Earl Thomas says he skipped post-game shower after poor showing against Dolphins

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The ability of safety Earl Thomas to cover so much ground in the back-end of Seattle’s defense is one of the key reasons why the Seahawks have led the league in points allowed each of the last four seasons.

However, his play in Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins is not likely to be a part of his career highlight reel.

Thomas missed several tackles on Dolphins ball carriers and got lost in coverage, allowing Kenny Stills to get behind him for a would-be 71-yard touchdown. Stills dropped the perfect pass from Ryan Tannehill to bail Thomas out.

Thomas said he was disappointed in his play. He didn’t even shower after the game before leaving the stadium.

“I just put my tights on and my shorts and slippers, and got out of there. Jumped in my Rolls (Royce) and went home,” he said.

After Cassius Marsh left Arian Foster uncovered on a swing pass, Thomas was unable to make the tackle as Foster ultimately gained 50 yards on the play. He missed another tackle on Foster on a 9-yard gain later in the second quarter and a tackle on Damian Williams on a 26-yard screen pass that set up Miami’s go-ahead touchdown with just over four minutes to play.

“I wasn’t in rhythm at all, I wasn’t tied in with the defense,” Thomas said on Thursday. “Everybody had a great game, upfront, Sherm [Richard Sherman], Kam [Chancellor], [Jeremy] Lane, [DeShawn] Shead. I was just a couple steps off and it really showed, especially in the open field when I missed those tackles. I got to put myself in better position, initially.”

Thomas added that he believes all of the issues he had against the Dolphins are correctable.

“Oh yeah, of course. Don’t get me wrong, we still played great ball, but everybody expects a lot out of themselves on this defense and that’s just how we roll,” he said.

13 responses to “Earl Thomas says he skipped post-game shower after poor showing against Dolphins

  1. Window closed. These guys have lost a step. They’re getting older and their huge contracts mean they can’t afford to pay for depth. Hence having 15 rookies on the roster. The spiral will continue.

  2. He’s one of the best and he was torched a couple of times last week. Like Revis, even the best can have off days.

  3. Poor guy, had to drive the entire way home to his mansion in his Rolls Royce all smelly — what a glutton for sacrificial punishment.

  4. “Window closed. These guys have lost a step. They’re getting older and their huge contracts mean they can’t afford to pay for depth. Hence having 15 rookies on the roster. The spiral will continue.”

    It will be interesting to see how many more times the Dolphins are held to 220 yds of total offense this season.

  5. You do realize Earl Thomas is 27 years old right? There are probably 6 or 7 more years of being elite. He had probably his worst game of his career and the rest of the team balled out and the opposing team had 10 points at the end of the day.

    Earl has been an All Pro or Pro Bowl player all years but his rookie year. His skill set is what takes the defense from very good to great. Everybody has an off day, glad his was week 1 of the season.

  6. Yes, Earl has been All Pro, but he’s disappeared in playoff games, AND the 2 SB’s. He had a banged up shoulder in the last SB, but that doesn’t stop one from reading the QB, or even watching the QB’s eyes…basic stuff. Earl got torched by Amendola, because he was a step away from making a play on a touchdown pass. ET is always a step or two away from making a play in big games. Remember the SB against Denver when Earl allowed Denver’s best receiver to get 2 steps behind him. Manning’s pass was too long, and like the Miami game Earl was saved. All I see from Earl Thomas is hype and talk, no action. I’m not a home town homer and call it like it is. Overpaid.

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