New linebacker Bobby Wagner signals changes to Rams defense

During his illustrious career with the Seattle Seahawks, he was a six-time All-Pro linebacker. Bobby Wagner learned to easily make adjustments on the field.

So, helmetless Wagner looked quite comfortable on Tuesday in the middle of Sheep defense with a walkie-talkie in hand.

Wagner, accustomed to a one-way radio inside his helmet to transmit security signals, was looking forward to the rare two-way radio conversation. But his attempts to answer the coordinator Raheem MorrisAccording to Wagner, the “garbage chatter” proved fruitless.

“I tried – they cut that part out,” Wagner joked after a two-hour workout. “They must have known that I was going to say something back. I tried to hold down the button, but there was no static discharge.”

The 32-year-old Wagner is expected to provide clear communication, experience and playing ability to a defense that aims to help the Rams become Super Bowl champions again.

In 10 seasons with the Seahawks, Wagner won a Super Bowl and played another. He was released in March, the same day as the Seahawks. traded quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos.

Wagner, the former star of the Ontario colony, agreed to terms with the Rams a few weeks later.

The Rams won’t play until in training camp, but Wagner made himself known last spring during organized team events, outside linebacker Justin Hollins said.

“Oh man, he’s incredible,” Hollins said, adding, “Just look at some of the little things he does day in and day out, how he works. It’s amazing and I feel like I’ll learn a lot when we wear these pads.”

Over the next few weeks, Morris and coach Sean McVeigh will try to find ways to make the most of Wagner’s talent as the Rams prepare for their September game. 8th opener against Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium.

McVeigh has spent the last five seasons scheming against Wagner.

“I don’t know if any weaknesses could have been exploited,” McVeigh said. “You’re really just trying to find ways to eliminate the impact he has on the game.”

McVeigh said Wagner has been an elite quarterback throughout his career and the Rams will expand on what Wagner has provided to the Seahawks.

“There are some subtleties and some other things that we will be asking him as it relates to blitzing and some lighting duties,” McVeigh said.

Wagner is part of a linebacker corps that includes second-year pro Ernest Jones and veteran Travin Howard, who is out after surgery for a groin injury.

Wagner will be at the center of the defense, which also includes a star lineman. Aaron Donald and star defender Jalen Ramsey.

“They had their path set long before I got here, so my job is to try to understand everyone around and understand how they’ve been operating over the years and just add a bit of experience when needed.” Wagner said.

Wagner said he was struck by the closeness of the Rams players and coaches.

“Responsibility is on the rise,” he said. “I think because you have this cohesiveness and everything around, it allows you to check in when you need to, and you don’t take it personally because you know the guys who check you out want the best for you.

“It’s a symbol of a great team.”


The Rams remain in the acclimatization phase of training camp. McVeigh said that a light workout focusing on the mental part of the game allowed the players to “put their feet back under them”. all or most of the day off is provided. … The Rams will practice on Wednesday and then take a day off on Thursday before their first public practice on Friday.