NFL rumors have swirled around Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. Now that the latter has decided to leave the Seattle Seahawks and join the Oakland Raiders, the black and silver have a chance to dominate on defense. The Raiders envision being able to attack quarterbacks like the Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos did with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. According to Oregon Live, Mack and Irvin are embracing the hype and calling themselves the Slash Brothers.
With all due respect to Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, and the San Antonio Spurs, the Golden State Warriors are the hottest team in the NBA right now. They're on track to beat a single season winning record that has been held by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson, and the Chicago Bulls for years. A big reason why they're so good is because of the Splash Brothers, the explosive and dominant back court tandem of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
If Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack can become dominant enough that Oakland Raiders fans embrace the Slash Brothers nickname, then that would be a great thing for the franchise. It would be an awful thing for other teams in the NFL, though, because it would make them a powerhouse. The whole world witnessed Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware dominate the red hot Carolina Panthers on their way to a Super Bowl, so the Raiders want to emulate that with Irvin and Mack.
Bruce Irvin is hoping that the Oakland Raiders can make him more dangerous. With the Seattle Seahawks, Bruce Irvin spent a lot of time dropping back into coverage and taking on blockers during run plays. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll knew that Irvin was versatile, so he tried to use him in a variety of ways. Bruce felt that Seattle was holding him back by doing that, so he signed with the Raiders in the hopes that head coach Jack Del Rio and defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. will utilize him more as a pass rusher.
The Splash Brothers have already won an NBA Championship for the Golden State Warriors. The Slash Brothers are hoping they can win an NFL Championship for the Oakland Raiders.
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