Seahawks' Curry learns costly lessons

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Seahawks rookie Aaron Curry seemed to transform the Seattle defense with his edgy play against the Rams in Week 1.

The league fined him $5,000 for hitting Rams tackle Jason Smith in the knee area after a play.

Robbie Tobeck, Brock Huard and Mike Salk spoke with Curry on 710ESPN Seattle. Turns out Week 1 was not the only time Curry incurred a fine this season. The details came out after Salk asked Curry whether he had toned down his game since the opener.

Curry: I think I have taken one step out of my game as far as the whistle goes. I like to play to or through the whistle, but I guess playing through the whistle gets you dings in your pockets.

Salk: Did you get a ding in your pocket?

Curry: Yeah, I've had one every week except for last week.

Tobeck: I don't have problems with it. I love it. One of the things I really enjoyed watching was that first game of the year against the Rams and you and Steven Jackson were going at it. He was trying to take you out and you were taking your shots on him and I love it. That's football and that is what is so fun about football is being able to take a shot on a guy.

Salk: That's why you are going to pay his fines.

Tobeck: Remember, I was an undrafted free agent as a rookie. There is a big difference between the 108 grand I made as a rookie.

Curry said he's become more selective as to when he can "go into the pile" as plays are ending.