Is Aaron Curry better after a so-so rookie season? That’s the hope of the Seattle Seahawks, and the focus of my story today. Curry says he expects to make more plays with the return to his more comfortable SAM linebacker position that he played in college at Wake Forest.
“This year, I’m at home,” Curry said. “I’m doing what I did on film when I was in college. I’m doing the exact same thing as far as setting the edge, playing on top of the tight end and playing him man-to-man.
“Except for the additional pass rush stuff, I’m doing exactly what I did to get drafted where I got drafted at. So my confidence has skyrocketed just with the change of the scheme.”
Ryan Divish of The News Tribune writes that Tyler Polumbus will likely be the starting left tackle for Seattle. Matt Hasselbeck used a signature quote of former Seahawk Walter Jones when asked if he knew the names of all the new players. “Just the guys I need to know,” quipped Hasselbeck.
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Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Hasselbeck will start his 10th season with the Seahawks.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Seahawks will workout recently released Bears offensive guard Josh Beekman next week.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, former 49ers receiver Jason Hill will work out for Seattle this week.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald profiles Hawks head coach Pete Carroll, who says he’s out to prove you can still have fun at coaching while competing like crazy.
Ex-Hawks head coach Jim Mora talks about the upcoming NFL season in general and the Hawks specifically with KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler in this audio link.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune talks Hawks with KJR’s Elise Woodward in this audio link.
San Francisco 49ers
According to David White of the San Francisco Chronicle, receiver Michael Crabtree insists he’s not a diva.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that San Francisco’s pass rusher are looking forward to taking advantage of Seattle’s offensive line woes.
Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports San Francisco’s young offensive line is bracing for the noise at Qwest Field.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayarea.com offers some matchups to look for in the Hawks-Niners game.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that running back Beanie Wells again missed practice on Thursday with a bruised knee and looks like he could miss the team’s opener against St. Louis.
More Somers: The Cardinals defense has something to prove.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says with Wells likely out, starting running back Tim Hightower is ready to carry the load for Arizona.
St. Louis Rams
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis is ready to take control of the defense.
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes the Rams have dominated by the rest of the NFC West for the last five seasons.