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Morning links: Curry in focus

Post by Eric Williams on July 18, 2011 at 8:34 am with 17 Comments »
July 18, 2011 8:34 am
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry (Joe Barrentine/TNT)

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that the Seattle Seahawks will make a more concerted effort to get linebacker Aaron Curry moving forward in the team’s defensive scheme.

The Seahawks were pleased with the way Curry played the run over the tight end last season, and likely will attempt to use the Wake Forest product even more as a pass rusher.

Pompei: “Seahawks coaches want to tweak the way they use linebacker Aaron Curry. They want to have him drop less, especially in space. When Curry does drop in the future, it likely will mostly be on hooks to the flat. The fourth pick in the 2009 draft is a more effective defender on the line with his hands on the tight end. That way, he can use his strength and length to his advantage, and he doesn’t have to think as much. Curry is a strong point of attack player who also could be an effective pass rusher. It’s possible he will get more chances to chase the QB as well.”

ESPN’s Mike Sando debates the pros and cons of Seattle bringing back Matt Hasselbeck.

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network says the Seahawks could be a landing spot for Minnesota Vikings free agent quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Something to keep an eye on.

Derek Stephens of The Blue Bird Herd takes a look at Seattle’s defensive line play in general, and specifically Brandon Mebane’s contribution. His verdict is that if re-signed, Mebane should return back to nose guard, where he was more productive.

St. Louis Rams fan blog The Turf Show Times takes an in-depth look back at the Rams 20-3 win over Seattle in St. Louis last year.

Clare Farnsworth of catches up with former Seahawks defensive end Jacob Green during his golf charity event at the Golf Course at Redmond Ridge. Green has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help beat cancer.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post takes a look at some of the final things that need to be resolved in order to make sure there is an agreement this week.

In honor of Deion Branch, who turns 32 today,’s data points takes a look at all six receivers who won the Super Bowl and their individual performances that led to the award. The list includes some great ones, including Jerry Rice, Lynn Swan, Fred Biletnikoff, Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports offers a blueprint on how the new season should begin once an agreement is reached this week.

Al Michaels steps in for Peter King of Sports Illustrated in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback feature, offering his thoughts on the opening of football season.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Pompei’s paragraph on Curry is odd to me. The only coverage he drops into now strong hooks and the occasional spot route, so it’s hard to know what he means by that. I also wonder if he actually spoke to any Seattle coaches. Is he implying that they’ll use Curry more as an interior lineman or simply that they’ll expect him to be more of a behind the line player that Carroll wants from his Sam? Carroll has already expressed his disappointment in Curry’s inability to generate pressure from the strong side. Who knows…

  2. SandpointHawk says:

    I would perfectly happy to never hear about Deion Branch again. However if someone needs a memory I’ve still got that #83 jersey hanging in my closet and it’s only been worn once….make me an offer….

  3. chuck_easton says:

    Curry is a question mark, wrapped in a conundrum, covered with an enigma. Exactly WHAT is he good at? So far he has proven that he isn’t great at anything they’ve tried.

    I think his best trait is he knows exactly how to get to the bank every week and make sure that paycheck gets deposited. After all, ” a guy’s gotta get paid…”

    As soon as Curry is through getting paid in Seattle he may go to some East Coast team and finally realize his potential. Maybe he’s saving himself for that day.

    In the mean time Curry is making a boat load of money with nothing to show for it.

  4. “As soon as Curry is through getting paid in Seattle he may go to some East Coast team and finally realize his potential. Maybe he’s saving himself for that day.”

    I actually see him fitting in a James Harrison style role in Pittsburgh.

    I like how the “only sure thing in this draft” has turned out to be a bust, and “questionable” clay matthews is now wearing a super bowl ring, much to do with his abilities.

    I’d gladly swap curry to GB for clay, hell, i’d even let matthews play under curry’s salary.

  5. Soggybuc says:

    The lock out has hurt Curry probably more so than any other player on the team sans draftee’s.
    he really really needed the off season work to see if he could make that magic 3rd year leap. maybe he still can but damn if it didn’t help stunt his growth as a player.

    While i am more than happy to follows BobbyK’s assessment of T-Jack as bad QB. IF they do bring him in you would have to think that its a Bevell move purely. which leads to the question of does he know something along the lines of it was Childress that had him looking bad because he would not let Bevell use him the way he wanted too.
    wouldn’t be the first square peg tried to fit in the round hole in player terms.

  6. Soggybuc says:

    Radeon i long ago came to the conclusion to never bet against a Ken Norton coached USC linebacker. it used to be known as Tailback U but under Caroll’s tenure it was more like Linebacker U.
    Why i’m happy as hell to have him as part of the Hawks coaching staff.

  7. So, they let Matt go unless he gives a hometown discount (and TEN gets him for mentoring Jake), CW starts and they bring in TJax to compete. SEA gets the 2nd pick in the ’12 draft and takes Barkley.

    Wonder if SEA can land HOU FA FB Vontae Leech?

  8. Curry seems like he is one of those really slow developing players who, when the light eventually turns on, will explode into one of the best LBs in the NFL. I don’t know if it happens in Seattle, but this is definitely not a Vernon Gholston type of situation like most Seahawks fans think it is.

    As far as Jackson, I think he would be a much better option than Whitehurst. My main concern would be if Bevell couldn’t develop him in Minnesota, why can he develop him in Seattle?

  9. “The list includes some great ones, including Jerry Rice, Lynn Swan, Fred Biletnikoff, Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes.”

    Is there a Pittsburgh slant to this article? Ward and Holmes don’t belong on this list.

  10. ryanryan says:

    I just want to watch some football. I’m getting so excited to see what PC and JS have up their sleeves this year.

    The young secondary intrigues me, lots of size/speed running around. My fear with that is if we don’t resign hass, CW will look better than he is, or they will look better than they are…that’d be a bitch huh? I’m thinking that hass would be a better barometer of their talent than CW.

    That breakdown on “Turf Show Times” was a really good read, I enjoyed it (if not the outcome of the game). Anybody feel like taking a crack at some game film in that way?


  11. Eric…hope you’re well rested because it looks like you’re going to be busy trying to keep up with the explosion of roster moves we’re anticipating.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Totally agree, Norton’s coaching resume has some great young LBs in it. He was a great addition to the staff, that’s for certain. I’m very curious to see how he uses Wright, Sam? Will in nickel?

    Giddy. Inside a week now (hopefully.)

  13. SandpointHawk says:

    Soggybuc ~ “The lock out has hurt Curry probably more so than any other player on the team sans draftee’s.”

    That may be true but lets not forget Golden Tate (still the Tater to me) he needs to make that second year receiver leap and now they project him in the slot….he could have used a lot of work.

    As for Curry, I’m not sure the light is ever going to go on in the hybrid defensive system Pete wants. If we could trade him straight up for a Quarterback I’d be very happy, If we trade him period I’d probably be happy, he showed with his tweets last year that he hasn’t bought in to Pete’s locker room philosophy…

    Let the explosion of roster moves begin…..

  14. williambryan says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but Eric, I feel the weekly chat is close!

  15. Soggybuc says:

    Wont argue with you at all that Tate needed the work as well, I just think he is naturally going to be more productive anyways. really so if Bevell uses him in some Harvin type run plays.

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