Seattle Seahawks: The Return of Bruce Irvin Adds Tremendous Depth

By Todd Pheifer
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It may be hard to fathom, but the defense of the Seattle Seahawks may actually get better when they face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5. After serving a four-game suspension, the ‘Hawks will welcome speeder Bruce Irvin back to a defense that is already loaded with talent and depth.

How Irvin will be used could be very interesting given that he may switch between defensive end and linebacker. The Seahawks could put Irvin in coverage situations or utilize his raw speed to put pressure on the quarterback.

Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and now Irvin: In some ways, it just doesn’t seem fair.

Granted, the Seahawks are still limited to putting 11 men on the field, so they will need to use good judgement when creating their defensive schemes. Andrew Luck is a savvy young quarterback, which means that the Seahawks will need to balance their pressure packages with standard coverage of receivers.

The exciting part of getting Irvin back is that he is yet another elite athlete who can help this already aggressive defense. There is never enough depth in the NFL and the Seahawks are able to play their style in part because they can rotate a lot of players in and out.

Irvin has been sitting and watching this team get off to a 4-0 start without his presence on the field. Now, it is time for the lightning-quick defender to do his part. Hopefully, it will be a good start of the season for young Mr. Irvin.

After this week, Luck and the Colts may wish that Irvin was still suspended.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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