Red Bryant has seen Jason Jones in the flesh and Bruce Irvin on tape. Now, the team’s XXXL-sized defensive end can’t wait to see what the combination of Jones and Irvin will mean to a Seahawks pass rush that generated 33 sacks last season.
After the team’s offseason program workout today, Bryant was asked about Jones, who was added in free agency to provide pressure on opposing quarterbacks from the tackle position in the nickel defense; and Irvin, the team’s first-round draft choice who will lineup opposite “Leo” end Chris Clemons in passing situations.
Bryant on Jones: “I love everything about Jason Jones. He’s quick. He’s extremely fast. I can see why they went out in free agency and really got after him. He does a great job of getting off the ball. He’s a lot longer (6 feet 5). He’s about as tall, or might even be taller, than me (6-4). So I can see how he can cause a lot of confusion. He’s a lot smaller (276 pounds, compared to 332 for Bryant) and quicker than I am. So it’s definitely going to be intriguing once we get in our different packages, as far as our ‘Bandit’ look and different things like that. It’s going to bring a different dynamic to our football team.”
Bryant on Irvin: “I actually got the privilege of meeting him once we drafted him. So far, I like him. Watching some tape of him from West Virginia, he’s definitely the kind of football player that I could see coach (Pete) Carroll going after. We expect big things from him this season.”
Irvin will participate in this weekend’s rookie minicamp.
But if Irvin is in, that likely means Bryant will be out. He had one sack last season, giving him two for his career. Those are numbers he’s definitely looking to increase.
“Getting sacks, that’s my major goal,” Bryant said. “I want to at least get that stigma off of me, because I know I can get to the quarterback.”
Today’s 45-minute session had a definite defensive feel to it, as Monte Kiffin was in attendance. The longtime defensive coordinator in the NFL now has that role and the title of assistant head coach at USC on the staff of his son, Lane. Monte Kiffin was the coordinator in Tampa when Seahawks D-coordinator Gus Bradley was the Buccaneers’ linebackers coach in 2007-08. Kiffin also was the linebackers coach in Minnesota from 1986-89 when Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was the Vikings’ defensive backs coach, as well as Carroll’s linebackers coach during his first season as coordinator with the Jets in 1990.