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Morning links: These haters won’t hold Irvin Back

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 12, 2013 at 10:30 am with 91 Comments »
January 12, 2013 10:39 am
Seattle defensive end Bruce Irvin chases down Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during the first half of an NFL football game on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Todd Parmington)
Seattle defensive end Bruce Irvin chases down Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during the first half of an NFL football game on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Todd Parmington)

As Don Ruiz of The New Tribune writes today, Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin still is using folks who doubt his ability as fuel.

And the rookie, first-round draft pick out of West Virginia will get an opportunity to show what he can do on a big stage, getting his first start in an NFC divisional mach-up in his hometown of Atlanta.

Irvin will start for Chris Clemons, who went on the injured reserve with a torn ACL knee injury.

“It’s a dream come true,” he said. “A lot of family is going to be watching. A lot of people who know me are going to be around. The stage is set, pretty much for me. I’m just going to do what I always do: bust my butt, play hard and run to the football.”

John McGrath of The News Tribune, reporting from Atlanta, says that the Falcons’ defense has Marshawn Lynch on their minds. “He loves contact. He loves breaking tackles. Marshawn has been the man since he was able to not wear diapers,” said Atlanta safety Thomas DeCoud, who played against Lynch in high school in Oakland and was a teammate at Cal. “He’s a great, great, great, great football player.”

Kenny Via of The News Tribune offers a 12-question quiz to test your level of commitment to the 12th Man.

Albert Breer of The NFL Network is reporting that Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will interview with Philadelphia today for that team’s vacant head coaching job, and Darrell Bevell will do the same with Chicago. Both interviews will take place in Atlanta.

A movie-style trailer previewing the Hawks-Falcons contest.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that the matchup between Seattle’s physical corners and Atlanta’s big receivers will be one of the things to watch for Sunday’s game.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Marcus Trufant is looking to add to his playoff memories.

Donovan McNabb is the only analyst who picks the Seahawks over the Falcons in this NFL Playbook video link.

Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle takes the Seahawks 34-31 over the Falcons. Moore is 14-3 against the spread in predicting Seahawks games this season.

Art Thiel of writes that the Seahawks under Pete Carroll have finally molded into a playoff contender after a whirlwind of moves in the first two year’s of Carroll’s tenure.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports wonders if Seattle’s corners are up to the challenge of facing Atlanta’s big receivers. Prisco: “Sherman and Browner are great man-cover players. Sherman was the NFL’s best corner this season. Both play a tough, physical style. But White and Jones excel against man coverage. They see a ton of doubles, so they will love to see the single coverage — even against great cover players. Look for the Falcons to attack down the field. White and Jones will get some big plays.”

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I really wish these interviews weren’t taking place the day before one of the biggest games in Seahawk history. Nature of the business I suppose.

  2. chrisj122 says:

    I like what Irvin brings but I still don’t see him as much more than a situational pass rusher at this point in his early career.

  3. CDHawkFan says:

    Some dilemma on who to cheer for tonight, I think winning in GB will be more difficult, but if SF loses then it should put more pressure on Harbaugh for his fiddling with the team this year. I’m not sure he has the type of support Pete has here.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Im not rooting either way, necessarily. I do think however that GB will beat SF. And somewhat handily.

  5. edstang45 says:

    Hey guys Im all of sudden not able to post comments on site via my computer i can from my phone but website does not show or allow posting box while using computer is anyone else having issues or has something changed???….go hawks

  6. It feels like the calm before the storm. my perfect outcome would be SF wins and we win,but I think GB will beat them.This team can beat the Falcons GO Hawks!!

  7. Dukeshire says:

    edstang – BobbyK is having the same issues. I’ve had that as well from time to time the past couple weeks, but refreshing my browser or even clearing out cookies and logging back in has worked.

  8. NWPoseidon says:

    Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuce! WarHawks!

  9. princeaden says:

    I just hope that GB and the 49ers beat the $h!t out of each other !!

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Here’s a question: of Denver can grow decent turf, why does Wash and Pitt have such a difficult time? Their fields are shredded by Thanksgiving. Odd.

  11. Washington and Pittsburgh use their stadiums for college and high school games as well as concerts. I don’t know if Denver uses the stadium for any other events.

  12. As much as it kills me, I’m rooting for San Fran. Both teams have plenty of incentive to want to get another shot at us and I don’t know that one would be an “easier” game than the other. However, after 2 East trips, I’d rather stay in the Pacific time zone.

    I’ve got a bad feeling, though, that it’ll be a moot point. No Clem and I’m not loving our LBs against Gonzalez.

  13. MattandCindy says:

    You can be worried about Gonzalez, but Bruce Irvin is gonna be wreaking havoc tomorrow. And I have a feeling that after Gonzalez gets hit by a Chancello-ram, he’ll be hearing footsteps for the rest of the game.

  14. MattandCindy says:

    P.S. – I think the posting problems have to do with javascript error. But it’s on the website side not ours.

  15. A java script error world be on the browser side. To fix the posting error, go to the logout link for the site and then re-login.

  16. edstang45 says:

    thanks for the info guys the log out log in link does not appear also… Tried steps from Duke did not work oh well thanks send email to webmaster

  17. edstang45 says:

    yeah I can comment from phone and on articles basically everywhere but on the blog…… yeah thanks for the info

  18. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I agree with Dukeshire on an earlier post he made regarding our coordinators having job interviews with other teams today. This really bugs me as we are about to play one of the biggest games in franchise history and as fans we are being told “All In” Players are told this is a business trip and are to be focused on the Falcons. This is a Seahawks business trip and I don’t think our O coordinator and D coordinator should be conducting business in regards to other teams. Sure Caroll says all the right stuff about it being an honor and he’s glad our guys are getting attention from other teams for head coaching jobs and it’s a big deal.

    But you can’t tell me the Eagles and Chargers had to speak with these guys today. Monday-Tuesday are players day off, why not then? They can say this isn’t a distraction, but it has to be. The players can read all about it and wonder if they will be losing their coach. Now, they should be focused enough on the job at hand and block it out, but its human nature to be curious about these situations and how they could affect any given player.

    I also wonder how much time these guys will spend doing the interviews. When I read that the Browns spend 6-7 hours interviewing Chip Kelly from Oregon, do Bradley and Bevel really have that kind of time to give on the eve of a huge, potential Super Bowl advancing opportunity? I don’t like it!

  19. Wow, 104 yard kickoff return TD for Denver. Just the kind of thing I’d like to see Leon Washington pull off tomorrow.

  20. Watching the Broncos-Ravens game. Champ Bailey is getting abused on deep routes today by Tori Smith. 34 year-old Bailey is looking a bit like 32 year old Marcus Trufant. Watching this is making me very glad we have Sherm and BB to cover the deep routes tomorrow.

  21. Edstang – I’m having the exact same problem. Have tried refreshing, cleaning history, cleaning cookies, compatability mode, relog in via the member services section, etc., etc. The ONLY fix I found was to stop using IE8 and start using Firefox. VERY frustrating. I sent an email off to Eric and heard back from Ian but no luck on fixing it yet.

  22. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I definitely want San Fran to win, if for no other reason it means that if we beat the Falcons we get a game in our own time zone. Secondly, we know we can beat the 49rs.

    As far as the Broncos vs Ravens go, I would love for the Ravens to beat the Broncos, and for Houston to beat the Patriots. If we make it to the Superbowl, I would love to see the Ravens. As a matter of fact, I guarantee we’d win our first Superbowl if it’s us against the Ravens.

  23. The reason our coaches are having these interviews now is because the league rules set aside these days for these interviews. In the past, assistant coaches on winning playoff teams have been shut out of the chance to get hired for better jobs because jobs were all taken by the time their team loses a playoff game of finishes a super bowl. Yet, those winning assistants are the very people most deserving of getting hired into better jobs. It was a problem for them, and this gives them the chance to interview that they deserve.

    I wouldn’t worry much about Bradley and Bevell getting interviewed today in Atlanta. An assistant coach’s job to prep the game plan and the players is done by Friday, and there likely isn’t much for them to do on Saturday before the game anyway.

    Also, I heard Carroll in an interview the other day asked about the difficulty of having to travel east again for the game and he quickly brushed it off, wasn’t having any of it, insisted the team won’t let it be any distraction at all. I liked that attitude. Gotta power through the distractions.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    Denver uses their stadium for high school and concerts as well. If you can have healthy turf and root system as Demver has this time of year, there is no excuse for others not to.

  25. SandpointHawk says:

    Bradley is interviewing with a traditionally offense minded franchise…Bevell is interviewing with a traditionally defensive franchise. Not real worried at this point…

  26. edstang45 says:

    Thanks Skavage works on Fire fox Not sure whats going on but this works fine….C;mon sunday Morn…can’t believe Ravens still in it rather play Ravens or Texans in SB…

  27. edstang45 says:

    wow what a game c’mon Ravens

  28. freedom_X says:

    The Redskins stadium is owned by Synder. So he runs as many events as he can in there to generate revenue. Also, Denver’s climate is drier – if it snows, they cover up the turf, and there’s lots of sun. DC is humid and more prone to rain, and they can’t cover up the turf just because it rains.

  29. freedom_X says:

    Last minute of Ravens/Broncos game – why teams usually play prevent in the last minute when holding a lead. Even when Seattle gave up the big pass to Marshall against Chicago, it wasn’t a TD. Guess the Broncos wanted to be aggressive (I think a couple plays earlier, if the Ravens had connected, that could have been six as well.)

  30. raymaines says:

    OT in Denver. If you have money on Balt. you’re a winner.

    Denver could loose, win by 3,4, or 6 but they aren’t going cover the 9.5 pt. spread.

  31. Dukeshire says:

    I took Balt so Im good there. But I also took the under: not so good. Lol

  32. Kaep with a pick 6 already.

  33. MattandCindy says:

    Pick 6 on Kaepernick! Awesome.

  34. Amazing win for the Ravens, couldn’t get any more emotional than Ray Lewis did with his interview.

  35. raymaines says:

    Balt. kicks a FG to win the game and advance to the AFC championship game. The Ravens were 9.5 underdogs, on the road, short week, and proved that nothing is for certain in the NFL.

    Go Hawks

  36. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    the falcons should be real scared about now. love the the fact the mannings
    will be sitting at home on superbowl sunday.

  37. Those AFC teams don’t scare me. Our toughest competition is in the NFC.

    Denver showed no ability to defense the deep pass. They didn’t belong in the super bowl. I’m glad they couldn’t simply “buy” Peyton Manning and put themselves in the super bowl this year.

    Gotta love the Ravens, though, they’re a lot like us.

  38. RDPoulsbo says:

    A lot of cold climate grass fields special drainage and heating systems under the field to keep it from getting muddy and the growing season to last longer. Snyder’s field is what you’d expect. Nothing special and with FedEx, but they sure have upped the number of events there in these past few years.

    I’m not sure who I’d like to win. I’d be all for the 49ers, but with the Clemons injury, defending the run, particularly the read-option could be a big problem. GB still doesn’t run it much so it’s a better matchup with the defense the Hawks have right now. On the other hand, there’s probably not a single person in the state of Wisconsin who still doesn’t blame the Seahawks for the win earlier in the season. Every single GB player is going to that much more juiced to play the Hawks, even more so than it being an NFC Championship game. Not a good situation for Seattle to walk into.

  39. raymaines says:

    We all know it’s technically possible for the ‘Hawks to beat San Francisco and that Seattle and SF are very similar teams. I’m anxious to see how the SF/GB game plays out.

    In a perfect world I suppose SF would crush every GB player on the roster and then loose the game, leaving Seattle a cakewalk into the Superbowl. Dream on, fool.

  40. freedom_X says:

    I hope the Ravens win is an indicator of teams playing weaker schedules being exposed. (Atlanta is right there with Denver in terms of playing weak opponents.) Frankly, I think Flacco is merely an above average QB, and to make Baltimore look that explosive means overrated defense to me. Flacco is no elite or top 10 QB in my book, that’s for sure.

  41. I’d be too afraid of the league wanting to do a ‘Jerome Bettis send off’ for Ray Lewis if the ‘Hawks were to meet Baltimore in the Super Bowl…

  42. S.F. Is playing pretty well at the moment, though some of that is some poor play by Rogers. Both of these teams look beatable.

  43. FWIW, I think N.E. will survive Balt, though I expect it to be very hard-fought game.

  44. S.F. Left guard Staley is in real pain. If they survive he may not be there next week.

  45. Palerydr says:

    I’m not normally the grammer police but I’ve seen these 2 words used incorrectly too many times by way to many people.

    Lose: b (1) : to fail to win, gain, or obtain (2) : to undergo defeat in

    Loose: a : not rigidly fastened or securely attached
    b (1) : having worked partly free from attachments (2) : having relative freedom of movement
    c : produced freely and accompanied by raising of mucus

  46. I sure hope that we have reason to chant ‘Bruuuuuuuuuuuce!’ a few times tomorrow.

  47. montanamike2 says:

    I couldn’t post earlier, glad they got it fixed. I’m so mixed on who i want to win, but they do look beatable. It’s halftime and SF holds a 3 point lead.

  48. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Colin doing his best R Wilson impersonation tonight. Almost 100 yards rushing already. They are making Clay Matthew look bad. Hope this game goes into double OT as well. Gore been out for most of the second quarter.

  49. edstang45 says:

    Fixed right on…Gosh I hate the Niners, but their giving Rodgers all he can handle…After tomorrow do we want The Tundra or the crappy field in SF,……

  50. Thanks, Palerydr… don’t ‘loose’ your cool. lol..

  51. I want the Niners in Candlestick. And I want them bad.

  52. Want to play the 49ers next week? Or is Green Bay just looking really bad tonight?

  53. edstang45 says:

    Packers are playing like they’ve never seen the read option and are making Kaeperstink look like RG111….

  54. san Fran is looking pretty good right now…unlike GB

  55. GB looks pretty flat right now.

  56. Green Bay sure isn’t giving Kaepernick the deer-in-the-headlights look the Seahawks gave him on Dec.23. I have to think that his success tonight is as the exposing of weak Packer defense as some great step ahead.

    Maybe the west is the best. (Except in the AFC).

  57. MoSeahawk12 says:

    9er’s almost 500 yards offense against Packer D. I’m sure they’ll blame us for losing this game. Screw the Packers. No Manning, No Rogers. I like it. Let’s make sure no Ryan.

  58. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Pack is done. Maybe next year. Enjoy your cheese. I hate the 9ers, but they kicked ass tonight. We got to step up big tomorrow and take out the Falcons.

  59. As bad as we want SF I know they dont want us.Seahawks can make their worst nightmare come true.Go Hawks! tomorrow strong D and stronger run game lets kick butt!

  60. Yes we do, Mo…one game at a time!

  61. RDPoulsbo says:

    The upside to a 49er and Seahawk win is after all the travel, Seattle would just have to take a plane to the closest team. Caroll knows plenty about stopping the read-option, though Clemons was a key guy for that the last time they played.

    As scary as GB in January would be on top of their fans rabid hatred for all things Seahawks this year, I’ve felt all year that GB is fatally flawed in their ability to run the ball and defend the run and the 49ers are exploiting it just as Minnesota did the last week of the regular season.

  62. Palerydr says:

    LOL Stevos no worries. So I saw a breakdown somewhere that showed how we will stop the read option. I don’t have the technical language but basically because our CB lock up man to man it allows our DL and LB to stay assignment correct. By playing this way we don’t get gashed for these big gainers. If we win tomorrow their really isn’t anything we don’t already know about SF and vice versa. It’s gonna come down to execution and turnovers, the great equalizer.

  63. montanamike2 says:

    This makes me want a win so much more.

  64. bring on the Falcons!

  65. edstang45 says:

    Gotta take care of business tomorrow and and the two best teams in the NFL will battle for the SB….gonna set up a even more killer rivalry in the NFC west…..WOW would be a excellent to go to the Bay and slap that Bonehead coach on the back as he walked into the off season!!! Now if the Texans win we could be looking at the ravens or Texans in the SB making it very much winnable!! Things could be setting up for the best season yet!!

  66. raymaines says:

    Well, the Ravens won so I guess anything is possible, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for the Texans beating NE.

    Go Hawks

  67. Well, that was one impressive showing. Not sure I’ve ever seen a QB as fast as Kaep. He creates a ton of problems when he scrambles. Nobody but DB’s have a shot at catching him.

    One game at a time though is right. I’m excited enough by thoughts of a win tomorrow that I don’t care about beyond it for now.

  68. Dukeshire says:

    GB’s defense looked awful. They broke contain all night. You’ve got to keep QBs like Kap, Griffin, Wilson, Cam, inside the numbers. They get to the edge, especially on a 3-4 and they’re running for days.

    Man, if Seattle can get it tomorrow, round three will be sick. No matter who you root for, that is some potentially fun football.

  69. hawkinalberta says:

    First Time Poster Long Time Reader Of This Blog And After 30 Years I Have Never Been More Exited About A Seahawks Team GO HAWKS

  70. yeah, but he runs like a homerun WR, and tonight at least, his passes were dangerous too.

    he had scrambles up the middle of the field too. but yeah, contain the edges and at least you hopefully won’t have the really long runs.

    i still think he’s got some mistakes in him, that will show up somewhere in this post-season, but he’s a crazy athlete for the position.

  71. Dukeshire says:

    As much as I respect Dom Capers, I think he’ might be done in GB. They have too much talent on that side of the ball to get beaten that soundly. And they have been for two seasons now. Just a feeling…

  72. i checked GB’s season stats on defense – and they were totally acceptable (11th in yards against and points against). but what a mauling tonight.

    maybe it was just one of those days where everything clicked for SF’s offense. their O line is great, it always is, but Kaep’s not gonna run for 180 yrds every week.

  73. Dukeshire says:

    pdway – No question he had his best day throwing the ball. He made some nice throws, and that makes him a real threat. And scrambling is one thing, almost impossible to shut that down when dealing with that speed. But the designed runs… got to keep them inside.

  74. I can finally post again! Weird.

    I started getting kind of nervous about the game on Monday, but now it has turned into a very excited nervous. I actually have butterfies right now. Only 6 teams left in the NFL and the Seahawks are one of them. I know they can beat the Falcons and fans are allowed to look ahead and I know they can beat the Whiners. Oh, man, I’m feelin’ it. How can one sleep tonight? So close…

  75. Dukeshire says:

    pdway – No kidding? Im surprised to read that, and considering how many injuries they had this year, that’s impressive. I stand corrected.

    BTW – Did anyone see Kap’s post game presser? What a total poser. Lol. If he were here in Portland even the hipsters would think he’s trying too hard.

  76. freedom_X says:

    Seattle did have a big boost via crowd noise in confusing Kaepernick in their last game. He won’t have to contend with that if Seattle advances to the NFC Championship.

    Green Bay’s defense has had trouble against the run all year. I suspect that if they did have decent numbers against the run, it was mainly when they put up a big lead and other teams had to throw. Green Bay was vulnerable to just a straightforward running attack – throw in read-option and it was a laugher.

    At least there should be no more Cheesehead whining about how the Monday night game cost Green Bay. Home field advantage doesn’t give Green Bay that win, even after SF spotted them 7 points with the pick.

  77. No need to think about San Fran yet. Life is all about destroying the Falcons tomorrow. Go Seahawks!!!

  78. Dukeshire says:

    Stevo- Agreed. Tomorrow will take everything Seattle has.

  79. I’m with you on that. We gonna pull this one out?

  80. hawkinalberta says:

    The little QB that could is pressure proof these kids are so ready for this.We can and will win.All the pressure is on them.

  81. It’s funny that I’ve got no gut feeling about tomorrow. Not positive or negative. It might just come down to a mistake here or there. One big play. We will find out soon enough.

  82. Palerydr, lol, I loved that. The ones that get me are like:
    I would of went too the game to. When of course it should be:
    I would have gone to the game too.

    Some comments are painful to read.

    I know we can win in Atlanta but I know we can lose too. If we play our best and our hardest which I think we will then we should prevail.

  83. freedom_X says:

    That 180 yards from Kaepernick is what made the difference. If Seattle can be that dynamic, Seattle will win. I expect a somewhat similar game in that Atlanta will put up some points and roll up some yards – but can Seattle’s offense make Atlanta’s defense look as hopeless as San Francisco did to Green Bay?

    Perhaps Atlanta was watching that SF/GB game closely and I hope it’s planted in their minds that Seattle could do something like that. Then Seattle could benefit from that extra indecision, with Atlanta’s players seeing just how badly a read-option can abuse a conventional defense. Plant extra seeds of doubt as to what Seattle might go all-in for.

    If Seattle has a lot of other plays they can run from a read-option look, they could very well abuse the Atlanta defense.

  84. bbnate420 says:

    Palerydr, the word is spelled grammar, not grammer. And you should have said TOO many people, not to. Not trying to be a dick, but if you’re going to correct other peoples’ grammar then you should make sure that you come correct with your own grammar and spelling. Just sayin’. ;-)

  85. montanamike2 says:

    I’ve been awake for about 2 hours now, i’m too excited/nervous about the game today. Yes it’s finally today! Now about another 7 hours.
    I have a close friend who’s a lifetime Atlanta fan, (he’s never been outside Montana?), he’s really worried as are a lot of his peers.
    Nice guy and a good sport so i won’t bring him to our hangout and let him get abused. We’re still the team no one wants to play. Hopefully more so this afternoon. I don’t think Kaep could do that against us,
    I hope Justin Smith retires soon because he’s such a difference in that team. Also GB looked pathetic on Defense. Remember how after SF marched into NE and blew them out only to be hammered by us? I hope we send a message today, i hope the refs let them play physical.

  86. montanamike2 says:

    Also big day for Bruce Irvin, like our other rookies who got dissed at the draft,(him espescially). I hope he has a coming out party and starts lighting it up!

  87. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I can post! What happened?

    Great games yesterday. Much better than the week before. Can’t wait for the game today.

    Go Hawks!!!

  88. SandpointHawk says:

    @bbnate420….I’ve been waiting to see if anyone would catch that. Priceless.

    I was happily surprised to turn on the TV and see FOX Spokane and Dish Network have settled there contract problems. Seahawks are back on the big screen and DVR recordable for the first time since November (except the 9er’s game) in my house.

    Going to be a very good day on Planet Seahawk…

  89. Palerydr says:

    LOL at myself I usually read my posts to make sure I don’t have any loose interpretations in my grammar or misspellings. I wasn’t trying to be a dick myself just pointing out the difference in the 2 words sorry to anyone who took it that way. I also have noticed that too many people use the word to in the wrong context including myself. :)

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