The Seahawks practiced for two hours this afternoon outside for the second consecutive day. Today I will focus on one on-the-field story and one big developing off-the-field story that is unnecessarily gaining a lot of attention around the league.
Today my focus is on the Seahawks secondary and the return of a potentially vital piece to our defense. Since being drafted in 2010, cornerback Walter Thurmond has played exceptional when he has been on the field; when he can stay healthy. Thurmond is hoping to bounce back to play his first full season with the Seahawks after injuries that have ended his past three seasons prematurely. Thurmond adds great depth to a position group that already includes starters Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, as well as nicker corner Antoine Winfield. These four players along with safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor give the Seahawks the secondary depth that no other unit in the NFL can challenge. If Thurmond can stay healthy but Sherman or Browner get hurt, the Seahawks are in very good hands.
Yesterday San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh commented on the Seahawks performance enhancing drugs situation. The national media hyped up his comments as “bashing” the Seahawks. I have an issue with the way the national media has portrayed this piece of news. All Harbaugh said was stuff that we all already know; that because of the collective bargaining agreement and the fact that the NFL cannot comment on what specific drugs players test positive for, the players can say whatever they want in an effort to potentially cover up the truth of their situations. Nothing Harbaugh said is what I consider to be “bashing” on us.
Today however, Jim Harbaugh came out with another statement that now gives Seahawks fans a reason to be upset. When asked once again about the Seahawks, Harbaugh was quoted as saying “if you’re cheating to win, you’re already losing.” As a fan I know that Coach Carroll and the rest of the Seahawks organization will take the high road and try to defuse this media-created situation. Personally I just cannot wait for the season to start so we can settle this on the field. The 49ers visit Seattle for the Seahawks home opener on Sunday night, September 15th.
The Seahawks will conclude their mandatory minicamp tomorrow afternoon before breaking for vacation before training camp. Check back tomorrow for one final minicamp wrap-up report. Go Seahawks!