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October 16, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Seattle safety Earl Thomas: “Maybe we took homefield advantage for granted”

Seattle safety Earl Thomas often has a lot of interesting things to say and today was no exception as he held his usual regular Thursday session with the media.

The overall theme of Thomas’ comments was that the Seahawks have only themselves to blame for their two defeats this season, including Sunday’s against Dallas.

“Just to be totally honest, the two games that we lost to me as far as the defensive side of the ball, it’s just character issues,” Thomas said. “When it gets tough like that, I think we are a new team, we are not like last year. We just have to understand who we are when the situation gets tough and not stray from the men we say we are.”

Thomas elaborated to say that the defense has to work together at all times to be successful.

“In this scheme, everything is tied on a string,” he said. ” And in the gamse when we struggled it always looks like everybody is trying to make everybody else right. But that’s when that trust comes in. Even us in the secondary, in goalline situations, sometimes are not trusting each other. And that’s why touchdowns are happening. If we are not tied on a string, if it doesn’t look like a triangle as far as I’m kind of the cornerstone and you’ve got Sherm (Richard Sherman) and whoever we trot out on the other side, we all have to be tied on a string. If not we are struggling.”

Asked how that gets resolved, Thomas said: “Understanding your job, what needs to be done on certain plays, reading your keys and reacting, not guessing. Just kind of seeing it happen and reacting.”

Thomas also had an interesting response when asked about Doug Baldwin’s comments the day before that the Seahawks are not as good as they think they are. Thomas said flatly that “I don’t agree with that. … what Doug said, if you don’t come out there with the right mentality, then you can get your butt whupped. I think a lot of guys on this team, maybe we took homefield advantage for granted, that when we play at home we will get this dub (W).”

Thomas, though, said he thinks Seattle has had the proper response this week to the challenge posed by the Dallas loss.

“When y0u take a loss like that and you know you have a chance to kind of win the game, you definitely want to play again,” he said. “I think everybody is focused. I think sometimes adverse situations kind of brings you closer as a group, makes you understand what you need to et better at. Because sometimes when you win you don’t look at the little details like you need to.”

You can watch some of what Thomas had to say below:

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