Warm? In three games at Qwest Field this season – two of them shutouts by the Seahawks’ defense – the rookie linebacker from Wake Forest has been en fuego: 20 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles.
A season’s-worth of those efforts would produce off-the-chart totals: 107 tackles, 11 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, one defensive rookie of the year award.
With the team’s first-round draft choice, however, it hasn’t just been the number of plays he has made – or even could make – but the kinds of plays. Tempo-setting. Presence-announcing. Opponent-annoying. Hype-validating.
Curry is not “there” yet. Not even close. But if the fourth pick overall in this year’s NFL draft continues to play as well as he has, and improve as much as he has, getting “there” will be very entertaining to watch.
“He plays the game the way you’re supposed to play it,” coach Jim Mora said Monday. “With speed. With passion. And with the level of violence that you notice on film. And yet, he’s clean. He’s not a dirty player. He’s just a violent, nasty player.”
Sunday, in a 41-0 thumping of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Curry used those jagged-edged traits to collect nine tackles – including a fumble-forcing sack that set up the touchdown that pushed the Seahawks lead to 27-0 in the third quarter.
But he also tackled running back Maurice Jones-Drew once for a 2-yard loss and again – violently – after a 2-yard gain, broke up a pass and even made a big hit while covering a kickoff in his best all-around game of the season.
For Curry, as well as the rest of the defense, it was case of less leading to more. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley got back to basics last week in a strategic move that produced tangle results.
“Gus has an acronym.” Mora explained. “You know the ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’ – K.I.S.S.? He says K.I.S.A.R.I., which is ‘Keep It Simple And Repeat It.’ And I think that’s kind of what we did.”