Dave Boling of The News Tribune profiles Seahawks safety Earl Thomas after Tuesday’s announcement that he made the Pro Bowl as a starter at free safety.
Thomas said while the interceptions numbers aren’t as much as last year, more film study and a commitment to playing sound defense has led to less big plays given up by Seattle’s defense.
“We always know what we’re going to get out of Earl,” defensive end Red Bryant said. “He’s the hardest worker. He studies hard. He’s all about his teammates and he’s all about business.”
With Thomas making the team and cornerback Brandon Browner and Kam Chanceller selected as first alternates, the Seahawks have one of the best defensive backfields in the league. Defensive backs coach Kris Richard said he sensed something special with this group at the beginning of training camp: "I’m very humbled by the acknowledgement. And it’s a testament to the guys’ hard work and their dedication. And it’s been emphasized from Day 1. They set high standards for themselves, and have competed well to live up to or surpass those standards.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that the trio of defensive backs say they would not have been honored without the efforts of the entire defense.
ESPN’s Mike Sando provides some observations from the Seattle-San Francisco game, including the Seahawks botched call on third-and goal that forced them to settle for a field goal. Sando says the Seahawks should have played through Paul McQuistan’s slight twitch before the snap.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that cornerback Brandon Browner made it through a stressful situation during the lockout when money was tight to finally arrive in his first season in the NFL.
Doug Kretz of Scouts Inc. breaks down the Seattle-Arizona game. He’s likes the Cardinals 24-23.
Brian Burke writing for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives Seattle a 41 percent win chance at Arizona.
Jim Moore of ESPN 710 Seattle predicts the Seahawks will finish 8-8 next year.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that Kevin Kolb likely will miss his third straight game because of lingering concussion symptoms, which means the Seahawks will face backup John Skelton.