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November 6, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn: On Dobbs, Irvin and Simon

Here’s some of what Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had to say today to the media about new Seahawk Demarcus Dobbs, as well as Bruce Irvin and Tharold Simon:

(On what he hopes to get out of Demarcus Dobbs) Well, first impressions – five technique, three technique, base-end nickel rusher so when we evaluated him on tape last night and this morning those were some of the things that jumped out to us so good first impression. Good quickness off the ball. Looking into it, that’s why I say five and three. He’s been a real contributor on special teams through the early part of his career so we certainly expect that to be a factor as well.

(On if it’s realistic that Dobbs could get snaps on Sunday) I think we will let the next two days play out but I think it absolutely is realistic that it could. We will see where we go. He had a good first day and then we will take it in through tomorrow. We did a little bit of base and a lot of nickel work today then we will take it through the rest of the week, all the way through Saturday before we have to decide on that.

(On Bruce Irvin playing 80% of snaps the last three games and what it is about the way he has rounded his game out that has allowed him to play that much) The thing, I think, that sets him apart is you feel this relentless attitude from him and the style that he wants to play. Not only can he set the edge and we bring him some in our base package but I think he has really improved as a nickel-rusher. The other guys in connection working with him has been a big factor too. As you guys know, sometimes in pass rush, it’s not one guy that can make a difference but everybody working together. He’s really, in my mind, improved over the last month in terms of his mindset to keep working and keep getting better. It’s really jumped out at us.

(On if the Washington game was the start of that, the way Irvin played against the run and helping shut down Alfred Morris and the Redskins running backs) I knew he was going to be a factor the way he set the edge all week for that one and I think it really has carried through that. If that was a trademark in terms of the expectations for him in the run game, I think it did start there. But like all good players, the challenge that he’s faced with is can you keep doing it again and again. So we’re real pleased to see him respond the way he did. Not just from the game at Carolina but last week, being involved and getting the pick and returning it. He’s such a unique guy for us, we’re going to try to feature him in the best way we can.

(On early on when Irvin said it was tough moving from edge-rusher to linebacker and how now he seems to be embracing whatever he’s asked to do) Most of the time when you have to move so many spots it takes that training to keep going through it and the more times he’s done it, the more comfortable he’s gotten. So we wanted to make sure we weren’t giving him too much where he couldn’t be effective at both things. But now that he feels comfortable playing at both end and Sam backer, no reason not to.

(On what he has thought of Tharold Simon so far) I think when we first had a chance to see him play, we said, ‘Okay, the length we knew was there, the speed and he can play at the line of scrimmage,’ and then for him to go challenge. No one was surprised that he played this well. The balls that go up, that get contested; you feel that size, that length. I think he’s playing really strong at the line of scrimmage so we knew we had somebody here waiting in the wings when he was going to finally get his opportunity. It was unfortunate that we had to have an injury to allow that to happen but sometimes that happens. When a guy goes down and you get your opportunity to show, ‘Hey, I can play,’ there’s some real reward in that. He’s certainly done that.

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