“I thought something was up. I mean, who comes free in the NFL?” the Seahawks’ prized fourth overall draft pick said Thursday night.
Curry took advantage of being the only starter on the field Thursday night. He made four tackles, two for losses, had two quarterback hits, a sack and forced a fumble to set up a field goal. And that was just in the first half of Seattle’s 31-21 victory over Oakland.
Curry’s emergence — and the announcement second-round pick Max Unger will start at right guard when the games get real on Sept. 13 against St. Louis — were the most important Seahawks developments.
Far less important: Seattle and new coach Jim Mora, coming off a 4-12 season, finished 4-0 in the preseason for the first time in its 34-year history.
The Detroit Lions did the same thing last summer — and then became the NFL’s first 0-16 team.
Oakland rallied some after being down 31-7 yet finished the preseason 1-3. Still, coach Tom Cable thought his developing players did well putting Saturday’s embarrassing, 38-point home loss to New Orleans behind them.
“The whole thing is about how we responded to last week, and I think we did a great job of that,” said Cable, who went to high school in the Seattle suburb of Snohomish. “I think in the past we would have just stayed in that mode, ‘Whoa is we,’ and we didn’t do that. And that’s a step in the right direction.”
The Seahawks had 12 starters skip the meaningless preseason game in the name of preservation. That included every defender except Curry. The former Wake Forest star needed to learn and progress after signing late and then missing one preseason game with an injury.
“He confirmed some of the things we saw on tape, the explosiveness and the speed, and the play-making ability,” Mora said of the dynamic outside linebacker to whom Seattle gave a whopping $34 million guaranteed last month. “Aaron missed 11 practices, and then missed a week when he got hurt, and yet he has shown an ability to pick things up quickly.
“He can do a lot of things.”