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September 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Earl Thomas says he’ll go with punt return decision but hopes a chance comes to try it again

A day after it was announced that Earl Thomas will no longer be Seattle’s primary punt returner, the safety held his weekly meeting with the media.

And while he said that he’ll go along with the decision, he also made clear that he hopes to get some chances to return this year and that he thinks he could handle the role just fine.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the team,” Thomas said (which you can see in the video below). “So I just took it that way. I’m all in no matter what the situation is. B-Walt (Bryan Walters),  he’s a great returner, he deserves it, he’s been working hard. It doesn’t always happen like you want it too. But I know I’m still up as far as situationally and I’ll always be prepared. I know I’m going to impact this team as far as punt return in a positive way. I have full faith in my capability and I’m not worrying about anything. But the fans, they can kind of sleep easier now. They can stop sending their regards in. They were a little bit selfish in my perspective. But it’s a give-give, I guess. But overall, man, I’m just happy to be a part of this team. That’s it.”

Asked if he was referring to concerns among fans and others that he might get injured returning punts, Thomas said: “Yeah, of course. You know, it’s just like me saying in your job, I don’t want you to get a promotion because you are too good at what you do. People don’t understand you, so they don’t know what you are capable of. They just are so used to seeing you in a certain role they don’t want you to expand. That’s just my mind frame.”

Coach Pete Carroll said on Wednesday that he thought Thomas was focusing so hard on returning punts that it could have become a distraction to his duties as safety.

But Thomas said that wasn’t an issue.

“I wasn’t distracted. I was still making plays. I had a chance at an interception. I still was in control, dictating what the quarterback wants to do. It was the same. I had a chance to impact the game in a better way, in my eyes.”

Asked if he tried to convince Carroll to let him have another shot at punt returning, Thomas said no.

“I didn’t try to convince him,” Thomas said. “He’s the boss. I’m not about to argue with him. I’m just here to do my job. But one thing I can say, I know I could be one of the best returners in the league no matter what people say. But I know my opportunity is going to come again. It’s going to be in a big moment, one of those games where I’m feeling good on defense and he’s going to punt me back there and I’m going to make some plays.  That’s what I’m banking on.”

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