Raiders “goal” for Bruce Irvin is double-digit sacks

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Bruce Irvin has been a productive member of the Raiders defense over the last two seasons as he’s produced 15 sacks and 10 forced fumbles while playing outside linebacker for former head coach Jack Del Rio.

Del Rio is gone and Jon Gruden is back in Oakland as head coach with Paul Guenther taking over as defensive coordinator, but Irvin remains in a key role that Guenther hopes will result in a jump in sacks in his third year with the team.

“I knew he was a really gifted rusher,” Guenther said, via ESPN.com. “… Just coming here, I thought his best assets for us was to go forward rather than go backwards. He’s done a good job with what we’re asking him to do in the base fronts. Obviously, we know what he can do as a pass-rusher. Hopefully, we can get him over a double-digit [sack] mark this year. That’s the goal for him.”

Gruden talked about the need to add a third pass rusher to complement Irvin and Khalil Mack after the team drafted Arden Key in April. That would be a nice addition to the Raiders defense, especially if it comes alongside an even bigger year from Irvin.

20 responses to “Raiders “goal” for Bruce Irvin is double-digit sacks

  1. Yeah, a 30 year old player who never had over 8 sacks playing on a team with a bad defense sounds like a lofty goal.

  2. Now we have Hurst and Edwards Jr and key plus Mack …there’s no reason for Irvin or Mack to get double teamed plus with Conley and Melvin manning the corners and Gunther our Defensive coach WATCH OUT !!!

    WERE BACK
    RAIDERS 2018

  3. Key could be the steal of the draft for the Raiders.

    Not to mention Hurst.

    If Conley and Melinfonwu can contribute at expected levels, the Raiders could have something cooking on defense.

    An MLB would be nice, as well.

  4. Too bad he will not taste the playoffs with the Raiders.
    Kansas City owns that division, and now that they have a future HOFer in Mr. Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs will own the AFC West for at least a decade.
    Heck, even the Chargers havd better playoff hopes than the Raiders.
    Irvin will get dominated by KC twice again this season…..bye Felicia

  5. Irvin is the kind of player that gets a little better every year, he’s been from average to solid to very solid, last year played at probowl level. Who knows what he could do this year. if he keeps doing it again this could be his all pro year.

  6. My goal is to see the raiders win another super bowl.
    But I know that will never happen again.

  7. Unless they drafted someone who’s gonna be close to Warren Sapp level production I don’t see any “we’re back” from raidersnation, sorry gotta keep it real. Maybe back in the dumpster. Come on, Carr maybe a little better than rich Gagnon. Nobody’s as good as woodson at corner and with the fact that everybody in the division wants to throw the ball, that’s probably not going to go well.

  8. Irvin is a decent player but nothing more (and I don’t particularly like him because he’s a loudmouth). Irvin’s stats look good because Khalil Mack on the other side attracts so much attention from opposing offenses. I hope that Mack gets signed soon to the long-term deal he deserves because if Mack holds out then Irvin will probably look less-than-average and the Raiders defense won’t improve (despite the fact that Guenther is a very good DC).

  9. Lifetime Ban For Kneelers says:
    July 9, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Too bad he will not taste the playoffs with the Raiders.
    Kansas City owns that division, and now that they have a future HOFer in Mr. Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs will own the AFC West for at least a decade.
    Heck, even the Chargers havd better playoff hopes than the Raiders.
    Irvin will get dominated by KC twice again this season…..bye Felicia

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    The whole division is bad and the Chargers will probably win the AFCW not because they’re very good but because their not as bad as the other 3 teams. I think the AFCW will probably be “won” with a 8-8 or even 7-9 record.

    Patrick Mahomes a future HOFer? LOL, I remember hearing EXACTLY this kind of talk 35 years ago when the Chiefs selected Todd Blackledge in the 1st round and passed on Dan Marino & Jim Kelly (both who went to the HOF). How did that turn out?

    As for the Chiefs “dominating” the Raiders, the series was split in 2017 despite the fact that the Raiders were only 6-10.

  10. silvernblackpride says:
    July 9, 2018 at 11:51 am
    MaHomes only played one game…… hey he’s your savior …HA HA HA

    ———–

    Sure, but it’s kind of like taking what you have in front of you versus what is behind the curtain. The Raiders already know what they have with Derek Carr and it doesn’t look too good. At least Mahomes hasn’t proven that he is a bust yet…..and unlike Carr, he is also cheap.

  11. KC may be the elite team in the West. But putting all your eggs in with Mahomes isn’t that smart. Just how many championships did he win a Texas Tech? Just win baby!

  12. Irvin played out of position for the last 2 seasons. Covering TE’s and falling back into a zone are not his strengths. How could he get sacks when he very rarely got to rush the QB?
    The man didn’t complain, did his best in a situation that was not going to produce gaudy stats or gain recognition. I would expect his play to resemble what he did with the Hawks than the last 2 seasons.
    BTW – he is an active promoter of the Raiders and does his part to recruit guys he knows can help the team. Very much invested in the organization. His nickname is “Baby Reggie” cuz he’s basically the recruiting dept. during free agency. Bruce Irvin is not what was wrong with the defense the last 2 seasons.

  13. I love when Irvin’s on the field. Just run at him and it’s 5+ yards per tote. Oh, and he’s below average as a pass rusher.

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