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.
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