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Bobby Wagner says Seahawks will hit Broncos if they run “pick plays”

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If (when) the Denver Broncos try to utilize “pick plays” against the Seattle Seahawks defense during Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will be ready for it.

The Seahawks’ secondary is capable of playing tight man-to-man coverage against opposing receivers. Against man coverage, the Broncos frequently employ the use of crossing routes that can leave trailing defenders caught up in traffic. But the Broncos man get more than they bargained for against the Seahawks.

“They run a lot of crossing routes but they’re not going to pick us off like that,” linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “We’re too physical for that. We’re not going to just sit there and let them pick us off. We’re going to hit them.”

Broncos receiver Wes Welker injured New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib when they collided on a crossing route. No flag was thrown  and the league determined it was a legal play, though “pick plays” are illegal and would have been called as offensive pass interference.

Illegal picks or otherwise, Wagner isn’t sure the Broncos will like the result if they try to use crossing routes against Seattle.

“It can be illegal, legal… try to pick Kam Chancellor. See how that works out,” Wagner said.

The chess match between the high-powered, top-ranked Denver offense and brutally physical and athletic top-ranked Seattle defense should be the primary attraction of Super Bowl XLVIII. Some good clean (theoretically legal) hitting between the two teams should only make the battle that much better.

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23 Responses to “Bobby Wagner says Seahawks will hit Broncos if they run “pick plays””
  1. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: Jan 29, 2014 6:47 PM

    Try covering Julius Thomas, see how that works out…

  2. floratiotime says: Jan 29, 2014 6:48 PM

    Every team runs pick plays every game.

  3. hor2012 says: Jan 29, 2014 6:50 PM

    Ok, great good smack talk

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 29, 2014 6:50 PM

    He’s right, and I dare Welker or Decker to try it.

  5. artambriz says: Jan 29, 2014 6:51 PM

    Denver usually trys to make the C.B go low or high they don’t try to bump you which makes Welker hit on Talib odd.This should be a great game!

  6. buffalobills716 says: Jan 29, 2014 6:53 PM

    Not an Denver Broncos fan,but i will love to see Manning with two rings

  7. beastmode5150 says: Jan 29, 2014 6:53 PM

    As he should.

  8. dangeruss3 says: Jan 29, 2014 7:02 PM

    julius thomas? lol, chancellor held his own against better TEs like Jimmy Graham, etc. People act as if Julius Thomas is the next Rob Gronkowski.

  9. kev86 says: Jan 29, 2014 7:02 PM

    I like the sound of this. Game on…

  10. dennisatunity says: Jan 29, 2014 7:30 PM

    If Welker or Decker tries to run a pick play, Chancellor only has to absolutely level them once. They won’t try to run a pick play the rest of the game. Guaranteed.

  11. cascadehawk says: Jan 29, 2014 7:32 PM

    If Julius Thomas has seen the film of the hits Chancellor has put on Vernon Davis regularly, I’m sure he is peeing his pants.

    Thomas will have alligator arms all game long and I think Welker is about due for another concussion.

  12. kidsamoa260 says: Jan 29, 2014 7:52 PM

    Julius Thomas? Ask jimmy graham and Vernon Davis how that went.

  13. peymax1693 says: Jan 29, 2014 8:03 PM

    Sounds like the Broncos are in the Seahawks’ heads.

  14. juliusanonymous says: Jan 29, 2014 8:06 PM

    Julius Thomas is coming into the game bruised and hurting. When he collides with Kam Chancellor, he will learn the same hard lesson learned by Jason Witten, Rob Gronkowski, Vernon Davis, Jimmy Graham, and every other TE that he’s knocked out of the game with a concussion on a clean legal hit.

    You don’t mess with Bam Bam or you get the business end of the biggest hammer in the NFL.

  15. hendeeze says: Jan 29, 2014 8:22 PM

    Seattle makes contact on every down, what difference would it make

  16. bnwpnw says: Jan 29, 2014 8:26 PM

    Is it just me or is this about the best week of Super Bowl lead-up ever?

  17. jr4real says: Jan 29, 2014 9:02 PM

    I remember Singletary knocked Louis Lipps out cold on a pick play one time. I think it was the last time Lipps ever ran the play.

  18. taintedlombardis says: Jan 29, 2014 9:11 PM

    So he’s admitting he’s going to break the rules? Some picks are legal. Gilbride was right.

  19. deezenucks says: Jan 29, 2014 9:20 PM

    I would LOVE to see welker try this vs a few of those Hawks D. Hit em so hard his hair plugs will fall out

  20. kahunanc says: Jan 29, 2014 9:23 PM

    I saw Chancellor pick up and deposit Davis on the Turk like a rag doll. Good luck wit lath that donkeys.

  21. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 29, 2014 9:41 PM

    This Denver offense = Buffalo’s offense or San Diego’s or Houston’s…

    Great until they run into physical teams who do more than watch.

    SF is way tougher than Denver and their receivers were alligator arming it be the second half.

  22. listenup823 says: Jan 29, 2014 11:03 PM

    Can wait to see Pot Roast pancake wee little Wilson..

  23. mackie66 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:30 PM

    Seahawks DBs hold on every play,,,,every play, not one or two but every play and they admit it. So whats wrong with a pic play?
    The problem the NFL is having, is that, its against the NFL rules to defend any WR, RB, TE, who has the potential to catch a pass, you can’t touch their ass 5 yds past the line of scrimmage. Seattle holds every play,,,this might get interesting?

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