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June 18, 2013 at 6:02 PM

More from Earl Thomas on the NFL Network, including comments on Harbaugh and PEDs and the Seattle defense

In addition to appearing in-studio on NFL Network’s NFL AM this morning, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas also appeared in-studio tonight on NFL Total Access for multiple segments. Here are video links and transcripts of Thomas’ segments tonight, which include some pretty frank comments about Jim Harbaugh, the improvement in the Seattle defense, and more:

Here is the video of that appearance. And below are some transcribed quotes:

On if he buys the perception that the Seahawks have put more into saying ‘We are all in for the Super Bowl’ than any other team this offseason: “I don’t buy it at all. I just know our basic emphasis is just getting better every day. Every time I step on the practice field, it’s a game rep. It’s a great opportunity for me to get better as an individual and as a communicator back there being a safety of this defense.”

On how much the Seahawks have improved with the additions they have made: “We got a lot better. When you add Percy [Harvin] – explosion; you can put him in the slot, receiver, also in the Pistol back there with Marshawn [Lynch] and Russell [Wilson]. When you talk about [Antoine] Winfield, a great tackler in the nickel situations. It’s a big upgrade from last year, no disrespect to [Marcus] Trufant, but it’s a big difference.”

On much Percy Harvin will be used in the Pistol or wildcat formation: “I know coach [Pete] Carroll is going to do a great job of just trying to get him the ball. He’s explosive; anytime you can throw him a bubble [screen] or anything like that, he can take it to the house. Definitely the main emphasis is just getting him the ball.”

On if he is as angry as Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner is regarding the comments made by 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh: “I’m not as angry. I don’t really care about what a coach says. I think he’s a little salty from that beatdown when they came to Seattle. Browner and [Richard Sherman], they have their own way of doing things. I have my own way of doing things.”

On what his way of doing things is: “I put it in my back pocket and use it as motivation. It doesn’t really take that much. We’ll see when we get out there on Sundays.”

On 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s comments regarding the Seahawks’ PED issues: “It’s the offseason. He’s probably bored. I don’t know. I don’t what’s going on through his mind or whatever. Obviously it’s a rivalry between us and you’re going to take a shot.”

On if Jim Harbaugh’s comments make the rivalry between the Seahawks and 49ers better: “Football is football at the end of the day. I don’t know. It’s just media…It gives you something to talk about and I guess he enjoys being in the spotlight or seeing his name on TV, or something like that.”

On how the Seahawks team meeting where they addressed the PED issues went: “It went well and I think the point got across. The vets took leadership and guys spoke. It’s just mistakes and you learn from it, just like football situations and real life. You learn from your mistakes.”

On Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson: “He’s been the same since day one. The big thing you can say about him is he’s always prepared. When you prepare, you set yourself up to play well and he does a great job with that. He’s a leader, he leads by example; he’s not really a rowdy guy, but when you see what he does out there he’s exciting to watch. Since he’s been our quarterback, he’s been producing for us and our team has been going up with him.”

On if there was one game that he saw Russell Wilson play where he knew he was the starting quarterback for the Seahawks: “Preseason game we played the Chiefs. That’s what really set him over the top to be our starting quarterback. He could do no wrong in that game and we blew the Chiefs out. A big part of that was Russ.”

On if they are the best secondary in the NFL: “I respect the game a lot and I respect what everybody else is doing, but I definitely know that we set the tempo. We’re the best. When you talk about the best, it means connection on and off the field. Sometimes I know where [Richard Sherman] is going to be or Kam [Chancellor] is going to be without even saying anything. We’re connected back there. We have a brother relationship off the field and it transitions to the field.”


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