The Tape: Seven Straight Lines

Aaron Curry recorded more pressures than sacks. He has the skills and quickness to turn pressure into sacks. Why then did so many of his blitzes end up empty? Tough to say. Maybe he recorded some near-sacks that were lost in the semantics wringer. Once a quarterback tucks to run, it's no longer a sack. It's an ambiguous distinction, but not one that will change in the NFL. Curry was blitzed from the wings, and the length and deliberateness of his route to the quarterback could have contributed. Maybe it's indicative of his just-good agility. Curry is agile, even better than normal agile for a linebacker, but he doesn't compare with Julian Peterson or DeMarcus Ware. Whatever the case, without Peterson, Seattle looks like a team that will struggle to create pass rush. Curry will not fix that. And it once again looks like a team that will struggle against mobile quarterbacks. Curry will not fix that either. However great, Curry is not the post-Julian Peterson pass-rusher Seattle needs.

  1. (Left) Curry slides towards the middle, contains, contains and then pushes into the pile for tackle after a Josh Haden rush of three.
  2. (Right) Dominique Davis play-fakes then rolls right. That puts him on an island opposite Curry. Curry briefly holds contain, but when he sees his teammate drop into the flat behind him, Curry rushes Davis. Davis is initially eight yards away and drops another two before Curry closes the gap. Davis throws it away before contact.
  3. (Left) Wake Forest is in a 4-2 nickel. Curry blitzes up the gut, but it's a draw and Haden runs past Curry before Curry can redirect. That's probably the quintessential agility play for a linebacker, and Curry is just too quick, too massive and too stiff to redirect so suddenly. Haden only gets five and the drive ends, but group Curry in with the rest of Seattle's front seven as another guy that's great on a line but can be run around.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Field Gulls

You must be a member of Field Gulls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Field Gulls. You should read them.

Join Field Gulls

You must be a member of Field Gulls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Field Gulls. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker