Bruce Irvin looking forward to challenge of life without Khalil Mack

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Raiders defensive end Bruce Irvin didn’t filter himself when he posted an initial reaction to the team’s decision to trade Khalil Mack last weekend.

Irving wrote “no f—ing way” on Twitter, but he quickly progressed through the five stages of grief to come to acceptance. Irvin’s next tweet came 15 minutes later and said that the trade was a shock, but that the Raiders now had to “move on and win.”

Irvin has continued to look to the future since those social media posts, particularly when it comes to his expanded role as a leader in the front seven for Oakland.

“I’m excited, man,” Irvin said, via ESPN.com. “I’ve got my young boys working with me, four days a week. Arden [Key], Fadol [Brown] and Shilique [Calhoun], we work out four days a week at 7 a.m. If one do it, we all going to do it. It’s great, man. I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge and I think we’re going to be pretty good.”

Key is joined by two more rookies on the interior of the defensive line, which gives the group a younger look than the Raiders are generally employing this season. If they make good on their potential, Irvin’s prediction could wind up being on the mark.

39 responses to “Bruce Irvin looking forward to challenge of life without Khalil Mack

  1. Polarizing trade for sure. Khalil Mack is a rare talent. Tremendous all around OLB/DE who is equally dominant in the pass and run game. His salary seems to be crazy when you first see it, but as the cap keeps rising, other players at his position will be paid equally or even more. 4 years ago, Andy Dalton was deemed overpaid with his contract, today Matt Stafford and Jimmy Garropolo seems to be overpaid, next year it will be Marcus Mariota. On the flip side, the Raiders defense wasn’t very good even with him playing and there is a good chance the Bears pick is in the top 10, as they have an inexperienced QB, question mark receiving core and offensive line. Time will tell, this is supposed to be a loaded pass rusher class but do you really trust Gruden’s scouting

  2. The Raiders have a lot of young pass rushers to throw at offensive lines. They have enough bodies where they could successfully rotate them in an out throughout the game to keep them fresh for the 4th when the offensive lineman begin to tire. Couple that with a real DC in Guenther (and NOT Norton Jr.), and I think the d-line should be fine. Losing Mack obviously hurts, but with these 3 rookies, Irvin, Brown and Calhoun, I think a lot of people will be surprised.

  3. Raiders D ranked in the bottom third of the league last year WITH Mack. No reason to hamstring your team by paying him big $$$. Better to have a lot of players that are above average than to have one superstar and a bunch of nobodies.

  4. Of course the trade was a shock to everyone at first, completely normal. Sports writers want to give the impression that players are completely dejected and depressed…unless you’re the Steelers then everything is always fine. That’s not a knock on Steelers fans but more so on PFT.

    The young talent they have at DE and DT is actually outstanding. I think the Raiders will be completely fine without Mack. I think the biggest addition to the D was Paul Guenther. He will mold them the right way.

  5. “Question mark receiving core and offensive line”. You just removed all doubt. The Bears are pretty solid all around now, Mack filled possibly the only void on the team.

  6. David DIrect Auto says:
    September 5, 2018 at 9:31 am
    “Question mark receiving core and offensive line”. You just removed all doubt. The Bears are pretty solid all around now, Mack filled possibly the only void on the team.

    Oh, please. They are very far from a complete team. Their voids will be on display starting Sunday night and continuing for the entire season. They are a couple of years away from contending.

  7. But what does he think about Kap’s new deal? Keep kneeling and enjoy your 4-12 season loser.

  8. LOL Raiders still screwed on offense let alone D . How long do you think it will take Gruden to get read of Carr … Gruden doesnt want a used broken down lemon car … he wants a shiny new sports car “D

  9. nhpats says:
    September 5, 2018 at 9:50 am
    I bet Bruce is wishing that Raiders’ management didn’t waste $25M a year on Andy Dalton 1.02

    Tommy boy wishes he had the start to his career like Carr has

  10. Love the Mack show still have his jersey …but sometimes he disappears in games the Bears don’t have a QB and Mack wont make them a SB contender in there division !! Sorry isn’t gonna happen .

    GOOD LUCK MACK

    Next man up and 4 first round picks does work .

  11. Irvin didn’t mention him but PJ Hall is the rookie I am most interested in for the Raiders this year. Hall looks like he has some Warren Sapp in his game. He could be a very disruptive player on the interior for a long time.

  12. Irvin and the other defensive ends will be loving life as a Raider. They drafted a defensive tackle, P.J. Hall in the second round, and I almost can’t believe what I’m seeing out of this youngster. He’ll be a household name before long. He is so strong and powerful, nobody can block him. He’ll occupy at least two guys and it will free up Irvin and the others. They’ll soon forget about Mack. I liked Mack, but the Raiders brought in a boat load of talent in the draft. Raiders’ defense will be so much better this year.

  13. The Bears receiver corps is a question mark. Allen Robinson is returning from a bad knee injury. Anthony Miller is a rookie and has proven nothing yet. Taylor Gabriel is a 35 catch a year guy. Kevin White hurt himself signing his rookie contract. Trey Burton wasn’t a starter before this year. Trubisky has 43 games of experience between college and the pros. If rookie coach Nagy can pull all of these guys together and formulate any kind of successful passing game, I think they have a shot at the playoffs.

  14. Hated it, but coming to terms with the trade. If those 4 first round picks in the next 2 years solidify their defense then it will make more of an impact than 1 guy can.
    That being said, Mack is one of kind – hope he tears it up in Chicago.

  15. You can have 4-5 starters or Mack. Mack gets hurt, you have nobody. One of those starters gets hurt, you still have 3-4 left. Gruden explaining the Raiders D ranking while having Mack on the field told you all you needed to know about what direction he was gonna go.

  16. When the raiders win the AFC West and are preparing to play in January with a top 5 offense and a top 15 defense the bears will be looking at their 6/10 record and telling their fans that it was Nagys first year as a HV and the 2nd year in the system will be better. Mack will have his usual 10-12 sacks and be a stud in the run, but overall our defense has more sacks as a while than any year Mack was here! #ingrudenwetrust

  17. Its not going to be that far off Mack with Arden Key and an improved interior with Hall and Hurst.

    They knew they couldnt afford Mack before the draft and Key looks like a hybrid Aldon Smith in his prime and Mack. I think the kid lights it up and we say Mack who? While the Bears miss the playoffs.

    I care about the team. Not 1 player.

  18. Oaklands mistake was not for trading away Mack but “WHEN” they traded him. They knew in Feb they were not going to sign him. So they should have moved him BEFORE FREE AGENCY and BEFORE THE DRAFT.
    #1) They would have had A BOATLOAD more teams with Cash & Cap Space bidding for him and could’ve rec’d more for him.
    #2) They would’ve received some picks in THIS YEARS DRAFT.
    #3) Could’ve used the extra $$$ and cap space to sign FA’s for THIS YEAR.

    *) Now all they can do is use the saved $ and cap space to extend guys they already have. And wait for the next two

  19. From watching every Raiders game, I saw multiple blockers dedicated to containing Khalil Mack on virtually every play. This freed up Irvin on the other side to look much better than the marginal player that he is. Guenther is a definite upgrade as DC, but there is no doubt in my mind that Irvin’s mediocrity will be exposed without Mack’s dominating presence.

  20. How is this a polarizing trade? THE REALITY IS THE RAIDERS COULD NOT PAY THE OUTRAGEOUS PRICE FOR HIM! Reality people! So the Raiders got value for him. This is a business. The guy was going to extort the Raiders for every penny or the Raiders would be without him anyway as they barred him from playing until he met their demands.

    I swear, sports fans are some of the least reality-based people on the planet.

  21. How long until Gruden the guru rids himself of Carr? When they start the season and are destined for another last place finish, they’ll be looking to move Carr for more draft picks. Enjoy the dumpster fire…. funny I rarely see Joey T on here just Bills stories…I guess he needs a team to aspire too

  22. billswillnevermove says:
    September 5, 2018 at 11:57 am
    Challenge to sucking. Just lose baby.

    —-
    53.9 MILLION in dead salary cap money, and Peterson as your starting QB. Didn’t he throw 5 int’s in one HALF? Enough said, move on bud, the Bills are a joke.

  23. billswillnevermove says:
    September 5, 2018 at 11:57 am
    Challenge to sucking. Just lose baby.

    Bills fan. of all people, talking smack, WIDE RIGHT!!!

  24. T.E.A.M.- Together Everyone Achieves More……in the interim Mack is counting his money.

    Go Raiders!!!

  25. billswillnevermove says:
    September 5, 2018 at 11:57 am
    Challenge to sucking. Just lose every super bowl you ever play, baby.
    ———————–
    Fixed it for you.

  26. r8rsfan says:
    Hated it, but coming to terms with the trade. If those 4 first round picks in the next 2 years solidify their defense then it will make more of an impact than 1 guy can.
    ==

    What trade? You mean the one you said could never happen, and are now trying to put a positive spin on?
    r8rsfan wrote on Aug. 16: “This trade hype is like porn for Packer, Bill (insert team name here) fan who actually thinks their team has a sliver of a chance in landing the most complete and dominant defensive player in the league. Raider Nation laughs at you.”
    Apparently “insert name here” had a bit more than a sliver of a chance to land “the most complete and dominant defensive player in the league.”
    What happened, Mr. Nostradamus? Now I’m laughing at YOU!

  27. billswillnevermove says:

    September 5, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Challenge to sucking. Just lose baby.
    ————————–
    Ravens will spank your Bills by 20 this weekend…Gonna get ugly! Book it!

  28. alleycat702 says:

    September 5, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Trading Mack was a very bad move. It’s pretty bad when the rest of the team gets blindsided by their own coach. SMH.
    —————–
    Bad move for the Bears? That’s about it.

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