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January 22, 2015 at 7:57 PM

Video and quotes: Seattle middle linebacker Bobby Wagner

Seattle middle linebacker Bobby Wagner appeared in a relaxed mood talking to the media Thursday about the New England Patriots, Tom Brady, Seattle’s season, and more.

You can watch some video and then read some quotes below:

(On what kinds of challenges the Patriots present as a power running team) I think they have good versatile runners. I think [LeGarrette] Blount ran the hell out of the ball last week – that’s definitely going to be a challenge – with him back there it balances out their passing game. I think if we stop the run and make them one-dimensional, we will be fine.

(On how LeGarrette Blount is different from other running backs he has faced this year) I think he has a little bit more juke to him. I think he’s able to stop on a dime. He has shifty moves as if he is smaller back. You just have to be ready because he can shake you and he can run you over so you’re going to have to be perfect on tackling.

(On how difficult the Patriots are to prepare for) I think we approach the game the same as we approach every game. We don’t personally care what you’re going to try to do. Once we figure out what you’re trying to do – we’re going to adjust to it. If they want to run the ball out – we will be ready. If they want to pass the ball out – we will be ready. If they want to run screens and stuff like that – we are going to be ready. I don’t really care what they want to do.

(On if they spent extra time this week on the weird formations the Patriots do) Yeah, we will be prepared for it. It’s something sneaky that they try to do. They will mix it in a point in the game where maybe the other teams are tired but we don’t get tired.

(On the 2012 game against the Patriots here) I remember Sherm [Richard Sherman]. I remember that. I remember I think the last play of the game – they went for a fourth-down –didn’t make it and the excitement of winning.

(On if that was a big moment for the team) I mean, for me, it was. I was a rookie. I watched Tom Brady before I got into the league and to beat him in your home stadium was fun.

(On Tom Brady talking trash in that game) He was talking some trash but I mean everybody talks trash. It’s a fun game. It’s all within the lines. Everybody is always talking a little smack – it’s part of the game.

(On if he talks more trash than most quarterbacks) No, I’ve had some quarterbacks talk a lot of trash.

(On the most monumental moment of this season) Kearse’s catch.

(On if this season has been more rewarding because of the struggles that the team has overcome) Yeah, I can’t speak for everybody else but in my opinion it’s definitely been. I appreciate this season a lot more because we have been through a lot. I have been through a lot. Everybody was facing injuries. We were having a lot more doubters than we were used to. It’s been fun. You have to appreciate all the moments – the good, the bad, the ugly and run with it.

(On if he has plans to check the football’s inflation levels) I don’t care. They can be flat. They can be pumped up. Someone has to hand them off and someone has to catch them. I’m the guy who has to tackle them so put as much air as you want in them.

(On if he thinks that winning the Super Bowl affecting them this season or if it was its own season with its own challenges) Yeah, I think it was its own season. I think teams were going to come and definitely give us their best shot but we withstand it. We’re here now and we appreciate those moments because it made us grow.

(On Russell Wilson’s emotions late in the game last week) It was great. He was talking a lot – communicating a lot. You could definitely see the passion. I think it showed how much he and everybody else cared about winning that game. We didn’t want to go home. We didn’t want our season to be over. We definitely wanted to continue pushing on and make some history. I think it’s the passion that everybody has for the game – that’s why he was reacting the way he was.

(On how he would describe Kam Chancellor) Animal, beast – anything that eats mammals – something along those lines.

(On what Kevin Williams has meant to the defense this year) Yeah, he’s meant a lot especially to me. When Brandon [Mebane] went out – he really stepped in. I think he’s done a hell of a job keeping the guys off me, keeping guys off K.J. [Wright] and making the plays in the backfield. Like I said, you have to appreciate this moments because he’s been here for 12 years and this is his first opportunity and I want to make sure it’s a great one.

(On if they’re a going to continue to have a chip on their shoulder) No, we can use it for however long we wanted to use it, right? I’m using it until they kick me out the league. It’s something that we feed off on. Everybody on this team has been doubted at some point in their life. I think that shows why we didn’t fold when we were 3-3 or everybody was counting us out and saying that we had a Super Bowl hangover – whatever that is – it’s because we’ve been in this position. We’re used to be doubted and we’re used to proving people wrong.

(On the Patriots receivers) They definitely present a deep threat. [Julian] Edelman does a good job especially on third-down – getting open, getting the first-downs and stuff like that. I definitely feel you have to pay a lot of attention to Gronk [Rob Gronkowski] because he opens those guys up because everybody pays so much attention to him and it frees those guys up. I feel like we have the athletes to match up with them very well.

(On if Rob Gronkowski is one of those players that is open no matter what) I mean he’s a very good receiver but when he’s on the field with us – I don’t know if he’s going to be that open.

(On if his view of the Patriots integrity has changed) It hasn’t changed. They are what they are – we focus on us and they do what they do. They’re winners. They’ve done this for a long time. I’ve watched them – growing up – winning. I have respect for them.

(On if he thinks the Patriots tried to get an unfair advantage) I don’t know what’s unfair – it’s playing ball. They didn’t stop them from missing tackles and they didn’t stop them from not making the plays that they were making. At the end of the day, what can we do now? It’s all in the past. It’s not like we’re going to go and say, ‘Replay the game’ or it’s not like we’re going to go and say, ‘Disqualify them or something.’ They’re here and we’re going to play them and we’re going to take advantage of all of our advantages.

(On what is the key as a linebacker to playing pass coverage) I think it’s being patient and being disciplined because they’re going to throw a lot of stuff in your face and if you jump the stuff in your face – they’re going to throw it behind you. I think that’s the key – you have to be really, really focused especially with a guy like Tom. He’s going to look you off, he’s going to try to get you to bite on the deep stuff and throw the short one. It’s a chess game but I like chess.




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