After watching the game on Sunday, I’ve been having a lot of trouble finding much in the way of “good things” to say about the team right now. There is one thing that stands out, thought, that I feel isn’t getting enough attention this week. That is, of course, the play of Seattle’s duo of safeties.
Earl Thomas is a rising star in the league, I don’t think there’s any question about that. The only questions are how do you describe him. He’s crazy fast, which helps, but he’s also a sure tackler. He’s great in pass coverage, but made more plays against the run than any of the Seahawks linebackers. With Eric Berry now out for the year in KC, Thomas might be the best safety in the NFL right now.
His counterpart is much less of an enigma. We know exactly what Kam Chancellor is. At 6-3 232, Chancellor is built more like a linebacker than a safety. He hits like one too, and it known as being the hardest hitter on the Seahawks. His teammates have given him the nickname “Bam Bam” because of his hard hitting style.
Chancellor led the Seahawks defense with 9 tackles. Thomas was 2nd with 8. To put that in perspective, the Seahawks 3 starting linebackers combined for just 11 tackes.
Despite the loss, the Seahawks defense is currently ranked #2 in the league. While part of that has to do with the anemic 49er offense, you can’t completely discount just how well the Seahawks defense played. It’s a defense, that is currently being led by perhaps the best duo of safeties in the league. I should also mention that they’re the youngest duo of safeties in the league as well.