Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders breaks down game film from college on new Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin. And his conclusion is that the Seahawks indeed did not reach on selecting the speedy pass rusher at No. 15.
Tanier: What we see, again and again, is a pass rusher who is able to make his left tackle take an incredibly wide set, then work back inside of that blocker, before the blocker can initiate any real contact. That last part is key: keep watching the tape, and you see Irvin avoid blocks, bounce off blocks, or make a pass rush move or two before he gets blocked.
“That is what the Seahawks and Jets were looking at. Both teams have no problem putting a “designated pass rusher” on the field for about 40 snaps per game. Neither Carroll nor Ryan will put an Irvin-type at defensive end, let alone inside the tackle’s shoulder, where Irvin lines up at times on these cutups. Neither team was concerned about Irvin’s one-dimensionality, because that dimension includes a very critical skill: the ability to threaten the edge of the pass protection with elite speed and change-of-direction quickness.”
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post talks with Seattle general manager John Schneider, who provides more detail on the reasons his team selected pass rusher Bruce Irvin in the first round.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports breaks down Irvin’s strengths and weaknesses here.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that an intriguing part of Seattle’s quarterback competition is the traits Pete Carroll wants to evaluate like performance in late-game situations can only be seen in game-like situations, which should bring added value to preseason games this season.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that Tarvaris Jackson deserves a lot of credit for how he has handled the situation.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com quotes Carroll providing a run down of his unique traits he requires from his players for positions like Leo, strong-side defensive end and the team’s big, pressing corners.
More Farnsworth: Marcus Trufant and former Seahawk Jacob Green were inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame.
Brock Huard and Mike Salk of ESPN 710 Seattle talk with Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in this audio link. Bradley says because of the dedication of players like Earl Thomas, his defensive unit is driven to be the best in the league.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com writes that the quarterback who performs best at the end of games will be the starter for the Seahawks come September.
Pete Carroll will be inducted into the College of Marin Hall of Fame. Carroll played safety at the junior college before transferring to the University of the Pacific.
The Hattiesburg American reports that University of Southern Mississippi defensive end Cordarro Law has signed a free agent contract with the Seahawks. Law finished with 9.5 sacks and 64 tackles his senior season with the Golden Eagles.
In his weekly Monday Morning QB column, Peter King of Sports Illustrated provides a timeline of a newsy two-month period for the NFL that culminated in the passing of legendary linebacker Junior Seau.