They might be in the pros, but you can guarantee one thing. Former Utah State Football linebacker Bobby Wagner, now an All-Pro with the Seattle Seahawks, is probably getting a lot of mileage personally out of something that happened this weekend.
The former Aggies LB basically said without saying, forget you Alex Smith, as he stepped in front of the former Utes’ pass and took it back to the house for six points against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 2 of the NFL preseason. Sure, the Seahawks lost the game–but Wagner won the war.
Sure, it was kind of a meaningless game for both players. Speaking of wars, Wagner is not the one currently waging one against himself. In fact, the former Utah State football standout is probably the last person on the planet to run his mouth about picking off Smith, who without question admits he’s struggling.
Yes, Smith is in a battle with himself, folks. Off of a huge offseason in which the former No. 1 pick Smith watched his salary reach into the stratosphere, perhaps the pressure of getting that much dinero has affected him. Nobody knows for sure if swimming in greenbacks has been a determinant factor, but one thing is certain: something is definitely affecting Smith’s play.
“Watching the film with coach, I’m trying to do too much,” Smith said Monday. “You know where everyone is at. You know the details. I need to go back to the fundamentals. I’m doing too much with my eyes and things like that.”
Meanwhile, Chiefs backup Chase Daniel is a letter perfect four touchdown passer with no interceptions in the preseason, but don’t nobody go talking about no quarterback controversy, you hear?
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that despite Wagner having to barely reach back to snatch Smith’s pass and return it to paydirt this past weekend, the former Ute is still the main man.
“He’s trying to put things in small windows and make plays, (and) we’re asking him to do some different things, and he’ll get all that taken care of,” Reid said. “That’s not his M.O., so I’m not too worried about it.”
Smith’s M.O. has always been run like the wind if the pass isn’t there. But, if the pass IS there, then try to get something going off of play-action–or hand it off to a running back. Or, something like that. Since Smith has been in KC sucking on ribs slathered in secret sauce, his football has improved. But going 11-for-18 in passing with one TD and that pick six will not do him any favors going forward. Even so, aint nobody saying there’s a QB, uh, yeah.
As for Wagner, his pick six was just business as usual for both him and Seattle, as the Seahawks look to return to the Super Bowl and avenge last year’s bitter loss to New England.