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Seahawks want Tharold Simon to step up

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The ability of the Seahawks to draft quality players in every round of the draft gives the team plenty of potential in-house replacements for players who have left via free agency.

In the secondary, which has seen the departures of cornerback Brandon Browner, cornerback Walter Thurmond, and safety Chris Maragos, there’s an opportunity for a guy who missed most of his rookie season.

“It’s time for Tharold Simon to step up,” defensive backs coach Kris Richard recently told the team’s website.  “It’s next man.  Let’s go.”

Simon, a fifth-round pick in 2013, spent the full season on IR after having foot surgery.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Simon said Friday, via the team’s website.  “I never actually just took a whole year off from football — well, I didn’t really take the year off, I just didn’t get to play because of the injury.”

The 6-3 Simon faces an uphill climb to get on the field.  Byron Maxwell is expected to start across from Richard Sherman, and Jeremy Lane figures to be the third corner in passing situation.

Still, Simon will now get a chance to do what other late-round picks have done in recent years for the Seahawks:  Make plays and go from being unknown to instantly recognizable.

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45 Responses to “Seahawks want Tharold Simon to step up”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Mar 29, 2014 5:14 PM

    Nice read Florio.

  2. barsfordays says: Mar 29, 2014 5:24 PM

    Browner is a million times better then Sherman

  3. rufusporter says: Mar 29, 2014 5:37 PM

    Browner is one of my favorite NFL players but he is about 2/3′s the player Sherman is. Browner sets a physical tone and doesn’t let receivers off the line of scrimmage but once they get past him he doesn’t have the agility and speed to cover top athletes. Great tackler and good at producing turnovers but is a bit of a liability at times. Sherman is a complete shutdown corner who makes the big plays when they count the most.

  4. braceyourselffor12 says: Mar 29, 2014 5:38 PM

    On this team ‘step up’ means get ready to start devouring PEDs.

  5. bryonschultz says: Mar 29, 2014 5:43 PM

    I love reading stories like this. Here is a young man who has seen that this system works and he is going to get his opportunity. I look forward to seeing him next year.

    Oh, and the PED jokes are really, really old now.

  6. Vim says: Mar 29, 2014 5:45 PM

    @Brace

    Enough with the PED comments. How silly it makes you sound, and how petty and small-minded you appear to everyone else.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 29, 2014 5:53 PM

    King Tharold The Lame.

  8. thevikesarebest says: Mar 29, 2014 5:57 PM

    The shehawks are just gonna give him peds like they do most of their players.unfortunately that won’t help them this time.7-9 at best.SKOL

  9. jayovalentine says: Mar 29, 2014 5:59 PM

    Hope Shehawks miss the playoffs !

  10. seattlenative57 says: Mar 29, 2014 6:01 PM

    Move on, haters. Admit the Seahawks are the defending Champions and odds-on favorite to repeat. They’re talented, deep and well-coached. They are managing the salary cap to allow for future success. We know the rest of NFL teams and fans are envious. Get over it and get used to Seattle having a competitive football team for many years. Go Hawks!

  11. higheriqthanyou says: Mar 29, 2014 6:14 PM

    Winning Superbowls is fun. You should try it sometime.

  12. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 29, 2014 6:30 PM

    2014 Seahawks: 8-8

  13. robseahawksfan says: Mar 29, 2014 6:33 PM

    A quality player who gets to play for a winning organization, not for the Minnesota Vikings, the Keystone Kops of pro football.

  14. jchuber says: Mar 29, 2014 6:37 PM

    The last time the vikes were near the superbowl was roughly FIFTY years ago. Ain’t been back since. Probably reason for prehistoric chanting. Maybe it will help?

    And the peds comments,really shows envy. They wish their decripid teams could make it to he playoffs, but realize that some teams are light years ahead of others. Instead of getting hateful, why don’t your team get their stuff together.
    This response also applies to pass interference cry babies.

    Men play football. Sissy’s cry about results.

    Maybe godell’s playoff expansion will help your team make the playoffs. But you’ll still be one and done.

  15. dukeearl says: Mar 29, 2014 6:51 PM

    Vim, Byron, don’t feed the trolls.

  16. hawkforlife says: Mar 29, 2014 6:58 PM

    @ dukeearl,

    But if we don’t feed the trolls they’ll suffocate on their own spittle. They have nothing to live for and it’s a public service to emphasize their shortcomings.

  17. niner13 says: Mar 29, 2014 7:02 PM

    Seahawks: get used to it. You will always carry the stain of PEDS and the rep of cheating.

  18. hawkforlife says: Mar 29, 2014 7:11 PM

    That’s rich niner13, your press releases for the last two years have been so positive. Maybe it’s the brass knuckles that make you so tough.

  19. hawksfan99 says: Mar 29, 2014 7:14 PM

    How do the seahawks cheat?

  20. seattlesuperchronic says: Mar 29, 2014 7:19 PM

    niner13, you’re silly. You entertain me. You Niner fans make me so happy.

  21. frank433 says: Mar 29, 2014 7:42 PM

    Every team wants every player under contract to “step it up”. That’s how it works. They want every player to play better and want to win the Super Bowl.

  22. bman425 says: Mar 29, 2014 7:50 PM

    Enjoy the taste of defeat 49ers, Oh and maybe just buy ALL your Defensive players a Car Service for next year? Then all of SF can feel safe on their morning commute, instead of worrying about another intoxicated 9er crashing into a light pole, or hitting a cyclist.
    And to the Seahawks AAA affiliate MINNYSODA…………..HAHAHAHAHA

    CHAMPIONSHIP!

  23. sterlingrodgers says: Mar 29, 2014 7:50 PM

    Feeding Vikings trolls is one of my favorite pasttimes.

  24. norcalmafia says: Mar 29, 2014 8:13 PM

    Since when are there so many a Seahawks fans..They were always one of the least popular teams in all of sports..Bandwagon is bound to happen but this is just crazy

  25. palatypus says: Mar 29, 2014 8:20 PM

    Simon is going to beat out Maxwell. You heard it here first.

  26. seahawks80 says: Mar 29, 2014 8:25 PM

    SuperBowl victories:

    Seahawks 1
    Vikings 0

  27. kolbydoerge says: Mar 29, 2014 8:35 PM

    PED, tainted LOL. Try….just get over it already! You sound like a 4 year old who lost their candy…
    Be a manand win something then you’ll know what its like to be man. Look in the mirror and tell yourself..Im good…strong….and darn it people like me! Maybe that will work

  28. bighawk46 says: Mar 29, 2014 8:38 PM

    We’ve always had sold out crowds and true HAWKS fans of course there’s goin to be bandwagoners when your teams winning but the biggest bandwagon ever would have to be when favre was in purple tights lol had all you guys swearing he was goin to bring home a Lombardi until he threw that pick and your chances of ever winning one lmao #SEAHAWKS #CHAMPIONS #12TH MAN NATION!!!!!

  29. bert1913 says: Mar 29, 2014 8:42 PM

    2014 NFC West standings

    1) Seattle Seahawks
    2) Santa Clara 49ers
    3) Arizona Cardinals
    4) St Louis Rams

  30. hawkstradamus says: Mar 29, 2014 9:07 PM

    A funny stat regarding attendance. Even in the Seahawks 4-12 years they were at the top of the league in attendance percentage whereas the mike&mike era 49ers were at the bottom.

  31. nineball26 says: Mar 29, 2014 9:17 PM

    you have to know Earl Thomas sets the tempo on that defense, he forces QB’s to pass the ball to Richard the “receiver” Sherman… lol

    receivers don’t wanna get open cuz they might get trucked by Thomas and their career ends right then and there, when you watch Seattle play keep an eye on Thomas you’ll see what I mean, he runs a 4.3 across the field to stop a running back, running back has to go out several plays to gather his senses, thats no joke, I seen receivers didn’t wanna get up after they got steam rolled, how you play the game, fundamentals

    Hawks will be fine, its fundamentals, training and lifestyle that sets them way above the rest, driving around with firearms and drugs isn’t their main focus, that ‘gangster” stuff

    whats this 5 now? jeez if whiner players don’t start taking their positions seriously they will have to play from prison

  32. listenup823 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:02 PM

    Seahawks will not make the playoffs this year..

  33. goldbloodedindfw says: Mar 29, 2014 10:10 PM

    Hawkstradamus go ahead and be proud of the hawks fan base cause even I’ll admit they have passionate fans but know your facts before you start talking crap about the Niners fan base. If you did any research you would know the Niners have sold out every single home game since October of 1981. A much longer streak than the hawks’ which I believe dates back to the early 2000′s. So yes even during the Singletary and Nolan years the Niner Faithful still came out to support their team. Get informed before you come on here and spew nonsense next time.

  34. dvdheg says: Mar 29, 2014 10:10 PM

    browner would still be a hawk if it weren’t for all the personal issues.

  35. braceyourselffor12 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:14 PM

    hawkstradamus says:Mar 29, 2014 9:07 PMA funny stat regarding attendance. Even in the Seahawks 4-12 years they were at the top of the league in attendance percentage whereas the mike&mike era 49ers were at the bottom.

    —————————————————————————————–

    Candlestick has been sold out for every Niner game since 1981. Thanks for playing, try again.

    You’re franchise is less relevant than the 2002 Tampa Bay Bucs except less respected lol. And like them your chance of repeating is minimal, but even worse less guaranteed. Do yourselves a favor and petition to join the CFL so a real city like L.A can have a team.

    The most popular team in Seattle prior to 2012 was the Sounders.

  36. andreboy1 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:32 PM

    I’m having trouble finding out when it will be the Seahawks turn on Dynasty Week on NFL Network.

    When is it their turn?

    That’s right. It ONLY took you guys almost 40 years to win your first title.

    Maybe in another century you guys will have enough trophies to be celebrated.

    Until then the closest you’ll get to having a whole week celebrating your franchise will be watching your team get beat in the Super Bowl by a terrible Ben Rapelesberger.

    Go OKC Thunder!!!!

  37. jimdoe031984 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:44 PM

    49near trolls are soo hypocritical. It is annoying as hell. You don’t even know for sure all of them were for peds. I bet Thurmond and B.B were for weed. It says banned substances and everyone automatically think peds. It is illegal for the league to specify for what substance they are caught. Like they say, get over it. And I am a proud lifelong seahawks fan, thirty years. But I hope the raiders, bills, Brown’s, and the jags get their trophies, go underdogs! You fans and your team’s deserve some good luck, oh yeah and go motor city. The lions deserve one too.

  38. thedanceface says: Mar 30, 2014 1:23 AM

    2015 pro bowler

  39. higheriqthanyou says: Mar 30, 2014 9:01 PM

    Hawks are the best team in the NFL, we have the best fans, we have the best coach, we have the richest owner and we have the best QB in the HISTORY OF THE NFL through two seasons.

    Learn to live with it.

  40. seadawgs72 says: Mar 30, 2014 10:51 PM

    @andreboy1

    You wanna compare histories? Ok. The 9ers were established in 1946 & didn’t win their 1st championship until the ’82 bowl. That’s 36 years (human years). The Hawks were established in 1976 & got their 1st in 2014. That’s 38 human years. Are you gonna hang your hat on 2 years or are you so delusional that you thought the 9ers just materialized & win the bowl. The real question here is can we get our next 4 in less than 10 years? Btw, i have allergies would mind dusting those crusty dusty trophies off before the Seahawks next game in Santa Clara. I think the 12th man would greatly appreciate it.

  41. capn0bvious says: Mar 30, 2014 11:38 PM

    Hold on now, maybe the Vikes ARE the best… (of the teams that have ZERO super bowl wins)! And even that’s highly questionable.

  42. 08triumph says: Mar 31, 2014 5:32 AM

    Another major factor in Seattle’s devastating defense is strong safety Kam Chancellor. He’s fast and hits like a freight train. He follows the ball and has made some killer tackles for Seattle. Seattle’s talent is deep in both the defense and the offense. With Percy Harvin healthy Russell Wilson has another weapon that’s going to be hard to beat. That is unless the Saints spear him with a helmet again and put him out with a concussion. Old habits are hard to change and New Orleans still has the bounty defense mentality IMHO.

    As for Santa Clara 49ers they will be a challenge, but Kaepernick needs to grow up. He has to learn to read the defense rather than setting his mind on a play before the snap and going with it no matter what. He’s going to get burned more often than not when under pressure until that happens. They will still be a good rival, but Seattle has their number for a couple more seasons at least. If their coach jumps ship, or Colin loses his job that would be a total game changer.

  43. ratsfoiledagain says: Mar 31, 2014 12:24 PM

    goldbloodedindfw says:

    Mar 29, 2014 10:10 PM
    Hawkstradamus go ahead and be proud of the hawks fan base cause even I’ll admit they have passionate fans but know your facts before you start talking crap about the Niners fan base. If you did any research you would know the Niners have sold out every single home game since October of 1981. A much longer streak than the hawks’ which I believe dates back to the early 2000′s. So yes even during the Singletary and Nolan years the Niner Faithful still came out to support their team. Get informed before you come on here and spew nonsense next time.
    **********
    The two years prior to 1981 the 9er record was 2-14 and 6-10. San Fran was basically an average franchise prior to 1981.

    So what you just stated above is that 9er fans are bandwagon fans, right? During the non winning, lean years, (most years prior to the 1981 season) games were rarely sold out for San Fran, per your comments.

    Their success in 1981 and beyond is was brought on ‘newer’ fans, and sold out games. Funny how that works. Wouldn’t you agree?

    I’m pretty certain the 9ers lost some fans during the 2000′s and gained them back, with some new ones, when Harbaugh arrived.

    Every game for Seattle was sold out since 1976. They even had about an 18K person waiting list. Then Ken Behring bought the team and wanted to move to northern California. He alienated the fans, former team members, etc. So some/many fans did not renew their season tickets. Why pay money to a guy who just wants to move the team. Paul Allen bought the team form Behring, and well, as Paul Harvey used to say, “and now you know the rest of the story.”

    The 9ers could go the way of Pittsburgh. They struck lightening in a bottle (with the help of syringes) in the 70′s, then mostly nothing for almost 30 years.

    Past success doesn’t guarantee that in the future. Nor does it proclaim one fan base better than another.

  44. truthhurtssosuckit says: Mar 31, 2014 4:18 PM

    I don’t think the Seahawks will lose another game. Ever.

  45. rick359 says: Mar 31, 2014 5:41 PM

    Seahawks Defense is DOMINATE and the offense is getting better each and every day, a force to be reckoned with!

    It is really hard to get to the Superbowl, but this team barring major injury will go deep into the playoffs and with the right breaks right back into the big game!

    Go Hawks!

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