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Bruce Irvin on Packers rookie center Corey Linsley: “I’m gonna pray for him”

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Rookie Corey Linsley will get the start at center for the Green Bay Packers in Thursday night’s season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

The fifth-round pick out of Ohio State will get the call due to a knee injury to starter J.C. Tretter that will keep him out for the start of the regular season. In addition to dealing with the raucous crowd at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, Linsley will have to matchup against Seattle nose tackle Brandon Mebane for the majority of the evening.

Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin doesn’t envy the task Linsley will face Thursday night.

“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 him,” Irvin said. “I’m gonna pray for him. It’s going to be a long night, man.”

The last time the Packers traveled to Seattle in 2012, the Seahawks sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times in the first half. Mebane and Irvin both picked up two sacks apiece that night against Green Bay.

Mebane is one of the more underrated nose tackles in the game and is a key piece in Seattle’s defensive front. With a rookie lining up across from him, the Seahawks hope to take advantage of Linsley’s inexperience.

“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.”

Irvin says he expects to play against the Packers as well Thursday night. He missed the entirety of the preseason while recovering from offseason hip surgery. He returned to practice this week.

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87 Responses to “Bruce Irvin on Packers rookie center Corey Linsley: “I’m gonna pray for him””
  1. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 3, 2014 1:07 AM

    Big PACK guy here. We’re still gonna roll with MY GUY ROGERS and LACEY! GO PACK!!!


  2. pacificnw7722 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:13 AM

    That’s what the Hawks do best…..PRESSURE the hell out of Rogers ALL NIGHT LONG!

    GO HAWKS!!!

  3. taylorgangtrippymane says: Sep 3, 2014 1:14 AM

    Bruce I pray you eventually live up to being the 15th pick. Go Hawks

  4. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 3, 2014 1:20 AM

    You may want to pray for the return of the replacement officials.

  5. bert1913 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:29 AM

    too bad the packers aren’t healthy. I didn’t want to hear any excuses after the seahawks whip them this thursday

  6. kaepernickisthekingofqbs says: Sep 3, 2014 1:31 AM

    Packers 34-12
    ARod 345 yards 2td, 1td ran in

    Wilson 223 yards 2int 0 tds


  7. SeahawksAreNothingNowThatTheyAreCallingPassInterference says: Sep 3, 2014 1:47 AM

    Weird. I just read some trash talking quotes about Randall Cobb from something called Jeremy Lane…a CB who has a total of 4 passes defensed, 0 INT’s, 26 tackles…..and then I read this garbage from another guy on the team who is a part-time playing 1st round draft bust.

    It’s amazing how much winning only 1 Super Bown in franchise history makes people talk crazy. I guess it’s different when you play for a team that needs more than 2 hands to count their championships. The expectations are higher……

    Seattle players seem to be like people who came into new money. It never ends well…..

  8. kevolue says: Sep 3, 2014 2:19 AM

    Irvin should be praying that he can make an impact this season and live up to his billing as a mid 1st rd pick and not worry about Linsley.

  9. allidoiswin55 says: Sep 3, 2014 2:24 AM

    This guy never speaks and when does gets baited into bulletin board material ! C’mon Bruce get your mind in the game and don’t give them motivation . Seattle should win by over two tds but pissing people off won’t make that easy .

    Seattle 34-14 GB scores first then gets clobbered all game until the end when they get a garbage td to make The game look close .

    No one wins in Seattle prime time , that’s why the SB champion team only got one ( opening game which has to be prime time ) game at home. Prime time in Seattle means blowout Seahawks win . Eddie lacy will have less than 50 yards rushing .

  10. axespray says: Sep 3, 2014 2:32 AM

    Rodgers and McCarthy just need to lay off the Mike Martz “let’s ignore the pass rush and force passes deep downfield every play” strategy.

    Do the o-line a favor and actually attempt quick checkdowns.

  11. revelation123 says: Sep 3, 2014 2:35 AM

    It’s not the center he has to be worried about; it’s the guy behind him.

  12. ceehawkfan says: Sep 3, 2014 2:42 AM


  13. titletown1929 says: Sep 3, 2014 2:56 AM

    He will be too busy being busted in the mouth by lacy and Co. to do any sort of harm to be worth “praying for”. All the b.s. stops at kickoff. Enough talk. Its time to play one of the most anticipated openers in recent memory.

  14. seahawkfan4evr says: Sep 3, 2014 3:02 AM

    Awe gonna be a massacre

  15. silverhornet says: Sep 3, 2014 3:40 AM

    Linsley: So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

  16. RegisHawk says: Sep 3, 2014 4:31 AM


    Go ‘Hawks!

  17. jshawaii22 says: Sep 3, 2014 5:06 AM

    Yes, Bruce… I’m sure the same way that the two All-Pro Defensive Ends for the Packers are lickin’ their chops at facing a rookie Tackle and Russell Okung, a former all-pro who looked very slow against the Raiders as he comes back from offseason surgery.

    Looks more like RW vs. Aaron on who can scramble around the best.

    Russell wins that dual and so do the Seahawks.


  18. boomboombrown says: Sep 3, 2014 5:14 AM

    The Packers are going to need all the help they can get this year. The demise begins!

  19. squared80 says: Sep 3, 2014 5:19 AM

    We should pray for Aaron Rodgers. Besides Jordy Cobb and Clay, he’ll be doing it all by himself again. Ted Thompson is the most overrated GM in all of sports. Without ARod, that’s one of the least talented teams in the NFL.

  20. Indybear says: Sep 3, 2014 6:16 AM

    Talk. Talk. Talk. I’ll be watching all the Seattle “best in the league” faces when Rodgers starts picking apart their overrated defense. This coming from a Bear fan.

  21. binkystevens says: Sep 3, 2014 6:24 AM

    That’s a lot of chatter coming from a team that expects to win it all. I thought winners didn’t have to talk?

  22. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 3, 2014 6:30 AM

    Be careful what you wish for, Bruce. Last year, 4th-round rookie David Bakhtiari became the Packers’ starting left tackle when Bryan Bulaga suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.

    While Bakhtiari didn’t exactly set the world on fire, he proved to be serviceable and he absolutely bricked Jared Allen in both games last year.

    If your prayers are answered, Mr. Mebane may very well take issue with you.

  23. rgwhodey says: Sep 3, 2014 6:34 AM

    Any game at the Shoe is gonna be louder than any crowd in Seattle, he will have no worries… no stage will be too big for this kid

  24. sterling8484 says: Sep 3, 2014 6:38 AM

    I will pray that Irvin takes some English classes, “he gonna do what he gonna do”, idiot.

  25. filthymcfunny1 says: Sep 3, 2014 6:51 AM

    The packers need prayers all season,feigning ignorance is their only defense!

  26. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Sep 3, 2014 6:58 AM

    Poster Board Material:

    Green Bay Packers 1
    Seattle Seahawks 0

  27. mediaisthebully says: Sep 3, 2014 7:32 AM

    As a packer fan, I too will pray for him! Very tough task to open the season against a stout defensive line

  28. jrmbadger says: Sep 3, 2014 8:22 AM

    Wow. Lots of trash talk from the Seahawks. I guess that’s their right as champs, but boy, the Packers are not a team to take lightly.

    I read somewhere else that Irvin was trash talking Bulaga, talking about spooking him and things like that.

    Close your mouth and play the game on the field Bruce.

  29. lambeaurules says: Sep 3, 2014 8:27 AM

    And we will pray for Richard Sherman if he decides he wants to run up and take Lacey head on…. 🙂

  30. lambeaurules says: Sep 3, 2014 8:30 AM

    Lacy that is…….

  31. jrmbadger says: Sep 3, 2014 8:32 AM

    another comment from Richard Sherman was that one of his goals this year was “not getting bored in ballgames.”

    Overconfident much?

    Maybe a week 1 loss at home would humble these guys just a little.

  32. thebirdofprey2 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:34 AM

    That is a great quote from Bruce Irvin! Experienced centers have struggles at Century Link with the noise alone. Now deal with Brandon Mebane who is maybe the best nose tackle in football. Tony McDaniel got some wiggle and when they kick Michael Bennett inside on in that nickel packages is where this defense is flat out nasty.

    Can’t wait for football season to start…Go Hawks!

  33. drunkinsconnie says: Sep 3, 2014 8:48 AM

    The packers have no shot tomorrow. Zero.

  34. symxfan says: Sep 3, 2014 8:51 AM

    Irvin sure is doing a lot of talking this week. Hopefully Bulaga, Linsley and the rest of the Packers OLine are listening.

  35. chicagobtech says: Sep 3, 2014 9:11 AM

    Pray for him, prey on him.

  36. osiris33 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:13 AM

    Oh the Packers O-line will be listening. To the sound of Seahawk fans cheering sack after sack.

    Mebane isn’t “one of the best” nose tackles in the game, he is the best. By far.

  37. RegisHawk says: Sep 3, 2014 9:14 AM

    Do the Packers still have that turnstile who let them get 8 sacks on Rodgers in the first half 2 years ago? I forget his name, but I remember his whining in the locker room…as though his failure to perform had nothing to do with their loss.

  38. ariani1985 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:14 AM

    I will be nice and not pick on the packers but even their fans know this game is going to be a joke… Seahawks 48 Packers 17. By half time this game will be over.

  39. osiris33 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:15 AM

    “Maybe a week 1 loss at home would humble these guys just a little.”

    Fortunately, they’re only playing the Packers, so that’s not gonna happen.

  40. jrmbadger says: Sep 3, 2014 9:22 AM

    And I’ll be praying for Seahawk’s rookie right tackle Justin Britt who’s going to be going against both Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers.

  41. stellarperformance says: Sep 3, 2014 9:25 AM

    The Packers are going to take it to the Seahawks and prevail, artificial pumped-in crowd noise or not. Loudest fans? How about loudest PA system. It won’t matter.

  42. keepingitlogical says: Sep 3, 2014 9:38 AM

    Yes, the Packers gave up 8 sacks….but they still won (not officially, but they won). They won’t give up 8 sacks in this game, Lacy will have 100+ yards and the Pack win, by 3.

  43. drunkinsconnie says: Sep 3, 2014 9:39 AM

    I predict the packers o line will not have a stellar performance, but will mirror the badger’s weekend effort.

  44. beastmode5150 says: Sep 3, 2014 10:00 AM

    How is this poster board material? Players for for each other’s health all the time.

  45. rikker12 says: Sep 3, 2014 10:00 AM

    Sounds like some Seattle players are treating this game like it’s the Super Bowl..
    Well I don’t expect GB to win… they are playing the SB Champs on Thursday night primetime, in Seattle. You know a lot of NFL people don’t want to see them lose, at home, in front of their own fans, on national TV. The NFL would feel cheated if they lost.

  46. pkrlvr says: Sep 3, 2014 10:01 AM

    It’ll be interesting to see who among you will acknowledge how wrong you were come Thursday night. Rodgers is going to light that idiot Sherman up and this time they will get the win instead of being robbed of it.

  47. peterawrhatred says: Sep 3, 2014 10:16 AM

    If Mebane is so good why has nobody outside of Seattle ever heard of him?

  48. judsonjr says: Sep 3, 2014 10:22 AM

    You have to cut Bruce a break on the talk, usually he is sitting out the first 4 games of the year on a PED suspension.

  49. ariani1985 says: Sep 3, 2014 10:22 AM

    Green Bay Packers defense is anything but “stellar performance” more on the basis of “house of horrors”. With soft and peppers leading the charge it’s gonna be a long day

  50. symxfan says: Sep 3, 2014 10:24 AM

    I think Rodgers is going to have one of those games where he has an answer for everything they throw at him. The Packers no-huddle offense will pose a nice test for the over-confident Seahawks defense.

  51. aa1829 says: Sep 3, 2014 10:27 AM

    Irvin, you are an illiterate embarrassment to anyone who has made it past the second grade. Go back to the school that let you in just to prop up their football team, and actually go to a class this time. Even though the NFL does not want the seahags to lose, a loss would be justice for an ignorant fool like you.

  52. kingpoch says: Sep 3, 2014 10:34 AM

    This is the same defense that lost to the CARDINALS at home last season? Oh okay, Bruce.

  53. ruvelligwebuike says: Sep 3, 2014 10:43 AM

    Outside of Wilson, no one on that Seahawks squad strikes me as being “mentally tough”.

    I seriously think that if they went down by 14 points at any point in a game on national TV, they would go into a freefall.

    What a mess it’s going to be when the team and their fans fall back to reality. Remember, it’s as much about how you handle success as it is in how you handle failure.

  54. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 3, 2014 11:02 AM

    This has to be one of the worst season-opener games in a while. Overrated vs fragile, flip a coin.

  55. thebirdofprey2 says: Sep 3, 2014 11:13 AM

    Man I am tired of Green Bay fans already, the majority of you don’t know football outside of Wisconsin. Haven’t heard of Mebane??

    Lets get this game over with so you can go back crying about the “Fail Mary” game and Seattle can move onto a real test like the Chargers on the road.

  56. jasfish12 says: Sep 3, 2014 11:14 AM

    Tampa Bay & St. Louis both rushed for more than 200 yards against Seattle last year. Frank Gore rushed for over 100 yards on only 17 carries. None of those teams had a quarterback like Rodgers to go along with that attack.

    Good luck stopping Lacy – dude’s a sledgehammer. Will open up all kinds of things in the passing game. Tough place to open & tougher place to win, but stupid comments coming from their players make me think this is a game ripe to be won.

    I think this is going to be a much tougher test than what most of these “fans” think it will be.

  57. rl7911 says: Sep 3, 2014 11:33 AM

    It’s sad to see so many Packer fans not even knowing how to spell Aaron Rodgers name properly.

    Typical Packer fan: “Go Rogers!”

  58. uwsptke says: Sep 3, 2014 11:41 AM

    Just keep talking. Meanwhile, your opposition is in the film room preparing.

    Nothing in the NFL is harder than repeating a championship. You are going to get the best from every team you face this year.

  59. packsoldier says: Sep 3, 2014 11:44 AM

    “It’s going to be a long night, man.”

    That’s true, Bruce. The Packers offense is going to be on the field for a very long time.

  60. uwsptke says: Sep 3, 2014 11:47 AM

    Told Bulaga is back, healthy, Irvin acted surprised.

    “Oh, he’s back at tackle, huh?” the 2012 first-round pick said. “I’m not going to throw no crazy words out there. But I’m preparing, we’re preparing. We’re looking at the film from 2012 as well as the film from the preseason. So we’re just getting ready and hopefully the same results as two years ago.

    Here’s Irvin’s quote about Bulaga from the Journal Sentinel. I’m pretty sure if Bruce was actually watching film, he’d know who he’s supposed to line up against tomorrow night. Yikes.

  61. raynman49 says: Sep 3, 2014 11:54 AM

    OMG, these idiots talk more than the Jets.!

  62. ariani1985 says: Sep 3, 2014 11:58 AM

    Its probably because Bulaga sucks. Just saying.

  63. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 3, 2014 12:02 PM

    Wow, that sounds serious. Maybe Corey should reconsider his plans, and just spend a quiet evening at home on Thursday.

  64. leftguard68 says: Sep 3, 2014 12:09 PM

    Just play the game already. Go Hawks!

  65. purpleguy says: Sep 3, 2014 12:10 PM

    I don’t know who is more over-confident, the Hawks players or their fans. I now will be rooting for the Packers to lose with only 75% of my normal enthusiasm.

  66. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 3, 2014 12:32 PM

    Ok, so the seahawk players are as annoying as their fans. Good to know.

    I guess when you’ve just won the one Super Bowl, it’s hard to exhibit the kind of grace and sportsmanship that I expect out of my Packers. Of course, after having won 13 World Championships, they are a little more used to success than the seahawks are.

  67. usedjock says: Sep 3, 2014 12:37 PM

    I hope McCarthy just cancels the team charter to Seattle because they have no shot at this one. I think we should just forfeit the game because the Packers are going to get trampled 56-0 anyhow so why take the chance?

  68. freeigwebuike says: Sep 3, 2014 12:47 PM

    HUGE vike fan here and even I’m sick of hearing the Seahawks talk.

    For one week only, go packers.

  69. SeahawksAreNothingNowThatTheyAreCallingPassInterference says: Sep 3, 2014 1:01 PM

    Why would the Packers cancel the team charter to Seattle when there won’t be scab refs officiating this game? In reality, the Packers have never lost at Qwest/CLink field. Unless you count the fraud win from 2 years ago.

  70. releasetheharvin says: Sep 3, 2014 1:03 PM

    this is going to be a really fun game to watch. 2 outstanding teams with a lot to prove. Can’t ask for much more.

  71. rtp295 says: Sep 3, 2014 1:06 PM

    Irvin should pray for himself, when Lacy comes running his direction

  72. pervyspankspackfans says: Sep 3, 2014 1:14 PM

    Take this to the bank. Hawks by 21. Cant stand either of them but the Pack are pretenders this season…

  73. wallyswfl says: Sep 3, 2014 1:24 PM

    OMG i can’t wait till this game kicks off, the fans of these 2 teams are making me laugh!!!!
    I do have 1 idea for the players just shut up and play!!!!!
    For the fans get em yall are so tuff on the internet just let the teams play this is a new year congrats to the Seahawks they won LAST YEAR everyone is 0-0 right now so lets play some darn football!!!!!

  74. ayyyjayyy says: Sep 3, 2014 2:03 PM

    Yeah, a PED-aided guy can be nasty!

  75. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 3, 2014 2:10 PM

    The Packers may lose this game. In fact, I’ve penciled this in as one of their three losses.

    But here’s the kicker:

    Minnesota won’t win any of their first 6 games.

    Bet on it.

  76. rho1953 says: Sep 3, 2014 2:29 PM

    The Chickenhawks don’t have replacement refs to save them this time.

  77. themeccalambeaufield says: Sep 3, 2014 2:44 PM

    Bitter queen trolls have 50% of posts because they are owned by the Packers and a farm team for the Seahawks. Can life be any more miserable for a fan of that franchise specially considering the marquee game is two of the most talented and popular? Have they even had a primetime game in the last 5 years?

    They will be in hiding by week 5.


  78. skawh says: Sep 3, 2014 2:47 PM

    enuf of the predictions from the cheap seats already.

    Seahawks have a new fangled offense that the league has yet to defend. Question marks are the defensive line, the will and physical capability of Marshawn…will the offensive line be good enough to protect Wilson, who after last year was one of the most sacked QB’s in the league due to injuries to the OL at mid season….or will adrenalin and pride of winning the organizations long awaited SB be enough to make them rise above first game disorganization? Questions everywhere from a Hawks fan….

    So, talk is cheap….time to get it on!

  79. themeccalambeaufield says: Sep 3, 2014 3:10 PM

    I would be willing to bet Linsley outperforms the bust Irvin in this game. Did that PED knucklehead even get a sack last year?

  80. carbonriver says: Sep 3, 2014 3:31 PM

    Wish our backups would learn to keep their mouths closed. At least Sherman knows to only talk trash after the game is over.

    That said it is going to be crazy loud in the Clink and Rogers and Linsley haven’t played a snap in a game together yet so it should be interesting to see how that goes. Feel confident saying that Rogers is better than Manning though and probably won’t watch the first snap sail over his head.

  81. diomed1 says: Sep 3, 2014 4:10 PM

    Cheeseheads are going to be in for a big surprise when the kid from Wisconsin tears them up Thursday night. In fact, most of the NFL will finally quit calling him a game manager. DangeRuss for the win! The Hawks D won’t matter.

  82. djvh2 says: Sep 3, 2014 5:08 PM

    This game features the 2 best QBs in the league, and 2 RBs around the 4-6 range. I expect both QBs will make a lot of great plays. They were both considered game managers after a few years as starters, but people who know football know better. It’ll be interesting to see. I hope the refs don’t become the focal point, like in this preseason.

  83. ayyyjayyy says: Sep 3, 2014 6:02 PM

    Irving should pray he won’t need PEDs anymore.

  84. theawfulmedia says: Sep 3, 2014 6:20 PM

    Pach fans vs. Vikings fans.

    Awesome entertainment.

  85. 1ofthepackowners says: Sep 4, 2014 1:12 AM

    I am looking forward to this game. I think that the Packer offensive line is vastly under estimated. The line played well the second half of last season, and looked unstoppable this preseason.

    The first string offense cut through the Rams defense each of their two possessions. A team that many regard as having one of the best front sevens in the league (if not the best). They put up 22 points before half time on the Raiders (I know it’s preseason).

    I think the combination of Lacy and Rodgers may give the Seahawks trouble. If Lacy runs well from the start how will that effect that cover 3 defense.

    I think this will be a great match up. I think the Packers will surprise many in the national audience that normally don’t follow the Packers.

    I know how Seahawk fans feel. Most Packer fans thought that the Packers were unstoppable in 2011, after coming off of their last Super Bowl victory.

    But, what do I know. My opinion is a good as anyone else’s at this point in the season.

  86. bigblu73 says: Sep 7, 2014 2:13 AM

    Did Irvin play against the Packers? Cause he was invisible to me!Lol

  87. percyscoredasmuchasdenver says: Sep 8, 2014 1:54 PM

    So was Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy. Shmuck.


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