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Thursday Round-Up: Bobby Wagner Discusses Seahawks' Defensive Turnaround On "The Richard Sherman Podcast"

The All-Pro linebacker discussed the Seahawks’ improved play on defense lately, the competitiveness of the NFC West, and more on his former teammate’s podcast.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, November 4 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Bobby Wagner Joins "The Richard Sherman Podcast"

Now in his tenth season in the NFL, Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner continues to add to what is already a Hall of Fame-worthy resume. Heading into the season, Pro Football Focus ranked Wagner as the number one linebacker in the NFL, and the six-time first-team All-Pro, seven-time Pro Bowler, and two-time NFL tackles leader has backed it up so far. Through eight games, Wagner leads the league in tackles with 93, including a career-best 20 tackle effort in Week 2 against the Titans.

When he hasn't been busy helping carry the Seahawks defense on the field, he's been busy helping make a difference in communities around Seattle, like by giving out 200 Halloween costumes to kids and partnering with Seattle Public Schools' Head Start program to donate food to families at five different locations throughout Seattle.

Earlier this week, Wagner also made time to chat with another Seahawks legend, current Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman, on "The Richard Sherman Podcast." The Super Bowl XLVIII champs discussed the competitive state of the NFC West, Wagner's consistent play and evolving game, the Seahawks' improvement on defense this season, and more over the half-hour long conversation. Click here to watch/listen to the full podcast episode, and check out some highlights below:

On what has fueled the defensive turnaround in recent weeks:

"I think the biggest change has been the communication. As you know, sometimes you're out there and you have these nonverbal communications when you play with certain people for a while, that you don't have when you have new guys. There's a lot of guys that might be thinking something before the play but don't want to say it, don't want to be wrong. And we really talked through that. Whether it's a young guy or an older guy, we had to talk through that, because the only way we're going to play better is if we're out there all playing together and seeing the same thing. So I think that was the biggest thing."

On the impact Quandre Diggs brings to the defense:

"He's been huge, because his communication is off the charts. His knowledge for the game is off the charts. You know, to have a guy like that in the back end that understands defense, understands concepts, and is able to relay that to the young guys on the back end has just been huge for us. It's priceless how valuable he is to our defense."

On how his game has evolved into being more of a pass rusher:

"We never used to blitz, so whenever I got my opportunity back in the day I knew I had to capitalize. Now it's a combination. I think we're blitzing a lot more, but I'm also finding ways where — if I'm in man coverage and I know my guy's not going out, I'll just go … A lot of it is they're giving me more of an opportunity. I understand that my opportunities are limited so I've got to do something with it, then they'll call more. That's the mentality."

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