Bobby Wagner is still a bad, bad man
I'm not going to lie, I thought Wagner's waning speed might end up holding the defense back. It's rare that I've been more happy to be wrong. The Seahawks' prodigal son returned at 33 years of age and is still the most effective run stopper in all of football. The man can still blitz. He can cover, albeit in a limited capacity in comparison to the ground he covered in his prime. He's still got it.
And if you didn't know by now, well, how do you like a classic Wagner performance of 17 tackles and 2 sacks? The Giants' halfbacks could barely muster two yards per carry with Wagner clamping down on the middle gaps. Daniel Jones ended up being the Giants' leading rusher purely on the merit of running for his life from everyone else.
Just as important, the Seahawks have one of the greatest defensive signal-callers in the league back in college navy, as well as one of the most beloved players in franchise history — a true field general who can inspire player and fan alike. Having such a leader and mentor still be able to play top-shelf football is a huge boon for a team that's still relatively young, even with all the young players ready to take up leadership roles on the team.
There will come a day when the Seahawks are truly ready to move on from Bobby Wagner. But the way Wagner is playing, it might take a lot longer than I initially thought. Between now and then, there might even be enough time for Wagner and Brooks to become as legendary a pair as Wagner and Wright. It's a possibility I never thought of even in the realm of reasonable conjecture, but alas, knowing how durable Wagner has been throughout his career — he's missed just one game in the last seven years — it's no longer out of the question.