Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was on the set of “First Take” Tuesday afternoon, and the defending Super Bowl champion didn’t hold back his feelings for some of the teams Seattle faced during their championship season. Wagner, who led Seattle with 120 tackles in 2013, was only on the set for about five minutes, but that was more than enough time for the linebacker to call several teams and players ‘scared’ to face the Seahawks’ vaunted defense.
Wagner called out some of the elite talent in the NFL, including players like Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis. He also had some choice words for the Denver Broncos, the team Seattle crushed 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII back in February. Wagner claimed he ‘lost a little respect’ for the New Orleans Saints‘ Graham last season when the tight end got into a small altercation before the game with some of the members of Seattle’s defense, and he lost even more when Graham actually ran away from Kam Chancellor after catching a pass. And Wagner wasn’t even close to finished after calling out Graham. The linebacker couldn’t even give a name when asked about the best tight end in the league, and he called the San Francisco 49ers‘ Vernon Davis ‘a little bit scared as well.’
It’s not often that a professional football player will go on national television and give opposing teams bulletin board material, especially not in the magnitude that Wagner did. But can you blame him?
Most would be criticized, but Wagner won’t be. His confidence is the attitude of the entire Seattle defense, a side that some have dubbed the best defense in NFL history. But here’s the scary part: The Seahawks’ defense could actually be better in 2014 than it was last season. Seattle retained its defensive core, and the younger players have an extra year of experience under their belts.
Wagner claims that Seattle has the best player in the entire NFL at every position on its defense. According to the linebacker, if you aren’t starting in Seattle, every other team wants you to start for them. While somewhat farfetched, Wagner isn’t exaggerating by much. The Seahawks should be the favorites to win the Lombardi Trophy next season, as an NFL dynasty could be emerging.
When asked about Seattle having a target on its back for the upcoming season, Wagner had a telling response.
“We have bullets too,” he said.