WYMAN AND BOB

Wyman’s Football 101: Seahawks LBs show their value in defending the pass

Dec 17, 2019, 3:57 PM

The Seahawks’ 30-24 win over the Carolina Panthers was a big day for veteran linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright.

Rost: With Hawks’ defense thin, Wagner and Wright take charge

Wagner, a four-time All-Pro, made an interception late in the second quarter that prevented Carolina from eating into a 13-point Seattle lead before halftime. Then in the third quarter it was Wright who stepped up with picks on back-to-back Panthers possessions, giving him a new single-season career-high total of three.

They weren’t the only Seahawks linebackers who were strong in coverage in Week 15, however.

Rookie Cody Barton continued to play in place of the injured Mychal Kendricks, and he had a pair of opportunities to make interceptions of his own. And while Barton didn’t hang on to either of them, his instincts in coverage turned out to be valuable in a game that was decided by just six points.

In this week’s Football 101 video breakdown, Seahawks Radio Network color commentator and former NFL linebacker Dave Wyman takes a close look at Barton’s day in Charlotte.

The Seahawks (11-3) will be back in action this Sunday, Dec. 22, in a 1:25 p.m. home contest against the Arizona Cardinals (4-9-1). Wyman will be on the call with play-by-play announcer Steve Raible on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM.

For more video breakdowns from this season, click any of the links below.

Week 14

Wyman: Breaking down Seahawks’ defensive struggles with the Rams
Heaps: Seahawks had 3 big missed opportunities on offense

Week 13

Heaps: How Hawks set up David Moore’s 60-yard TD
Wyman: What went wrong and right for Seahawks secondary vs Minnesota

Week 12

Wyman: Why Quandre Diggs is already important part of Seahawks’ defense

Bye week

Heaps: Why you should want Russell Wilson to win the MVP award

Week 10

Heaps: The keys to new WR Josh Gordon’s 2 critical catches
Wyman: A 3rd DL deserves credit for Reed strip sack, Clowney TD

Week 9

• Wyman: Are Seattle’s problems against the pass fixable?

Week 8

• Heaps: What was so impressive about DK Metcalf’s 2 TDs
• Wyman: How LB Mychal Kendricks made right read on INT

Week 7

• Heaps: How Lamar Jackson beat Seattle time and again on 3rd down
• Wyman: Why Ravens scored on Hawks with 4th down TD run

Week 6

• Heaps: Why Tyler Lockett is so valuable when Russell Wilson scrambles
• Wyman: Don’t point the finger on Hawks giving up 2 straight big plays

Week 5

• Wyman: Seahawks can get run game going with this technique
• Heaps: Why DK Metcalf and Will Dissly are feasting in Seattle’s offense
• Wyman: 4 plays the Hawks won by inches to defeat the Rams

Week 4

• Heaps: What Hawks did vs Cards that could lead to more success

Week 3

• Wyman: Linebacker K.J. Wright is ‘having his best year’
• Heaps: Why Will Dissly has emerged as valuable offensive weapon

Week 2

• Wyman: Russell Wilson’s historic game and perfect pass to Metcalf
• Heaps: How Russell Wilson read Steelers’ defense so well in 28-26 win

Week 1

• Heaps: How Tyler Lockett got so open for go-ahead TD
• Wyman: Hawks already trying new things with Jadeveon Clowney

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