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Sam’s Film Room: Why Bobby Wagner should win Defensive Player of the Year

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In the land of pass rushers and shutdown cornerbacks, the importance of the inside linebacker position has been forgotten. Over the last decade, the NFL “Defensive Player of the Year” award has gone to a pass rusher six times. Of those ten awards, only one true inside linebacker in Luke Kuechly has won that honor. In my opinion, that should change this season. Bobby Wagner has clearly made his case as the NFL’s best defensive player.

In this video breakdown, I analyzed what makes Wagner so good in the Seattle Seahawks’ defense. Surrounded by guys like Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, K.J. Wright, and Kam Chancellor has made everyone forget who I believe is the heart and soul of this squad. Honestly, it was of no surprise to me that Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars scored there touchdowns almost immediately after Wagner was injured.

What do you think? Should he win this prestigious honor? If not him, who else do you think will win it?


Should Wagner win Defensive Player of the Year?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Of course!
    (439 votes)
  • 20%
    (120 votes)
  • 4%
    Not this year.
    (27 votes)
586 votes total Vote Now