One player who has steadily improved since training camp is Seattle Seahawks corner Walter Thurmond. The University of Oregon product was thrown into the starting lineup for the second time in a month against Chicago when Kelly Jennings suffered a hamstring injury in the first half, and despite being targeted several times he responded with five tackles and two pass break ups.
One of the reasons for Thurmond’s improvement is it’s been over a year since his knee surgery, so he’s playing without a brace and has increased mobility.
But Thurmond also is playing faster and with more confidence now that he better understands Seattle’s scheme. And he understands opposing offenses will find him when he’s in the game.
“I’m going to be aware of that every time I’m on the field because I’m a rookie,” he said. “But I want them to come at me. I want to make those plays. So keep on coming, you know. You just want to go out there and compete.”
Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles pens this detailed profile of Seahawks receiver Mike Williams NFL comeback, which includes this quote for Pete Carroll. “I hate to say this but I didn’t take Mike seriously when he said he was coming back. I wish I would have taken him more seriously but based on his time away I couldn’t imagine him turning it around.”
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune writes the Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz tried unsuccessfully to run to the weak side of an unbalanced line formation against Seattle, with Chicago tight end Greg Olsen giving up 70 pounds to Seattle defensive end Red Bryant.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that although Seattle didn’t make a trade before Tuesday’s deadline, they already had made 13 trades this season.
The NFL comes down hard on violent hits, fining players a total of $175K for what they deemed flagrant hits over the weekend.
Vaughn McClure of he Chicago Tribune reports that Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is upset with the league’s recent stand in flagrant hits. Urlacher: “It’s freaking football. There are going to be big hits. I don’t understand how they can do this after one weekend of hitting. And I can’t understand how they can suspend us for it. I think it’s a bunch of bull (crap).
”You know what we should do? We should just put flags on everybody. Let’s make it the NFFL — the National Flag Football League. It’s unbelievable.”
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports writes the that league can’t change the fact the NFL is a physical, tough game.
ESPN’s Mike Sando believes Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy will be credited with a second sack from the Chicago game, making him the 11 person in league history to reach 20 sacks and 20 interceptions.
ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard breaks down Justin Forsett’s 9-yard touchdown run in this video link.
Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated ranks the playing careers of all 32 NFL coaches. Mike Singletary tops the list. Pete Carroll comes in at No. 19.