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Wednesday practice report: Thomas picked as Pro Bowl alternate

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm with 9 Comments »
December 29, 2010 3:18 pm

Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate today. He obviously was hoping for some better news, but still is happy with the accomplishment.

“I feel pretty good about it,” Thomas said. “I think there’s a lot of politics that go into it. But I’m happy to be in this situation. Right now I’m just worried about the game Sunday, and hopefully we can get a win and make the playoffs.”

Thomas also talked about his performance during the year. The verdict? A work in progress.

“It’s been up and down,” Thomas said about his rookie year. “I started off the season pretty strong. I had rough times at a point in time, but all together with the team I think we did a great job of just controlling what we could control on defense and going from there.”

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was in uniform at practice today but did not participate. Linebacker Lofa Tatupu (knee) did not participate in practice as well.

Today’s practice was the most intense I’ve seen in awhile. Pete Carroll had the offensive and defensive lines go through one-on-one drills with the entire team watching, and did the same thing with one-on-one pass drills, driving the competition level up.

The players seem focused, and understand that Sunday’s game presents an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often – making the playoffs.

“Honestly, my rookie year I didn’t really understand the magnitude of the playoffs,” said offensive tackle Sean Locklear, who played in the postseason as a rookie in the 2004 season. “Everybody wants to go, but how hard it is to get there. And older guys tell you, but I don’t think you really understand until you’ve actually been there, and actually played.

“So I try to tell the guys, look at the last two years. We haven’t been there, not even close. So to have this opportunity, there’s a lot of teams with a better record that don’t have this chance. So we need to take advantage of what it is now.”

Charlie Whitehurst had one of his better practices today, as the ball rarely touched the ground during individual and team drills.

“You could tell he’s ready to go,” said receiver Mike Williams. “He’s had his opportunities here and there, and he’s ready to seize the moment. So our group and the guys up front, we’ve got to do our part, and a little extra.”

Along with Hasselbeck and Tatupu, Brandon Stokley (head), and Olindo Mare (back) did not practice today.

For St. Louis, tight end Mike Hoomanawanui (ankle) did not practice and cornerback Jerome Murphy (finger) was a limited participant in practice.

Notes from practice
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  1. Good for Whitehurst. I like the Seahawks chances if Whitehurst can merely play like an average QB on Sunday.

  2. Well, if Whitehurst can throw for more than 70 yards this Sunday against a better defense, and continue NOT turning the ball over, we could win this one. Although, the Rams has a better defense, and watching what Blount did against us this past Sunday, I’m worried what Steven Jackson will do this week, he is just a scary player to face without the stout run defense we had in the previous game against them. Let’s just hope they don’t make a fool out of themselves, we are an overlooked franchise in the first place, don’t make them mock us (more than most people do now) as well.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    That sounds like a very solid practice. Great news, especially for CW.

    I have to say that considering how, “inconsistent” we’ll call it, their defense has played, especially the left side vs the run, that it will likely take more than just average play from either CW or Hass.

    Like I said in another thread, if CW goes what a wonderful opportunity, considering what is at steak. I really hope he takes advantage of it for him personally and the team as a whole.

    Seeing the pro-mos for the game during last night’s game really got me pumped up. I’m excited, record be damned.

  4. @ Duke- They’re going to make CW into a steak if he doesn’t play well? poor guy

    haha….just kidding around….i think you meant stake or you are just hungry….and yes, i am the spelling and grammar police today.

    All I have to say is: GO CHARLIE, GO HAWKS! Rams be damned!!!

    Playoffs experience is very valuable!! even if we get killed by the almighty Saints….

  5. Hope CW is as tough as a steak and nobody says, “Stick a fork in him. He’s done.”

  6. Dukeshire says:

    DFloydd – Thank you. And I am in fact grilling stakes (;)) tonight.

  7. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Unfortunately, “average play” is all we’ll likely get from CW, but I’ll root for whomever lines up under center either way.

    Awesome news about Earl! He totally deserves the Pro Bowl, even if he’s an alternate for now.

    Getting pumped for the game…GO SEAHAWKS!

  8. I think it’s going to be absolutely necessary to limit the play selection for Whitehurst. I don’t know if he needs to be in a rhythm like Hasselbeck, but the coaches need to get him into some comfort zone. Maybe put an extra body in the backfield to protect him.

    The Hawks need to take advantage of Charlie’s mobility and let him get outside of the pocket, yet keep him from throwing across the field. If he starts out well, then you can call some riskier plays.

  9. Cw had a good practice becuz the ball didn’t hit the ground too many times?
    Wow, That sounds impressive.

    Petey is acting stranger than normal talking about Matt’s injury.
    Is he just trying to make sure CW is ready or does he not have any intention on starting Matt? (if able)

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