In a good secondary, Earl Thomas has potential to be great
Sometimes these guys will just do something on the practice field that makes your jaw drop. Like fly. During Seahawks minicamp last week, as the different units ran to drills at various parts of the field, the secondary players headed toward a line of 6-foot-tall blocking dummies that the defensive line players use to work on their pass-rush moves. Normal people run around such obstacles. Earl Thomas, Walter Thurmond and Will Blackmon each leaped over a bag. It was such a stunning display of flight, I cant tell you who got the best clearance or how much of a leap-frog boost they got, but each elevated enough to get their crotch over the top of the bag.
Let Pete Carroll take a shot at it, as the Seahawks fourth-year coach rates Thomas among the best safeties he has coached an impressive list that includes Ronnie Lott, Joey Browner, Tim McDonald, Lawyer Milloy and Lonnie Young, during Carrolls first stint in the NFL; Troy Polamalu, who he coached at USC; and Milloy again, during Carrolls first season with the Seahawks. These six combined for 33 Pro Bowls, 25 All-Pro berths and eight Super Bowl championships. Earl is as good as any of the (safeties) Ive ever coached, Carroll said. All those guys are different, and Earl is more like Troy because of his extraordinary speed and his size and all that. But theres no end to the potential that Earl has, because hes so fast and hes so tough. But more than that, hes just so driven to be great. Hes just driven to be a great player and a great teammate. He can make all the plays. Hes learning.
Thomas Earl Stone, 72
From his childhood, Tom was never happier than when he was on the salt water, especially King salmon fishing on the ocean or in the Strait. He and friend, Bruce Dishman, built a house in Sekiu to be close to the Straits, and his fishing expertise was constant and considerable. Tom was known for his custom of rising at 4 a.m., catching his limit and arriving back home by 6 a.m. with his fish filleted and stored in the freezer by 7 a.m. Tom had many talents he could repair an engine, build a house or a boat, log trees, plumb a sink or race a car and he generously shared his knowledge and his time to assist anyone. What he didnt know about an unfamiliar car engine was found by researching the Internet for a manual to complete the repair. His gift for storytelling was well known to us all, whether it was about grizzlies in Alaska, or eluding the persistent game wardens when fishing on the Strait. He was kind, compassionate, and down-to-earth with a wonderful sense of humor.
Earl Thomas ‘as good as any’ safety Pete Carroll’s seen
As noted earlier Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers ‘ Anthony Davis and the Seattle Seahawks ‘ Earl Thomas are among three players to start all 48 games over the past three seasons before turning 24. Davis has already received a contract extension. Thomas is in line for one. The chart breaks out all others with more than 35 starts over the past three seasons before they turned 24. Rolando McClain stands out as an exception for the wrong reasons. Most of the others have met general expectations. That doesn’t necessarily mean teams should rush out to draft especially young players. In some cases, it means exceptionally talented players were good enough to attract teams’ interest in the absence of college seasoning.
Pete Carroll: No end to Earl Thomas’ potential
Friend(s) Email Over the past three decades, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has watched safeties Ronnie Lott, Troy Polamalu , Joey Browner, Tim McDonald, Lawyer Milloy and Lonnie Young combine for 33 Pro Bowl s, 25 All-Pro berths and eight Super Bowl championships. Still just 24 years old, Earl Thomas already is in that class of safeties. “Earl is as good as any of the (safeties) I’ve ever coached,” Carroll said, via the Seahawks’ official team website . “All those guys are different, and Earl is more like Troy because of his extraordinary speed and his size and all that. But there’s no end to the potential that Earl has, because he’s so fast and he’s so tough. But more than that, he’s just so driven to be great.” Thomas is an example of a player viewed differently by the analytics crowd than by the NFL. Despite back-to-back Pro Bowl s and a first-team All-Pro selection in 2012, ProFootballFocus.com ranked Thomas as the 34th-best safety in the league last season. NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell has called Thomas the league’s best coverage safety and arguably the most complete safety in the NFL. Thomas is one of the few safeties capable of patrolling the back end of the defense, timing blitzes well and making plays in the run game.
Seattle Seahawks salary cap outlook: Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas are bargains in the secondary
At Thomas suggestion, they will all perform two songs, including one that each wrote especially for the concert. The twist is that no one he chose for the lineup which includes Eve Selis, Joey Harris, Gregory Page and Bart Mendoza is a blues artist. I think this is unique, said Thomas, a four-time San Diego Music Award winner. Ive already heard the songs Joey, Bart, Mark DeCerbo and Princess have written, and they are each coming at it with their own style and approach. Proceeds from the show will go to The Blues Foundation. The nonprofit organization is seeking to build a Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis, directly across from that citys National Civil Rights Museum. Thomas plans to do more benefit concerts in other cities after he returns from a fall concert tour of Poland, the Czech republic, Slovakia, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. he and veteran blues artist Curtis Delgado are currently working on a Blues Foundation benefit show in Portland. Thomas hopes to eventually stage a benefit in New York at B.B.
Earl Thomas builds on the blues
Like I said, name another secondary in history that had multiple All-Pros and perennial Pro-Bowlers at every position. Name one with multiple bruising hitters like Kam Chancellor and Brandon Browner, balanced with excellent shutdown coverage DBs like Thomas and Sherman. There werent any. The NFL has never seen a secondary like the Legion of Boom. socalseahawker says: Jun 18, 2013 12:57 PM If ET could learn how to catch the ball hed lead the league in picks!! Its so frustrating to watch him constantly be in the right spot and to have the ball bounce off his hands. I guess thats why hes a DB and not a WR. Go Hawks!!
Anthony Davis, Earl Thomas in perspective
Looming Contract Issues: 2014 is shaping up to be a very interesting offseason for the Seahawks, particularly along the defensive line. Michael Bennett, O’Brien Schofield and Tony McDaniel signed one-year deals in Seattle and will be free agents next offseason. Cliff Avril signed a two-year contract, but if he doesn’t work out, the Seahawks can pull the chord and avoid $5 million in base salary becoming fully guaranteed by releasing Avril within five days after Super Bowl XLVIII. Chris Clemons, who is coming off a torn ACL and turns 32 in October, has a non-guaranteed base salary of $7.5 million in 2014, the final year of his contract. Then there’s Red Bryant, who is due a $3 million roster bonus on the fourth day of the league year, which could be converted (perhaps with some of his $4.5 million base salary) to create additional cap space that the Seahawks might need. Richard Sherman (USA Today Sports Images) Tate, McQuistan, Giacomini, cornerbacks Brandon Browner, fullback Michael Robinson, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and long-snapper Clint Gresham will be unrestricted free agents next offseason, while wide receiver Doug Baldwin and safety Jeron Johnson will be a restricted free agents.