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On this date: Erickson, Holmgren coach final games for Seahawks

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 28:

Mike Holmgren

1998: Dennis Erickson is relieved of his coaching duties the day after a season-ending 28-21 loss to the Broncos in Denver. Erickson leaves with a four-season record of 31-33.

2008: The Seahawks cap a 4-12 season, in Mike Holmgren’s final season as coach, with a 34-21 loss to the Cardinals in Arizona. Deion Branch catches two touchdown passes, but the Cardinals’ Kurt Warner passes for four TDs and Larry Fitzgerald catches five passes for 130 yards and two scores.


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On this date: McCullum’s catches catapult Seahawks

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 16:

Sam McCullum

1979: Sam McCullum catches eight passes for 173 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown pass from Jim Zorn, in a 29-24 victory over the Raiders in Oakland that caps the Seahawks’ second consecutive winning season (9-7).

1990: The Seahawks lose for the only time in their final six games, 24-17 to the Dolphins in Miami, as Dan Marino passes for two touchdowns and the Dolphins intercept Dave Krieg three times.

2000: Jon Kitna throws a 9-yard touchdown pass to rookie Darrell Jackson with 28 seconds to play, giving the Seahawks a 27-24 victory over the Raiders in a Saturday game at Husky Stadium. Ricky Watters runs for 168 yards and the defense picks off three Rich Gannon passes.

2001: Ricky Watters runs for 104 yards and a touchdown and Ike Charlton returns an interception 38 yards for a score in a 29-3 victory over the Cowboys at Husky Stadium.

2007: In his first NFL start, Matt Moore completes 19 of 27 passes for 208 yards in leading the Panthers to a 13-10 victory over the Seahawks in Carolina. Bobby Engram and Deion Branch combine to catch 17 passes for 169 yards, but the Seahawks’ only TD comes on Matt Hasselbeck’s 15-yard pass to Branch with 1 second left in the game.


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On this date: A Mile High victory

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 10:

1978: The Seahawks take a 10-3 lead on Jim Zorn’s touchdown pass to David Sims and a 48-yard field goal by Efren Herrera, but Dan Fouts passes for three TDs in rallying the Chargers to 37-10 victory in San Diego.

1989: Dave Krieg throws a 1-yard touchdown pass to Curt Warner early in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks win 24-17 over the Bengals in Cincinnati. The game-winner is Krieg’s third TD pass of the day.

1995: Chris Warren catches a 20-yard touchdown pass from John Friesz with 49 seconds to play, giving the Seahawks a 31-27 victory over the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Friesz also passes 5 yards to Joey Galloway with 4:10 remaining as the Seahawks overcome a 27-14 deficit. Warren also runs for 101 yards and a TD, while Brian Blades catches seven passes for 127 yards. The defense, meanwhile, intercepts John Elway three times and forces the three-and-out that sets up the game-winning TD.

2000: Jon Kitna passes for three touchdowns and 298 yards, but the Broncos take a 24-3 lead and hold on for a 31-24 victory at Mile High Stadium.

2006: Matt Hasselbeck’s fourth-and-20 pass to Deion Branch goes for 18 yards, and to the Arizona 7-yard line, as the Cardinals hang on for a 27-21 victory in the desert. Hasselbeck passes for three touchdowns, but Edgerrin James runs for 115 yards and a TD and Matt Leinart passes for two TDs for the Cardinals.


On this date: ‘Jacksonville’ Seahawks down Redskins

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 19:

Defensive end Michael Sinclair

Defensive end Michael Sinclair rushes the Redskins passer in a 27-20 victory at RFK Stadium.

1978: Efren Herrera kicks two field goals and David Sims scores on a 10-yard run in a 13-10 victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City.

1995: Chris Warren runs for 136 yards and a touchdown, Rick Mirer passes for two TDs and Robert Blackmon intercepts two passes in a 27-20 victory over the Redskins at RFK Stadium. The game follows a week when the team remained in Jacksonville to practice, after beating the Jaguars 47-30, rather than returning to Seattle.

2006: Seneca Wallace passes for 252 yards and two second-half touchdowns, but also throws three interceptions, and Deion Branch catches seven passes for 113 yards. But the 49ers hold on for 20-14 victory in San Francisco.


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Tuesday cyber surfing: It’s all about Trufant’s return

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 10:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com looks at the big story from yesterday – Marcus Trufant agreeing to terms with the Seahawks – and the most obvious upside: “Trufant, released in a salary-related move earlier this offseason, is returning on a one-year contract, the team announced. The move should be popular with fans and a relief to Trufant, who grew up in nearby Tacoma, spent nine seasons with the team and wasn’t looking to relocate.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times says Trufant’s return could be insurance against Walter Thurmond not being ready for the start of the season: “Cornerback Walter Thurmond appears to have suffered a setback in his recovery from a broken leg sustained in the sixth game of last season. It seems unlikely he will be ready for training camp and probably will start out on the physically unable to perform list. … Thurmond began last season as the team’s fifth defensive back, leaving Seattle with an opening at that spot. That’s where Trufant figures to come in, as well as possibly Roy Lewis, who was re-signed last week.” O’Neil also has a poll on Trufant’s return, and 82 percent are glad to have him back with the team.

Eric Williams at the News Tribune also offers his take on Trufant’s return: “Trufant’s role in Seattle remained a question mark, with Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner emerging as Seattle’s starting cornerbacks last season. Browner made the Pro Bowl in his first season as a starter, and Sherman finished with four interceptions and 55 tackles in 10 starts as a rookie.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald says Trufant’s flirtation with free agency was a short one: “At the time of his release, general manager John Schneider said in a statement that the team was releasing Trufant to allow him to explore free agency. He made a visit to Denver, but it in the end the Tacoma native and former Washington State standout decided to return to the only NFL team he has known since coming to Seattle as first-round pick in 2003.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look back at the way GM John Schneider announced the release of the veteran cornerback, planting the seed that Trufant indeed could return: “In announcing that veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant was being released on March 7, Seahawks general manager John Schneider selected his words very carefully. There wasn’t the usual ‘we wish him well with his new team’ caveat, or even the obligatory ‘we want to thank (fill in the blank) for his contributions to the franchise on and off the field,’ that traditionally are attached to such transactions with players of Trufant’s status. Because deep down, Schneider was hoping that the former first-round draft choice would be able to continue his career with his hometown NFL team. Hope became reality Monday, when Trufant agreed to terms on a one-year contract.”

Brady Henderson at mynorthwest.com (710 ESPN) also looks at Trufant’s recent injury issues: “Injuries have led to a decline in Trufant’s play since he signed a $50.2 million contract with the Seahawks after a Pro Bowl season in 2007. He began last season as a starter but was placed on injured reserve after four games with a back injury similar to the one that caused him to miss six games in 2009. While he played in all 16 games in 2010, he suffered a pair of concussions that season, including one that knocked him out of the Seahawks’ playoff loss to Chicago.”

Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. looks at the draft needs of the four teams in the NFC West. It’s an Insider feature, so requires registration and a fee. But here’s part of what he has to say about the Seahawks: “The Seahawks are an improving football team with a clear identity of what they want to be on both sides of the ball. On offense they clearly have a run-first mentality, and signing (Marshawn) Lynch to a long-term contract without giving him the franchise tag was a big move. On defense they did the same thing with their best player, (Red) Bryant. (Matt) Flynn (Green Bay), (Jason) Jones (Tennessee) and OT Frank Omiyale (Chicago) are players who fill needs, but at the right price. The Seahawks have lost some players, but they are really headed in the right direction.”

The guys at NFL.com are doing draft re-dos this week. First up 2007, as re-done by Elliott Harrison. The Seahawks’ first-round pick? They didn’t have one, because they traded it to the Patriots for Deion Branch.

Also at NFL.com, Jason La Canfora continues to track the free-agent activity.


Tuesday cyber surfing: The other side of Thomas

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Jan. 31:

Jared Ainsworth of the Beaumont Enterprise has a really nice story on how Earl Thomas’ success in the NFL has allowed his mother, Debbie, to retire: “Debbie Thomas’ final day as a receptionist for Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district was Jan 20. The family celebrated the end of Debbie’s 28-year career in education that evening at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Beaumont, with about 20 of her coworkers. ‘As soon as they called my name in the draft, I knew this day was going to come,’ said Earl, a 22-year-old second-year defensive back for the Seahawks. ‘We didn’t have much and my mom and dad made it work. They’ve been changing my diapers, taking care of me all my life.’ “

Former Seahawks and current Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck analyzes the Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and Giants for the Tennessean. His pick: Patriots 24-21. Says Hasselbeck: “It is really hard to bet against Tom Brady for me. I have a lot of respect for his game. I think he is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. I have respect for Eli (Manning), and for guys on both sides, but to me, Brady is going to be really tough to stop unless he is on his back the whole game.”

Speaking of former Seahawks QBs, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram catches up with Jon Kitna, who last week was named football coach at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School, his alma mater: “ ‘It’s incredible. The right door opened,’ Kitna said between services Sunday morning at Fielder Road Baptist Church, where he preached and gave a personal testimony. It was his first public appearance since informing the Cowboys of his decision to retire two weeks ago. ‘I am beyond excited,’ Kitna said. ‘It was the perfect opportunity. The coach wanted to move into the athletic director’s role and called and asked me if I was interested.’ “

Here at Seahawks.com, the Tez in 2012 campaign continues as the clock is ticking toward the selection process on Saturday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Cortez Kennedy is a finalist for the fourth consecutive year and we weigh in with a weighty profile on the most-decorated defensive player in franchise history: “ ‘I wouldn’t trade places with anybody for anything,’ Kennedy said. ‘I played for the Seahawks, and played my heart out for them. I love the Seahawks. I love the organization. I love the people there, and especially the fans. If I ever get in the Hall of Fame, it’s for all of us.’ ”

Back to the Super Bowl, there is no shortage of coverage leading up to Sunday’s game. Here’s a sampling:

The Associated Press, via Heraldnet.com, looks at the overlooked Deion Branch, the wide receiver who played for the Patriots, then was traded to the Seahawks and now is back with the Patriots: “He’s been overlooked a bit this season, with Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez grabbing most of (Tom) Brady’s passes and the headlines. ‘That’s cool,’ said Branch, who has that MVP trophy stored safely in a glass case at his home. ‘I just do my job. I can’t worry about who’s controlling it and who’s saying A, B, C, D. I just do my job I’m not here to be the one that (says), ‘Hey I need all the attention.’ That’s not me.’ “

Don Banks’ Q&A with London Fletcher at SI.com. The Redskins’ linebacker who is no stranger to the Giants or the Patriots, having played both teams this season. Q: Having played both of these teams recently, how do they match up today, knowing that New York beat New England at Gillette Stadium in Week 9? A: “I think it’s going to be a great matchup, because you think about the Giants and their pass rush being healthy now, and then you know all about the offense of the Patriots and those tight ends and their passing game. It’s going to be a great matchup between those two teams, and the thing is, both defenses are playing great right now. I think New England’s defense is playing its best ball of the year right now, and so are the Giants.”

Les Carpenter’s story at YahooSports.com about BenJarvis Green-Ellis, the Patriots’ back whose name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue but who also never lets the ball roll from his grasp: “And now, with the world preparing to watch Super Bowl XLVI Sunday, (LSU running backs coach Frank) Wilson has an Exhibit A in the Patriots’ running back. Wilson’s former back at the University of Mississippi has never fumbled in four NFL seasons. That is a streak of 536 catches and carries, an NFL record for the start of a career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.”

Michael Lombardi’s 46 things he loved about the NFL this season at NFL.com, where No. 39 is … Marshawn Lynch’s angry running style. Says Lombardi: “The Seahawks running back runs harder than any player in the league.”


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On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 28:

1998: Dennis Erickson is relieved of his coaching duties the day after a season-ending 28-21 loss to the Broncos in Denver. Erickson leaves with a four-season record of 31-33.

2008: The Seahawks cap a 4-12 season, in Mike Holmgren’s final season as coach, with a 34-21 loss to the Cardinals in Arizona. Deion Branch catches two touchdown passes, but the Cardinals’ Kurt Warner passes for four TDs and Larry Fitzgerald catches five passes for 130 yards and two scores.


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On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 16:

1979: Sam McCullum catches eight passes for 173 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown pass from Jim Zorn, in a 29-24 victory over the Raiders in Oakland that caps the Seahawks’ second consecutive winning season (9-7).

1990: The Seahawks lose for the only time in their final six games, 24-17 to the Dolphins in Miami, as Dan Marino passes for two touchdowns and the Dolphins intercept Dave Krieg three times.

2000: Jon Kitna throws a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Jackson with 28 seconds to play, giving the Seahawks a 27-24 victory over the Raiders in a Saturday game at Husky Stadium. Ricky Watters runs for 168 yards and the defense picks off three Rich Gannon passes.

2001: Ricky Watters runs for 104 yards and a touchdown and Ike Charlton returns an interception 38 yards for a score in a 29-3 victory over the Cowboys at Husky Stadium.

2007: In his first NFL start, Matt Moore completes 19 of 27 passes for 208 yards in leading the Panthers to a 13-10 victory over the Seahawks in Carolina. Bobby Engram and Deion Branch combine to catch 17 passes for 169 yards, but the Seahawks’ only TD comes on Matt Hasselbeck’s 15-yard pass to Branch with 1 second left in the game.


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On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 10:

1978: The Seahawks take a 10-3 lead on Jim Zorn’s touchdown pass to David Sims and a 48-yard field goal by Efren Herrera, but Dan Fouts passes for three TDs in rallying the Chargers to 37-10 victory in San Diego.

1989: Dave Krieg throws a 1-yard touchdown pass to Curt Warner early in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks win 24-17 over the Bengals in Cincinnati. The game-winner is Krieg’s third TD pass of the day.

1995: Chris Warren catches a 20-yard touchdown pass from John Friesz with 49 second to play, giving the Seahawks a 31-27 victory over the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Friesz also passes 5 yards to Joey Galloway with 4:10 remaining as the Seahawks overcome a 27-14 deficit. Warren also runs for 101 yards and a TD, while Brian Blades catches seven passes for 127 yards. The defense, meanwhile, intercepts John Elway three times and forces the three-and-out that sets up the game-winning TD.

2000: Jon Kitna passes for three touchdowns and 298 yards, but the Broncos take a 24-3 lead and hold on for a 31-24 victory at Mile High Stadium.

2006: Matt Hasselbeck’s fourth-and-20 pass to Deion Branch goes for 18 yards, and to the Arizona 7-yard line, as the Cardinals hang on for a 27-21 victory in the desert. Hasselbeck passes for three touchdowns, but Edgerrin James runs for 115 yards and a TD and Matt Leinart passes for two TDs for the Cardinals.


On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 19:

1978: Efren Herrera kicks two field goals and David Sims scores on a 10-yard run in a 13-10 victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City.

1995: Chris Warren runs for 136 yards and a touchdown, Rick Mirer passes for two TDs and Robert Blackmon intercepts two passes in a 27-20 victory over the Redskins at RFK Stadium.

2006: Seneca Wallace passes for 252 yards and two second-half touchdowns, but also throws three interceptions, and Deion Branch catches seven passes for 113 yards. But the 49ers hold on for 20-14 victory in San Francisco.


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