Around the NFC West: Curry's end game?


Looks like Seattle Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry will find out whether a few tweets can accelerate his departure from the team.

Curry, who used Twitter to lament his use as a pass-rusher last season, has let loose with a few curious tweets following his Week 3 removal from the starting lineup.

When packfan_1995 mentioned to Curry that the Seahawks had enjoyed a big win against Arizona, Curry replied, with, "yea they won." Curry also said he would embrace a chance to play for the Carolina Panthers.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times has the details. O'Neil: "There were no indications Tuesday that there was any change to his status with the Seahawks. He is listed as Wright's backup at strongside linebacker in the team's official release for this week. It appears the two sides are headed for a split, and it appears the question now is how clean the break will be." Noted: The Seahawks have already declared their hand on Curry by shortening his contract and replacing him in the starting lineup with rookie K.J. Wright. The contract change gave the Seahawks an easy out if they wanted to release Curry following the 2011 season. Releasing Curry before then would be possible, but the team would be eating millions in guaranteed money for 2011. Trading Curry would obviously have appeal, but it's unlikely another team would acquire his contract for this season. Rules would prevent Seattle from agreeing to pick up most of Curry's 2011 salary to facilitate a trade. Those rules complicated 2010 efforts to trade receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who also had short-term contract guarantees. The Seahawks wound up cutting Houshmandzadeh, then paying most of his salary after Houshmandzadeh signed with Baltimore.

Brock Huard of 710ESPN Seattle says Matt Hasselbeck's departure from the Seahawks is hurting the team on the field in the short term while allowing young players such as Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor to grow into leaders for the team's long-term betterment.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic runs through several critical plays that spelled defeat for the Cardinals against Seattle in Week 3, including the one featuring a third-down pass to Andre Roberts on a receiver screen. Quarterback Kevin Kolb changed the play at the line of scrimmage, but not everyone made the right adjustment. Somers: "Looking at video of the play, it appears tight end Todd Heap was the one who made the mistake. He was in the middle of three receivers lined up to the right on that play, with Early Doucet on the inside. Heap ran a crossing route across the middle, away from the screen, while Doucet tried in vain to get outside quickly enough to help Roberts. Matching (ken) Whisenhunt's comments with the replay, it appears Heap either should have been lined up in Doucet's spot, or at the very least, understood that the audible meant he had to block for Roberts. Even with the mistake, Roberts had room if he had cut inside. Instead, he danced a bit and was tackled." Noted: Weather conditions, crowd noise and new players' inexperience in Arizona's offense complicated the Cardinals' efforts to operate efficiently against what appears to be a solid Seattle defense.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com checks in with Cardinals kicker Jay Feely following a rough game.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams appear to be regressing on defense. Thomas: "The leaks in the secondary have been glaring since Ron Bartell suffered a season-ending neck injury in Week 1 against Philadelphia. But despite good work from ends Chris Long and first-rounder Robert Quinn against Baltimore, the Rams' pass rush has been sporadic all season. There's been very little inside push so far. But if (Steve) Spagnuolo could do just one thing to make the defense right, it would have nothing to do with coverage or the pass rush." Noted: The struggles stopping the run have been most confounding given the Rams' offseason emphasis to improve in that area. Falling behind in games and having insufficient offensive firepower to respond has put the defense in tougher situations. Still, the overall run defense has been far weaker than anyone could have reasonably anticipated.

Also from Thomas: The Rams have signed free-agent cornerback Rod Hood.

More from Thomas: a chat transcript in which he says owner Stan Kroenke likely would not make any in-season coaching changes, but the Rams need to win some games to ensure stability beyond this season.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com has this to say about Alex Smith during his player-by-player review of the 49ers' offense from Week 3: "He completed 20 of 30 passes for a season-high 201 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating was 85.6. Smith was sacked five times. Afterward, he reported no injuries. A week earlier, he sustained a concussion in the second quarter of the 49ers' loss to the Cowboys but remained in the game. He did not report his injury to the medical staff until after that game. In three games, Smith has been sacked 11 times and has yet to fumble. In the fourth quarter, Smith completed 5 of 6 attempts for 57 yards. Late in the third quarter, he had a TD pass nullified when Michael Crabtree was ruled to have stepped out of the back of the end zone before catching an apparent 10-yard scoring pass."

Also from Maiocco: a player-by-player review of the defense. On rookie Aldon Smith: "Entered the game as part of the 49ers' nickel defense at right defensive end. He played approximately 20 snaps and did not record any tackles or quarterback pressures."

Scott Skinner of the San Francisco Chronicle takes a peek inside the 49ers' planned new stadium. More here.