A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 28:
1954: Steve Largent is born in Tulsa, Okla. Largent would join the expansion Seahawks in a 1976 trade with the Houston Oilers and by the time he retired after the 1989 season, he was the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (819), receiving yards (13,089) and touchdown catches (100). He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility (1995) and had his number 80 retired that same year.
1980 – The Seahawks post the second shutout in club history, 14-0 over the Redskins at RFK Stadium. Jim Zorn and Dan Doornink run for touchdowns in the game, while the defense intercepts Joe Theisman four times – including two by Dave Brown.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks’ history that occurred on Sept. 7:
1986 – The Seahawks win their opener 30-0 over the Steelers at the Kingdome, as the defense intercepts three passes – including one that Dave Brown returns 18 yards for a touchdown – and linebackers Fredd Young, Keith Butler and Greg Gaines combine for 26 tackles. Dave Krieg also passes for two touchdowns and Curt Warner runs for 114 yards.
2003 – The Seahawks post their first season-opening victory at home since 1986, 27-10 over the Saints as Shaun Alexander scores two touchdowns and linebacker Anthony Simmons paces the defense with an 11-tackle performance.
A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Aug. 22:
1992: Dave Brown becomes the third player inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor. Brown, a first-round draft choice by the Steelers in 1975, came to the Seahawks in the 1976 veteran allocation draft. After starting at free safety in the team’s inaugural season, and leading the club in tackles, Brown moved to right cornerback in 1977 and remained the starter there through 1986. He became the franchise’s all-time leader in interceptions (50), return yards (643) and interception returns for touchdowns (five). Brown, who died of a heart attack in 2006, also ranks among the Top 10 in games played (159, ninth) and started (159, sixth); fumble recoveries (11, tied for fourth); and tackles (684, seventh). He also coached the team’s defensive backs from 1992-98.
A photo essay at NFL.com this week listing the best picks at each of the 32 spots in the history of the NFL Draft prompted the obvious thought: Who are the best round-by-round picks the Seahawks have made?
We begin answering that with a look at the late-round selections. And that covers a lot of territory, and players, because the draft was 17 rounds in 1976, 12 rounds from 1977-92 and eight rounds in 1993 before the league went to the seven-round format in 1994.
The Seahawks did find some “rubies,” as former coach Chuck Knox called them, in those later rounds – from defensive tackle Robert Hardy (10th round in 1979), to tackle Ron Essink (10th round in 1980), to cornerback Dwayne Harper (11th round in 1988), to tackle Bill Hitchcock (eighth round in 1990), to defensive end Antonio Edwards (eighth round in 1993).
All became starters, but each must get in line behind Derrick Fenner, the running back who was selected in the 10th round of the 1989 draft.
Fenner was the team’s leading rusher (859 yards) in 1990, when he also led the AFC in touchdowns (15) and rushing touchdowns (14). Fenner played only three seasons with the Seahawks, but is tied for sixth on the club’s all-time list in rushing TDs (19) and ranks 10th in rushing attempts (317).
Veteran allocation draft: The selection process in 1976 that helped stock the Seahawks’ original roster did not include college players. But it needs to be included, because the best of the 39 players from other NFL teams selected by the Seahawks was, is and always will be Dave Brown – who died of a heart attack in 2006.
Brown led the team in tackles in that inaugural season while playing free safety. He moved to cornerback in 1977 and intercepted a franchise record 50 passes before leaving the Seahawks after the 1986 season. Brown returned to coach the defensive backs from 1992-98. He was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 1992 and voted to the 35th Anniversary team.
A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on March 30:
1976: The expansion Seahawks select 39 players in the veteran allocation draft, a group that includes eventual Pro Bowl cornerback Dave Brown and seven others who would be starters for multiple seasons – tackles Norm Evans and Nick Bebout; center Art Kuehn; wide receiver Sam McCullum; tight end Ron Howard; linebacker Ken Geddes; and defensive back Eddie McMillen.
A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 27:
1985: Fredd Young blocks a punt to set up a touchdown, Norm Johnson kicks two field goals and Kenny Easley has a game-high 10 tackles as the AFC wins the Pro Bowl 22-14. The Seahawks’ largest Pro Bowl contingent in franchise history also includes Steve Largent, Dave Krieg, Joe Nash and Dave Brown.
A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 24:
1992: Former Seahawks cornerback Dave Brown is named a defensive assistant on Tom Flores’ staff. Brown, the franchise record-holder with 50 interceptions, would be added to the team’s Ring of Honor in August.
A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 18:
1977: Jim Zorn throws a 15-yard touchdown pass to Steve Largent in the fourth quarter, giving the Seahawks a 20-19 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome in their season finale.
1983: The Seahawks clinch their first playoff berth with a 24-6 victory over the Patriots in their regular-season finale at the Kingdome, and all three units contribute as Steve Largent catches seven passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, Dave Krieg passes for two TDs and Curt Warner runs for 116 yards; Jacob Green has three sacks and Kenny Easley and Dave Brown intercept passes; and Jeff West has five of his six punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
1988: The Seahawks win their first division title with a wild 43-37 victory over the Raiders in Los Angeles on the final Sunday of the regular season. The Seahawks jumped to a 30-17 lead and held on as Dave Krieg passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns, with Brian Blades catching four passes for 123 yards and two TDs and John L. Williams adds seven catches for 180 yards.
1994: Jeff Hostetler passes 77 yards to Tim Brown for a fourth-quarter touchdown as the Raiders take a 17-16 victory over the Seahawks at the Kingdome. Chris Warren runs for 122 yards and the Seahawks’ only touchdown, while John Kasay kicks three field goals.
2005: Matt Hasselbeck throws second-half touchdown passes to Joe Jurevicius and Darrell Jackson as the Seahawks rally for a 28-24 victory over the Titans in Tennessee that is win No. 10 in their club-record 11-game winning streak. Shaun Alexander also runs for 172 yards and a TD.
A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 11:
1977: David Sims runs for two touchdowns, Sherman Smith has 149 yards rushing and receiving and another TD and Dave Brown returns an interception for a TD as the Seahawks hold on to win a wild 34-31 game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium after taking a 34-21 lead at halftime.
1983: In a game that features “the holding call heard ‘round the Pacific Northwest,” the Seahawks win 17-12 over the Giants at the Meadowlands behind two touchdown passes from Dave Krieg to setup the first playoff appearance in franchise history. The Giants’ Jeff Rutledge passes for an apparent game-winning touchdown on a fourth-and-7 play with 30 seconds to play, but a holding call nullifies the score and his final pass is broken up. The win puts the Seahawks in a situation where they earn a wild-card spot with a victory over the Patriots at the Kingdome on the final weekend of the regular season, which they do.
1988: Curt Warner scores four touchdowns and rushes for 126 yards and John L. Williams has 183 yards rushing and receiving in a 42-14 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome.
1994: Chris Warren runs for 185 yards and a touchdown and Cortez Kennedy has two of the Seahawks’ six sacks of Billy Joe Tolliver in a 16-14 victory over the Oilers in the Astrodome.
2005: Matt Hasselbeck passes for four touchdowns, including two to Bobby Engram; Shaun Alexander rushes for 108 yards and a TD; and a defense led by Lofa Tatupu (interception) and Marcus Tubbs (two sacks) limits the 49ers to 113 yards in a 41-3 victory in Seattle that is win No. 9 in the team’s club-record 11-game winning streak.
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 2:
Russell Okung. There is no official word on the severity of the shoulder injury the Seahawks’ left tackle got in Thursday night’s game against the Eagles, but coach Pete Carroll said today that “he’s got extensive damage to his (pectoral), it looks like.”
Okung, last year’s top draft choice, was injured late in the 31-14 victory at CenturyLink Field when the Eagles’ Trent Cole grabbed Okung under the arm and flung him to the ground.
“He got thrown down after the whistle, really blatantly,” Carroll said during his day-after news conference — which was on Friday this week, rather than Monday. “Stuff like that happens in the game sometimes, but this was most unfortunate because he was damaged by it.”
Asked if he thought it was dirty play, Carroll said, “It was a bad play.”
And the Seahawks lost a good player. “Russell played a fantastic football game,” Carroll said. “He had a very-aggressive big game throughout. He’s so much better than he was at anytime last year.”
Carroll stopped short of discussing what the team will do is Okung is sidelined for an extended period, but during the game, right guard Paul McQuistan moved to left tackle for Okung, with Lemuel Jeanpierre taking over for McQuistan – who is starting because rookie John Moffitt sustained a season-ending knee injury in the Week 10 win over the Ravens. Breno Giacomini has started the past three games at right tackle for first-round draft choice James Carpenter, who got a season-ending knee in practice.
“I don’t want to put this crassly, but it’s not about the guys that you lose, it’s about who’s coming up and who’s stepping in,” Carroll said. “We’ll expect however we configure it, we’ll step to the front. I think it is a statement about our depth and the development of these guys throughout the ranks – not just the first guys.”
Carroll praised line coach Tom Cable and his assistants, Pat Ruel and Luke Butkus, for developing the depth the Seahawks are leaning on.
“They deserve a lot of credit for developing these guys so that they can step up and we can maintain a good level of performance,” Carroll said. “And we’ll expect to do that again, however we do this thing.”
Despite playing without Carpenter and Moffitt, the Seahawks have rushed for 126, 124 and 174 yards in their past three games – and are on a streak of five triple-digit rushing efforts that is the team’s longest since 2005.
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Brandon Browner is a yard shy of the club single-season record for return yards off interceptions. But he and record-holder Dave Brown have gone about it in very different ways. Brown got his 179 yards on eight interceptions in 1984, while Browner’s 178 yards have come on four picks – including three in the past two games and two Thursday night. Here’s a closer look at their seasons
Dave Brown Category Brandon Browner
1984 Season 2011
8 Interceptions 4
179 Return yards 178
2 TD returns 1
90 Long return 94
Brown got 148 of his yards in one game, returning picks 90 and 58 yards in a victory over the Chiefs; and had no return yardage on four of his interceptions. Browner had his club-record 94-yard return in the Week 5 upset of the Giants and 68 yards off his two picks on Thursday night.
Well, nothing. At least not until Tuesday, when the players will return from their four-day weekend to begin prepare for the Dec. 12 “Monday Night Football” game against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field.
“We’re going to take a break right now,” Carroll said. “We’re going to get a lot of legs break right here. This is a terrific opportunity for us to get fresh and we’ll see where this takes us. But we look forward to the big finish here.”
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“This was really a good game for our program. It was really a complete game and one that we had a lot of fun playing the game and a lot of fun mixing with the crowd. I like that we were able to do it against Philadelphia, which is a team that we hold in high regard. So it was a good night for us, in all ways – offensively, defensively and on special teams.” – Carroll on the win over the Eagles