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January 10, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Bruce Irvin’s opportunity

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
  Play
time
Total
plays
 
Pct.
  Play
time
Total
plays
 
Pct.
Game 1 55 62 89   33 62 53
Game 2 49 57 86   30 57 53
Game 3 59 75 79   35 75 47
Game 4 56 61 92   22 61 36
Game 5 55 55 100   20 55 36
Game 6 80 86 93   31 86 36
Game 7 56 58 97   11 58 19
Game 8 69 73 95   35 73 48
Game 9 51 54 94   17 54 31
Game 10 52 52 100   13 52 25
Game 11 51 60 85   24 60 40
Game 12 51 62 82   24 62 39
Game 13 31 58 52   39 58 65
Game 14 45 56 67   40 56 60
Game 15 50 57 86   30 57 53
Game 16 59 64 92   31 64 48
Regular season 869 990 88   435 990 44
Playoff 25 55 45   33 55 60

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