How serious is linebacker Aaron Curry about reviving his career with the Giants?
“I’m relaxed. I’m just going to go out there and have fun,” he said. “My only concern is just to have fun and do all the right things and do what they ask me to do. But if I’m not having fun, I’m kind of wasting time.”
Okay, so the image of having fun might not support the notion that Curry is serious about his profession, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Since singing with the Giants on May 10, Curry has put himself on a strict diet and workout program that he said has resulted in a 15 lb. weight loss, dropping him down to about 250 lbs. That commitment to getting into shape didn’t go unnoticed by head coach Tom Coughlin.
“I think it was really important so that he would know that I’m committed to the program,” Curry said when told of Coughlin’s praise.
“I’m committed to what they’re telling me to do, whether it’s on the field or off the field or with my weight or with my play. Anything they coach me up on, I’m going to at least attempt it. And so through all of my training, I did all the right things necessary for my nutrition. I trained like normal, but I just made sure I was making all the right decisions based on knowing I had to come in and weigh in.”
Curry said he’s been working at the strongside linebacker spot so far, but that he remains open to going wherever he’s asked to move. In the meantime, he is pleased with his progress in learning the team’s playbook.
“I’m pretty comfortable, but I know I don’t know it all,” he said. “The one thing that I do every snap is I trust whatever decision I make and I trust that if it’s the wrong decision, that (linebackers) Coach (Jim) Hermann is going to fix it.”
What Curry does know is that he can become the playmaker that many thought he would be when he was initially drafted in the first round in 2009 by Seattle.
“No doubt in my mind,” he said without hesitation. “Sometimes I think we always think that the playmaker is a guy that has 30 sacks or 15 sacks, but sometimes you have a nose tackle and he’s an extreme playmaker because he demands a double-team and he doesn’t get any glory or you have a Mike linebacker that fullbacks fear. To me, they’re considered playmakers because without them the next guy can’t make that spectacular play.