Seahawks Linebacker Bruce Irvin Will Be Praying for Packers' Corey Linsley in His Professional Debut

By DJ Byrnes on September 3, 2014 at 11:33a
Corey Linsley and Braxton Miller

Corey Linsley and Braxton Miller in the 2014 Orange Bowl [Walt Keys,]


Ohio State's offensive line struggles make a bit more sense when you realize Jack Mewhort was drafted in the second round, Andrew Norwell made the Panthers as an unrestricted free agent, and Corey Linsley will start for the Green Bay Packers tomorrow night against the defending Super Bowl champions.

It's going to be a bit of a baptism by fire for the rookie, as his first defensive assignment comes against Seattle's 6'1" 310 lbs nose guard, Brandon Mabin.

Mabin had two sacks last against the Packers during Green Bay's last trip to Seattle in 2012. Could he be up for a repeat performance? 

Bruce Irvin, a Seattle linebacker, thinks so:

“If I’m a rookie and I’ve got Brandon Mebane my first game – he’s one of the best nose tackles in the league – it’s going to be big for [Linsley],” Irvin said. “I’m gonna pray for him. It’s going to be a long night, man.”


“We’ve just got to take advantage of it,” Irvin said. “All the weaknesses he shows us, we have to expose it and hopefully [Mebane] gonna do what I know he gonna do to him.”

Linsley could certainly draw easier assignments than an underrated part of Seattle's dynamite defense, but these are the sorts of challenges an NFL starting center faces on an almost weekly basis.

Linsley fell all the way to the fifth round in the 2014 draft, and although he's starting due to J.C. Tretter's injury, Linsley has already proven plenty of doubters wrong.

Perhaps Bruce Irvin is the next on the list. 



fontanabuck's picture

Should be fun to watch

buckeyefanatic's picture

Fingers crossed for CL.  Go kick some ass!

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BoFuquel's picture

Be careful what you pray for Bruce. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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CC's picture

Seems like yesterday when Linsley's career was at a make or break point when Urban came in.  Now he's starting his first game as a rookie.  Good for him.

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Give em hell, Corey!

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vitaminB's picture

Corey will do fine.  With Aaron Rodgers quick release he only has to hold the point of attack for like 2 seconds.  As a Bear fan I'm torn.  I'd love to see him do well, but I need a Green Bay loss.

Bobo Buckeye's picture

Actually he has to be able to hear too and thats probably the hardest thing he'll attempt tomorrow.

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seafus26's picture

Bruce Irvin hates cookies, puppies and V8 engines.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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rkylet83's picture

Talk is cheap.  I hope Corey handles him like a rag doll!

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johnjy78's picture

Pray to Corey Linsley that Corey Linsley might take pity on you!!


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Michael Citro's picture

No. 71 doesn't need your prayers.

J.Mo's picture

“All the weaknesses he shows us, we have to expose it and hopefully [Mebane] gonna do what I know he gonna do to him.”

Come on Bruce Irvin - you're better than this. If you know Mebane is going to do something, then you don't have to hope he does it. If you don't know then you hope Mebane is gonna do what you think he can do to Linsley.

Mortc15's picture

That sounded like a typical answer from an immature player. Any mature athlete will let his play do the talking (barring a few exceptions of great players that like to talk, but then again, are they mature?).


NitroBuck's picture

I remember Bruce Irvin at WVU.  Good player, but clearly not the sharpest of tools.  Silly comment aimed at getting in Corey Linsley's head.  If Corey just does his assignments as best he can, he will be fine.  Great opportunity here for him.  I pray he does take that Bruce.

Ferio.  Tego.

CGroverL's picture

What I'd like to know is this.....How many WEAKNESSES can you truly find in a back-up center's first game? Irvin acts like the Seahawks studied Corey Linsley's Ohio State career on film for 3 hours on more than a few occasions and have a list of weaknesses for a center. How many different weaknesses can an NFL center really have. Irvin has the correct last name because he is talking dumb sh** like Michael Irvin used to and still does. Maybe it is a last name thing?

He sounds like an idiot to me...but I'm just another one of the 3.5 million (tops in all of college football according to the New York Times) members of Buckeye Nation that has watched our beloved Buckeyes win, win, win, and win. What would I know? I will be praying now. I'll be praying for a run play where Linsley releases downfield and shuts Irvin's hole beneath his nose.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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ek68's picture

I live in WI. & from watching all of the Packers pre-season games, Corey will be fine. Green Bay very high on Corey & feel very confident in all of their offensive line starters.




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Barnsey69's picture

I am praying for Linsley and his mates to open some running lanes for my 2nd round pick Eddie Eddie run!!

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

chirobuck's picture

that's a steal in the second round


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Barnsey69's picture

Agreed, PPR league and I picked last, so back-to-back got Graham & Lacy.


Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

chirobuck's picture could be looking at a mighty fine season season depends on how much C. Patterson blows up


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chirobuck's picture

I understand its a tough way to start, but Linsley can take care of himself


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dubjayfootball90's picture

Well I will be watching this match up

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Me two - I won't be going to the game - tix are about a billion dollars out here - and I really hope CL does well but I love the Hawks and the LOB. 

OSUCLAY519's picture

I will add him to my prayers for Jordy Nelson to go off on the Seahawks secondary. 

CGroverL's picture

How much studying do you really think a team does on a back-up center? This is simply a guy talking garbage probably because, like everyone else, he hates The Ohio State Buckeyes. As far as I'm concerned, too...Linsley would have more of a reason to need prayers if he was playing against Vince Wilfork of the New England Patriots. Wilfork has been the best killer of centers for the better part of a decade. I seriously think that Linsley will be fine and this is just talk to try to get the Seahawks' Mebane some notoriety and maybe give him some confidence. Why? What happens if this Ohio State rookie is able to show Mebane that he is not in the same league as Wilfork (who is now entering his 11th year in the NFL, I think).

Take that big guy and push him back, Corey. Let him have a tackle or two and send him home without holding his big, slow ass. No matter what happens, you are a Buckeye for life and we will always love our players that take their talents to the NFL. You are just as talented as he is and you just have to have the will to put him on his ass. You have help on both sides, and if Mebane is that destructive, just follow your assignments....that itself will make Buckeye Nation as proud of you as we always have been.

Being a Buckeye lasts a keep him out of plays and put him on his ass here and there to boot.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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Kingbuck12's picture

I will PRAY for him, and he will do great. Good luck young man. Do us proud. 


Buckman's picture

So far it looks like Corey Linsley is kicking ass.

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.