Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 May 2009

Aaron Curry Learns a New Language

For the final entry in the Washington Post's PreDraft series, I got to head out to the Seahawks' new (and mind-bogglingly impressive) practice facility to watch Aaron Curry's third NFL practice and talk to him after about the new chapter in his life.

Posted by: Doug Farrar on 05 May 2009

11 comments, Last at 14 May 2009, 11:55pm by tuluse


by Karl Cuba :: Tue, 05/05/2009 - 2:46pm

I'm convinced that Curry's best spot is inside, he's the heftiest linebacker the hawks have and he'd really help the run defense. I think it was Bill Barnwell on the FO draft chat reckoned he'd be a WILL for sure But I still thick the optimal use of skills for Seattle moves (the slightly undersized) Tatupu to the weakside and has Curry at MIKE. Anyone agree? Annyone even reading this thread?

by AlanSP :: Tue, 05/05/2009 - 3:26pm

I'm not sure whether Tatupu would make a good WILL (is he fast enough for it?). At any rate, he's already a great young player at MIKE, and since Curry can play any LB spot (and has more experience on the outside anyway), I think it makes sense to just leave Hill and Tatupu where they are.

by Theo :: Thu, 05/07/2009 - 11:04am

I don't know if curry is a Manny Lawson type of linebacker (strong side) or a Derrick Brooks type (weak side).
The mike linebacker is very often not the biggest linebacker of the 3, more the smarter and better tackler of them.
I think that they will keep Tatupu in the middle and see who of Hill and Curry is better vs blockers and tight ends and who's better in space.

by AlanSP :: Thu, 05/07/2009 - 1:56pm

Manny Lawson is your example of a prototypical strong side linebacker? Really?

by Theo :: Fri, 05/08/2009 - 4:23am

An example that came to mind.
Who's yours?

by AlanSP :: Sat, 05/09/2009 - 5:15pm

I just thought Lawson was a weird example because he hasn't had a particularly productive career he's played in a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense, rather than a straight 4-3

Personally I think of Carlos Emmons, which is probably because he was the Eagles' SLB when I was first learning about the different LB positions. Other good examples would be Marcus Washington, and of course, the guy being replaced, Julian Peterson.

by Doug Farrar :: Tue, 05/05/2009 - 5:51pm

Tatupu's reasonably fast, but there's no way they'd move him from the middle at this point. My sense is that they'll try different things with Curry through the preseason, though Leroy Hill is a lot better going forward then backpedaling. As much as Curry COULD be a very good edge-rusher, my guess is that they'll want him working on diagnosing screens and sitting in zones.

by Jimmy Oz (not verified) :: Thu, 05/07/2009 - 6:37pm

What's happening with the safety position, is Brian Russell still 1st team?

by Doug Farrar :: Sat, 05/09/2009 - 12:29pm

*Sigh*. Yes.

by Subrata Sircar :: Thu, 05/14/2009 - 10:52pm

It will be interesting to see what they ask him to do. My sense is that newbie NFL LBs are best when asked to do simple things e.g. find the ball and hit the guy holding it. I have no doubt that Curry will eventually master his new team's language and be able to understand what he's expected to do at any given time ... but he'll be more productive if he can be given simple directions 90% of the time. For an LB that generally means rush the passer and stop the run; if that's Hill's job then Curry's got his work cut out for him.

by tuluse :: Thu, 05/14/2009 - 11:55pm

Urlacher was the opposite. When they had him playing WILL he did not look good at all, but when they put him at MLB and he had the make the calls and get everyone organized, he dominated.