On this date: Seahawks win NFC title

Paul Allen

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 22:

1992: Bob Bratkowski is named quarterbacks coach on Tom Flores’ staff. Bratkowski had been the offensive coordinator at the University of Miami, a position he would later hold with the Seahawks on Dennis Erickson’s staff.

2006: The Seahawks not only play in their first NFC Championship Game, they host the game and win it 34-14 over the Panthers as Shaun Alexander rushes for 132 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck throws for two scores and the defense intercepts three passes. The decisive victory sends the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL. The game, and everything surrounding it, was named the top moment in the first 10 seasons at the team’s state-of-the-art stadium that opened in 2002.

2007: Bruce DeHaven is named special teams coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff.

2009: Tim Lewis, the brother of Seahawks’ director of pro personnel Will Lewis, is named defensive backs coach on Jim Mora’s staff.


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On this date: An NFC title

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 22:

1992: Bob Bratkowski is named quarterbacks coach on Tom Flores’ staff. Bratkowski had been the offensive coordinator at the University of Miami, a position he would later hold with the Seahawks on Dennis Erickson’s staff.

2006: The Seahawks not only play in their first NFC Championship Game, they host the game and win 34-14 over the Panthers as Shaun Alexander rushes for 132 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck throws for two scores and the defense intercepts three passes. The decisive victory sends the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL.

2007: Bruce DeHaven is named special teams coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff.

2009: Tim Lewis, the brother of Seahawks’ director of pro personnel Will Lewis, is named defensive backs coach on Jim Mora’s staff.


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The Brat-o-meter

Mike Sando’s notes this morning about dropped passes and what constitutes a drop on his NFC West blog at ESPN.com got me thinking about Bob Bratkowski.

Well, that thought process actually began yesterday while compiling information about the Falcons, because Bratkowski is the QB coach in Atlanta – and the Falcons play the Seahawks on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Bratkowski was the offensive coordinator on Dennis Erickson’s Seahawks staff from 1995-97 and had been the wide receivers coach from 1993-94 on Tom Flores’ staff.

What does that have to do with dropped passes? On Mondays, John Clayton, then the beat guy for the News Tribune, and I would double-check our drop totals from the previous day with Bratkowski.

One week, he had one more than we did. So I said, “You can’t mean that pass where (fill in the blank) contorted his body and almost made a great catch.”

Bratkowski’s deadpan response: “You get your hands on a ball in this league, you make the catch.”

My immediate though: “Wow, this guy grades tougher than we do.”

Since that day, that has been my gauge for judging whether a pass was actually dropped.

According to Sando’s calculations – and criteria – the Seahawks have only one drop. That’s the lowest total in the NFC West and ties them with the Patriots for the fewest in the league.


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