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Morning links: Earl Thomas an elite safety?

Post by Eric Williams on June 23, 2011 at 10:40 am with 30 Comments »
June 23, 2011 10:42 am
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (Tony Overman/The Olympian).

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network continues his position-by-position analysis this week, ranking Seattle Seahawks’ Earl Thomas as one of the top five safeties in the league.

Kirwan:

“The only person who has coached both Polamalu and Thomas is Pete Carroll, who told me at the end of the season that Thomas is the closest he’s ever seen to Polamalu’s skills. Thomas had five interceptions as a rookie, the same number as Reed and more than both Collins and Polamalu.”

Art Thiel of Sportpresssnw.com writes that Seahawks Stadium’s new name CenturyLink could be a lot worse.

Ivan Maisel of ESPN.com pens an interesting story on how the University of Washington, as an urban school located in an NFL city, continued to thrive even when the Seahawks arrived in 1976.

Seahawks receiver Golden Tate talks with Dave Grosby and Bob Stelton of ESPN 710 Seattle, telling them that he is ready for a bigger role in his second season.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network tells KJR’s Mitch Levy that it will be Matt Hasselbeck’s decision to return to Seattle once free agency begins, but he may have to take less than he was originally offered in this audio link.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look back at the 1994 team.

NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus believes his client, Seahawks kicker Olindo Mare, will be the top kicker in this year’s free agent class.

Seahawks seventh round draft pick Pep Levingston has signed with Players Rep Sports Management. The same agency represents Raheem Brock.

Brian McIntyre notes that San Francisco free agent defensive end Ray McDonald could end up in Seattle as a plan B option at defensive tackle if the Seahawks cannot bring back Brandon Mebane.

LEN Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange writes that a new CBA will expand the pool of unrestricted free agents to players with four years of service like Mebane.

For news on the NFL labor front, check out Albert Breer of the NFL Network’s latest update, where he reports that owners and players are within striking distance of a deal, and that an “all-revenue” model has helped simplify negotiations.

As usual, Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post offers a nice, blow-by-blow assessment of each issue that must be resolved in order for a new CBA to come to fruition.

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports says most players that he has spoken to are OK with the parameters of a potential deal.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    If Thomas isn’t elite now (and he’s not yet, IMO) he will be in the very near future. He’s so talented, amazing work ethic and heart. Barring injuries, #29 will be hanging in the Ring.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Matt Bowen has a great piece about tempering rookie expectations this year, in the absence of off season work.

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Should-we-give-rookies-a-pass-in-2011.html

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Coach Jeff Fisher has said, “Today’s safeties are smaller and faster, but they break down when having to defend the run play in and play out.”

    Just like Sanders, Reed, and Polamalu before him Thomas,( unfortunately), is almost certain to have injuries. Hopefully they won’t happen soon and they won’t be serious.

    Just like Dukeshire says, Thomas will be elite! He is the most exciting defensive player that I have seen for the Hawks since the great Kenny Easley!

  4. SeahawkFan12 says:

    SOOOO psyched that Earl is a Seahawk. His talent is immense and his potential is huge. Love watching him play…

  5. HawksOrFan says:

    I agree Thomas will be hanging in the ring one day. Hopefully Legree will be as good as they figured.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I am so excited about Legree and Thomas. Big time playmakers!

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good piece by Bowen Dukeshire.
    I’m not expecting much from rookies this year, at least in the first half. However I do think that our coaching staff can coach players up more quickly then most other staffs.
    And thank goodness this isn’t Carolls first year! Imagine the chaos that the 49ers will have to deal with this year. I just hope the 49ers don’t end up with the worst record! Just second worst!

  8. Matty, thanks for all the highs and even the lows you’ve brought the city of Seattle and the 12th Man, but its time to come to grips with reality and take that pay cut so you can honorably retire in Seahawks blue while helping the current state and future of the Seahawks organization in a transitional role.

    I too am excited for E.T.’s sophomore effort and also excited for Mark LeGree. The new ENFORCERS!

  9. The slippery slope of injuries and Free Agency may leave the “ring” in need of revisions “light versions”, as in a new stat/career comps. Truely though, if he indeed is a future HOF’er keeping him locked up won’t be the problem, keeping him healthy and locked up will be.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    All this talk of elite safeties just makes me more upset that the great Kenny Easley is not even a consideration for the hall of fame!
    Not one of these so-called elite safeties of this day could do what Kenny Easley could do!

    Not one of them!

  11. Who is Bowen Dukeshire?

  12. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – There’s no doubt Easley is HOF worthy. Even the late Bill Walsh noted that he deserves to be in the Hall, and would be if his career wasn’t cut short. He and Ronnie Lott were the best of their generation and two of the best defenders of all time.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    woofu – Matt Bowen writes for the National Football Post and the Chicago Trib and played safety for the Rams, Packers and ‘Skins in the early / mid ’00s. His Players Page on NFP is a terrific column, one of the best football columns in the country. He’s totally down to earth, focuses on Xs and Os and offers genuine insight into the NFL and the game. IMO, he is an absolute must read. Check him out if you’re not familiar.

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Even with his career cut short Easley lasted longer then the average NFL career.

    Easley did more than enough in seven years to prove he is hall of fame worthy!

    What a complete injustice!

    I’m sure Shaun Alexander will make it long before Easley will. What a joke!

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Gale Sayers- 6 years in the NFL-HOF.

    Earl Cambell- 8 years in the NFL-HOF.

    Kenny Easley-7 years in the NFL-Not considered HOF.

    We are talking about arguably the greatest safety in the history of the NFL as well as College and high school.

    I will suspend this rant for another day!

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Aside from the notion Alexander will ever get in, I couldn’t agree more. Preaching to the choir. Beyond the short career (for most HOFers), he played defense and in Seattle. Sadly, kiss of death. Even if he had an 11 year career, he might still not have gotten in. Ask Tez…

  17. I disagree about not expecting much from this rookie class. Two guys (Carp/Mof) are basically going to man the entire right side of our offensive line. That’s pretty important and they are getting thrown in there from day one (according to comPete and Cable). They may or may not live up to expectations, but they are going to play a significant role.

    Since Kenny Easley is my favorite football player of all time, I’m probably pretty biased when talking about him and the Hall of Fame. Same with Dale Murphy in Cooperstown.

  18. BobbyK,

    I much prefer your “comPete” reference to your old one.

    Also, like you, he’s mine as well & influenced me a ton as I was also a safety in school when he played. I can’t wait for my son to start playing so I can teach him the ropes. It will be cool for him to grow up watching ET–& hopefully Legree will live up to his potential.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    I don’t think Bowen meant that rookies won’t play important roles on teams this year. Just that their learning curve has been retarded and significantly shortened and that the play on the field may reflect that.

    I’m with you on Carpenter and Mof. They will struggle at times regardless. But I cannot wait to see how far they come from the games in September to how they play in December and what that means for this line’s (team’s) future. It’s going to be fun.

  20. I’ll still throw out a few “Mr. Happy” here and there, but now we’re on a new calendar/football year so I thought this one would work out.

    One thing about ET is that he isn’t going to have to phone home to the trainers room as often because he’s still so young. I agree about the injuries later in his career, but he’s still younger than some players who are going to get drafted in 2012. Picking at #14 last year really was a good spot (Earl Thomas, Mike Iupati, Maurkice Pouncy, Bryan Bulaga, and I haven’t given up on Derrick Morgan either… not fair to judge someone if they get hurt).

    Get a deal done! And get Mebane resigned soon after!

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think it will be one of the most important ,( Carpenters, and Mofs development throughout the season), things that will determine the Seahawks success for next year.
    The developement of the secondary will be another. I think we finally have a good foundation to build on. Should be fun to watch.

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Development.” Well at least I was 1 for 2 on that one.

  23. I forgot how young ET actually is. Wasn’t he not even old enough to drink a beer when we picked him up?

    I agree with watching the OL develop & the secondary. It’ll also be fun watching that competition at safety & corner. Duke & Bobby, any predictions as to our eventual starters? Do we pick up Nnamdi? I also can’t wait to see what Browner does.

  24. ryanryan says:

    So I live in atlanta, and work at a building called Terminus in a part of the city called Buckhead. I am a building engineer and have free access to the work out facility here. The past few weeks I have been working out earlier than normal so that I can work out at the same time as a bunch of NFL players…the list is usually like this: Aubrayo Franklin (he lives in the condos here), Calvin Johnson, Tashard Choice, LeRoy Hill (lives here too) and a bunch of others that I don’t really recognize without their uniforms on but its usually about 10-12 guys (Matt Stafford has been here the past couple of days)…anyway, they are working out but totally going through the motions, not working hard at all with the exception of Calvin Johnson who works his ass off the whole time. I am really worried about injuries when they start getting back into it because if any of the Hawks (and I left out Hill purposefully) are working out as lazily as these goofs are then the whole league might be in real trouble.

    Also, they are all talking as of yesterday that they have 3 more days of freedom…for whatever its worth.

    I can’t remember who they were talking about but I guess at some point a hall of famer (was it favre?) got another players autograph after a game or something and all of these guys were clowning him saying if you have anything left after a game to go and try to get someone’s autograph you were a punk. After that convo they were kind of talking about mike vick and how you would likely approach him for an autograph, “Yo mike man – its a shame what they did to you over them dogs yo…I don’t even like dogs man, can I get an autograph?” It was funny as s&*t and everyone was laughing. They pretty much cut up and make jokes the whole time they are “working out”.

    Anyway, I’m not sure if anyone is interested in that kind of stuff but there’s plenty of fuel for fodder down here in Atlanta…they guys are pretty cool about talking to me when they are here. Although I haven’t approached LeRoy Hill about being a Seahawk fan, I am just waiting for him to slip up and talk smack about the organization.

  25. ryanryan says:

    I’m looking at the falcons and sf roster pics to see if i recognize anyone…jamaal anderson is another guy from falcons thats here every time. Tony Gonzalez lives here but doesnt’ work out here.

  26. ryanryan says:

    Patrick Willis

  27. ryanryan – good stuff there, thanx!

  28. ryan – I like that kind of stuff. If I were a Lions fan, I’d be pretty jacked about Johnson and Suh leading that team to the next level. I’m no Lions fan, but I’d like to see Suh w/20 sacks and if any DT ever could do it, my money is on him! He’s like the only non-Seahawk I would ever consider buying a jersey of in this day and age.

    rgbuckl – I think we should try to sign him. I’ve said this many times, but even though he’s older, he is still so much better than almost everyone else that he’s still going to be elite in 4-5 years. Plus, he’s a high character guy that you can trust with the money. That’s important (to me, anyways).

  29. Looks ryan is deep undercover for ‘Hawks fans.

    Keep it up, at least until one of them reads this blog… ;o)

  30. Dukeshire says:

    ryan – Agreed with the others; that’s really cool stuff. Be interesting to see if that “3 more days of freedom” thing has any legs. And that’s a great point about injuries; pulled muscles and those type nagging injuries may very well be an epidemic this summer / fall.

    Don’t hesitate to pass along any more stuff. lol

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