Bruce Irvin sees Seahawks’ defense as one of the all-time greats

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Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin thinks Seattle’s defense is one win away from establishing a legacy as one of the all-time greats.

“I definitely feel like we’ll go out as one of the top defenses to ever play the NFL,” Irvin said. “But, we got to win first. I don’t want to talk about winning the game. We just got to prepare and keep practicing. Those guys are a really good team so we got to stay focused and really bust our tail if we really want to win Sunday.”

Irvin said he believes that not only do the Seahawks have the best starting 11 in the NFL, but they have plenty of backups who would be starters on other teams.

“I think on defense we go 13, 14 or 15 deep so we got our twos and threes can be starters somewhere else,” Irvin said.

Can the Sehawks be remembered alongside the Steelers of the 1970s and the Bears of the 1980s as the greatest defenses in the history of the sport? If they were to shut down Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in back-to-back Super Bowls, it would be hard to argue against them.

47 responses to “Bruce Irvin sees Seahawks’ defense as one of the all-time greats

  1. Started from the bottom now we here. 3 days till the 12s take over Glendale. That place is going to be a true home game for the seahawks…Will be really loud in there

  2. Since the very early 70’s, what other defense has held opponents to the least number of points for 3 straight years?

    Only one – Seattle Seahawks

    End of story.

    Go HAWKS!!

  3. When you consider what they have accomplished as well as the fact that every NFL rule change over the past decade has worked to drastically slant the field in the offenses favor I don’t know how anyone could argue against the current Seahawks defense being compared to the greatest of all time.

  4. All the Packers had to do was beat these catchers of lightening in the bottle and all would be well with the universe. Timing was great for a championship while not paying their QB much better than a practice squad member.

    Instead they soil themselves and let this monstrosity continue another year. When they pay Russell Wilson $25MM/year this offseason they’ll go from “13, 14, or 15” deep to about six.

    Only question is will they be coming off a second Super Bowl victory or not…

  5. They are one of the greats, and could easily win the game for the Seahawks. But at least I know that the Patriots won’t roll over and die five minutes into the game like the woeful Broncos.

  6. Its easy to think no but when you think about can the defences of the 70’s and 80’s keep up with todays spread offences that also require safetys and linebackers to cover rbs and te’s. jack lambert and mike singletary in coverage vs the gronks,jimmy graham,darren sproles?? whereas i think seahawks can match up with any eras offences

  7. I am a Packers fan and I agree that the Seahawks defense is one of the best of this era. They are talented, fast, and nasty. I don’t know how they compare to the 85 Bears as far as stats but I think of the Seahawks as kind of like those Bears teams. Great defense, an offense led by a great running game, and a Qb that is very good and just gets the job done. I do think Wilson is way better than McMahon though.

    But going forward the next couple of years things will get interesting as they always do for Super Bowl winners. Injuries will happen, hard cap decisions will have to be made and coaching staffs change. We will see what happens but they sure seem to be built for the long haul.

  8. He’s right. I can’t stand the Seahawks, but their defense dominates in the secondary in a league designed for the offense to dominate the secondary.

    It was easier to play defense in the 80’s and 90’s. Different rules that didn’t favor the offense nearly as much.

  9. Bears fan here – no doubt Buddy’s defenses are close to my heart. And overall a period of time you’d have a great sports discussion between them, Steelers, Ravins, Seahawks.

    But what they did to Manning last year has to be considered more impressive than what the Bears did to Tony Eason in SB XX.

  10. Teams from 70’s and 80’s didn’t have the ruleset and the gloves that allow 3 finger catches.

    This is a much harder time for the defense to accomplish what it has done.

  11. coloradical420 says:
    Jan 29, 2015 12:42 PM
    Sorry. Orange Crush Defense of the late 70’s.

    6.6 PPG average

    But feel free to keep patting yourself on the back.

    Let Seattle’s secondary play with those rules and see how many points they allow. Totally different era, totally different rules. Nobody would ever be open 5 yards down the field.

  12. Just out of curiosity I looked up the numbers. I compared Seattle’s defense based on their opponent to New Englands defense based on opponent. What I came up with was interesting, and it also showed Seattle’s defense feasted on a division that contained horrible offenses. My comparison was using the rankings based solely on points scored.
    For the Patriots, their division gave them 2 games against the Jets (28th), Bills (18th) and Dolphins (11th)
    The Seahawks faced the 49ers (25th), Cardinals (24th) and Rams (21st)

    The average of Seattle’s opponents ranks 17th in points scored. The average of New England’s opponents ranks 16th

    Seattle’s defense is no joke, but are their numbers “deflated” because they played a lot of terrible offenses?

    8 of Seattles 16 games came against teams ranked 21st or worse (bottom 12). 5 of New Englands 16 games were against teams 21st or worse.

    Games against teams with a top 12 offense, Seattle played 3, New England played 5

  13. Bruce Irvin is out of his mind wrong!!! There are so many better defenses from the past in the NFL. The NFL game has changed. The whole league is about parody. This defense is good period.
    GREAT??? That is laughable. Pittsburgh/Dallas/Philadelphia/Chicago/Minnesota/ Green Bay/ Kansas City/ New York Giants/The 49ers/ Buffalo…
    I could go on but you get the idea.

  14. also curious why you don’t put Ravens 2000 team in there. gave up 10.3 pts per game when league ave. that year was 20.7 compared to Seattle giving up 15.9 this year while league average was 22.5.
    therefore you take 10.3 Ravens ave. and add 1.8 for today’s higher scoring league. Giving you 12.1 . which still blows Seattle out of the water

  15. I put it with the Tampa Bay Bucs defense of the late 90’s, early 00’s. It’s not up there with the 70’s Steelers, the ’85 Bears, or the 00’s Ravens.

  16. Not even close…85 Bears were the best. It took Dan Marino and Co. a phenomenal game to give them their only loss.

  17. The league back the might of not had gloves back in the day, but they did have the stickum. I’m glad Irvin said one of the best instead of saying , THE BEST, but I agree with him. This has been the most dominant defense in the league after the Steelers D got old.

  18. The Hawks are very good, but not in the same convo of the Bears and Ravens defenses of old.

    And besides, it’s not hard to shut down a Brady and Peyton offense these days. Both are over the hill.

  19. Assuming they win the Super Bowl, they will have beaten Brees, Manning, Brady, and Rodgers on route to two Super Bowl championships. That would be one of the most impressive feats in NFL history.

  20. Bruce, you got busted for PEDs.

    You’re not one of the best ever if you cheat.

    Your boy Sherman got off on a fluke.

    You shouldn’t be mentioned as top anything if you break the rules.

  21. “If you want to crown them go ahead and crown them, but the Cowboys ran the ball all over that Seattle defense when they beat them in Seattle.”


    The Cowboys were fortunate to catch Seattle when they weren’t full strength, and in the midst of team upheaval and injury.

    But go ahead, believe what you want. Fact is, Seattle is here, and although your Cowboys had a great season they didn’t finish. Seattle was hoping for a Cowboy return to C-Link, but your team Dallas failed to show. End of story.

    Go HAWKS!!

  22. If Seattle can defeat New England on Sunday, they are in the ‘best ever’ discussion for sure. In the last 20 years, the only defenses that have been better are the 2000 Ravens and 2002 Bucs.

    While most people bring up the Ravens consistently, a lot of people don’t appreciate the consistent dominance of the Bucs defense of the late 90’s to mid 00’s. Every starter on that 2002 Bucs defense could have made the Pro Bowl; Sapp and Brooks are both HOF guys who each won DPOY, with Brooks winning the honor that season. The Bucs also featured Ronde Barber, Simeon Rice and John Lynch, all three were All Pro players who will at least make the HOF ballot, if not the hall itself at some point in the future.

    Most people live in the now, and right now, the Bucs aren’t that good. Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David are studs that show flashes of Sapp and Brooks, but the team has been dreadful for a number of years, so a lot of current football fans forget about how good the Bucs defense once was. It was all-time good, and while Seattle has been amazing and actually has a chance to do what the Bucs, early 2000 Ravens and 80’s Bears couldn’t accomplish (multiple Super Bowl titles), they aren’t in that class just yet.

    But they could be a few days away from breaking down the door.

  23. Sorry. Orange Crush Defense of the late 70’s.

    6.6 PPG average

    But feel free to keep patting yourself on the back.

    How many Superbowls did that great defense win again? I think they had as many as the Purple People Eaters of the 70’s.

  24. Keep dreaming Seahawk fan. Comparing your defense to the great ones of the past is beyond ridiculous. Gaudy stats accumulated against the worst team in the NFC. If your pathetic offense had to take the field against the Steel Curtain, the 86 Bears or the 2000 Ravens it would score exactly zero points. All their offenses would have to do is score once and game over.

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