Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin is experiencing some growing pains in the early portion of his first year in the NFL.
Irvin doesn’t have a sack or tackle in three exhibition games. Two rookie pass rushers drafted after Irvin, the Jets’ Quinton Coples (three sacks) and the Chargers’ Melvin Ingram (two sacks) have been more productive statistically.
But Todd Wash, Seahawks defensive line coach, is not worried about Irvin’s progress at this point.
“We’ve seen so much development,” Wash said. “The first couple (games) we were seeing some apprehension with his get-off, (being) unsure of things; I think there was a lot of thinking going on.”
Wash said that in the third exhibition game, against Kansas City, Irvin had several quarterback pressures and near sacks.
Irvin said he’s heard some of the criticism from fans.
“People are talking about how I haven’t gotten a sack yet, but it’s the preseason,” he said. “You’ll always face adversity, and the best way to deal with it is to just keep working hard.”