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October 20, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Seahawks Monday morning links and notes: Earl Thomas says “this is not the time to point fingers”

So the Seahawks are now 3-3, and arriving at an early crossroads in their season.

The cover of USA Today this morning succinctly states the current national view of how the Seahawks are being perceived with a front-page teaser that reads: “A Topsy-Turvy NFC: Cowboys on the rise, Seahawks sink.”

The Seahawks know the only way to prevent completely submerging is to ride this out and get back on track, beginning next Sunday at Carolina.

And one big reason for optimism is the upcoming schedule that features games against the 3-3-1 Panthers, 0-6 Raiders, 3-4 Giants and 3-3 Chiefs. Of course, the Rams were 1-4 going into Sunday. But then, few games figure to come with the circumstances as did Sunday.

After the surprising 28-26 loss to the Rams, players vowed that they will stick together.

“It’s easy to point fingers,” said safety Earl Thomas. “That’s why I’m glad I was raised right and the character is there. This is not the time to point fingers. This is the time to embrace guys and help them.”

As the locker room cleared out Sunday, Thomas and Richard Sherman were two of the last left. They spent quite a while chatting, a calm conversation breaking down things that had happened during the game.

“I’m sure it will be fixed,” Sherman said of being 3-3. “Obviously, guys have to make a few corrections here and there. But there’s no gaping holes.. Guys just have to play better.”

The hope is that it will be just as simple as that.

Now for a few links. …

— Times columnist Larry Stone says the Seahawks have to regain their killer instinct.

— Here are my grades.

Jayson Jenks on Robert Turbin learning fullback on the fly.

— Jenks on all the special teams’ breakdowns.

— Our notebook leading with the controversial final fumble.

— Conflicting views afterward 0n how much the Percy Harvin trade impacted the team Sunday.

— Seahawks.com says a sluggish start did in the Seahawks.

— NFL.com says the Seahawks looked had but the 49ers looked worse Sunday.

— Here’s all the coverage from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Mike Tanier with some interesting thoughts on the Seahawks (second item).

Mike Garafolo with some more thoughts on Harvin and Seattle’s locker room culture (second item).

— USA Today’s Tom Pelissero says the Seahawks have time to bounce back.

— Seattle’s next opponent, Carolina, was routted at GreenĀ  Bay in a game that featured the ejection of Luke Kuechly. Carolina is also beat up on the offensive line.

 

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