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Earl Thomas sets sights on defensive player of the year award

Earl Thomas, Darrius Heyward-Bey AP

The Seattle Seahawks have one of the best defenses in the league. They are ranked second in yards per game and third in points per game through the first eight weeks of the season. They held the St. Louis Rams without a touchdown on Monday night and came up with a last second goal line stand to improve to 7-1 on the year.

No one is having a bigger impact to the Seahawks’ success on the defensive side of the football than safety Earl Thomas.

Thomas has been Seattle’s most valuable player through the first half of the season. He’s the key cog that makes Seattle’s defense so effective as his speed allows the Seahawks to play tight press coverage with Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman on the perimeter and still have help over the top.

In his fourth year in the league, he’s putting together his best campaign. It has Thomas setting his sights on one of the league’s highest honors. In an interview with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Thomas said he wants to bring home the defensive player of the year award.

It would mean everything to me,” Thomas said. “I know what i put into this game. I think I’m the best and I know I’m the best out there at all times.”

Thomas has 59 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles through the first eight games of the season.  He ranks in the top two of the league in each category among defensive backs. With his production so far this season, Thomas has put himself in the conversation for the award come season’s end.

If Thomas were to win the award, he’d be the fourth safety in the last 10 seasons to take home the award joining Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu, Indianapolis’ Bob Sanders and Baltimore’s Ed Reed. Seattle safety Kenny Easley also earned the award 1984.

However, Thomas will have to continue to produce to remain in the conversation. Four players have already surpassed 10 sacks on the year: Colts linebacker Robert Mathis (11.5), Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams (11), Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston (11) and St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn (10). Thomas will have to keep producing tackles and interceptions in order to remain in the race with the best pass rushers in the league.

“No matter who is out there, I just show up. Your play is going to speak for yourself and who can be consistent the longest,” Thomas said.

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16 Responses to “Earl Thomas sets sights on defensive player of the year award”
  1. chawk12thman says: Oct 31, 2013 1:33 AM

    I hope that the entire Seahawk Defensive Unit has the same attitude and desire. It makes for a much stouter defense if everyone is trying to be the best at their position.

  2. mataug says: Oct 31, 2013 1:42 AM

    I think it was Mike Mayock who compared him to Ed Reed during his draft analysis.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 31, 2013 1:47 AM

    Best safety in the league.

  4. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 31, 2013 1:54 AM

    With PEDs the HiGHs the limit.

  5. swaggyy says: Oct 31, 2013 1:58 AM

    He’s well on his way. Stud.

  6. raiderapologist says: Oct 31, 2013 2:11 AM

    Thomas is a fine player, but it seems a ring would mean everything to him, not an award.

  7. joetoronto says: Oct 31, 2013 4:13 AM

    If someone speaks in Alaska, does anybody hear them?

  8. boyshole25 says: Oct 31, 2013 5:36 AM

    Great player

  9. taskforcefreddy says: Oct 31, 2013 6:15 AM

    I wonder how great this secondary would be if they didn’t have the front 7 that’s there now? Ask Darrell Revis how important the pass rush is for a secondary to be effective.

  10. str8cashhomey says: Oct 31, 2013 7:15 AM

    Sean lee

  11. slick50ks says: Oct 31, 2013 10:02 AM

    Shut up and play.

    Oh, and win something, anything.

  12. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 31, 2013 10:12 AM

    Thomas was a beast in the Rams game. Bruce Irvin dominated that game from the SAM as well…he really looks like he’s getting comfortable in that role. Another genius move by Carroll and the coaching staff.

  13. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 31, 2013 11:39 AM

    Earl was an All Pro FS last year and this year he took things to a new level. John Lynch said it, throw out the 40 times. Earl Thomas is the fastest player on the field anytime he plays.

    Some of the plays he makes on balls are ridiculous. This may sound like homer talk to some people but he Ed Reed’s ball skills and Troy’s ability to take down a runner in open space. He is only 24 years old, he still has so much growth to him.

  14. kuranda84 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:04 PM

    Dude is a stud – no doubt. You talk about complete players and he is the safety you talk about.

    I don’t know if he’ll surpass Watt and some of those D-lineman/LBs though. They’re having amazing seasons as well, but the fact that Thomas is in that conversation is fantastic for the Hawks. LOB baby!

    Go Hawks!

  15. kuranda84 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:08 PM

    @taskforcefreddy

    I wonder how great this secondary would be if they didn’t have the front 7 that’s there now? Ask Darrell Revis how important the pass rush is for a secondary to be effective.
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    Would they be AS effective? No. A great rush always makes it easier for the DBs to do better, but he was an All-Pro last year when their pass rush was completely mediocre. AND…the LOB has taken many opportunities to give shout-outs to their front 7. The LOB are fantastic individual players, but they have a team first mentality.

  16. hawkstradamus says: Nov 2, 2013 9:22 AM

    E.T is the axis on which our defensive universe spins. No E.T, no Kam in the box, no press coverage on the outside, no elite unique defense. E.T has been amazing since his rookie year, but this year he has taken that next step.

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