Where does Bruce fit?
Well Bruce Irvin definitely fits on the teams 53 man roster, that is for sure.
For now the Seahawks have a one week roster exemption to get Irvin into playing shape. Pete Carroll and the coaching staff will evaluate him this week in practice to see if Bruce is ready to play.
If he is, which I fully expect, they will need to start thinking about who they are going to release.
I suspect that player will be Benson Mayowa. After breaking out in the preseason Mayowa has been quiet during the regular season. Benson’s most notable play came in week 1 when he missed a tackle on Cam Newton that would have been a sack.
The most telling sign might be that Mayowa was inactive during the Seahawks matchup against the Texans on Sunday.
Truth be told, Seattle has a plethora of defensive ends who can rush the passer. All of which are more capable and better players than Mayowa at this point in their careers. That doesn’t mean I want this to be the end of Mayowa in Seattle.
— Q Smith™ (@NWSBQ) October 1, 2013
My hope is that he clears waivers and the Seahawks sign him to their practice squad where he can develop and add depth.
If everything works out and Mayowa joins the practice squad I would look for the Seahawks to release Jameson Konz, again.
Bruce Irvin will join the team as a strong side linebacker (SAM), probably replacing Malcolm Smith as the starter. Smith has played well this season including a big forced fumble against the Texans last weekend.
It is possible we could see both players getting time at the position depending on Dan Quinn’s play-calling.
Moving Irvin off the line of scrimmage was a brilliant move by the coaching staff. My only knock on Bruce has been his inability to disengage from blockers. That makes him a major liability in the running game.
Backing him off the line might allow him the opportunity to use his athleticism to avoid blockers before they can get their hands on him and lock him down.
However, if Bruce continues to struggle against the run Quinn rotating between Smith and Irvin is likely.
Irvin will definitely see the field during passing situations. The pressure schemes Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn can use with Irvin are exciting. Bruce had a great rookie year rushing the passer as a defensive end.
To be honest I don’t think we have seen anything yet.
I do have concerns about how Bruce will do when he drops back in coverage. Lack of experience could cause some problems. Seahawks linebacker tend to struggle a bit in this area as it is. If Irvin is to be an effective linebacker rushing the passer he is going to need to drop back in coverage from time to time, even if only to keep the opposing quarterbacks guessing.
Personally I cannot wait to see what Bruce is going to bring to the already stout Seahawks defense.