As much as Bruce Irvin smiled during his press conference today to talk about returning to the Seahawks following his four-game suspension, so did linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. when he met the media afterward to talk about Irvin.
Norton got a little bit of a look at Irvin during the off-season and the preseason at his new role of strongside linebacker.
A groin injury and then the suspension, however, put the experiment on hold.
Now it can begin again in earnest, and Norton couldn’t be more pleased.
“We’ve been waiting to finally get back what he can add to our team,” Norton said of the team’s 2012 first-round pick. “His presence, his speed, his big-play ability — we are really excited to get him back in the fold. And just watching him move around and talk, he is really excited to be here. He really understands what he did wrong and he is very happy to be back playing football. Just talking to him he really appreciates this game a little bit more. Sometimes things got to happen to you to appreciate it and we are expecting a lot from him.”
As for what to expect out of Irvin initially, Norton said that will be up to Irvin and how he adapts to his new role — he will also continue to play as an edge rusher in obvi0us passing downs.
“We are going to put him right in there and see him right away,” Norton said. “There’s no waiting. He’s just going to jump right in there and play and we are really excited to get him going. This is his first year playing linebacker so there is still some development. … if we judge day one, this was a really good day one. We’re only going one day at a time. He is absorbing everything. He remembered a lot. He was in the building at 6 this morning studying. He came in early yesterday studying. So we’re just rally excited to have that type of attitude back.”