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A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 21:

1976: Sherman Smith scores on a pair of 1-yard runs and Steve Largent catches six passes for 101 yards and a TD, but it’s not enough as the expansion Seahawks fall to the Saints 51-27 at the Kingdome.

1982: In their first game after the eight-week NFL players’ strike, and with Mike McCormack taking over as interim coach for Jack Patera, Steve Largent catches a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jim Zorn with 49 seconds left in a 17-10 victory over the Broncos in Denver.

1999: Ricky Watters scores three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, as he compiles 174 combined yards in a 31-19 victory in Kansas City, where the Seahawks had lost their previous games against the Chiefs.

2004: Michael Boulware intercepts a pass and returns it 63 yards for the touchdown with 56 seconds to play in a 24-17 victory over the Dolphins in Seattle. Trent Dilfer also throws a 21-yard TD pass to Jerry Rice.

2010: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 366 yards, with Mike Williams catching six passes for 109 yards, and David Hawthorne has 12 tackles and an interception. But the defending Super Bowl champion Saints prevail 34-19 in New Orleans. The game is a prelude to the team’s rematch in a wild-card playoff game in Seattle that season.


Cyber surfing: Monday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 25:

The big news, of course, is that the lockout could be in its final hours. Albert Breer at NFL.com has the details. Offers Breer: “Legal teams for NFL owners and players negotiated through the weekend and deep into Monday morning, wrapping up at 3 a.m. with an agreement on basic terms. According to multiple sources involved, the deal is not 100 percent done yet, with the final document just completed about two hours prior a scheduled conference call with the 32 team player reps at 11 a.m. ET. Legal teams are proofing and fixing the details. That’s important, because the language of a completed deal is what caused some of the hang-ups that occurred last week.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune shares his shopping list for the Seahawks once free agency does begin. Says Williams: “Seattle would like to bring back soon-to-be free agent defensive tackle Brandon Mebane. Other potential players the Seahawks could target once free agency begins include Minnesota receiver Sidney Rice and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, Oakland offensive guard Robert Gallery and Denver tight end Daniel Graham.”

Also from the News Tribute, Dave Boling weighs on the laborious efforts to reach a labor agreement. Says Boling: “Basically, had NFL owners and players split the difference on the money issues, they could have reached this point in the first week, saved millions in legal fees, had months to sort through the leftover details, and gone about free agency and normal offseason activities without disruption. But that would have been too easy.”

Steve Wyche at NFL.com looks at some of the concerns teams and agents have once the lockout is over and league business finally kicks in, if not as usual. Says Wyche: “Under the post-lockout circumstances, agents won’t have as defined locales because veteran free agency hasn’t occurred. For instance, if a team didn’t draft a safety but is in need, the agent could send his undrafted safety to that team. A day or two later, the team signs a veteran free-agent safety. That wouldn’t rule the undrafted player out of the mix, but he won’t get the reps the vets will because they need to learn the new scheme and would be on the practice field a lot more than Mr. Long Shot.”

Also at NFL.com, Gil Brandt has his Top 20 undrafted college players who will be snapped up once teams are allowed to sign them.

Peter King of SI.com is back from vacation, and so is his “Monday Morning Quarterback.” Today, he tries to make sense of the post-lockout world in the NFL. Offers King: “Late Sunday night, I asked George Atallah, Smith’s right-hand man with the players, if he could see any possibility of the deal getting derailed at the last second. ‘I do not,’ he said after leaving a long day of talks inside the association’s headquarters. ‘The players have worked too hard for this moment, and they’ve managed to tune out the noise outside the process to focus on making a deal that would be fair to both sides.’

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles on the team’s first 35 seasons with a look at 1982 – when a players’ strike forced the cancellation of eight games and the Seahawks fired coach Jack Patera. We also check in with Jacob Green, the former sack master turned fund raiser who had a floor on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center campus named after him and his foundation on Friday. Said Green, who has raised more than $2.6 million to help the Hutch fight cancer: “When this all started, I was just hoping to help out in some little way. What it’s turned into is just unbelievable. This is quite an honor, and I’m happy about it.”


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Three-and-out

In nine seasons as coach of the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, Tom Flores won a pair of Super Bowls and had six winning records. In three seasons with the Seahawks, he never even broke even.

From 1992-94, when Flores was the third full-season coach in franchise history, the Seahawks went 2-14 and 6-10 twice. We’ve examined 1992 and 1993 in our ongoing series of stories featuring the franchise’s first 35 seasons.

But then compiling winning records with the Seahawks has been a three-plus coach accomplishment.

Mike Holmgren (seven), Chuck Knox (six), Jack Patera (two) and Mike McCormack (interim coach for seven games in 1982) have posted winning records with the Seahawks.

Here’s a look at the franchise’s coaches – with seasons; seasons with a winning record; best record:

Jack Patera (1976-82): six-plus seasons; two winning seasons; 9-7 in 1978 and 1979

Mike McCormack (1982): seven games; one winning season; 4-3 after replacing Patera

Chuck Knox (1983-91): nine seasons; six winning seasons; 12-4 in 1984

Tom Flores (1992-94): three seasons; no winning seasons; 6-10 in 1993 and 1994

Dennis Erickson (1995-98): four seasons; no winning seasons; 8-8 in 1995, 1997, 1998

Mike Holmgren (1999-2008): 10 seasons; seven winning seasons; 13-3 in 2005

Jim Mora (2009): one season; no winning seasons; 5-11 in 2009

Pete Carroll (2010-present): one season; no winning seasons; 7-9 in 2010


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Cyber surfing: Monday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 13 – and was “out there” over the weekend:

Prompted by a question from a reader, Mike Sando of ESPN.com revisits the free-agent wide receivers the Seahawks have signed or acquired during Matt Hasselbeck’s tenure as starting quarterback. It’s a group that includes T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch, Joe Jurevicius, Nate Burleson and Bobby Engram. Says Sando: “None of the wide receivers Seattle has signed in free agency during the Hasselbeck era were coming off a Pro Bowl-caliber season when he signed with the Seahawks. Therefore, no one should be surprised that the free-agent receivers Seattle signed during this era failed to reach that level with the team. That is the most direct, succinct answer to your question.”

Friday, we offered an item on the most underrated and overrated players on each NFL team. Sando provides his list of the most underrated players in the NFC West. His choice for the Seahawks: “Leo” defensive end Chris Clemons, who produced a career-high 11 sacks in his first season with the team and was Seahawks.com’s choice as defensive player of the year.

Sando on Clemons: “The Seahawks hoped Clemons would benefit from a change of scenery in 2010, but there was no indication the seventh-year veteran would suddenly become one of the better pass-rushers in the league. Clemons collected a team-high 11 sacks in his first season with the team. His toughness stood out. Clemons played through injuries and brought needed attitude to the defense. After six seasons with three other teams, the 29-year-old Clemons appears to have found a home in Seattle. He was particularly productive against NFC West teams, collecting seven of his sacks against division opponents and adding one more during the postseason.”

Sando also provides an update on recent polls that appeared on his NFC West blog, including the Seahawks organization and Qwest Field being the top vote-getters in the division in their respect polls.

John Clayton at ESPN.com puts Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne on his all-underrated team. All Hawthorne has done is lead the team in tackles the past two seasons – from two different positions. Clayton on Hawthorne: “Some of these underrated players are classic overachievers. David Hawthorne of the Seahawks was a top special-teams player, but injuries at the Seahawks linebacking corps gave him starts. Hawthorne made the most of them. He’s had 117 and 106 tackles over the past two seasons and continues to get better each year.” Also on the team is Rob Sims, the guard the Seahawks traded to the Lions last year.

As for the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, we offer Albert Breer’s blog posting from NFL.com. Breer says representatives from the owners and players have been holding face-to-face meetings in between the talks that took place last week and those scheduled for this week. Breer labels that “another sign of the seriousness of these talks.” Please let him be right.

Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com has this review of the labor situation, complete links to other articles.

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of stories reviewing the first 35 seasons in franchise history with a look at 1977, when an expansion team took a giant step toward becoming a team. We also provide a glimpse of then-coach Jack Patera through the memory of Sherman Smith, the leading rusher on that team who now coaches the Seahawks running backs.


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The Patera way

Jack Patera is one of the most colorful characters in Seahawks history, and the team’s original coach also is one of the more misunderstood personalities from the franchise’s first 35 seasons.

Sherman Smith discussed Patera in this recap of the 1977 season.

Smith was the leading rusher on that team – as well as the 1976, 1978, 1979 and 1982 teams. He now coaches the Seahawks’ running backs, and does it by using some lessons and techniques he picked up from Patera, who coached the team from 1976 through the first two games of the strike-shortened ’82 season.

“As player, what he did to me was, he showed a deal of respect to the players,” Smith said. “He was honest, and I loved his honesty.

“He was awesome, and I thought he did a nice job taking control of our situation. He had a plan. I enjoyed playing for him, and I think guys respected him because of his honesty. I’ve taken that with me as a coach: Just be honest with guys.”

Patera also had a coach-through-his-assistant-coaches approach that still makes Smith laugh.

“It would be funny,” Smith said, shaking his head. “I’d be standing next to (running backs coach) Andy MacDonald and Jack would come over and say, ‘Andy, would you tell Sherman to do this.’ And I’m standing right there. He could tell me himself.

“But Andy would do it. Jack would have the coaches coach the players, and he’d coach the coaches. It was funny when he would do that.”

That doesn’t mean Patera was lacking when it came to having a rapport with his players. To the contrary.

“Right before the final cut, guys would come to Jack and say, ‘Hey Jack, I’d like to bring my family to town. Can I go ahead and do it?’ ” Smith recalled. “Sometimes, Jack would say, ‘Yeah, go ahead.’ But there were times Jack would say, ‘Nah, I think you’d better wait. We’re not sure yet.’

“Guys really appreciated that.”

Including the late Louis Bullard, who started at left tackle on the 1980 team before damaging a knee.

“I remember Louis telling me that he went in to see Jack,” Smith said. “He said to Jack, ‘I want a chance to win my job back.’ Jack said, ‘Louis, you’ve got to be concerned about having a job.’

“I’m sure that was tough to hear. But Louis told me, ‘I appreciated Jack’s honesty. He told me the truth.’ ”


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