Earl Thomas stood defiantly in front of his locker, unwilling to even admit that he was frustrated after the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks were beaten 30-23 by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
“I’m not frustrated, not frustrated at all,” Thomas said. “We got beat today straight up by a very good football team in the Cowboys. I’m going to take the hard lessons and go. This is the NFL, things don’t always pan out the way you want them to pan out. I’ll be back next time.”
Thomas, the All-Pro safety out of the University of Texas, said the loss is a test of character.
“We have a lot of games left on our schedule and this is going to make us stronger,” Thomas said
Thomas admitted he needed to improve his performance after Seattle fell to 3-2 on the season.
“I have to do better, to make the plays when I have a chance to make them,” Thomas said. “All I can do is make the tackles when they come to me and I didn’t do that. It’s a prime example of if you don’t come with the right mindset, stuff like this can happen.”
The Seahawks are now 68-31 at home since moving to the NFC in 2002.
Cornerback Richard Sherman said he was surprised by the home loss.
“Obviously we don’t expect to lose very many games here, but they played a good football game,” Sherman said. “The effort was there, we just didn’t execute the way we needed to.”
Sherman, who was reported to have been called “overrated” by Cowboys coaches, said that word had not reached him before the game.
“It was a great battle today with Dez Bryant,” Sherman said. “He’s going to win some, I’m going to win some.”
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said it all came down to fundamentals.
“All in all, we just weren’t good enough,” Carroll said. “This is a great win for Dallas and they deserve every bit of it.”
“They are a tough team to play against right now. DeMarco [Murrray] is really good.”