Certain questions make Earl Thomas uncomfortable. The confidence he shows on the field takes a backseat when Seattle's star free safety is asked if he is the reason the Seahawks work defensively - even more so than their brash cornerbacks, more so than their talented linebackers or pass rushers. It's natural when he tries to deflect praise. On a team where Marshawn Lynch is the beast, Russell Wilson is a media darling and Richard Sherman seemingly can't stop receiving attention, the most important player in the Seahawks starting lineup could arguably be their free safety. The Seahawks are able to play the way they do defensively because Thomas is such a unique mix of speed and skill roaming the back end, waiting to clean up any messes.
August 16, 2013