Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Wednesday, Sept. 16 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
Bruce Irvin Joins 710 ESPN Seattle's Bob, Dave and Moore
Bruce Irvin starred with the Seahawks in the earlier days for head coach Pete Carroll, and now he's back for a second helping. A first-round draft pick by Seattle in 2012, Irvin totaled eight sacks as a rookie and helped the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII in his second season.
In the first four seasons of his career, Irvin amassed 22 sacks and 133 tackles for the Seahawks. After his fourth season, Irvin signed with the Oakland Raiders and subsequently broke his career-high for tackles in a season. Last year, he had a career-high 8.5 sacks for the Carolina Panthers before deciding it was time to return home. In Week 1, Irvin had three tackles, one tackle for loss and two quarterback hits in the Seahawks' win.
In an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle's Bob, Dave and Moore on Tuesday, Irvin was featured as the "Seahawks spotlight" interview. During the interview, Irvin discussed the feeling of being back in Seattle, how he's changed as a player and if the Seahawks are being overlooked this season. He also talked about playing more at linebacker now, his life as a family man and previewed a matchup with Patriots quarterback and his former teammate Cam Newton.
You can listen to the full interview here starting at the 25-minute mark, but below are some of the highlights.
On how it felt to be back in Seattle after four years away:
"It felt like I'm supposed to be here. The ** talking I was doing and the guys flying around (on Sunday), it felt like I was always supposed to be here. It's right. Everything's the same, it's like I picked right up where I left off back in 2015. That's very rare in this league for you to come back into a situation and be comfortable like you've been there for years. So, I'm just happy to be back – I'm going to take advantage of it."
On the differences between him as a rookie in 2012 vs. now:
"One-hundred percent I agree that I'm a much better player now than I was here (in Seattle) the first time. The game is much slower, I understand certain things (more). I understand to set up my moves during the pass rush. It's just the things you learn from playing the game for a long time. I'm definitely a much more polished player and I understand the game a lot more on this go-around than back in 2012."
On how it was to play with no fans:
"I actually liked it a lot. You can hear communication, guys talking, you can hear the snap count. And with guys being physical, you can hear those pads talking – that's always great to hear, too. To me, it was a pretty cool experience for the most part."
On if the Seahawks are being overlooked:
"I think so, but we're just going to let our work talk for us. We're prepared and we work hard during the week, so it translates to Sunday. I know we're going to keep putting in work so hopefully it keeps translating to Sunday and we continue to stack these wins up."
Russell Wilson Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week
After his dominant Week 1 performance, Russell Wilson has been named as the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. In the victory over Atlanta, Wilson went 31 of 35 for 322 yards and four touchdowns. Read more about his Week 1 performance here.
Social Post Of The Day
General manager John Schneider broke down some of Pete Carroll's college game tape yesterday for the head coach's birthday, and the results were pretty funny.
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle answered your questions in his latest Seahawks Mailbag.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has more on Carroll’s promise that Chris Carson will get more touches moving forward.
Paul Gallant of 710 ESPN Seattle made an interesting comparison between Russell Wilson and a younger Tom Brady.
Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest analyzed Bill Belichick’s comments about the Seahawks before his Patriots visit Seattle on Sunday.