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June 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Thomas talks on NFL AM

I passed along the video earlier of Earl Thomas’ appearance on the NFL Network’s NFL AM show.
Now, courtesy of the network, are some transcribed quotes of what Thomas had to say:
On the feeling he has coming out of OTAs and minicamp: “Confidence. The biggest thing around the locker room [is] we haven’t [forgotten] what happened in Atlanta. Guys are very motivated and this is definitely my best offseason that I’ve had so I’m really excited and looking forward to the season.”
On the importance of having chemistry in the secondary: “We spend a lot of time with each other, we know each other and when you have that off-field relationship, on the field it’s just like we know what each other is going to do. The communication is great and when the communication is great with a secondary, we’re going to be hard to beat.”
On the addition of cornerback Antoine Winfield: “Very smart, crafty. Been in the league a long time…He’s a great tackler and I’ve learned a lot from him just from the short amount of time I’ve been around him. He’s a great teammate and I’m glad he’s our new addition.”
On when he expects defensive end Chris Clemons to return: “I really couldn’t tell you the timetable but I definitely want him on the field as soon as possible. Me being back there as a free safety, you want that pass rush. We have a lot of great guys that have been added to the team but we’re definitely going to miss Clem and we definitely want him back as soon as possible.”
On the Seahawks-49ers rivalry: “When you talk about being a competitor in this league, you always want to play teams that are considered the best. The 49ers are just like us; they run the ball, very physical. When we play those guys, we know it’s going to be a blue collar mentality game and they’re similar to us. I’m looking forward to it and when you compete, we think we’re going to win every game we’re in. We’re definitely looking forward to the matchup.”
On if he believes offenses are going to be as successful running the Pistol and read-option this upcoming season: “Our offense will be successful [laughing]. But like you said, defenses do catch up. During the offseason, we’ve been gameplanning, putting ourselves in different situations and you learn from those situations. Definitely when you’re talking about the Pistol, I think it’s just assignment football. When you know what you have and there are no grey areas in a defense, I think you’ll be fine.”
On wide receiver Percy Harvin: “Speed kills. He’s very fast; we can use him in a lot of different ways – slot, outside, running back. When you talk about him, Marshawn [Lynch] and Russell Wilson in the backfield at the same time, that’s scary.”
On who is faster, himself or Percy Harvin: “I’m going to always go with myself.”

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