The fourth-year, All-Pro free safety has made a career of bailing out the Seattle defense on blown coverages and subpar tackling. He has been a stout last line of defense. He epitomizes the Legion of Boom. If Seattle produces a jaw-dropping play on the defensive side, chances are Thomas -- with his speed and uncanny football instincts -- is the one making it.So, with the news of Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner's injured groin and his pending suspension for using marijuana, as well as backup cornerback Walter Thurmond's suspension for using PED's, Thomas will have to carry the Seattle defense on his 5-foot-10 frame.
And what better opportunity to do so than against the air attack of the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees tonight on Monday Night Football at CenturyLink Field, right?If you're a Seahawks fan who's wearing blue-and-green-colored glasses, you may be trying to convince yourself that the three-headed cornerback monster of Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane and DeShawn Shead will suffice covering the side of the field that Richard Sherman isn't.
Be honest with yourself. There's a reason Browner and Thurmond saw more snaps than those guys. To suggest that losing the team's No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks isn't a demotion is the wishful kind of thinking.
The reason being is the strands that make up Thomas' defensive DNA won't allow Seattle's defense to offer itself up for Brees' dissecting. Not as the team's trying to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Not in front of the CenturyLink fans. Not on Monday Night Football.
Now, it's true, others on the Seahawks' defense will have to play out of their minds to stop the Saints, especially with players coming off the bye week. The Kam Chancellor's and K.J. Wright's of the world will have to shadow Jimmy Graham. Michael Bennett, Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril and Bruce Irvin must make life miserable for Brees by getting into the backfield and batting down balls.
Thomas has done it all of his career. Can he do it again when his team most needs it?
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