Bruce Irvin played only nine snaps against 49ers

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The Raiders didn’t trade Bruce Irvin, but they have decreased the defensive end’s role.

Oakland is paying Irvin $8 million in base salary this season, their highest-paid defender. Yet, he played only nine defensive snaps against the 49ers on Thursday night.

“We’re a 4-3 team now, so in the base defense sometimes he doesn’t fit the role we need done,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Friday, via Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. “No disrespect to Bruce, but he’s an edge rusher. Plus, we haven’t had the lead a lot.

“. . . His role has been reduced. I know he’s frustrated. I’m frustrated. He’s a good player.”

Two of Irvin’s snaps came with the Raiders in their goal-line defense, according to Josh Dubow of the Associated Press. That means of the team’s 23 snaps in nickel, Irvin played only seven.

The co-captain played a previous season-low 24 defensive snaps against the Colts last week.

A pectoral injury has limited him, but it sounds as if the Raiders have limited Irvin more than the injury has. Irvin has made only six tackles this season.

He remains under contract next season with a $9 million base salary and $225,000 workout bonus. He will have no dead money in 2019 if the Raiders choose to cut him in the offseason, with a $9.25 million savings against their cap.

24 responses to “Bruce Irvin played only nine snaps against 49ers

  1. Irvin is a prototypical “Gruden Grinder” – below average talent who manages to secure a roster spot by publicly praising the “coaching legend”.

    The fact that Khalil Mack drew several blockers on the other side to contain him made Irvin look decent but with Mack gone, Irvin has been exposed as the waiver-wire quality player that he rally is.

  2. Time to come home Bruce. Seattle loves you and the Seahawks can use another edge rusher who also plays the run. Let’s face it, Gruden doesn’t know what he has.

  3. Gotta love Gruden’s answers.

    Reporters can say: Hey coach. Did your see your QB crying in London?

    Gruden : heck, we’re all crying. You should have seen me when Carr got hit, I was crying. He’s a good QB.

  4. Offseason Raiders wish list:

    Trade Carr, Osemele, Irvin. Puts us over $100 million in cap space.

    Sign:

    Tackle Trent Brown
    Guard Andy Levitre
    Quarterback Josh McCown
    Running Back Le’Veon Bell
    Wide Receiver John Brown
    Tight End Demetrius Harris

    Defensive End Frank Clark

    Draft:

    1st Round Picks (If we get the #1, trade down – If we get the #3-4 we may need to trade back up to secure both corners)

    CB Greedy Williams
    CB DeAndre Baker
    T Dalton Risner

    2nd Round Pick

    WR Marquise Brown

  5. sigbouncer says:
    November 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm
    Offseason Raiders wish list:

    Trade Carr, Osemele, Irvin. Puts us over $100 million in cap space.

    Sign:

    Tackle Trent Brown
    Guard Andy Levitre
    Quarterback Josh McCown
    Running Back Le’Veon Bell
    Wide Receiver John Brown
    Tight End Demetrius Harris

    Defensive End Frank Clark

    Draft:

    1st Round Picks (If we get the #1, trade down – If we get the #3-4 we may need to trade back up to secure both corners)

    CB Greedy Williams
    CB DeAndre Baker
    T Dalton Risner

    2nd Round Pick

    WR Marquise Brown

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    Wow…how about we do cut Irvin and Penn, and re-do Hudson , and Osemele contracts, which will put us right around 100 million. You keep everybody who is already signed next year, and try to re-sign Martavious Bryant,Jalen Richard and Jared Cook for the rigt price. You have Chris Warren III replace beast mode. You try to sign UFA guys like Suh, Frank Clark, Anthony Barr,Earl Thomas, and Brandon Graham. Even Paul Guenther might be able to lure Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap away from the Bengals.

    As far as draft- Nick Bosa, Ed Oliver, Josh Allen, Devin White, Rashan Gary,Jeffrey Simmons, Devin Bush, and Clemson’s d-line on the guys to look at- 2nd rd- more defense as well

  6. Taking Irvin off the field has nothing to do with tanking. I guess the cheap shot on Wilson in the London game was the last straw. He is an undertalented guy that can not control himself on the field.

    He got to line up in the middle a few times and rode the bench for a reason after that.

  7. Irvin was good as gone 2 games after Mack was traded.

    He isn’t a leader. He was an embarrassment at the end of a few games out of condition, helpless and lost out on the field and the other team’s offense toyed with him.

    His money can be dumped in order to go after Clowney at the right price.

  8. That makes perfect sense since an edge rusher is hardly an important role in a 4-3 defense. This must be the same genius thinking behind the trade of one of the best edge rushers in the NFL.

  9. radrntn says:
    November 2, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Wow…how about we do cut Irvin and Penn, and re-do Hudson , and Osemele contracts, which will put us right around 100 million. You keep everybody who is already signed next year, and try to re-sign Martavious Bryant,Jalen Richard and Jared Cook for the rigt price. You have Chris Warren III replace beast mode. You try to sign UFA guys like Suh, Frank Clark, Anthony Barr,Earl Thomas, and Brandon Graham. Even Paul Guenther might be able to lure Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap away from the Bengals.

    As far as draft- Nick Bosa, Ed Oliver, Josh Allen, Devin White, Rashan Gary,Jeffrey Simmons, Devin Bush, and Clemson’s d-line on the guys to look at- 2nd rd- more defense as well

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    I’d be fine with shuffling Penn out of the building. He didn’t have a place with my plan anyway. But Osemele has to go. The o-line needs rebuilding with more toughness and character.

    For the draft I prefer building thru the corners/secondary ala what Seattle and Jacksonville did with their defenses. There is also our history with Mike Haynes and Lester Hayes. Both of those corners (Greedy-DeAndre) are studs. We already added Hurst, Russell and Key in this years draft for the d-line. I think you’re overloading us there, although it’s a need for sure.

    I prefer character/leader types over a question mark like Suh as well when it comes to bigger money investments. I like replacing Carr and Mack with Bell and Clark. We’d still save about 1/3 of the money Carr and Mack would cost. McCown is a great leader, mentor and transition QB. A two year contract with him would be perfect for us to go after a round one QB in the 2020 draft. Barr and Thomas are good adds and I like Warren III too. Clark or Graham, but not both. Prefer Clark with the age diff. But getting Bell with the idea of a QB in 2020 is vital with Bell’s passing game chops.

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