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October 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM

What they said: Bruce Irvin

The return of Bruce Irvin was one of the big stories of the day in Renton, and I wrote this story about it for the Thursday paper.

Here’s a bit more of what Irvin had to say today:

On how much is his role different this year than it was last year: “Obviously you guys know I moved to SAM backer so it’s a little different. They try to keep it as simple as they can for me, so it’s nothing too much different. I’m always on the ball; I’m either blitzing, dropping, or setting the edge. That’s just what it is. The transition has been pretty good, and I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge more.”

On why did he choose to go back to West Virginia during his break: “I just love that state. Obviously I went to school there and I contributed to the weight room, a lot of money, so I felt like I should go back there and use the weight room. It was rough being around those college kids, but I tried to coach them up and give them as much advice as I can. I try to make them see that I’m not there because I’m supposed to be there, I’m suspended. Just little things like that, and it was good. I got my work done and stayed off of the ESPN ticker so I accomplished what I needed to do.”

On his groin injury he had during camp: “I had a month to chill so if it’s not good something isn’t right. I’m good, my body is good, and I’m ready to roll.”

On his impression of the Seahawks’ pass rush in Houston: “Scary. It is scary. I was talking to Bobby Wagner saying y’all don’t even need me in. Every time I looked up Matt Schaub was on the ground. I think coach does a great, Dan Quinn and the whole defensive staff does a great job of putting guys in the right situations to succeed. With Cliff Avril, Chris Clemons, and Mike Bennett, that’s scary man. They said it’s hard to make plays on this defense so I’m just trying to get out there and bust my tail and make the best of the situation when I’m in.”

On if he feels like he’s mentally ready to hop right in and contribute right away: “As I said earlier they do a great job of breaking it down, simplifying it for me to make it easy as possible. Mentally I feel like I’m ready, physically I’m ready. If you have four weeks to chill you better be ready. I’m itching right now, I’ve been itching for the past four weeks. I’m just honored that Coach Pete Carroll has welcomed me back, and I’m just going to keep my nose clean form here on out and just play football.”

On playing SAM in the preseason: “It felt great. How did I look? I thought it was okay. I’m a repetition guy. I can’t look at something and just go do it. I have to get in there, mess up a couple of times and then I’ll have it. I just need more reps, and hopefully this week I get a lot of reps and we’ll see how it plays out Sunday.”

On Andrew Luck: “He’s a great quarterback. His dad (Oliver Luck) is actually the athletic director at West Virginia. He’s a great athlete, a great quarterback. He could run if you put him in that situation, but he would rather throw it. He has great speed, and we know we have to play assignment football. You can’t get too greedy or he will make you pay for it.”

On if Andrew Luck’s father told him to take it easy on his son: “He can say that, but I’m not on scholarship anymore.”


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