A recap of the day’s activities:
Aaron Curry. Coach Pete Carroll has been talking about unleashing the second-year linebacker as a pass rusher since his introductory news conference in January. It finally happened in Sunday’s big win over the Cardinals in Arizona.
Curry, last year’s first-round draft choice, had a pair of sacks among his season-high seven tackles.
“Aaron Curry had his best game for us,” Carroll said. “He was active and around the ball – had a couple of sacks and nice plays in the running game.”
That he did. On his first sack, Curry chased Cardinals quarterback down from across the field for a 9-yard loss on a third-and-6. On the second sack, Curry also forced Anderson to fumble, and defensive end Chris Clemons recovered.
But Curry also stopped Tim Hightower for no gain on a third-and-5 play from the Seahawks’ 5-yard line and had another tackle of Hightower for a 1-yard gain.
Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley could see Curry’s big game coming.
“Gus mentioned it coming back on the bus (Sunday) night that Aaron really had a look in his eye before the game and was really pumped about this game,” Carroll said. “I don’t know why that was so much different, but Gus noticed it.”
It was impossible to overlook Curry once the game started.
“He went out and tore it up and had a nice ball game for us,” Carroll said. “So you know, there can be a time when you turn a corner and all that. I think he’s played really solid for us throughout and I think this was his best game getting after the quarterback.
“We need him.”
And Curry needed a game like this, especially with the Seahawks traveling to New Orleans on Friday for this week’s game against the Saints and QB Drew Brees.
“I just got a lot of opportunities to make plays, and capitalized on it,” Curry said after the first multiple-sack game of his 23-game career. “It definitely feels good to go out there and get a win on the road like that against a division opponent, no matter what the stats are.”
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Mike Williams’ 35-reception streak ranks second in franchise history to – who else – Steve Largent over a five-game period.
Largent caught 36 passes in a five-game stretch that stretched over two seasons: 12 vs. the Broncos, eight vs. the Lions, four vs. the Chiefs and seven vs. the Broncos to close the 1984 season and five vs. the Bengals in the 1985 season opener.
But not even “The Great Steve Largent,” as former Raiders cornerback Lester Hayes used to refer to him, did what Williams has accomplished in a five-game run during one season – most noticeably Williams’ bookend 11-catch games against the Cardinals and a 10-catch effort against the Bears. In between, Williams had one catch against the Raiders and two against the Giants.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Just knowing him, what he brings to this team, what he brings to the community, it’s just a positive vibe. Roy is the most positive person I’ve met. He’s always happy. He always comes in and he’s even keeled, he’s positive. He’s everything that you would want in a Man of the Year.” – senior director of player development Maurice Kelly, on cornerback Roy Lewis