With one statement, Earl Thomas pointed out how promising the future could be.
''I'm 22 years old, starting the Pro Bowl,'' the Seattle free safety said Wednesday. ''It's crazy.''
What was seen initially as a rash and perhaps misguided move by Pete Carroll's staff to completely overhaul the Seahawks' secondary before the season has proved to be one of Seattle's best moves. And not just for this season that nearly went from miserable to magical, but for years ahead.
Not that Carroll needed the validation that his moves were correct, but the Pro Bowl voting reinforced the decision to make changes in the secondary. Thomas, in his second season as the free safety, was voted a starter for the Jan. 29 All-Star game, becoming the first Seattle player voted into the game since 2008.
It came in a year where Thomas actually has worse numbers in terms of interceptions than his rookie season, but where Seattle's secondary is markedly better and Thomas' role in that improvement has been noti...