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July 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Wagner on ESPN: Broncos were scared in Super Bowl, and Seahawks “got way better” in off-season UPDATED

As noted earlier, Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner was a guest earlier today on ESPN’s Take Two — you can now watch some of it here

And as you can see, Wagner was not shy with his opinions.

As recapped in the link above, Wagner said — when prodded by host Stephen A. Smith — that the Broncos “looked scared” during Seattle’s 43-8 win in the Super Bowl.

“Nobody wanted to catch the ball,” Wagner said. “Nobody wanted to come up the middle.”

Wagner referred to the early hit by Kam Chancellor on Demaryius Thomas and said from that point on, the game turned.

“If you look at the previous games, (Denver) got a lot of balls across the middle,” Wagner said. “That first hit (Thomas) came across the middle and (Chancellor) smacked him. You didn’t really see too many balls caught across the middle (after that). They were very timid. That says a lot about our defense.”

Wagner that “when you go out against our defense, you really have to have your head on a swivel … everybody is coming after your head.”

Wagner noted that the result was similar to Seattle’s 40-10 win over the Broncos in the preseason, saying it “doesn’t matter who is on the field, if it’s the starters or the backups, our team is good.”

Wagner was also asked about losing some defensive linemen/pass rushers and whether that would hurt the Seahawks this season. Wagner said instead that he thinks Seattle “got way better this year because we are all so young. We are all still growing.”

And asked about now  being the hunted, Wagner said he wasn’t worried.

“We’ve got bullets, too,” he said.

UPDATE: Possibly in response to Wagner’s comments, Denver defensive lineman Terrance Knighton offered the following Tweet Tuesday afternoon:

Seattle’s Bruce Irvin then offered his own response to Knighton’s Tweet:

All of this will only add a little more fire to the two games the two teams are already scheduled to play this season — the pre-season opener Aug. 7 at Denver and and a regular season game in Seattle Sept. 21. Admittedly, the pre-season game won’t mean much. But given everything, it may have a little more of an atmosphere than your usual pre-season opener.

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