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Aaron Curry is headed to the bench

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders passes to teammate Hines Ward over coverage by Seattle Seahawks Aaron Curry Reuters

The Seahawks haven’t gotten the kind of play they expected when they made Aaron Curry the fourth overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft so they are giving someone else a chance.

Curry has been demoted to the second team and rookie K.J. Wright will take his place as a starting outside linebacker. Curry has been a starter since arriving in Seattle after a decorated career at Wake Forest, but he has never been particularly impressive at the professional level. In 32 career games, Curry has recorded 123 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He had his only NFL interception in last season’s playoff loss to the Bears. Eric Williams of the Tacoma News-Tribune got Curry’s thoughts on the move.

“I don’t even know how to put it into words,” Curry said. “But it is what it is. … Everything happens for a reason. There’s a purpose behind everything, and I’ll find it and learn from it and take off running. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens on Sunday. All questions will be answered on Sunday really.”

Curry’s last game as a starter featured the kind of play that has been frustrating the Seahawks since his arrival. With the Seahawks down 7-0 in the second quarter, a Ben Roethlisberger pass hit him right in the hands but Curry couldn’t make the pick with nothing but open field between him and the end zone.

Other linebackers from the first round of the 2009 Draft have been huge contributors, but Curry, who was considered one of the safest picks in his draft class, hasn’t done anything to put himself in the same class with Clay Matthews, Brian Cushing or Brian Orakpo to this point. The Seahawks likely hope that the benching lights a fire under Curry and gets him to play with something closer to the level he was at during his collegiate days. Curry’s contract is not guaranteed for the 2012 season, the last on his rookie deal.

Wright was a fourth-round selection out of Mississippi State in April. He has been in on seven tackles in the first two weeks of the season and started the opener in place of injured middle linebacker David Hawthorne.

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34 Responses to “Aaron Curry is headed to the bench”
  1. jakek2 says: Sep 22, 2011 5:07 PM

    “hasn’t done anything to put himself in the same class with Clay Matthews, Brian Cushing or Brian Orakpo”. . .

    including finding those guys sauce suppliers.

  2. marcsasharc says: Sep 22, 2011 5:08 PM

    haha, i remember quite well when seachicken fans were making fun of SF for their decade of draft failures. nice try, losers.

    pot, meet kettle.

  3. mavajo says: Sep 22, 2011 5:13 PM

    The Chicago Bears are currently preparing their trade offer…

  4. seahawks12thman says: Sep 22, 2011 5:29 PM

    ya curry has been a disappointment but i dont agree on benching him. IDK something needs to happen, he knows this is a make or break year. Really sucks we drafted him so high….ugh

  5. ravenzfan98 says: Sep 22, 2011 5:30 PM

    Aaron who?

  6. njbucsfan says: Sep 22, 2011 5:32 PM

    I’d take him in Tampa.

  7. Mikey says: Sep 22, 2011 5:40 PM

    Vernon Gholston 2.0

  8. bangbangbilly says: Sep 22, 2011 5:49 PM

    wow what a dissapointment mel kiper was way off on this one

  9. flyeaglefly says: Sep 22, 2011 5:51 PM

    Brian Bosworth 3.0

  10. chazzmon says: Sep 22, 2011 5:55 PM

    Oh was he playing? Don’t hear his name very often, invisable at LB isn’t good.

  11. jayrams39 says: Sep 22, 2011 5:56 PM

    Aaron Curry will get better, the benching should fire him up.

  12. citizenstrange says: Sep 22, 2011 6:05 PM

    Bill Parcells would call him Adrienne Curry. ZING!

  13. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 22, 2011 6:05 PM

    this has trade to philly written all over it. GOD willing,..

  14. polishrod says: Sep 22, 2011 6:12 PM

    Dear Aaron,

    We would love to have you in Philly. Should we send a car or a tug boat for you?

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Lurie

  15. trbowman says: Sep 22, 2011 6:22 PM

    Supposedly the “safest” prospect in the draft.

  16. Fan On Fire_Maurice Barksdale says: Sep 22, 2011 6:30 PM

    Here’s a lesson for NFL Teams: Don’t draft a Linebacker in the Top 5 who is not a pass rusher.

    Being a sure tackler is not a special talent. You can find good tacklers in the later rounds. The ability to rush the passer is a unique gift that deserves Top 5 consideration, and Curry doesn’t have that gift. He never did.

    It’s not Curry’s fault that the Seahawks drafted him too early. The same thing happened with AJ Hawk, who was a top 5 pick as well, and has only been a decent player.

  17. houseofspears90 says: Sep 22, 2011 6:38 PM

    Thank god i am not an NFL gm. I wanted this guy over Stafford just because i didn’t trust the Lions drafting a QB. Boy was i wrong! In Mayhew we trust.

  18. trollhammer20 says: Sep 22, 2011 6:48 PM

    The thing is, EVERY draft analyst I saw talking about the 2009 draft class had Curry as a “can’t miss” prospect, and many had him as “the surest bet in the draft”. It wasn’t just Mel Kiper, it was damn near everyone.

    Of all the first-round busts during the Tim Ruskell era (Chris Spencer, trading a #1 for Deon Branch, Kelly Jennings), I actually cut him the most slack with Curry, because it was almost unanimous that he was the best overall player available.

    He’s one of those guys who always seem to be in a place where he almost made a big play, but rarely comes up with one.

  19. oruacat2 says: Sep 22, 2011 7:09 PM

    I’ll trade you Carson Palmer for Curry and a conditional 2012 draft pick.

  20. dirtyharry44 says: Sep 22, 2011 7:10 PM

    If your team wants a player, who on most every play runs to the pile when the whistle blows in a feeble attempt to make it appear like he was actually in the play. This is your guy!!

  21. cereal blogger says: Sep 22, 2011 7:13 PM

    Disagree,,,gotta leave him on the field & hope he figures it out…he’s too talented to sit

  22. ryanw411 says: Sep 22, 2011 7:17 PM

    Thank god i am not an NFL gm. I wanted this guy over Stafford just because i didn’t trust the Lions drafting a QB. Boy was i wrong! In Mayhew we trust.

    *******

    At least you admit it. People drove me nuts with the Curry and Jason Smith talk before that draft. In college Curry played way too soft (not that he was a puss but he never seemed to really just let it all go on the field)imo to even be considered for top 5 much less number 1 and Smith was a spread offense tackle that I thought was one of the weakest top tackle prospects in years. Stafford was the right pick then and there is no question of it now.

  23. coke566 says: Sep 22, 2011 7:31 PM

    Would love to see the Lions make a similar trade like that they did last year to bring in LoJack. Curry doesn’t fit that scheme similarily to how LoJack didn’t fit the Seahawks scheme. I believe in the right system Curry could be a Pro Bowler. If he would be willing to restructure his contract I could see quite a few teams being interested if Seatle decides they want to part with him.

  24. savannahrose44 says: Sep 22, 2011 7:38 PM

    Seattle has seen more penalties than production from Curry. No wonder he’s warming the bench now.

  25. rajbais says: Sep 22, 2011 7:48 PM

    This is the first first “Mike Mayock Bust” ever!!! I say this is because this was a sure fire guy and Mayock’s #1 player on his big board in 2009!!!

    Linebacker was an easy position to transition to; now it’s a a morgue position????

  26. jimmylions says: Sep 22, 2011 7:54 PM

    I remember when a lot of Lions fans, including me, wanted the Lions to draft Curry and not Stafford.

    I’m so glad Schwartz and Mayhew chose to ignore my advice on this one occasion.

  27. detroitrollin22 says: Sep 22, 2011 8:02 PM

    The Lions will trade rape them like they did for LoJack and Rob Sims

  28. effjohntaylornorelation says: Sep 22, 2011 8:08 PM

    Curry’s series of statements inspire me!

  29. triumphdog says: Sep 22, 2011 8:15 PM

    All of the pre draft interviews with Curry, I remember him always coming off as a VERY nice guy. I think that players may need a little nasty in them to play LB in the NFL. Im not so sure Curry has any of that…

  30. rcali says: Sep 22, 2011 9:33 PM

    Dear Seahawk management, you do know you scored zero points last week, right?

  31. snoqualmieterry says: Sep 22, 2011 10:56 PM

    Remember we could have drafted USC QB Sachez. Ironic

  32. savannahrose44 says: Sep 23, 2011 1:42 AM

    rcali says:
    Sep 22, 2011 9:33 PM
    Dear Seahawk management, you do know you scored zero points last week, right?

    Yep. That’s why Curry is bench warming so that KJ Wright can show him how to play the position.

  33. huhfasi says: Sep 23, 2011 1:52 AM

    HA! I remember how Lions fans booed and booed and booed for them picking Stafford over this guy. Sure, Stafford was out two years….but at least you can’t declare him a bust with the way the kid plays on the field. Hawks trade him and a second round pick to Philly for Asante Samuel by week four and they’re on track to be the 5-11 afc west champs.

  34. ron69 says: Sep 23, 2011 11:33 AM

    I think the Seahawks are in the suck for Luck campaing, Curry might not be a probowler but isn’t a bad player by any means, clearly he is not coming back in 2012 and my Raiders would take him gladly.

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