Seahawks LB K.J. Wright: There’s been ‘no mess, no drama’ in ‘very fun year’

Jan 7, 2020, 1:30 PM
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K.J. Wright and the Seahawks' defense held the Eagles out of the end zone. (Getty)

The Seahawks have had more dominant seasons during K.J. Wright’s tenure with the team, namely their back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014. But the veteran linebacker is having as much fun as ever during this season.


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“It’s fun from the standpoint of the vibes are really good, the chemistry is really good,” Wright told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Bob, Dave and Moore on Monday, a day after the Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles in a first-round playoff game. “This is a very fun year. … There’s no mess, there’s no drama, because I’ve been on some teams like that. But this feels really, really good.”

The good chemistry is something that Wright said he and fellow linebacker Mychal Kendricks identified earlier in the campaign.

“Me and Kendricks were talking early in the season and we were like, ‘We can get to Miami (where Super Bowl LIV will be played). We can get there,'” Wright said. “With this team, we have all the tools, the chemistry – it feels really good.”

Part of that is the production Seattle has received from its rookies, specifically defensive players. Wright gave a shoutout to defensive backs Ugo Amadi and Marquise Blair while explaining the impact of some of the Seahawks’ least-experienced players.

“These young guys, they bring a lot of energy, they bring a lot play-making ability,” Wright said. “You see Ugo and Marquise on special teams – killing it. All the tools are coming and everybody understands their role. When a guy goes down, somebody steps in, handles their business.”

One such rookie is linebacker Cody Barton, who has assumed Kendricks’ starting spot after Kendricks suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the final regular season game. Wright had plenty of praise for Barton’s play in the 17-9 win over the Eagles, a game in which Seattle’s defense kept Philadelphia completely out of the end zone.

“This was his best game. It was fun to see him go out there. He felt comfortable and at the same time he was aggressive,” Wright said. “… He made some good plays in the open field. Even during the game we was talking to him like, ‘Hey, I know we taught you to do this all week but right now, that’s not the window. Let’s do this.’ And so it was cool to see him get those in-game adjustments. It’s just the beginning of a good career for him.”

You can hear the full interview with Wright in this podcast from Monday’s edition of Bob, Dave and Moore.

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