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Morning links: Thomas only No. 66 on the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2013? Child, please!

Post by Eric Williams on May 17, 2013 at 7:12 am with 44 Comments »
May 17, 2013 8:22 am
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The NFL Network got it wrong.

Just ask Earl Thomas.

According to the NFL Network, Thomas ranks No.66 on the league’s top 100 players of 2013 – the same spot he was at last year. Only one safety, presumably Ed Reed, ranks ahead of Thomas.

Yes, I know that players do the voting for the list. Still, Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch at 63 (who has not made a Pro Bowl) and Washington running back Alfred Morris at 64 (a rookie, sixth round draft choice) are both ahead of Thomas.

Hey, Tulloch and Morris are good players, but not in the same class as Thomas. I think that Thomas is being penalized for his quiet nature. He’s the only Seattle player voted to the last, two Pro Bowls as a starter, and should have earned a third Pro Bowl invitation his rookie season. Thomas also is the only Seattle player to earn All-Pro honors the past two seasons.

Richard Sherman deserves credit for his elite play at cornerback the past year and a half, but Seattle would experience a significant drop off in the back end defensively if Thomas were injured. He makes the defense work because of his ability to cover sideline to sideline, along with making tackles in the run game.

And no doubt, Thomas will use this snub as motivation in the upcoming season.

Cian Fahey of Pre-Snap Reads has a nice, in-depth breakdown of Richard Sherman’s 2012 season.

Clare Farnsworth of reports that Seattle has moved to Phase III of the team’s offseason program.

Brock Huard and Dannny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle have a position-by-position debate between Seattle and San Francisco with ESPN’s Mike Sando.

Seahawks former vice president of football operations Will Lewis has been hired as the director of pro scouting for Kansas City.

Former Seahawks first-round pick Aaron Curry is optimistic about reviving his career with the N.Y. Giants.

Former Seattle defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove signs a one-year deal with Dallas.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports ranks the top offensive linemen in the league. Max Unger and Russell Okung make an appearance on the list.

Rob Rang of offers his first look at his big board — the top 32 players for the 2014 draft class.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    As all lists that are compiled by vote, this is little more than a popularity contest.

    And I couldn’t agree more with Eric regarding Thomas’ importance to this defense. IMO, he is the single most important player on that side of the ball. Carroll’s defensive philosophy works in the NFL by-and-large due to the quality of FS play. It’s the most critical position on the back end. I know I’m biased, but I believe Thomas is the best FS in the league. His ability to to play that cover 1 scheme at an elite level is what allows Browner and Sherm to play so aggressively at the line and in coverage.

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Totally agree Dukeshire. I do like it though only because Thomas will use it as motivation. Not that he needs it.

    So Rang thinks we will be picking Danny Shelton, DT, Washington in the first round of next years draft?

  3. Agreed Duke.

    Should see a few more coming up. I’m thinking Sherman, Lynch, Wilson and maybe Okung and/or Clemons. Would also like to see Cam make it. Not sure if Rice will, though.

  4. This is a good thing. ET always needs a reason to feel dissed. He’s stil angry they called him ‘too small to play football’ in high school. It motivates him. Play mad, Bro, play mad!

  5. Ewalters7354 says:

    Go look at ET mic’d up on YouTube and you’ll see exactly how important he is to this team.Pete built this defense around ET and he has been a leader since day one! Yes he drops picks consistently, but this guy is an absolute stud.

  6. HawkFromDay1 says:

    I think Earl got dinged because he plays with an elite defense. Same reason Russell had no shot at the ROY – RGII and Luck had nothing to work with (or that’s how it was perceived) and Russell could hand the ball to Marshawn 30 times a game.

    Sherman will be ranked pretty high, but without Earl covering him over the top, Sherman can’t play the way he does.

    It’s almost like football is a team sport or something…

  7. trout_hound says:

    That Fahey article on Sherman was a great read, especially the part about his zone coverage intelligence, which I suspected but hadn’t really paid that much attention to. I’m really trying to temper my expectations for next fall. Not being very successful though.

  8. Awesome article on Sherman. It clearly shows what I have been saying all along, that Sherman got better as the year went on, esp once Browner was suspended.

    Not however, that Browner was the one covering the other teams elite WR MOST of the time, esp big guys like Marshall. This also supports my opinion that Browner, not Sherman, was the better cornerback, at least until his suspension.

    I would love to see them do the same analysis of Browner.

    Browner gets treated like Chopped Liver on this blog, but he’s one of the best corners in the league and criminally underpaid. I expect to see him in Jax if Seattle doesnt break out the checkbook.

  9. Note, however…

  10. trout_hound says:

    Browner covered the best receivers because Browner and Sherman don’t move around much, so the offense dictates who covers who, and they picked Browner. I like Browner, but the fact that covered more elite receivers doesn’t mean he is better than Sherman.

  11. tchristensen says:

    Unfortunately, it appears the team may have drafted Tharold Simon to replace Browner. I just don’t see the Hawks resigning a cornerback who will be on the wrong side of 30 to a long term deal.

  12. yankinta says:

    Child Please….he’s definitely top 20, imo.

  13. wazzulander says:

    I like Browner, he’s a good physical corner and a valuable part of the defense, certainly not chopped liver. But Sherm is elite (and loud) so I get the difference in publicity. That article was great describing how he uses his intelligence to take calculated risks. He can play Browner’s physical game, but also has the quickness and closing speed that lets him take chances and bait QBs into interceptions.

  14. From the Fahey article:

    “Last year, when I did this analysis with Darrelle Revis, Stevie Johnson proved to be one of his most difficult assignments. Johnson is so unique in how he runs his routes and how exceptionally fast his feet are. He doesn’t waste steps and doesn’t tip off his routes to his defenders. Just like Revis did, Sherman really struggled with Johnson.

    Johnson lost Sherman many times underneath and on intermediate routes with his stuttering and fast feet, but he also beat him deep on a few occasions, most notably for this touchdown when Sherman tried to lock him down in press-man coverage but the receiver blew by him to create a massive window for his quarterback to throw into.

    After watching him against two of the very best cornerbacks in the NFL the past two years, it’s clear that Stevie Johnson just needs a legitimate quarterback to become a top receiver in this league.”

    That reminds me so much of Largent!

  15. The ground ET covers while playin fs is amazing to me. And his ability to drop the hammer at the NFL level with his size is even more impressive. I also find it funny that this bigger, faster, stronger team has staples on offense and defense that are undersized (RW & ET).

  16. montanamike2 says:


  17. FleaFlicker says:

    Just saw an ESPN report that Bruce Irvin getting suspended?

  18. pabuwal says:

    I was hoping this was the year Irvin continued to justify the drafting of him over Fletcher Cox and Coples. Not going to be able to do that from the bench.

  19. pabuwal says:

    Well not from the bench, but I guess from his house during suspension.

  20. jboard1 says:

    Yup. Bruce is a dumb ass. I just dont get it. How many players have to be suspended before you STOP taking the drugs?? Jesus. unbelievable

  21. Bruce Irvin just got suspended for 4 games. Bummer now everyone is gonna say we cheat now.

  22. pabuwal says:

    There is definitely a problem on the Defensive Side of the Ball with PEDs.

  23. AKhawkFan says:

    Thank Schneider for the Avril and Bennett additions. We would have no pass rush this year without them. Get well Clem! Bruce, you tool.

  24. ET at 66 is a sham to any credibility this stupid list may have had. What a joke.

    I really like John Abraham and wish we could sign him to a 1-year deal. I think he has so much yet to offer. With Bruce suspended for a month – maybe it’s more likely to happen? As much as I like Bennett, I don’t like/trust torn or partially torn rotator cuffs. Some people talk about our great depth – but I don’t see it (yet). I love our rookie DTs – but they are rookies and you can only expect so much from them right off the bat. I’m scared and Abraham would make me feel so much better about our pass rush…

  25. Sekolah says:

    A very large opportunity just opened up for guys like Benson Mayowa, Kenneth Boatright and maybe even Ty Powell.

  26. chuck_easton says:

    No need to ponder what he took. Irvin admitted to “taking a substance banned by the league unless you have a medical prescription’.

    Great. Now we are going to be known as team Adderal.

  27. Thank u sekolah for clearing that up I was in Panic mode.

  28. AKhawkFan says:

    Aren’t Freeney and Osi still floating around too?

  29. chuck_easton says:

    Osi no, Freeney yes, but he wants 6 to 8 mill a year. Team doesn’t have that kind of cap room.

  30. Great, yeah, we should take a hard look a Abraham

  31. Osi on ATL

  32. Southendzone says:

    What’s up with the Adderall usage on the Hawks defense? After last year there’s no excuse. Guess what, if you use Adderall you’re gonna get caught.

  33. 4 guys in less than 3 years- issues!!!!

  34. Sekolah says:

    Where’s the report on Irvin actually testing positive for Adderal? I see he’s been suspended for an illegal substance, but I am not seeing that substance being identified as “Adderal”.

  35. not too smart. the most annoying thing is what Chuck alluded too – this just gives all the fans of other teams (and all the Pete haters) a new stock of ammunition. . .

  36. chuck_easton says:


    Look at the statement the team put out on Irnin’s behalf.

    He admits to using a substance that is banned unless you have a medical exemption.

    Last time I checked even NFL players can’t get a medical exemption for steroids.

  37. chuck_easton says:

    So I guess when Sherman told that reporter that 50% of the players are taking Adderrall what he was referring to was the defensive side of the Seattle team?

    Great. The team finally has a legit shot at the SB and it will be a tainted victory with everyone saying we cheated our way to the title.

    PC and JS better get on top of this.

    5 players ( And es I count Sherman ) in less than a year is an epidemic.

  38. SandpointHawk says:

    Here is a link for those who doubt. It’s all over the net which FYI the site called helps you search out everything…

  39. Sekolah says:

    chuck, I follow you now, however, it seems a bit odd that he would be taking the stuff at this point in the year. Adderal very much seems like a gameday/game preparation type of stimulant. There’s no games to be played for several months? I guess he got caught experimenting?

  40. I agree that Thomas is ‘da bomb’ when we are in cover one. It drives me crazy when we run cover 1 with Kam Chancellor. I know we have to mix it up abit, but Chancellor and Thomas aren’t exactly interchangeable.

  41. GeorgiaHawk says:

    An epidemic Chuck our an Pedidemic? Either way I love it when you lose your cool sometimes, It reassures me that you are indeed human.

  42. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Oh btw- does anyone think we would get more love from the media and other teams fans if we had a roster full of Tim Tebow types?

    Who gives a flip what others think! And why are some here so concerned about image, however they aren’t nearly as concerned about the health and welfare of the players that we enjoy risking their Brains and bodies for our entertainment?

  43. LeePHilI says:

    Get ready for Russell Wilson to get ignored on the Top 100.

    Nothing like motivation for RW….

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