A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 8:
1979: Steve Largent catches a 43-yard touchdown pass from Jim Zorn in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks pull out a 28-23 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome. The decisive catch is Largent’s second TD of the game, and Sherman Smith also runs for two touchdowns.
1985: Dave Krieg throws four touchdown passes, including two to Daryl Turner, and the defense sacks Bernie Kosar six times, including three by Jacob Green, in a 31-13 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome.
1986: On a wild and raucous Monday night at the Kingdome, the defense registers 11 sacks and three interceptions while holding the Raiders to 138 yards. The offensive contributions to the 37-0 shutout include Curt Warner running for 116 yards and two touchdowns and Dave Krieg throwing TD passes to Steve Largent and Ray Butler.
1991: John Taylor catches a 15-yard touchdown passes from Steve Bono early in the fourth quarter and the 49ers hold the lead for a 24-22 victory at the Kingdome. John Kasay kicks three field goals for the Seahawks.
1996: The Seahawks jump to a 16-0 lead and hold on for a 26-18 victory over the Bills at the Kingdome as Todd Peterson kicks four field goals and Chris Warren runs for 116 yards. With Rick Mirer completing 9 of 24 passes, Rick Tuten is called upon to punt nine times and averages 46.3 yards with a long of 66 yards.
2002: The Seahawks fall behind 27-6, rally on two second-half touchdown passes by Matt Hasselbeck but still lose 27-20 to the Eagles in Seattle. Shaun Alexander runs for 123 yards.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 1:
1985: A Jacob Green-led defense sacks Todd Blackledge five times and intercepts three of his passes, while Steve Largent catches seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, in a 24-6 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome.
1991: John Kasay kicks two field goals, but Nick Lowery kicks four in a battle of field goals at the Kingdome that is won by the Chiefs 19-6.
1996: John Elway? Or Rick Mirer? Elway, of course, as the Broncos’ QB throws two touchdown passes and the Seahawks’ QB throws two interceptions in Denver’s 34-7 victory at Mile High Stadium.
2002: Matt Hasselbeck passes for a club-record 427 yards and three touchdowns, but Garrison Hearst runs for 124 yards and three scores as the 49ers take a 31-24 victory at Candlestick Park. Hasselbeck completes 30 of 55 passes, with Darrell Jackson catching seven for 114 yards and two touchdowns, Bobby Engram six for 72 yards and Koren Robinson four for 95 yards and a TD.
2011: Marshawn Lynch runs for 148 yards and two touchdowns, middle linebacker David Hawthorne returns an interception 77 yards for a score and cornerback Brandon Browner has two picks as the Seahawks slap a 31-14 loss on the Eagles in a Thursday night game at CenturyLink Field.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 25:
1984: Dave Krieg passes for 406 yards and three touchdowns, including an 80-yarder to Daryl Turner on the first play of the game, in a 27-24 victory over the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Steve Largent catches 12 passes for 191 yards and a TD as the Seahawks win their seventh consecutive game.
1990: Norm Johnson kicks a 40-yard field goal 3:01 into overtime in a 13-10 victory over the Chargers in San Diego. The defense does its part, as Patrick Hunter forces a fumble that is recovered by Jacob Green with 48 seconds left in regulation; and Nesby Glasgow forces a fumble that is recovered by Rufus Porter at the Chargers’ 23-yard line 1:34 into overtime to setup Johnson’s game-winner.
2007: Leonard Weaver scores on a 5-yard run with less than six minutes to play in 24-19 victory over the Rams in St. Louis, as the Seahawks score the final 17 points in the game. Their only points in the first half come on Josh Wilson’s 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 10:
1985: Jacob Green returns an interception 19 yards for a touchdown, Steve Largent catches five passes for 110 yards and Dave Krieg completes 21 of 28 passes for 282 yards in a 27-3 victory over the Saints at Superdome.
1991: John Carney kicks a career-long 54-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining as the Chargers grab a 17-14 victory over the Seahawks in San Diego. Dave Krieg throws two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally the Seahawks from a 14-0 deficit as part of his 28-of-38, 376-yard passing performance and Brian Blades catches eight passes for 131 yards.
1996: The Seahawks post season highs in points (42), yards (452) and time of possession (37:37) in winning their third consecutive game, 43-23 over the Vikings at the Kingdome. The defense sets up 29 of the points with turnovers, including interceptions by Jay Bellamy and Winston Moss. Rick Tuten also sets a franchise record by placing six punts inside the 20-yard line.
2002: The Seahawks score all their points in the first half in defeating the Cardinals 27-6 at Sun Devils Stadium. Shaun Alexander runs for two touchdowns and Matt Hasselbeck completes 23 of 31 passes for 260 yards.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 19:
1986: Jacob Green collects four sacks and Dave Brown intercepts two passes as the Seahawks post a 17-12 victory over the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants at the Kingdome. The Seahawks defeat both Super Bowl teams during the regular season (the Broncos being the other), but fail to make the playoffs despite a 10-6 record.
2003: The Seahawks beat the Bears 24-17 to complete the best start in franchise history (5-1) as Shaun Alexander runs for 101 yards and two touchdowns. The 1984 and 1986 teams also had started 4-1.
2004: Jerry Rice, the NFL’s all-time leading receiver, is acquired in a trade with the Raiders. Rice plays only one season with the Seahawks, catching 25 passes for 362 yards and three touchdowns.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 16:
2005: The Seahawks rush for a club-record 320 yards and Shaun Alexander scores four touchdowns in a 42-10 victory over the Texans at home that is win No. 2 in what will become a franchise-record 11-game winning streak. Alexander, who would set an NFL single-season record with 28 touchdowns, scores on runs of 4, 5, 1 and 23 yards as part of his 144-yard afternoon.
1983: The Seahawks force eight turnovers and register eight sacks in a 38-36 win over the Raiders at the Kingdome. The defensive line of Jacob Green (3½), Joe Nash (2) and Jeff Bryant (1½) combine to sack Jim Plunkett seven times.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks’ history that occurred on Sept. 3:
1984 – The Seahawks win their season opener for the first time, 33-0 over the Browns at the Kingdome. But Curt Warner is lost of the season in the first half with a knee injury. The game is played on Monday afternoon because of a scheduling conflict with the Mariners.
1995 – The Seahawks lose their first game under coach Dennis Erickson, 34-10 to the Chiefs at the Kingdome. All-time sack leader Jacob Green is inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.
2000 – The Seahawks drop their opener to the Dolphins in Miami 23-0, the first time they’ve been shutout in seven seasons.
Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 7:
On Mondays, “today” includes “over the weekend,” as well. And the big news was Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn talking about their friendly competition for the starting QB job after Friday’s offseason program workout.
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times emphasizes the attention that his situation received, and will continue to receive as the Seahawks have their first real QB competition in a decade: “Tarvaris Jackson took the first snap of Friday’s workout. That this fact is even worth mentioning gives you an idea of just how scrutinized Seattle’s quarterback situation is going to be. The Seahawks are four months from their first meaningful game. Players weren’t wearing helmets nor pads during a non-contact workout, and no sooner had the Seahawks concluded a 45-minute workout than the coach was being asked about the competition between Jackson and free-agent addition Matt Flynn. So who’s ahead? ‘Who said ‘competition’ the most?’ Pete Carroll asked, referring to interviews of Jackson and Flynn. ‘Whoever said that word the most when they were up here getting interviewed, he’s ahead right now.’ Well, Jackson lapped Flynn in that regard. He used some variation of “compete” 10 times compared to five for Flynn, and while those measurements are obviously a joke, the question of Seattle’s quarterback is not. It will be debated around water coolers, discussed on radio and dissected with a clinical precision more suited for laboratory frogs in the next few months.”
Dave Boling at the News Tribune uses the term “controversy,” and says the process to determine whether it will be incumbent Jackson, newcomer Flynn or even yet-to-arrive rookie Russell Wilson will be fun to watch: “Most coaches welcome a quarterback controversy as they would an infectious disease. But Pete Carroll is promoting the Seahawks’ 2012 derby with such energy that two contestants weren’t enough. So he tossed in a rookie draft pick to spice up the field. So we should brace ourselves for months of partisan debate and analysis of trivial details. (Continue reading if your suspense is building over the exact measurement of Russell Wilson’s hands.) Friday offered early competitive evidence as the Seahawks opened a brief team workout to the media. And while some teams might shield dueling quarterbacks from the microphones and cameras, the Seahawks did the opposite. The only players made available for interview were the two prime quarterback candidates, incumbent Tarvaris Jackson and free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn. And Carroll, of course, is the ringmaster.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald says Jackson deserves credit for how well he’s handling the situation: “No, this isn’t an ideal situation for Tarvaris Jackson. A year after coming to Seattle and immediately earning the Seahawks’ starting quarterback job, Jackson was splitting reps with Matt Flynn, the man who just might be on his way to taking Jackson’s job. But even if a fight for his job isn’t what Jackson was hoping for, he of all people knows it could be a lot worse. After all, the last time a Jackson-quarterbacked team added a free agent quarterback, the Vikings were pulling out all of the stops, private jet and all, to hand the job Jackson thought was his to an aging Brett Favre. Then they did it all over again a year later. (I mean, when you get a chance to cater to every whim of an attention-loving 40-year-old, you’ve got to take advantage, right?) So while Jackson was obviously not rooting for the Seahawks to make a push for Flynn in free agency, he certainly wasn’t shocked by it. Nor will he turn the addition of Flynn into an excuse to complain about the tough hands he has been dealt throughout his career.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at how each QB knew what to expect before the process began: “Understanding the situation is imperative to playing the quarterback position in the NFL. Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn are very aware of the competitive situation they find themselves in as the Seahawks’ offseason program moves closer and closer to becoming real football. Jackson, the incumbent starter, and Flynn, the former backup for the Green Bay Packers who was signed in free agency, spoke about their friendly rivalry for the first time on Friday. Their quick Q&A sessions with reporters followed a brisk workout on a fall-like morning at Virginia Mason Athlete Center, completing Week One of Phase 2 in the non-OTA program. Jackson was the first to take snaps, because “he’s already earned that here,” as coach Pete Carroll put it. Jackson was added in free agency last year, but was awarded the starting spot because of his familiarity with the offense being installed by new coordinator Darrell Bevell and the lack of an offseason due to the 136-day lockout. Jackson had played under Bevell the previous five seasons when both were with the Minnesota Vikings. This year, however, things are different. There is an offseason, and Flynn presents more competition than former backup Charlie Whitehurst did – or was allowed to. ‘It’s a lot different this year,’ said Jackson, who was 7-8 as the starter last season despite playing his final nine games with a damaged pectoral in his throwing shoulder. ‘I’m just here to compete like always and just see how things play out.’ ”
We’ve also got a look at Jacob Green and Marcus Trufant being inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame: “Being part of the group was reward enough for Trufant and Green. Being able to share it with their families made it that much more rewarding. ‘This meant a lot to be here with Marcus on this special day,’ Constant Trufant (Marcus’ mother) said. ‘It’s an honor, especially to be in the presence of all those other folks. And then to have Jacob Green here, it’s great.’ Offered Janelle (Green’s daughter), who is married to Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant, ‘This is just awesome, because I know how hard my dad works – with his charity event and everything with The Hutch – and how much the Seahawks mean to him. I’m glad to be able to share this with him.’ ”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com was asked about moving Mike Williams to tight end in a recent chat: “Mike Williams wouldn’t offer enough as a blocker. Plus, he is 230 pounds, too light for a tight end, and he has had trouble staying healthy. The team needs to add a real tight end. Visanthe Shiancoe is the most logical candidate by far among veteran free agents. He is 32, but he has not missed games.”
Peter King reviews the news of the week in his “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, including the passing of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau: “The best thing the NFL can do to honor Seau is to continue to hammer home the protective point that while it may not seem fair in all cases to fine defensive players huge money for hits on defenseless players, it has to be done if the league is going to prove it’s serious about making the game safer.”
Steve Kelley at the Seattle Times also writes on the aftermath of Seau’s death: “The shock of Seau’s apparent suicide last week sent more waves of anxiety, fear and sadness through the ranks of professional football. Seau was beloved. He was fun-loving. He was passionate. Knowing the joy with which he played, there was little doubt playing football was what he was meant to do. But it seemed life after the game was becoming more difficult for Seau. He was in pain, either emotionally or physically, a pain he apparently hid from family, friends and former teammates. ‘I’ve got to tell you, his death has gotten our attention,’ (former NFL QB Steve) Young said, ‘just because we probably are generally, as a group, much less likely to seek any help. That’s the nature of how we played and how we do it.’ “
The Sea Gals held their finals for the 2012 squad on Sunday, and Seahawks.com’s Tony Ventrella has a video report.
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 29:
1980: The Seahawks trade up to the 10th spot in the first round of the draft to select Jacob Green. The defensive end from Texas A&M stepped into the starting lineup as a rookie and stayed there through the 1991 season – putting up franchise records in sacks (116) and forced fumbles (28) and starting 176 games, which ranks third on the team’s all-time list behind Steve Largent (197) and Walter Jones (180). Green was voted to the Pro Bowl twice, inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 1995 and selected to the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team.
1986: John L. Williams is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, but only after coach Chuck Knox makes a trip to Florida to check out the versatile fullback. Over the next eight seasons, Williams would lead the team in receiving three times, rushing once and be to the Pro Bowl twice. He still ranks third in receptions (471), fourth in rushing yards (4,579) and 10th in total touchdowns (33) on the team’s all-time lists.
2007: Darrell Jackson, the team’s leading receiver in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006, is traded to the 49ers. He still ranks fourth in receptions (441), third in receiving yards (6,445) and second in touchdown catches (47) on the team’s all-time lists.
2010: Walter Jones retires after a 14-season career that saw him voted to a club-record nine Pro Bowls and also six All-Pro berths. A first-round draft choice in 1997, Jones ranks second in games started (180), was named to the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team and already has had his No. 71 retired. In 2006, he was named the best player in the NFL by The Sporting News.
The nattering nabobs of negativity delight in kicking the Seahawks for the first-round draft choices they have wasted on a trio of quarterbacks – Dan McGwire in 1991 (Chuck Knox wanted Brett Favre, Ken Behring wanted McGwire); Rick Mirer in 1993 (an influential member of the scouting department assured everyone there was no need to trade up a spot to take Drew Bledsoe with the first overall pick); and the 1989 first-round pick they traded to the Cardinals for the right to Kelly Stouffer, who was drafted by St. Louis in 1987 but refused to sign with the Arizona-bound club).
In addition to the franchise’s daft in the draft, however, there have been even more deft moves in the first round.
Just check this lineup: Jacob Green in 1980; Kenny Easley in 1981; Curt Warner in 1983; John L. Williams in 1986; Cortez Kennedy in 1990; Joey Galloway in 1995; Shawn Springs and Walter Jones in 1997; Shaun Alexander in 2000; Steve Hutchinson in 2001; Marcus Trufant in 2003; and Earl Thomas in 2010.
All but Galloway ended up playing in the Pro Bowl – with Jones going nine times and Kennedy eight times. One is the only player in franchise history to be voted league MVP – Alexander in 2005. Two were voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year – Easley in 1984, Kennedy in 1992. Four are in the team’s 10-member Ring of Honor – Green, Easley, Warner and Kennedy. Eight were voted to the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team – Green, Easley, Kennedy, Springs, Jones, Alexander, Hutchinson and Trufant.
One is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Kennedy. Another will end up there – Jones.
But who is the best of the best – or crème de la crème, if you will?
This eight-day exercise to determine the team’s top pick in each round of the draft started because someone at NFL.com listed the best first-round picks in the 32 spots. The only Seahawk on that list was Walter Jones (at No. 6), so it’s difficult to argue that he isn’t the team’s best first-rounder, as well.
Jones played at a Pro Bowl level – no, an All-Pro level – from the first day he stepped on the field in a Seahawks uniform as a rookie in 1997 to his final game in 2008. In between, there were those nine Pro Bowl berths, six All-Pro selections and in 2006 he was named the top player in the league by The Sporting News. Not the best lineman, the best player. Period.
The Seahawks already have retired his No. 71 jersey and he will be the next player inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.
Connect the dots between all that, and it creates a portrait of the best first-round draft choice in franchise history. Longevity. Productivity. Durability. Dominance. That was Walter Jones.