Seahawks need Curry to step up his game next season

Posted June 29, 2011 @ 2:56 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

While probably the biggest key to a successful Seahawks defense in 2011 is better health on a defensive line that was riddled by injuries last year, many close team observers believe much better production from '09 first-round draft pick Aaron Curry is just as essential. "You need a fourth overall pick to be more than just a two-down player," one team insider said of Curry, who did a solid job defending the run as the starting strong-side linebacker last year but has only 5½ sacks and zero interceptions or fumble recoveries in his first two pro seasons. "They thought about using him as the pass rusher opposite Chris Clemons in the nickel, but Raheem Brock ended up doing a great job in that role. Everyone thought hiring Ken Norton Jr. as the LB coach would make (Curry) flourish, but right now you'd have to say he's really just the third-best linebacker on the team behind Lofa Tatupu and David Hawthorne."