Nov 5, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) reacts to a sack against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
For the Seattle Seahawks, 2018 was supposed to be a down year. The ‘Legion of Boom’ was effectively a shell of the once-dominant defense it was named for, but thanks to linebacker Bobby Wagner, the unit’s drop-off was far softer than it could’ve been. For a second consecutive year, Wagner was the Seahawks’ highest-graded defender, pummeling running backs, shutting down receivers and missing a tackle once in a blue moon.
In Week 13 against the San Francisco 49ers, Wagner’s all-around ability was on full display. He dominated the game en route to a 96.5 overall grade — the highest mark earned by an off-ball linebacker in 2018. It was Wagner’s only outing on the season in which he earned a 90.0-plus grade as a run defender, pass rusher and coverage defender. There was no linebacker on that field — or any field in 2018 — who commanded a defense like Wagner did against the 49ers.
From a pass breakup to a sack to a fumble recovery to a pick-six, Wagner…