For my story today, I talked with Bruce Irvin for the first time about making the switch from defensive end to linebacker, along with how he will handle the four-game suspension for PEDs.
“It’s almost the same thing,” Irvin said. “They try to keep me on the ball as much as possible. Pretty much the difference is covering receivers, rerouting receivers and covering backs out the backfield.
“I think I’m pretty athletic. I think I can cover a back or a tight end. So I’ve got this game next week (against Oakland). And then I’ve got to sit out these four games (for failing a drug test). But hopefully when I come back I can compete, and get a chance to play.”
Irvin has been hobbled most of training camp with a lingering hamstring issue, but got in for seven plays, according to Pete Carroll, against Green Bay on Friday. Irvin hopes to play much more against Oakland next week, before he’ll have to shut it down once the regular season begins in two weeks.
“It’s tough,” Irvin said. “It’s a learning experience, but it could be worse. That’s how I look at it. There’s people out here with way worse situations than me. Hopefully, the four games go by fast.
“It’s going to kill me watching these guys, but I’m just going to work my tail off, so when I get back I can do my part and contribute.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that receiver Stephen Williams and safety Winston Guy made the most of their opportunities against Green Bay on Friday.
ESPN’s Terry Blount writes that the Seahawks are winning despite all of the penalties through three preseason games.
Jason Jenks of The Seattle Times takes a closer look at the battle-worn hands of Seahawks players like Max Unger and Richard Sherman.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times offers three things he learned from Seattle’s win over Green Bay.
Marshawn Lynch gives Aaron Rodgers the business about his mustache in the video below.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that Cardinals first round selection guard Jonathan Cooper suffered a fractured left fibula, and likely is done for the season. That’s a big blow to an Arizona offensive line that already had what Ryan Divish would call LOFT issues (Lack OF Frickin’ Talent). Former Seahawk Paul Fanaika could be starting at guard as a replacement for Cooper for the Cardinals.
Ben Muth of Football Outsiders delves into the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line. He’ll be following them throughout the year. It’s worth a look if you are interested in details on offensive line play. Nobody explains this stuff better than Muth.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan loses his cool with the New York media, who questioned his decision to put Mark Sanchez in the game after he suffered a shoulder injury playing with backups. Check out the video link.