Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes about the impressive development of Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. The rookie continues to play at a high level, with five interceptions on the season, and at fifth overall in Pro Bowl voting, is Seattle’s only position player (Leon Washington also is fifth as a returner) who has a shot at making it to Hawaii.
So the Seahawks knew all about Thomas’ instincts and athleticism. What he has taught them about in the past few months, though, has been at least equally important to his success: his attitude.
“He’s been a great studier; he stays late, he meets with the coaches afterward, he really cares. He’s really determined to be a great player,” Carroll said. “He’s got just the right mentality of a young guy who’s fighting to figure it out.”
Safety Lawyer Milloy, a veteran of 15 NFL seasons, has been a perfect mentor for Thomas. Playing at his side, he probably has the best view of Thomas’ performance.“I’m very happy with his progress, starting with draft day,” Milloy said. “He’s got that frame of mind; he wants to be great. He’s a perfectionist, and he gets mad when he doesn’t do it the right way.
“A lot of what separates the great ones from the average is the mental approach, and he’s doing everything the right way.”
The return of Colin Cole should boost Seattle’s run defense. Cole and Brandon Mebane have only played four games together. In those four contests, Seattle has held teams to 80 yards rushing a game. When one of the two has been out, Seattle has given up 149 yards rushing a contest.
Isaiah Trufant, the younger brother of Marcus Trufant and the UFL’s defensive player of the year, signed with the New York Jets’ practice squad.
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had a mic on for the Carolina game, and you can check out that in this video.
Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com says the Seahawks’ selection of Earl Thomas because of rangy coverage ability proved a wise choice.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that Lofa Tatupu dealt with bouts of depression during his injury-plagued season last year, but has stayed on the field and returned as one of the needed leaders on defense this season.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee writes that San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith has a lot on the line come Sunday against the Seahawks.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post offers his second installment on his primer for upcoming CBA talks.