Earl Thomas might be one of the top 5 DBs in the entire NFL... he allows all the other players to be more aggressive in front of him...
And no one gives Thomas the credit he deserves because he keeps his mouth shut and just does his job with a loud mouth in front of him. Don't get me wrong... Richard Sherman is a very good CB... but it is Earl Thomas presence than makes Sherman great.
Thomas being able to clean up messes and mistakes, allows all the CBs to play more aggressive (which is perfect for Sherman) and allows them to not worry about beaten over the top as much for slower CB (perfect for Sherman).
Richard Sherman is a better/faster Gunter, who has the perfect system and perfect FS back there for him.
Take Sherman away from that system and away from that perfect FS, and I believe he gets worse.
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