Pete Carroll: We miss everything about Bobby Wagner

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The Seahawks and linebacker Bobby Wagner parted ways before the start of the 2022 league year in a move that created a good chunk of cap space for the team and led to Wagner joining the Rams as a free agent.

At the time, it looked like a case of the defending Super Bowl champions getting stronger while the Seahawks began working on a reboot without any of the players who helped them win a Super Bowl. Things have not played out that way, however. Injuries and ineffectiveness have the Rams playing out the string while the Seahawks are 6-5 with playoff aspirations heading into the Week 13 meeting between the teams.

Given the different directions the two teams are moving in, one might imagine that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wouldn’t feel like his team was missing much without Wagner. On Wednesday, though, Carroll said that was far from the case.

“We’ve been watching and catching him all year, I love watching him,” Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “He’s a great player and was a great part of our program. Bobby knows, he knows that I love competing against him. It’s one of the things that I’ve always cherished about him, people that you know really well and want to go against them and battle with them. I know that he will be ready to go. . . . We miss everything about him. There’s no replacing him. He was unique, one-of-a-kind guy.”

Whatever they miss about Wagner the player, cutting him gave the Seahawks cap space that they could put toward other areas of the team and that was a step the Seahawks had to take to fully commit to the next iteration of the team. The same was true of trading Russell Wilson and both moves have worked out for the Seahawks thus far.

11 responses to “Pete Carroll: We miss everything about Bobby Wagner

  1. Wow, pretty rude of Pete to say that, because he doesnt miss having Wagner’s salary on the books, otherwise he would still be a hawk. Very hypocritical on Pete’s part

  2. Bobby was incredible, but father time never loses and he’s lost a step or 2. His replacement has struggled after showing great to close out last season. Hopefully Barton can figure it out, but he and Brooks both look bad.

  3. I find it hard to believe that the Hawks’ run defense would be so porous with Wagner manning the middle.

  4. They should have kept Bobby….yes, he’s looking slow this year but he’s the QB of the defense with leadership and that is what Seattle needs right now.

  5. The NFL business side of things is hard nosed, ugly and driven by CAP management. Of course he misses Bobby. Of course, the Seahawks’ Front Office did a poor job communicating with Bobby, what they were going to be doing. All that said……extremely high Respect is what most every Seahawk fan has for Bobby.

  6. Bobby is probably the best man to ever play for the Seahawks. Right up there with Cortez Kennedy. Each the best of their generation both as players and as men.

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