So, as might have been expected, some of what Seattle defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin said to reporters on Tuesday is starting to make the rounds nationally.
I had Irvin’s comments on the blog yesterday.
Getting the most attention is what he said about the matchup of Green Bay rookie center Corey Linsley against Seattle nose tackle Brandon Mebane.
Here’s what Irvin said:
“If I’m a rookie and I’ve got Brandon Mebane my first game — he’s one of the best nose tackles in the league. So it’s going to be big for him. I’m going to pray for him. It’s going to be a long night, man. We’ve just got to take advantage of it, all the weaknesses that he shows us, we’ve got to expose it and hopefully Bane is going to do what I know he is going to do to him. So we’ve just got to be ready.”
Here’s how it’s being portrayed by ESPN.
Does bulletin board material matter in the NFL?
We had a rather lively discussion of that during the 12th Man Roundtable today on KJR-AM with former NFL QB Hugh Millen saying he thinks it can be a big deal, and me and Tacoma News Tribune columnist Dave Boling saying we didn’t think it would matter all that much.
Even depending on what happens Thursday, it would be hard to quantify in the aftermath how much a few words said beforehand really mattered.
If Green Bay wins, I imagine they’ll say it did. If not, then they won’t. An age-old football/sports question that may always be in the eye of the beholder.