According to Brian McIntyre’s weekly personnel report Seattle Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry only played in 19 of his team’s 59 defensive snaps against the Bears. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that was by design because Chicago threw the ball so much and he wanted more safety types in the game.
“He’s working at it,” Carroll said. “He has great skill, is really strong, really explosive and long and has all of the right elements. It’s just a matter of putting it all together. “Fortunately for us, Raheem is a good edge rusher as well, as is Clem (Clemons), and so we have three guys that we really like. So we can keep those guys rotating through and utilize them. We’ll continue to do that.”
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com gets some more Seahawks player perspectives, including Curry, on the vicious hits issue.
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Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond could get the start this week, and likely will be tested by Arizona veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com breaks down the secret to the success of Seattle’s second-ranked run defense.
Brian Billick of the NFL Network writes that the addition of Marshawn Lynch gives Seattle a leg up in the NFC West.
Pro Football Focus reports that Chris Clemons had the best rating of any 4-3 defensive end last week during Seattle’s 23-20 win over Chicago.
Doug Farrar writes in his Smarter Stats feature for the Washington Post that an underrated aspect of the Seahawks success is special teams play.
The NFL Players Association voted unanimously to revoke the certification of agent Josh Luchs, who admitted to paying over 30 college football players in a confessional style article for Sports Illustrated.
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Cardinals reports that linebacker Joey Porter, who only has one sack on the year, vows to reach double digits by the end of the season.
Kent Somers and McManaman of the Arizona Republic: Arizona running back Tim Hightower likes the idea of his team focusing on the running game.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com takes a closer look at the definition of a playmaker, noting that the Cardinals have a handful.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Rams running back Steven Jackson is only 32 yards away from becoming the team’s career rushing leader, surpassing Eric Dickerson.
More Thomas: Veteran cornerback Ron Bartell is nursing a quad injury but should be ready to play on Sunday when his team travels to Tampa Bay.
San Francisco 49ers
David White of The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Niners will continue to lean on running back Frank Gore, who is second in the league in total yards from the line of scrimmage with 755.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that Niners head coach Mike Singletary wants his offense to end every possession in a kick – a not-so-subtle hint for offensive coordinator Mike Johnson to avoid turnovers.
Scott Barrows of the Sacramento Bee speculates that the Niners could be interested in recently released San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman.