Wright or Curry at OLB
As soon as the Kansas City Chiefs selected defensive end Tyson Jackson I started jumping up and down and cheering for the first time during any draft.
It appeared obvious to me that the Seahawks would use the 4th overall pick on Aaron Curry whom many, including myself, expected to step in and be a great linebacker. I figured it wouldn’t be long before the Chiefs regretted passing up on Curry.
Kansas City may have wondered for a moment when Aaron came out the first 6 games of his rookie season and lit the NFL on fire with his intesity but that soon wore off.
Four days after his 6th game he had a major change in his life, Maxwell Curry was born. Unfortunately becoming a father wasn’t the only thing to change.
Gone was the intensity on the football field that had made him the 4th overall pick in the draft. Before becoming a father Aaron averaged 6.2 tackles .33 sacks and .33 forced fumbles per game but since becoming a father those numbers have dropped to 3.7 tackles .03 sacks and .07 forced fumbles per game.
Coming into this season Pete Carroll had high expectations for the former 1st round draft pick. What he got was a lot of inconsistent play, an inability to maintain gap control, an inability to diagnose plays quickly enough and a lack of awareness.
Last week the decision was made to place Aaron on the second team and make Rookie Linebacker and 4th round draft pick KJ Wright the starter.
Wright is not the physical specamine that Curry is but he already plays with more assignment integrity. He may not make as many big plays as Aaron but he is not going to give them up either.
In zone coverage he looks around his zone and realizes when he needs to drop deeper which is something Curry struggled with even this week against the Cardinals in his one series. Speaking of that series it was the only one where Arizona’s offense scored a touchdown.
Once the play starts Wright is quick to diagnose the play. If there is a play he can make he can get off blocks or make a would-be blocker miss him completely.
Maybe if Aaron Curry spent a little less time with his “bible study” on twitter and a little more time in the film room and with his nose in his playbook he would be the player we all had hoped he would become.
For now the choice is clear Wright is the right choice.