Cyber surfing: Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Sept. 15:

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has what will be a popular topic this week with the Seahawks preparing to play in Pittsburgh on Sunday: A comparison of Earl Thomas to Steelers Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu. Offers O’Neil: “Earl Thomas’ dreadlocks aren’t quite as long as Troy Polamalu’s mane. Seattle’s safety doesn’t quite have as much experience, either, since he’s eight years younger. It’s in the film room, when the lights go off and the footage starts, that you can’t help but see the similarities. ‘They’re both so darn fast,’ said Seattle’s Pete Carroll, who has coached both.”

Dave Boling at the New Tribune takes a look at both the Seahawks’ safeties. Says Boling: “The ‘Thunder and Lightning’ nickname for Seahawks safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor is catchy but has a flaw. Which player is which? If we’re attaching atmospheric phenomena to football attributes, the lightning probably implies speed, and thunder refers to concussive hits. These guys have both; Thomas hits extraordinarily hard for a fast guy, and Chancellor is uncommonly fast for a big hitter. ‘Whatever people want to say, that’s fine … as long as we win,’ Thomas said Wednesday.”

Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams examines the Seahawks’ slow-starting offense. Says Williams: “Playing on the road again, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said it will be important for his offense to get off to a fast start by establishing a better rhythm earlier in the game than it did against the 49ers – Seattle managed just 37 yards and crossed midfield only once in the opening half. ‘That’s the one thing we haven’t done,’ Bevell said. ‘We haven’t started fast in the preseason or even in the last game, so we need to get started faster and try to get some points on the board early so that they can feel that rhythm.’

John Boyle at the Everett Herald also writes about the Thomas-Polamalu comparison. Says Boyle: “Locked out this summer like the rest of his NFL colleagues, Earl Thomas decided to do a little homework. But Thomas wasn’t studying to finish his degree at the University of Texas — something, by the way, he plans on doing eventually. The more immediate subject of study for Seattle’s second-year free safety was Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu, a six-time Pro Bowl player who happens to play the same position. ‘He’s definitely a special player,’ Thomas said. ‘I studied some of his tape during the lockout. He’s a great player, man. He knows what’s coming sometimes before the play even develops. He’s always around the ball, his motor never stops running. He’s just a great player and he’s always around the ball. And he feeds off his energy. If he makes one positive play, look out, it’s going to be a long game.’ ”

Christian Caple at PI.com checks in with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and linebacker James Harrison for a reality check from their opening-day loss to the Ravens. Says Caple: “There were no excuses in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. No coach-speak. No platitudes from the Steelers about putting their season-opening beating behind them and never thinking about it again. Just honesty. Brutal honesty. The kind that best suits linebacker James Harrison. ‘We got beat like we stole something,’ Harrison said of his team’s 35-7 loss to Baltimore during a conference call with Seattle reporters. ‘They came out to play and they played a lot better than we did. We take it as what it is.’ ”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has five observations for the Seahawks’ loss to the 49ers in their opener. At the top of his list is one player who obviously was impossible to overlook: Thomas. Says Sando: “Free safety Earl Thomas slamming 49ers tight end Vernon Davis to the ground behind the line of scrimmage and out of bounds after lurking in coverage on the play. Thomas played this game with a level of aggression and ferocity that stood out play after play. He looked like the best young safety in the game, particularly with Eric Berry injured. It’s stunning, in retrospect, that anyone asked Pete Carroll why the Seahawks didn’t consider selecting Carroll’s former USC safety, Taylor Mays, in the 2010 draft. Thomas was a force in the backfield, on the perimeter, everywhere. So was strong safety Kam Chancellor. The Thomas-Chancellor pairing looks promising.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we examine how Jackson’s toughness has served him well in his short tenure with the Seahawks. Says the Steelers’ Tomlin, who was in Minnesota when the Vikings drafted Jackson: “I’ve got a great deal of respect for him. He’s a legitimate tough guy at the quarterback position. I think it endears him to his teammates because of that. That’s probably one of the reasons they elected him captain out there.”

We’ve also got a recap of Wednesday’s practice in words, pictures and video.


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