be with the team for many years to come. Chancellor will be leading this Seahawks team, hopefully to 3 more wins this season, resulting in a Super Bowl win. But, regardless where the Hawks finish, fans can be confident that this hard hitting safety will be around Seattle for many years to come and will continue to lead the defense with excellent pass coverage and of course his bone crushing hits.

Gonna be writing about a Seattle Seahawks player every day leading up to Saturday. Learn more about this Seahawks team!

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Will the Seattle Seahawks 2013/2014 defense go down as the best in history?

If you have followed the Seahawks this season, then you would hear the statement that they want to be the best ever. Russell Wilson wants to be the best quarterback to ever play. Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman want to be perfect in everything they do. Perfection is what they search for, but that is what makes this team and defense special.

A great defense starts upfront with the defense line. With the free agent upgrades of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett the defense has been even better than last year. Chris Clemons has come back from his ACL injury quite nicely and is still contributing well at the age of 32. The inside has been very productive from many different players. Tony McDaniel and Brandon Mebane have led the charge inside. Clinton McDonald has been a pleasant surprise as well. After being cut earlier in the year and then being resigned, he came back with a chip on his shoulder and has had the best year of his career. With these three players being so productive and Bennett being able to play inside as well as outside, Jordan Hill has been able to come through this season slowly and has been inactive for more than half the games. But, when he has been in games has played very well for a rookie.

Now we move to the youthful and athletic linebackers that the Seahawks have. Going into his second year, Bobby Wagner has left off where he finished off in his rookie year. He leads this group of talented linebackers. KJ Wright has been playing amazing and showed off his talents by shutting down Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles in the blowout win vs the Saints. Bruce Irvin has played well as the LEO end and outside linebacker position. The productivity isn’t noticed in the stats, but he has played solid both on the run and the pass. Providing excellent depth is Malcom Smith, Heath Farwell and O’Brien Schofield. Especially with KJ Wright out for 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his foot, Smith has stepped up to the challenge and has not missed a beat. Farwell has been excellent on special teams, as well as Schofield.

And finally the flashiest and most well-known position group all across the NFL is the secondary, also known as the L.O.B (Legion of Boom). This is of course led by the vocal Richard Sherman and the arguably best free safety in the league Earl Thomas. It is then complimented by the hard hitting safety Kam Chancellor. On the other side of the cornerback position, Brandon Browner, now injured and facing suspension has become the forgotten man with Byron Maxwell playing so well. The depth in the LOB is very strong. Walter Thurmond and Jeremy Lane do not miss a beat when they get on the field. At safety replacing Jeron Johnson who has battled hamstring problems this year is Deshawn Shead and on the other side is Chris Maragos. The second string is noticeable in special teams providing great kick and punt coverage. In fact the Seahawks have only allowed 19 punt return yards this entire season.

So the question is asked and will be continued to be asked. Is this the best defense in NFL history? I would have to say no, not yet. A Superbowl would help the argument and a special season next year would help this case. But, excellence needs to be continued throughout many years. And with the caliber of the starters and the deep depth at each position it is possible that in a few years this defense could be something that is written down in the history books as the best ever. But, as of now let’s enjoy watching this defense dominate and frustrate opposing offenses as they try to lead this team to a Super Bowl.

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