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Bobby Wagner says Seahawks are team to beat

By Josh Kerns

You think you're disappointed the Seahawks season came to an end when it did? Linebacker Bobby Wagner says you're not alone. The rookie standout told the NFL Network Tuesday he's pretty bummed too about both the second-round playoff loss and not winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

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LB Bobby Wagner says the Seahawks should be the favorite to win the NFC West next season. (AP)

"I thought I was going to win," Wagner said. "I felt like I had the stats, I thought the team success we had would have put me over the edge, or at least made it a closer margin. But Luke had a great year so I wasn't surprised when he won," he said about Carolina's Luke Kuechly.

"I had a lot of talented guys around me, probably had the top secondary in the league," he went on. "We had a pretty productive D-line, I thought to stick out in a group like that was significant."

Wagner, a second-round pick out of Utah State, led the Seahawks in tackles as he anchored one of the NFL's best defense's.

Wagner also said he considers the Seahawks the best in the NFC West heading into next season.

"I think we can beat any team that's on the field with us as long as we're doing our job and everybody is taking care of what they need to do," he said.

Wagner also talked about his off-field obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He's been spotted often wearing a Turtles backpack and collecting TMNT toys.

"My parents introduced them to me when I was 2, and I always watched them growing up," he said. "They remind of myself sometimes, a lot of them are sarcastic. They like to have fun, love pizza. My mom is always like, "if you love something, keep it around you."

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