During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Irvin recorded 8.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles under Quinn, who also served as the Seahawks' defensive line coach. He'll spend one year on the Falcons (4-4), who are third in the AFC South behind the Carolina Panthers (6-2) and the New Orleans Saints (7-1). "We thought maybe we'd have a chance when he left Seattle a few years ago to join, and he ended up going to Oakland during that time".
"We're a 4-3 team now, so in the base defense sometimes he doesn't fit the role we need done", he said.
Some might look at Irvin's age as a negative, but the Falcons won't ask him to play every down. Expect Irvin to play either right or left defensive end as a nickel rusher, complementing McKinley (the Falcons' sack leader with 5.5) and Beasley (1 sack). It also reunites Irvin with Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel. The hope now is that Adrian Clayborn, Deatrich Wise, and others continue to build upon last Sunday night's strong game.
The question for Atlanta will be are they capable of continuing to string together wins?
What Seattle loses in not getting Irvin to return, though, is a player who has been a consistent pass rushing threat almost his entire career.
But, football aside, Irvin is where he wants to be.
Irvin played just nine snaps in the Raiders' 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night and was believed to be on the block prior to the trade deadline. This meant Irvin became a free-agent on Tuesday.