Tuesday Seahawks links: Bruce Irvin finally embracing move to LB

Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin admits now that he didn’t really want to be Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin last season. Instead, Irvin prefers to be a defensive end who can pile up sacks, but in 2014 the former first-round pick embraced his new role in a way he didn’t last season, and the result is a much-improved player.

“I wasn’t too sold on becoming a ‘backer, because I was a D-end all my life,” Irvin said. “So I really didn’t buy in last year like I was supposed to. But this year, I took it more seriously, I guess you could say, studying my craft, trying to correct my mistakes.”

Also, if you missed it Monday, the Seahawks signed DT Landon Cohen.

An interesting stat that you don’t hear about too often is something called “Toxic differential” a stat popularized by former NFL coach Brian Billick that combines a team’s turnover differential with their big play differential. For the second straight year, the Seahawks are No. 1 in the league in toxic differential, and as you can see, the stat is indeed a pretty good measure of team success when you consider the top three teams are Seattle, Denver and Green Bay, and that six of the top eight teams made the playoffs.

Bleacher Report looks at how things might go this offseason for Seattle and Indianapolis as the two teams try to extend the contracts of their young star quarterbacks.

USA Today picks the best fits for the open head coaching jobs, and if they’re right, Seattle will be losing both coordinators.

From Fivethirtyeight.com, a look at how Carson Palmer’s injury changed the Arizona Cardinals’ season, and in turn helped the Seahawks win the division.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network will again be monitoring seismic activity at CenturyLink Field during Saturday’s game.

ESPN’s Terry Blount lists five interesting facts about the Carolina Panthers.

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