In another good NFL Network interview with a Seahawk player, linebacker Bobby Wagner was a guest today on NFL Network’s NFL AM (here’s a little video preview).
Wagner said he thought a defining moment of the game was Kam Chancellor’s hit on Demaryius Thomas in the first quarter.
“It set the tone because I think everybody during the whole week was talking about the crossing routes and how we were going to be able to handle the crossing routes; talking about their offense and Kam…hits him,” Wagner said. “From there, everybody was kind of scared to run across the middle and it went downhill from there.”
Wagner added he thought there was a noticeable change in Denver’s demeanor from that point on.
“It was kind of like, ‘Oh man, alright they can hit,”’ Wagner said. “Because they were talking a lot of trash, talking about we weren’t that physical and they’ve seen more physical teams. Once we got out there, we wanted to prove a point that we were the most physical team that they played.”
Here’s a bit more of what Wagner had to say:
On if he believes Super Bowl XLVIII was the best game they played as a defense the whole season: “I think it was the best game that we played as a team. We did everything; offense did a great job, special teams did a great job and then we kind of started everything off.”
On the Seahawks’ mindset preparing to play Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense in the Super Bowl: “That first week we kind of put in the gameplan and then the second week we just focused on film. We felt like we picked up a lot of tendencies that would help us against them and we felt like they hadn’t played a defense like ours. He got a lot of talk because they did a great job during the whole season; they put up record-numbers so he’s supposed to be talked about. But at the end of the day, defense wins championships, offense puts people in seats.”
On how long he believes the Seahawks can keep the defense together: “We’re going to keep it together a lot because our GM does a great job of moving the pieces around so everybody’s happy and everybody stays. So we’re looking forward to what’s going to happen but nobody knows the future.”