After starting out like a house on fire, OLB Aaron Curry appeared to run into the proverbial rookie wall at the end of his first season in Seattle. "He didn't want to admit it, but that is indeed what happened," one insider said of the team's highly touted first-round draft pick. "They started taking him off the field more in nickel situations, and then he had a stinger against Tampa Bay that kept him out the rest of the season. He also was the only (projected) starting 'backer for a prolonged period when both Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill were out with injuries, and that put extra pressure on him." The way we hear it, new head coach Pete Carroll plans on having Curry apply a lot more pressure next season in more of a pass-rushing, stand-up DE role similar to what both Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews did on occasion under Carroll at USC. Word is, spending time in the film room devising ways to better take advantage of Curry's "unique skill set" has been one of Carroll's top early priorities.
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