Seahawks X-Factor - Future STAR Bruce Irvin

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  • It's Thursday and the knot in my stomach hasn't even begun to grow yet, oddly, and I still can't stop thinking of one particular Seahawk that I envision having a MONSTER game on Sunday. They say that overcoming adversity is one of the key factors in any great man, so then certainly Bruce Irvin is a man. A bad man. In limited snaps this season, the 24 year old Rookie has been remarkably productive. In an unexpected turn of events he now sees his role go from valuable substitute to relied upon starter in a matter of days. Don't worry, he's got this.

    By now, everyone knows Bruce's story and why he's a 24 year old Rookie despite his immense talent. No need to rehash the past, especially when it's not even about what happened on the gridiron. Instead, let's focus on the present. Without the press of fellow rookies Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, Irvin has quietly put up a solid debut season. I'm actually a little surprised that Irvin hasn't gotten more press. Sure, he hasn't had an Aldon Smith type season, but he also doesn't have Justin Smith holding for him on every play. Equally impressive is the fact that Irvin has managed to stay out of trouble and out of any coaches doghouse. Seattle has got to like the early returns from Irvin, especially when you consider his potential. For the record, I'm not one of the people who see's Irvin as a one-trick pony who's as good now as he'll be in 3 years. I think there is some serious potential in Bruce Irvin, if he continues to develop.

    Now, the son of Rufus and Bessie Lee gets to come home. A whirlwind journey of a life now gets to add a surreal moment to it's repertoire. All as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, which makes it more surreal for us. When Chris Clemons went down with his season ending knee injury, (thanks for nothing Washington. Seriously. I look forward to the Hawks beating you in the playoffs AGAIN in the near future.) Bruce Irvin stepped right in and the defense did not skip a beat. Actually, the pass rush heated up when Irvin entered the game. No disrespect to Chris Clemons who is a hell of a player and a great Seahawk and one of my favorites, I love his badass sack "dance" pose thing, but athletically Bruce presents certain problems for an offensive lineman that Clem does not.

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    It's no secret that Bruce' key strength is speed. The LEO position that he'll be occupying is designed to make good use of that speed. Throughout the regular season and even in Washington prior to Clem's injury, Bruce was being relied upon in the "Raheem Brock" role. Basically, the guy opposite of the LEO on mostly passing downs who can help clean up, generate pressure, and come away with sacks. We haven't seen much of Bruce Irvin for extended periods at a time or frequently against the run. It's natural to worry about Irvin's ability in the run game but I think his limited use is definitely by design. Unlike Wilson and Wagner, who were unleashed in "sink or swim" type fashion to some degree, Irvin has been used only in specific situations in an attempt to maximize his production this season. It's worked. This is his moment to break through and shine. History shows that he'll be ready to take it.



    Oops, not that kind of history. Although the thought of Russell Wilson connecting with Bruce Irvin on a 61 Yard bomb against the Raiders is amazing! Funny, to this day his preseason game against the Raiders was probably his best game to date as a Seahawk.



    Yup, that's Russell Wilson Bruce is taking down. This also shows that Bruce will be ready for this situation as coming into this game he was only being used on 3rd downs to rush the passer and for this bowl game they put him in on 1st and 2nd downs, kind of like what's happening with him now. He'll be going up against former 1st rounder Sam Baker at LT and former Longhorn OG Justin Blalock when working inside on stunts. The 2 help make up a solid line for Atlanta, but not an impenetrable one. Not many offensive lineman are equipped with the tools to handle a 6'3" 245 pounder who can run a 4.5 and claims to run even faster.

    When you look at the clip above, you can see how Bruce just stands out. He's insanely quick off the snap and brings a great deal of energy to every snap. Sure, he has his plays where he gets snuffed out, but he's come a long way since this game. As the season progressed, I started to notice that Irvin was adding some more moves to his arsenal. You started to see a bull rush to go along with his awesome spin move and the makings of a pretty solid swim move.

    All of this is to say that I think Bruce Irvin will have a phenomenal game on Sunday. Bruce Irvin is big game. He's got a chip on his shoulder the size of Kilimanjaro (good call bestfightstory :th2thumbs: ). He embodies what it is to be a Seahawk. Now, it's his time for him to cement his legacy. As Bruce goes, as go the Seahawks. If he can consistently pressure Ryan, not just sacking him but consistently hitting him and getting inside Sam Baker's head in the process, I can see the Seahawks defense forcing some turnovers and allowing the offense to methodically destroy the Falcons defense. He can help hide Marcus Trufant's shortcomings in the slot and Leroy Hill's weaknesses in coverage by living in the backfield and consistently forcing Matt Ryan to get rid of the ball before he wants to.

    All I know is, I'm not betting against the kid getting it done.
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  • Ummmmmm.... The Grand Canyon isn't really a good metaphor for a big chip.....It's more the absence of a big chip or a void that could be filled by the chip on BI's shoulder....

    How about a chip the size of Kilimanjaro?
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  • bestfightstory wrote:Ummmmmm.... The Grand Canyon isn't really a good metaphor for a big chip.....It's more the absence of a big chip or a void that could be filled by the chip on BI's shoulder....

    How about a chip the size of Kilimanjaro?


    That just blew my mind. So right though, thanks for the heads up! I'm changing it and giving you NO credit for it :th2thumbs:
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  • I also think B.I. will be the big X-Factor in this game and if he steps up big time...watch out Falcons! I just hope we don't see any roughing the QB penalties.

    Another thing...will we see less of Big Red in this game?
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  • There's a piece on Irvin over at .com. I didn't realize he was born in Atlanta! This is a sort of home coming for him and his family and friends will be there or be watching (obviously they will be watching). This should be added motivation, not that he'll need it.
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  • Nice. I enjoyed the thoughts on Bruuuuuuce, and I bet he's on a lot of ppl's minds with Clem out. Like you, I have a feeling he's ready to tear it up. His speed around the edge is amazing. Still, I'd still like to see a spin move or something so he can go speed-speed-speed to the outside, then change it up and get a big fat tackle back on his heels going the wrong way.
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  • Man we need Bruce to have a big game on Sunday. If we can't get pressure on Matt Ryan we will be in for a long day I believe.
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  • Man that video got me pumped. But I expect Bruuuuuuuce to have a great game. He looked damn near unstoppable when he came in for Clem against the Skins.
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  • Wow i didn't realize, he's shorter and only ten lbs heavier give or take than Kam... damn Kam's a big safety...
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  • Bruce is gonna put hands on em, that's for sure. One little well-timed roughing penalty won't upset me too much.
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  • Yeah, chip on the shoulder refers to an object sitting on the shoulder, not a "chip" out of the shoulder. It dates back to when British mariners from hundreds of years ago carried lumber on their shoulders, which was later banned, which pissed them off.
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  • Wilson's footwork looks a lot different today from that NC State film. Im no expert though.
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  • that bruce irvin madden video looks real familiar because i was playing some guy that used the raiders online and I put Bruce at WR and had 400 yards and 4 tis receiving with him.
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  • kearly wrote:Yeah, chip on the shoulder refers to an object sitting on the shoulder, not a "chip" out of the shoulder. It dates back to when British mariners from hundreds of years ago carried lumber on their shoulders, which was later banned, which pissed them off.


    Thank you for the awesome history lesson, good sir. You learn something new every day...
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  • I am not too concerned about the Hawks D getting pressure on Ryan. No clemons, even better
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  • kearly wrote:Yeah, chip on the shoulder refers to an object sitting on the shoulder, not a "chip" out of the shoulder. It dates back to when British mariners from hundreds of years ago carried lumber on their shoulders, which was later banned, which pissed them off.


    Nice one, Cliff Clavin...
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  • kearly wrote:Yeah, chip on the shoulder refers to an object sitting on the shoulder, not a "chip" out of the shoulder. It dates back to when British mariners from hundreds of years ago carried lumber on their shoulders, which was later banned, which pissed them off.


    Thank you "Ducky" :P
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  • ivotuk wrote:
    kearly wrote:Yeah, chip on the shoulder refers to an object sitting on the shoulder, not a "chip" out of the shoulder. It dates back to when British mariners from hundreds of years ago carried lumber on their shoulders, which was later banned, which pissed them off.


    Thank you "Ducky" :P

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  • With the same relative density, what would have more mass? Mt. Kilimanjaro or a solid object that completely filled in the Grand Canyon?
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  • I never knew one of my posts would lead to such a great debate. All over my stupidity. This is a big day for me and my family.
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  • When Bruce finally learns a spin move he's going to be killer.
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