The once-feared Seattle Seahawks defense is a shell of its former self. Sure, a lot of that is due to injury, but the Legion of Boom is more like the Legion of Swiss Cheese lately, with how easy it is for opponents to score.
They had a particularly bad outing on Sunday, allowing the Los Angeles Rams to score a whopping 42 points and amass 352 total yards. Part of the problem was that linebacker Bobby Wagner, usually a strong contributor to the Seahawks’ defense, was attempting to play with a sore hamstring. He couldn’t finish the game, and was pulled in the third quarter.
After the game, safety Earl Thomas questioned the wisdom of letting Wagner play on a bum leg.
“In my personal opinion, I don’t think [Wagner] should have played,” Thomas said. “The backups would have did just as good.”
Thomas added that Wagner was noticeably slower than usual, something that contributed to Rams running back Todd Gurley put up 144 yards and three touchdowns — in the first half alone. When Wagner heard about those comments, he fired up the Twitter machine and scratched together this hastily written (and quickly deleted) tweet:
Bobby Wagner's initial response, soon deleted, to Earl Thomas' opinion Wagner should not have played with his injured hamstring for #Seahawks in today's blowout loss to Rams pic.twitter.com/emiCl9PnVa
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) December 18, 2017
Despite their decimated defensive corps, the Seahawks are still 8-6 with an outside chance of overtaking the Falcons for the second NFC Wild Card spot. Maybe if they stop slagging on each other over social media (and get some other results to fall their way), they will pull off the upset and make the postseason.