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January 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Why Earl Thomas yells at his own sideline during games

Here’s something to keep an eye on this Super Bowl: safety Earl Thomas yelling at his own sideline. Thomas is pretty soft-spoken off the field, but on it he is closer to Richard Sherman than anyone else on the Seahawks. He is one of Seattle’s tone-setters.

The thing to keep an eye on is Thomas barking at his own sideline when he gets fired up, something he has done all year. After a ball is thrown his way or after he makes a tackle, you can sometimes see Thomas turn and start yelling at his own sideline. I asked defensive backs coach Kris Richard about that, and here’s what he said:

“That’s one our things: You have energy, you feeling really good about the game, bring it to us,” Richard said. “Share that energy with the sideline.”

I reminded Richard that Thomas has also shared that energy at times this season with opposing sidelines, yelling at them to challenge him or throw his way. Richard smiled.

“We want him to share with us more,” he said. “Share more with us.”

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