Wright brings a hit-and-never-miss approach to Seahawks’ defense

Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright missed only four tackles in 994 snaps in 2015.
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Defense continues to be the calling card for the Seattle Seahawks, who have led the league in fewest points allowed for four years running.

So it’s no surprise that five of the seven Seahawks players selected to start in this season’s Pro Bowl came from the defensive side of the ball. However, judging by numbers provided by Pro Football Focus, there appears to be one glaring omission from that unit.

Outside linebacker K.J. Wright led Seattle with a career-high 116 tackles, narrowly edging teammate Bobby Wagner (114). Wright’s best attribute, as noted by Pro Football Focus, is that when he hits, he hardly ever misses.

Wright was on the field for 994 snaps while starting all 16 games for the second straight season and missed only four tackles – a staggering success rate for any player and even moreso on a unit featuring elite talents such as Wagner, cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

In his fifth year out of Mississippi State, Wright didn’t pad his stats in meaningless games. He registered a season-high 14 tackles in Seattle’s 31-24 playoff loss at the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.