RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks' defense finished first in points allowed for the fourth straight season.
Seattle was third in yards per play (4.93) and fourth in the Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings.
But when the AP All-Pro team was announced earlier this month, the Seahawks did not have a single player make the cut.
Asked if that bothered him, safety Earl Thomas said, "Yeah, it does. I was mad, but you can’t control that."
Mad individually or for the whole defense?
"I was mad individually," Thomas said. "They’re going to make you work. To get to the Hall, they’re going to make you work. That’s what I tell myself."
Thomas carries himself with an intensity that is unmatched by anyone else on the Seahawks' roster, and no one questions his commitment to the team. But he was being honest, and Thomas also cares about individual greatness and being mentioned among the top safeties of all time.
As for other Seahawks defensive players not getting picked, either, cornerback Richard Sherman said, "It’s not odd. Like I said, sometimes people get spoiled with greatness. I’m not surprised people said this is a bad year for our defense when we were ranked No. 2 in total defense and No. 1 in scoring defense -- but that’s a bad year. It doesn’t surprise me. Sometimes people get spoiled with it, so you’ve just got to take it as it is."