You’re certainly tired of hearing about whether or not the Seahawks pass rush will be a liability in 2020. So are the players within that pass rush. Bruce Irvin was asked about the topic again on Thursday with Seattle’s opener against the Falcons just a few days away.
He expressed confidence that his group will be just fine this season despite not having a single “big name.”
“At the end of the day it’s about guys willing to work,” Irvin said. “We’re a young group, but these guys have gotten better each and every day. I’m really excited to go out this Sunday to prove other people wrong (and) prove ourselves right. I have the utmost confidence in myself and these guys. I think we’re really going to prove people wrong this year.”
Seahawks fans were hoping Seattle would land names like Jadeveon Clowney and Everson Griffin this offseason after the team posted just 28 sacks in 2019. Instead, Seattle opted for Irvin and Benson Mayowa in free agency as well as re-signing Jarran Reed.
The pass rush, also consisting of Alton Robinson, Rasheem Green, L.J. Collier and, at times, Jamal Adams, will be tested immediately against the Falcons prolific offense.
Irvin said that he likes to look at the biographies of his opponents. He noticed that pretty much everyone on Atlanta’s starting offense is a former top pick.
“They’ve got a lot of first-rounders, huh?” he said, smiling.
Irvin added that he approaches every game with the mindset that as long as the Seahawks take care of their assignments, they’ll be just fine. But he did add that an offense led by Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Todd Gurley poses a particular challenge.
“They’ve got some guys and a pretty solid o-line so I think it’ll be a good test for us,” Irvin said. “I’m interested to see how it’s going to play out.”
The Seahawks will need Irvin and Co. to produce if they’re going to get a win in Atlanta. Pressuring Matt Ryan is absolutely crucial, otherwise he’ll have no problem picking apart Seattle’s revamped secondary.
Enough talk, though, because thankfully it’s finally time to see whether or not Seattle has actually improved in that department.