A brief dust-up between Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Tharold Simon during the team’s warmup period today was captured by multiple local TV stations and shown during evening newscasts Wednesday night.
Now that practices are closed, the warmups are the only portion of practice during which TV cameras are allowed in (and during closed practices, the rest of the media is prohibited from writing about events that occur other than those that are talked about by players and coaches afterward.)
The Thomas-Simon thing wasn’t much other than sort of being odd in when it happened — while players were going through some early conditioning drills. In fact, they were running backwards at the time, a common early conditioning drills. It’s unclear what started it. But the clip shows Thomas shoving Simon and Simon then throwing his helmet to the ground and appearing to prep for more. Coaches and teammates quickly separated the two, with Thomas falling to the ground in the process. That was about it. Neither talked to the media afterward with word circulating later that it was much ado about nothing, though it did get some attention on local radio and in this story on ESPN.
It was the third time this week that there has been some sort of tussle in practice — the others occurring during actual practice situations. Again, common in the NFL and especially this time of year when teams have been practicing for a while without preparing for real games. It can maybe be argued that the team is showing some mid-season intensity. Or maybe it’s just what happens in camp at this time of year.
Here’s what defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said Tuesday about fights in practice:
“You certainly don’t want them, in terms of the back and forth. It’s a really competitive heightened time, when I think guys are really going for it, an ‘I want to show I belong on this team’ thing. Some of those flare ups may happen and that’s our job as coaches to try and get that handled as best we can. Really, we want to know what we’re competing for and at the end of it is how good we can make each other by how hard we go against each other. Sometimes that line can get crossed and get in the way, but really knowing what we’re competing for is to see how good we can get. Here at practice that’s what the whole message is about so at times the flare-ups may happen and it’s our job to try and control those as quickly as we can.”