Some interesting stuff today from Seattle safety Earl Thomas when he talked to the media prior to Seahawks’ practice about what happened during last Sunday’s 30-21 loss at San Diego, and what he expects this Sunday against Denver.
Thomas said the loss hasn’t settled easily with anybody on the defense.
“We are ready to play right now,” Thomas said. “I love when we have something to prove.”
Thomas said the loss to the Chargers could have been easily prevented, saying “we gave them everything.”
But he also vowed that the mistakes that helped doom the Seahawks Sunday won’t happen again.
“The thing you can’t tell when you are out there is who is getting out of their gaps and what is going on and it feels like everything is out of whack and it kind of feels like your rhythm is off,” he said. “But that taught me a valuable lesson to fight those negative thoughts in your head. When you play football and you are in the arena, I think the biggest competitor is yourself because your are battling your thoughts and this and that. But you overcome those and I think I definitely got my championship spirit back after that loss. My crave, my hunger and my desire to be unstoppable is back. I didn’t think I lost it, but after that game I was like ‘dang, something just hit me’ and I’ve just been focused ever since and it feels so good just to be feeling like this.”
Thomas said it made for a game he said was unusual from the start.
“That game was so weird,” he said. “It was different. It just felt funny out there, even in my body language when I watch myself on film. I have no regrets from the game. But one thing I can say is just my technique and my posture wasn’t like aggressive. And I just think that’s part of my mindset that I need to turn on.”
Thomas left for a time in the third quarter with cramps, and said it was hard to leave the field with the Seahawks trailing at the time. “I was hurt when I went out,” he said. “That’s not me. I don’t care what it is, it just felt weird to be carted off the field like that and your team is still playing. And who knows ‘if I stay in the game maybe we hold them to a field goal and the game is different because I know my impact is vital out there.”
Thomas also said noted that the Chargers ran a couple of plays the Seahawks hadn’t seen since their divisional playoff loss to Atlanta in Jan., 2013.
He said that’s a lesson that the Seahawks “have got to be prepared for everything that we’ve messed up on since we’ve been part of the LOB (Legion of Boom).”
You can see some of what Thomas had to say in the video below:
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