The way it turned out, Linsley was the least of the Packers' troubles in their 36-16 loss on Thursday night.
Even Irvin, who earlier in the week said he would pray for Linsley because "it's going to be a long night, man," came away impressed by how well the fifth-round draft pick from Ohio State performed under difficult circumstances.
"He actually played a good game," Irvin said. "Even [Seattle defensive tackle Brandon] Mebane said he played well. So I take my hat off to him."
But for one miscommunication with Aaron Rodgers, who fortunately called a timeout just before Linsley prematurely snapped the ball, things ran smoothly between the two who had never worked together in a game before Thursday night. Rodgers lit into Linsley for his mistake, and the rookie understood.
"Obviously, he got on me like a leader should," Linsley said. "And I think that was our only one."
The Packers were not flagged for a single false-start penalty, which is a remarkable feat in one of the NFL's loudest stadiums.
"Corey did a great job," Rodgers said. "He did a really good job of protection. I thought the protection was really good inside and snaps were solid. He's learning. This is his first start, he’s a rookie, but I thought he held his own well. I think he can do a good job for us."
ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount contributed to this report.