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Seahawks' Earl Thomas is on the cusp of greatness
At just 24 years old, Earl Thomas might be the Seahawks' best player and someone who's positioned to take over the title of the NFL's preeminent safety.
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  • Skydog wrote...
    Earl Thomas Best Seahawk
    Brock, Listen to Danny's question. His question is NOT "who is the most valuable player on the Seahawks" the question IS "which Seahawk is the best player at his position". Danny makes a compelling argument. The test is really, if you sat down 32 NFL Head Coaches and said pick one guy at this position from the current NFL rosters, who would they pick. Right now, it is probably not Russell Wilson at QB (yet). Other options could be; Russell Okung LT, Richard Sherman DB, Marshawn Lynch RB, Patrick Ryan P (yes punter). Danny is asking us to compare our players to all the other players at their respective positions and see who among our current roster would be at or near the top of their peers. COL Mike DuPont
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  • maximus03 wrote...
    Sherman and it's not even close, really
    Danny, I understand what you are trying to say, but if that is your question then it should be worded as "which Seahawk is the most valuable to the team" or "who is the Seahawks' MVP?" But you're asking who the best all-around player is, regardless of position and I don't understand how one can even begin to consider Earl Thomas as the Seahawks' best player when he is subpar at one of the most important aspects of his position - tackling! Have we already forgotten how Jacquizz Rodgers, all 5'7" 190 of him, absolutely trucked Thomas in the divisional playoff game? Hmm? And don't act like that is the only time it's happened to Thomas. He gets run over and through routinely by running backs. It's not a huge issue because we have great LBs and we have Chancellor at SS but still, to say he's our best player when his game isn't even complete is absurd. To me the answer is easy, it's Richard Sherman. His coverage abilities are the best in the league AND he tackles well for his position. He's also a team leader on defense, he does everything you ask for. No. 2 for me would be Max Unger, another All-Pro from last season. No. 3 for me would be Russell Okung. No. 4 would be Russell Wilson. Russell isn't a complete quarterback yet, but he is getting closer by the day. No. 5 would Michael Robinson for everything he does as a blocker, receiver and runner. No. 6 would be Brandon Mebane. Not until 7, 8, 9 would I begin to think about Thomas. I love the kid, but he can't tackle and that's half his job as a safety.
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  • Daddy Dennis wrote...
    Earl
    The guy never makes excuses. He is all about moving forward and getting better. To start the season last year he became a new dad. Anyone who has become a new father knows what this means when you love your family. It means late nights, restless days, new worries, and just an overall need to adjust to a new life.

    His beautiful daughter was born just before the Packers-Seahawks game. It was around this time he was having a bit of trouble squeezing the ball on picks. No doubt he could still live inside the heads of opposing QBs and be in the right place. It was just that slight bit of being off that did not always equal a big play.

    Once he got in his groove as a dad, that is when we saw him come to life, big time. This year he will hit the ground running. He might be one of the smartest Seahawks to ever play. Speed, fearlessness, and anticipation is what Earl's game is all about.

    Great blog Danny. GO SEAHAWKS!

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  • maximus03 wrote...
    Thomas can't tackle
    Shouldn't he be a complete player for us to even consider him as one of the best all-around players on the team? He can't tackle!!
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  • draconian_thoughts wrote...
    Horrible Logic
    Saying that because ET could be the best at his position in the NFL makes him the Hawks best player is a flawed argument. It could be that, currently, there aren't many great safeties in the League. There are many great QB's. Probably more than any other time in league history. I agree that ET is a great player, and probably the best at his position, but I do not think that he is their best player. I'd go with Wilson or Sherman.
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  • maximus03 wrote...
    Thomas can't tackle
    Isn't that half the job of a safety? He isn't even a complete player for crying out loud
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  • birdofprey wrote...
    You don't watch Seattle much do you?
    Earl Thomas is one of the best technical tacklers in football. He got beat by a low man on play..How many tackles has he made in Seattle..How many has he missed?? I watched every game he has played.
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  • birdofprey wrote...
    Earl Thomas is the best
    I read one Hawk fan say that Earl Thomas is a bad tackler because he missed one tackle in the playoffs. Look at his seasons with Seattle, he is without question one of our best tacklers even at his size. There were plays where Adrian Peterson was going to break it to the house and ET would take him down one on one. Seattle plays single high safety more than any team in football because of Earl's range...He is already an All-Pro but if he can bring in more interceptions (dropped 3 or 4 last year) he will be in talks for defense MVP.
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  • SeahawksnAztecs wrote...
    Percy Harvin is now a Seattle Seahawk
    Was on pace for offensive MVP, not just most valuable WR, Most Valuable Offensive Player in the NFL.
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