Monday, May 20, 2013
GM: PED issue 'needs to be addressed'
By Mike Sando
Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider just finished an interview with SiriusXM radio in which he addressed Bruce Irvin's recent suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.
A few highlights:
- Above and beyond: Schneider said the Seahawks through their player-development programs go "above and beyond what the league has done" to educate players on the PED issue. He called Irvin's situation "very disappointing" in that context.
- Addressed with team: Schneider and coach Pete Carroll sat down with Irvin to discuss the situation. Carroll addressed the situation with the team. Irvin also addressed the team. The Seahawks have an organized team activity (OTA) session open to reporters Monday. That begins at 11:45 a.m. PT and concludes at 1:30 p.m. PT.
- Body blows: Schneider said good organizations must overcome "body blows" such as the Irvin suspension. He called Irvin's suspension "a learning situation" and said it's one that "obviously needs to be addressed" while other players step up to fill the void. Seattle has suffered an NFL-high five PED-related suspensions under Carroll. Cornerback Richard Sherman avoided adding to that total by winning an appeal.
- Contingencies: Schneider mentioned backup linebackers Malcolm Smith and Michael Morgan as players the team could "move around" from a personnel standpoint while Irvin and possibly injured defensive end Chris Clemons miss time. He also singled out starting strong-side linebacker K.J. Wright as a player with versatility. Seattle was going to adjust its personnel use anyway after adding Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett in free agency. Irvin's suspension will force additional changes. Schneider: "We have to treat it quite honestly like he sustained a high-ankle sprain and you make those adjustments" whether in a game or navigating the offseason.