An intriguing aspect of Monday might’s win at Washington that might have gotten somewhat lost in the shuffle was Bruce Irvin playing every available snap at strongside linebacker (he didn’t play every snap since the SLB is not always on the field, particularly in nickel situations).
Malcolm Smith had started the first three games there with Irvin coming off hip surgery and then missing the Denver game with an oblique injury. When Irvin did play, he mostly was at rush end.
But against Washington it looked like the decision had been made and that Irvin is again the man at that spot. Irvin was for most of last season, as well, though Smith got some starts when Irvin was out, and injuries caused some constant juggling there. Irvin also mostly played rush end in the Super Bowl when K.J. Wright played a lot of SLB with Smith — who ended up winning MVP honors — at WLB.
But for now, it looks like Seattle’s three starting LBs are Smith at WLB, Irvin at SLB and Bobby Wagner in the middle.
I wrote about Irvin for today’s paper and he said much of what you would expect — that he feels a lot more comfortable at that spot this year than a year ago, when he was making the move from rush end. Linebackers coach Ken Norton said that now that Irvin healthy, he thinks this will be “a big year” for Irvin to show increased production. Monday, when Irvin played a key role in the run defense by effectively setting the edge — something the three tackles he was credited with didn’t accurately indicate —- showed he’s off to a good start.
As for today, the Seahawks will be back on the field later this morning, and coach Pete Carroll will address the media afterward and we’ll get some injury updates then on the likes of Max Unger and Percy Harvin.
In other news. …
— Seahawks.com looks at the team at the quarter pole.
— Two interesting stats from NFL.com — the Seahawks will want to force Tony Romo to his right, where he is less effective, and Russell Wilson has the highest average time to throw in the NFL.
— Here’s ESPN’s preview.
— The Washington Post says the NFL Matchup of the Week is Richard Sherman vs. Dez Bryant.
— Dallas owner Jerry Jones says the Cowboys plan to challenge Sherman.
— Former NFL player Coy Wire of FoxSports says the Cowboys have a chance.
— Linebacker Rolando McClain is expected to play for Dallas Sunday.
— More details on Dallas’ injury situation from Thursday.
— The Sporting News with a bettor’s eye view of the game.
— A Dallas view on three reasons the Seahawks will win.
— A look at how tickets are going on the secondary market for this game.
— A Dallas take on DeMarco Murray’s challenge Sunday.
— Carroll told Dallas media there are similarities in how the Seahawks and the ’90s era Cowboys were built.