Seahawks’ Bruce Irvin grew from personal problems into a football star
By Danny O’Neil | The Seattle Times
Defensive end Bruce Irvin gets his first start Sunday in the state where he grew up, but a place he didn’t play all that much football. On Sunday against Atlanta — with starter Chris Clemons out — Irvin will get the most playing time of his career, and could be the critical factor in spurring a pass rush that was a concern even before Clemons’ injury.
Seattle had two sacks last Sunday in Washington — one by Irvin — giving the team a grand total of three over its past 12 quarters of play. Throw in the fact Atlanta was one of the best teams in pass protection this season, allowing the fifth-fewest sacks in the league, and Irvin’s ability to rush the passer is going to be a critical component in Sunday’s game.
Here’s a look at how the playing time broke down at defensive end this season between Clemons and Irvin:
|CHRIS CLEMONS||BRUCE IRVIN|