Earl Thomas Shares Seattle Seahawks' Formula for a Super Bowl Repeat

Michael Schottey@SchotteyNFL National Lead WriterSeptember 11, 2014

USA Today

Where there's a will, there's a way.

Safety Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks clearly has the necessary will to win a second straight Super Bowl, and his teammates look more than capable. The talented defensive back sat down with Bleacher Report to discuss the hurdles and obstacles between the Seahawks and another Super Bowl as well as all the reasons his team is well equipped to win another.

Thomas took time out of his night, at a release party for the video game Destiny, to chat with Bleacher Report. Calling himself the most avid gamer on the team and the "Madden King," Thomas said he was drawn to the next generation, immersive first-person shooter because he's a daydreamer and enjoys the idea of adventuring around the galaxy.

He's also excited to have another game to play with teammates, as the Seahawks locker room is a lot more like a big family than most people realize.

"It's more of a family-oriented thing," Thomas said." A lot of laughs—that's what makes it so fun. Everyone's so weird. Everyone's so unique. ... We have fun."

Honestly, though, the concept of Destiny could not have been more apropos and yet completely antithetical to the Seahawks way of thinking.

While fans and media might view a Super Bowl-bound team as destined for greatness (this season, many people are already going down that road for Seattle), the Seahawks place a tremendous amount of emphasis on their actions—day in and day out—that lead to that aforementioned greatness.

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 05:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks congratulates free safety Earl Thomas #29 near the end of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Qwest Field on December 5, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated t
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It starts with head coach Pete Carroll and then filters down through the team. Take a look at Carroll describing his philosophy to me here. Then head to my talk with former Seahawk and current Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate.

Sentiments in those talks will be found here with Thomas—almost as if Carroll has a tape recorder playing around his team at all times.

Two main themes tend to stick out each and every time I talk to one of Carroll's players. First: a confidence that never borders on cockiness unless it's something said tongue-in-cheek. This doesn't always come out in print, especially when the things said with a snicker come out more serious on print.

Talking about the famed Seahawks defensive back unit, the "Legion of Boom," Thomas said, "You gotta think you're the best. We don't talk about it. We show it. We have that old-school style—hit ya in the mouth, I feel good."

That cockiness is tempered by the second main theme: a humility that comes from the understanding that one controls one's success both in this league and in life. It's not about being the best, but about working the hardest.

Thomas has that second trait in spades.

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Asked why the Seahawks are so confident, Thomas replied, "[We] come at the game with open-mindedness, confident, prepared because of the hard work and dedication. That gives you the right. Compete against each other; never about the opponent. How far can we take each other?"

There's no real Super Bowl hangover for a team that treats every day as if it's the morning of the next big game. Seriously, one gets the feeling from Thomas and other Seahawks that they truly have bought in to the idea of every single choice they make on a day-to-day basis being about winning that next Lombardi Trophy.

Wake up at 5:45 or six? What helps me win a Super Bowl?

Cocoa Puffs or Corn Flakes? What helps me win a Super Bowl?

Boxers or briefs? What helps me win a Super Bowl?

How early should our fans leave to come to the game? No, seriously...

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OK, maybe it's not always that in-depth, and maybe it sounds a little silly, but can you argue with the results?

"[Getting back to the Super Bowl] takes us, every day, attacking the game like we've been doing," Thomas said. "Every day is that championship game. Last week [Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers] was our first championship game. The next game [Week 2 against the San Diego Chargers] is our next championship game. Every day is game day."

Just about everyone knows how difficult it can be to win back-to-back championships. But things are a little different in Seattle as there is no other place like CenturyLink Field in the NFL right now.

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And Thomas also pointed to the extra practices his team has gotten with its recent playoff successes. Preparation for a few extra games a season has helped the Seahawks jell that much more.

Sep 4, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) during pre game warm ups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

"It seems like just yesterday we got finished," Thomas said. "This is just the updated 2.0 version of everybody. Everybody's games elevated. Everybody steps up. That's why we're so powerful now."

If the Seahawks' confidence is tempered by anything else, it's the opposite side to that humility coin. If each and every decision can help the Seahawks reach that mountaintop again, Thomas is very honest with himself about what their biggest obstacle is, saying, "The greatest hurdle is ourselves. Human nature is very powerful. When guys have success, things can creep in."

The Seahawks preach the will to win day in and day out. They don't just preach it. They believe it, wholeheartedly. This isn't about empty platitudes or just a confidence that they're better than the rest of the league based on awards and trophies. No, they truly believe they will outwork each and every team on their schedule between now and February.

Are you doubting them?

Michael Schottey is an NFL National Lead Writer for Bleacher Report and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Find more of his stuff on his archive page and follow him on Twitter. Unless otherwise cited, all quotes were obtained by the author.


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