Matt Bowen writing for ESPN Insider offers a nice breakdown on Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.
Bowen says that Thomas is one of the top safeties in the league, and points to a couple different route combinations that opponents could use to try and beat Thomas deep – the pump-seam, the “Dino double post, the double smash-seam and creating a one-on-one match up against Thomas with a bigger tight end like Vernon Davis by using pre-snap motion. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Bowen: “I love watching tape of the Seattle Seahawks’ secondary. They are a physical, aggressive unit that has size, speed and plays with a swagger. That’s exactly what I would look for as a coach (or as a talent evaluator) when putting together a core unit that can control the back end of the defense.
The production of this Seahawks secondary begins with the play of Earl Thomas – one of the top players at the free safety position. He is the “angel” in the middle of the field who allows Pete Carroll’s defense to lean on press-man and physicality at the line of scrimmage.”
Of course, Thomas looks forward to the challenge.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a closer look at Seattle’s secondary, focusing on Thomas.
A Seahawks fan organization known as Volume 12 has applied with Guinness to have the noise level monitored at this year’s home opener against San Francisco. If successful, the Seahawks would knock off fans of a Turkish soccer team, whose roar achieved a decibel level of 131.76 in 2011.
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post examines the home-field advantage question by using the Las Vegas point spread to identify teams that exceed the home line by the most points. Not surprisingly, the Seahawks have the largest spread differential between home and road games since 2008. Interesting read.
Seahawks quarterback talks with reporters at his passing academy in Spokane in the video below.
CBS Sports fantasy football writer Dave Richard says he’s targeting Russell Wilson for the upcoming season out of all the breakout rookie quarterbacks from last season.