Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune takes a closer look at the emerging Seattle Seahawks safety duo of Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. Nicknamed Bam Bam (Chancellor) and Deuce (Thomas) by defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, the two are the youngest safety tandem in the league.
And their play also have garnered the nickname thunder and lightning as a duo, although it’s hard to distinguish which one is thunder and which one is lightning. Boling:
“This was expected of Thomas, the 14th overall pick of the 2010 draft, but Chancellor was a fifth-rounder that year out of Virginia Tech. Thomas was a big-play Texas Longhorn who ran the 40 in the 4.3s, while Chancellor was bigger than some Seahawks linebackers at 6-foot-3, 232 pounds.
“If the two are developing an almost telepathic connection on the field at times now, it’s an outgrowth of their off-the-field friendship. “Ever since we got here, Kam and I have been the best of friends; he’s been my roommate since day one,” Thomas said. “We work out in the summer together, so the chemistry has been there from the start.”
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“In the offseason, they get together for extra work and also head to a fitness center and terrorize locals who show up for some pick-up basketball action.
“It was just something that clicked,” Chancellor said of their friendship.
In my story today, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell says it’s important for the offense to get off to a quicker start than they did last week.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press talks to the only Seattle players left from the Super Bowl matchup with Pittsburgh – Leroy Hill and Marcus Trufant.
David Eskenazi of SportsPressNW.com jumps in the wayback machine to take a look at the birth of the Seattle Seahawks, with the team playing its first game in franchise history 35 years ago this week. It’s worth a read.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about the toughness that Tarvaris Jackson has shown hanging in the pocket in dealing with consistent defensive pressure so far this season.
More Farnsworth: A report from Wednesday’s practice.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates his 60th birthday with the launch of A Better Seattle – a gang prevention program in cooperation with the YCMA in the greater Seattle area.
Christian Caple of Seattlepi.com has this quote from Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison about his team’s 35-7 loss to Baltimore: “We got beat like we stole something. They came out to play and they played a lot better than we did. We take it as what it is.”
Bob Heist of the Pensacola News Journal writes about the impressive rookie debut of local product Doug Baldwin.
Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that Steelers defensive linemen are concerned about illegal chop blocks. Pittsburgh can expect to see a steady diet of cut blocks against the Seahawks this week.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Steelers could run some no-huddle against Seattle.