The Seattle Seahawks had their way with the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl and one linebacker from the Seahawks defense thinks he knows why they had so much success, the Broncos were scared.
Bobby Wagner is a linebacker for Seattle and appeared on ESPN’s First Take on Tuesday to say the intimidation factor and hard-hitting secondary was a key reason in stifling the most-prolific offense in NFL history.
“They looked scared out there,” Wagner said of the Broncos. “Nobody wanted to catch the ball. Nobody wanted to come up the middle.”
The Broncos were taken out of their game and were literally rattled after Demaryius Thomas was the victim of a crushing hit from strong safety Kam Chancellor early in the game when the Broncos receiver tried to corral a pass over the middle.
“If you look at the previous games, (the Broncos) got a lot of balls across the middle,” Wagner said. “That first hit, Kam came across the middle, smacked him. You didn’t really see too many balls caught across the middle (after that play). If (balls were caught) they were very timid. That says a lot about our defense.”
The Seahawks defense led the team to the Super Bowl with Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and company bringing the franchise their Super Bowl ring and that style of physical defense has historically been the way to rattle Peyton Manning and other potent offenses.
The Seahawks are also known to do a fair amount of talking, but as the ring on their fingers would suggest, they sure do back up their smack talk.
Have to wonder how this bulletin board material will sit in Denver and if the Broncos will be “scared” when the two teams meet on Sept. 21 this year.