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24 Mar 2009

Aaron Curry -- Safe at Home, Part 2

The conclusion of the Washington Post feature on the player Charley Casserly of the NFL Network called "the best linebacker to come out of the draft in the last 10 years" covers the Senior Bowl, Combine, NFL team interests, and how he might look as a 3-4 edge rusher.

Posted by: Doug Farrar on 24 Mar 2009

3 comments, Last at 25 Mar 2009, 9:52am by bubqr


by chappy (not verified) :: Tue, 03/24/2009 - 2:42pm

"I was extremely impressed with the play he pulled off to end Virginia's third drive....Unfortunately for Virginia, the inside focus of their right side left Curry completely unblocked as he rushed in and mauled quarterback Marc Verica."

Um, don't most players look pretty good when they are completely unblocked on a play? I'm sure this guy is a stud, but it seemed like your description was lacking. Was the QB taking a quick drop or throwing a quick slant or something?

Anyway, thanks for the article.

by Wait, what? (not verified) :: Tue, 03/24/2009 - 3:35pm

Well, the next paragraph says "[T]his play is a great example of what he can do as the rush end in a 3-4 defense, where two linebackers make a five-man front overall. This is where his closing speed and agility with angles set him apart."

So I think that's your answer; whatever the QB was doing, Curry got to him quickly enough to be impressive, unblocked or no. (I don't know that it makes for a great diagram, though.)

by bubqr :: Wed, 03/25/2009 - 9:52am

FF Curry is talking about, then the sack (4`27) :


First play : Aaron plays the down block well, engage the blocker low, shed the block, hit the running back and forces the fumble. This play shows his instincts, quickness, and good technique.

But IMO the sack shows nothing apart from the good blitz design, the poor RT awareness and Curry straight line speed(impressive though). That plays shouldn't be the proof that he can be a good edge rusher in a 3-4.