Ravens coach John Harbaugh confident that Earl Thomas knows how to handle return to Seattle
Earl Thomas and the Seattle Seahawks did not exactly end on good terms, as the last time Thomas was seen in a Seahawks uniform, he was being carted off of the field with a broken leg while giving head coach Pete Carroll the middle finger.
Now, Thomas is a member of the Baltimore Ravens after signing a lucrative multi-year deal with the club over the offseason, and he will be making his return to Seattle on Sunday afternoon.
As for how Thomas will conduct himself? Ravens head coach John Harbaugh thinks the veteran safety will be just fine:
“No, I probably won’t,” Harbaugh said when asked if he would have a discussion with Thomas about how he should handle returning to his old stomping grounds, via Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk. “I think it’s a good question. I wouldn’t presume to have a conversation about that with him. That’s something he’ll know how to handle. He knows what to do, how to handle himself.”
Through six games this season, Thomas has logged 19 tackles and an interception. He hasn’t looked quite like the same player who made six Pro Bowl appearances with the Seahawks, but given that he is 30 years old and coming off a major injury, that’s to be expected.
The University of Texas product was originally selected by Seattle in the first round (14th pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft and went on to make five straight Pro Bowl trips between 2011 and 2015, earning three First-Team All-Pro selections while also helping the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII the process.