BRADY HENDERSON

Bobby Wagner tackles his way into Seahawks’ record books

Nov 22, 2016, 6:00 AM
Bobby Wagner is the first player in Seahawks history with 100 or more tackles in five straight seas...
Bobby Wagner is the first player in Seahawks history with 100 or more tackles in five straight seasons. (AP)
(AP)

With 15 tackles in Seattle’s win over Philadelphia on Sunday, linebacker Bobby Wagner made his way into the Seahawks’ record books. He became the first player in franchise history to record at least 100 tackles in five straight seasons. Wagner was previously only one of two Seahawks to do that for four straight seasons, joining linebacker Terry Beeson (1977-80) last year.

Wagner has 108 tackles in 10 games, which puts him on pace to break the career high of 140 that he set as a rookie in 2012.

Health has been one factor. He hasn’t missed a game after missing a combined eight over the last three years. But mostly, according to coach Pete Carroll, he’s just playing at a different level in his fifth season.

“Bobby’s playing great football. He’s benefiting from all of the experience,” Carroll told “Brock and Salk” on Monday. “He’s always been a great athlete and he’s always been a good hitter and a tackler and all that. Now he sees things so well and he’s fitting in so well. He continues to have highlight tackles. He had a couple great hits yesterday … just some amazing plays. He’s just utilizing all this great talent that he has.

“It’s like the quarterback; you just learn more and more and more. Now that he’s got it zeroed in, they can’t keep him away from the football. He’s making all kinds of plays.”

Wagner had two tackles for loss Sunday in addition to a sack, giving him 2.5 this season. Seattle sent him on a blitz on third-and-9 in the first quarter. The coverage held up long enough for Wagner to fight through some traffic before dropping Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz for a 9-yard loss that forced a punt.

Carroll was asked why the Seahawks have been more willing to send Wagner on blitzes than in years past.

“Really, it’s just simply committing to Bobby. He’s so good at it and he’s so slippery and the burst that he has and the strength and power that he has when he needs it. He had to bust through a little bit to get through yesterday,” Carroll said.

“It’s just because of him. He’s just that good. It’s just using your talent. We could have done it more earlier maybe, but right now we’re just convinced that we’ve got to get him going two or three times a game, three or four times a game. Something good will happen and he continues to make that happen.”

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