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Morning links: No reach on Irvin

Post by Eric Williams on May 7, 2012 at 8:18 am with 11 Comments »
May 7, 2012 8:18 am
West Virginia's Bruce Irvin, left, sacks Maryland quaterback Jamarr Robinson during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010 in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo Michael Switzer)

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 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 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.

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  1. Canfan says:

    Will Irvin stay on the right side of the Law?

    We had a Lawyer, now we have a Law!

    Can’t wait to see Irvin in action! I love pass rushers.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Bradley on Thomas: “I know I got a text from Earl Thomas the other night, on Tuesday about 9:45 at night. He was trying to get the code for the DB room, to [watch] film.”

    Love it! Is there anything not to love about that kid?

  3. “Can’t wait to see Irvin in action! I love pass rushers.”

    I agree – – being tough against the run is cool too – but there’s nothing that gets me going more than seeing my team get after the passer. Excited to see what Mr. Irvin can do . . .

  4. bird_spit says:

    I’m jacked as well about Bruce. What I am more intrigued about is how they use him outside of his expertise. I would love to see him in nickel defense as a strong safety, in the box, freaking a guard out with his speed. I don’t know how the “experts” can’t see that his ball hawking skills are worthy of a 1st pick. This will be fun to watch.. Third year of a complete over haul of a defense by Pete Carroll. He finally drafts his “leo”. Sounds like the D is near complete. Top Ten Baby !

  5. BobbyK says:

    All so many of us have complained about for months was having a pass rush that sucked (even with Clem). We got what we wanted. No fool in the national media can make me think that getting a situational player this year (and full time Leo in the future) wasn’t the right move. Add Clem/Irvin to another addition (Jones) and the return of health by Dexter Davis and the pass rush looks like it has the potential to actuallly be a strength. If that can turn into a strength, just imagine what guys like ET and Sherman are going to be able to do in knowing that opposing WRs aren’t going to have as much time to run their routes anymore. Add Flynn and a healthy Rice on offense to go with a healthy offensive line and being coached by Cable for another year and I don’t see any reason this team can’t win the division and make some noise in Jan/Feb. Happy Days are Here Again!

  6. ryanryan says:

    a healthy rice? i gotta tell ya i don’t see it happening. ‘peanut brittle’ will be on the ir by week 8. i’d love to be wrong, but my magic 8 ball tells me i’m right.

  7. JazBadAzz says:

    Im glad we got Irvine under contract! Congrats to him and the management for getting it done!

  8. I love speed and Irvin has A TON of it! With our secondary really coming into it’s own last year, it’ll be so exciting to see the opposing QBs have to get rid of the ball sooner that hopefully will result in more turnovers. Seeing Clem and Irvin will be fantastic.

    I’m very interested to see if a 3rd rusher will develop. Many have touted Dexter Davis as a potential…I’m kind of interested to see if Jameson Konz can stay healthy and develop. I remember when he was first drafted but hasn’t been able to get on the field. I’d like to have one more (call me greedy) so that the other two can get a breather once in a while.

    I’m also anxious to see how our LBs come along. Right now, I think it’s safe to say that Hill – KJ – Wagner are our starters, but will anyone be pushed? The kid from USC is blazing fast, but a little short. The kid from Idaho looks the part, but small school makes you wonder. Rudd was a tackling machine but needs to overcome his injuries as of late.

    I’m just really pumped up about this team. You look at the roster and the talent level (at least on paper) is incredible!

    I don’t expect a lot out of the offense other than Beast, but hope I’ll be proven wrong. It’s all about the defense for me, right now. Can’t wait for more updates, especially when the rooks are introduced.


  9. JMSeaTown says:

    Having a great defense in the clink, it’s about to be a rowdy season…

  10. Joreb—

    …. I think it’s safe to say that Hill – KJ – Wagner are our starters, but will anyone be pushed? …..

    I don’t think that Hill is safe – I believe he is on the bubble for starting “we want to get faster at LB”

    IMO, if Wagner proves to be able to pick up the calls then I think he starts in the middle – if not they will go with Ruud for early season (if healthy)

    KJ will be starting since I don’t think there is anyone to push him and they trust him!

  11. raymaines says:

    As has been mentioned before: The mans name is R-U-U-D, Ruud, as in NOT Rudd. OK, you got that? Ruud, not Rudd.

    You think I’m being a pain in the butt about this don’t you? Spell Bruce’s last name for me. It start’s with an “I” and the last letter isn’t “g”.

    I really don’t care if you make typo’s and hardly care if you mis-spell To/Two/Too or Their/There/They’er, but please spell peoples name right.

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