Aaron Curry Expects To Improve On His Rookie Season

Published on May 12, 2010 by     

It took Aaron Curry one play in the NFL to get in a shoving match with Rams running back Steven Jackson.

On Curry’s second play, he planted a Rams lineman on his tookus, knocking down Jacob Bell.

Fast and furious. That described Curry’s entrance in Seattle last season.

“I started out like a house on fire,” he said. “Lights out.”

Week 3 against Chicago, Curry forced a late fumble when he blew past the Bears tackle and stripped the ball from quarterback Jay Cutler. That allowed Seattle to take a lead with less than 6 minutes to go in the game, and while the Seattle Seahawks eventually lost, that play showed Seattle had a player with the physical ability to wreak havoc and change games.

In Week 5 against Jacksonville, he was a singularly destructive force with 10 tackles and a sack.

He didn’t have a sack the rest of a season, and last month during Seattle’s three-day minicamp, he was blunt when asked to evaluate his rookie season.

“About average,” he said. “I didn’t do much to stand out.”

That’s not what people expected after he was chosen with the fourth pick of the 2009 draft. He was the franchise’s highest draft pick in 12 years and considered as NFL ready as any prospect available in the draft.

So what happened?

Well, the first thing was the injury to linebacker Lofa Tatupu in the sixth game of the season. He was the quarterback of the defense, and when Seattle lost Tatupu, Curry lost his GPS-positioning device.

But it was more than just that. There was a lack of discipline, too.

“I started chasing big plays,” Curry said. “I stopped doing my job. Instead, of waiting for the play to come to me for me to make it, I was trying to do other people’s job and chasing big plays, getting out of my gap, missing my assignments, chasing a big play because I had been making big plays.

“It was kind of like my college coach used to tell me, ‘Humble pie is only a week away.’ ”

Could redemption be just as close?

We’ll have to see, but at coach Pete Carroll’s introductory press conference, he mentioned he had already asked defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to assemble tape on Curry. One of the key questions for this defense will be how Seattle uses him.

There has been a lot of speculation that Curry might play the hybrid linebacker/end role that has been referred to as “the elephant,” but is actually called “The Leo” in Seattle’s defensive scheme.

That’s not Curry’s role now, though. He is playing strongside — or SAM — linebacker, but expect him to have a heavy dose of pass-rushing responsibilities.

“If I’m going to do anything, I’m going to learn how to rush the passer a little bit better,” Curry said.

Carroll told Curry that he is too big, too explosive and too athletic not to be making more plays off the edge, and given the fact Seattle did very little to bolster the pass rush in the offseason.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

batesfightOTA

NFL fines Seahawks $300,000, takes away 2 minicamp practices

The league has dinged the Seahawks for practicing too hard. The NFL confirmed to The News Tribune Tuesday news ...
140825jeffcoat600

Seahawks part ways with eight players

With the 90-man roster needing to be trimmed to 75 players by Tuesday, the Seahawks waived six players ...
temp140822chivssea02--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Are the 2014 Seahawks the team that finally gets it all right?

With many eager to point out the calamities that befall those teams trying to defend their Super Bowl ...
7vW1W.AuSt.5

Seahawks ‘dress rehearsal’ a black-tie affair

Can the real season start now, please? As in, this morning? The Seattle Seahawks might be thinking that and more ...
xPA9h.AuSt.5

“Continuity” is Seahawks’ buzzword for third exhibition Friday against Chicago

The Seahawks want three to really be the magic number. In a perfect Seahawks world, this third exhibition game ...
eXuw.AuSt.5

Healthy Percy Harvin a one-of-a-kind threat for Seahawks

Prediction: Only one defense in the National Football League will be able to limit Percy Harvin’s statistics this ...
AP10043008509-448x400

Seahawks back on the field to practice for Friday’s third exhibition, home vs. Chicago

The Seahawks are about to take the fields at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for practice following two ...
140813-harvin-600

No one is more impressive than Percy Harvin

A year ago, Percy Harvin was just starting an arduous recovery after having hip surgery. This summer, the ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz