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On this date: Cortez Kennedy elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Cortez Kennedy

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 4:

1990: Dave Krieg completes 15 of 23 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown, but the NFC wins the Pro Bowl 27-21. Jerry Gray, a cornerback for the Rams who would go on to coach the Seahawks’ defensive backs in 2010, is named MVP after returning an interception 51 yards for a TD and also registering seven tackles. Rufus Porter (two tackles) and Brian Blades (one reception) also represent the Seahawks in the game.

1996: Chris Warren leads the NFC with 43 rushing yards, but the NFC wins the Pro Bowl 20-13.

1998: Jim Johnson is named linebackers coach on Dennis Erickson’s staff. Johnson remains for only one season before becoming the Eagles’ defensive coordinator, but his impact on the Seahawks’ defense is apparent even after he leaves.

2010: First-year coach Pete Carroll announces his staff: Jeremy Bates (offensive coordinator), Gus Bradley (defensive coordinator), Brian Schneider (special teams coordinator), Kippy Brown (wide receivers), Luke Butkus (quality control/offensive line), Dave Canales (quality control/offense), Chris Carlisle (head strength and conditioning), Jedd Fisch (quarterbacks), Mondray Gee (assistant strength and conditioning), Alex Gibbs (offensive line), Jerry Gray (defensive backs), Kris Richard (assistant defensive backs), Rocky Seto (quality control/defense), Sherman Smith (running backs), Jeff Ulbrich (assistant special teams), Art Valero (assistant offensive line) and Jamie Yancher (assistant strength and conditioning).

2012: Cortez Kennedy, in his seventh year of eligibility and fourth year as a finalist, is elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the NFL Team of the Decade for the 1990s as a defensive tackle, Kennedy joins Steve Largent as the only career-long Seahawks player in the Hall.


Thursday in Hawkville: Omiyale happy that he decided to sign with Seahawks

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 29:

FOCUS ON

Frank Omiyale

Frank Omiyale. The veteran offensive lineman played the past three seasons with the Bears, starting 31 games at left guard, left tackle and right tackle. With the injury problems the Bears are having on their line, there’s a pretty good chance he’d be starting this week against the Seahawks.

Except that Omiyale signed with the Seahawks in free agency in March.

“It’s not a big deal, but I’m excited to see some of the guys,” he said today of returning to Soldier Field as a member of the visiting team. “Other than that, we’re trying to win a game. So that’s what this week is all about.”

The Bears already have won eight games and lead the NFC North. But the line that will start against the Seahawks on Sunday vaguely resembles the unit that helped the Bears win seven of their first eight games.

Gabe Carimi, who had been benched for his play at right tackle, will start at right guard because Lance Louis was lost for the remainder of the season with a knee injury in last week’s game against the Vikings. Former Seahawks first-round draft choice Chris Spencer started at left guard against the Vikings for Chilo Rachal, but today Spencer was ruled out for Sunday because of a knee injury he got against the Vikings. So the line which lines up against the Seahawks could include – from left tackle to right – J’Marcus Webb, Edwin Williams, Roberto Garza, Carimi and Jonathan Scott.

“I ain’t got nothing to do with that,” Omiyale said with a laugh.

In the Seahawks’ 6-5 start, Omiyale has started one game at left tackle and played briefly at left and right tackle in two other games. But most of his action has come on special teams, and he had a key block on Leon Washington’s 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that gave the Seahawks a fourth-quarter lead in last week’s loss to the Dolphins.

“It’s been good for me to come here,” he said. “I’ve definitely enjoyed my time here. It’s a great bunch of guys; hard workers. Great coaches. So, yeah, it’s been a good situation.”

OPPONENT WATCH

Jeremy Bates

Jeremy Bates. In 2010, he was the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator. This season, he is the Bears’ quarterbacks coach. In 2011, he was at his home in Colorado, watching and waiting.

“I just took a step back and watched the game from a fan’s point of view a little bit,” Bates told the Chicago Tribune this week. “There is so much knowledge to be gained. I don’t want to do that again. It was a frustrating year. But things happen and you just have to find the positives.”

That’s also what the Bears consider adding Bates to their staff was.

“He’s had a great impact,” coach Lovie Smith said of Bates, who had worked with QB Jay Cutler when both were with the Broncos. “Jay Cutler has played good football for us and, of course, Jeremy is tutoring him. He’s been a good addition.”

Brandon Marshall, the Bears’ leading receiver in his first season with the team, also was with Bates and Cutler in Denver.

“Jeremy is probably one of the most talented football heads on the offensive side of the ball in the NFL and I’m just so thrilled to be back with him,” Marshall said. “Not only is it good as a receiver to play with a quarterback that understands how you approach the game, but when you have a coach that also sees the game the same way as you and also understands how to coach you, how to challenge you, how to get you going when you’re not, it makes you that much better.

“He’s one of those coaches that is a friend. Not only a coach, but a friend at the end of the day that I would definitely say is the reason I am successful.”

INJURY REPORT

The official report, as issued by the team:

Did not practice

DE Red Bryant (foot)

LB Leroy Hill (ankle)

Full participation

RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

DE Greg Scruggs (oblique)

Bryant and Hill were sidelined for the second consecutive day, so Jason Jones and Malcolm Smith replaced them with the No. 1 defense. But Lynch and Scruggs took part in all phases of practice after being limited on Wednesday.

For the Bears:

Out

WR/KR Devin Hester (concussion)

OG Chris Spencer (knee)

Did not practice

WR Alshon Jeffery (knee)

LB Brian Urlacher (coach decision; not injury related)

Limited participation

LB Lance Briggs (ankle)

RB Matt Forte (ankle)

TE Kellen Davis (ankle)

CB Charles Tillman (ankle)

Full participation

DT Stephan Paea (shoulder)

OG Edwin Williams (shoulder)

Hester and Spencer were ruled out for Sunday’s game today, each with injuries they got in against the Vikings last week.

STAT DU JOUR

The Seahawks just missed putting together a November to really remember with Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. A victory would have pushed their November record to 3-0, and marked only the fourth time in franchise history that they went unbeaten in the 11th month. Here’s a look at those previous Novembers to remember, and the close misses:

Year       Nov. record

1982           2-0

1984           4-0

2005           4-0

1978           3-1

1979           3-1

1995           3-1

2011           3-1

1997           2-1

2012           2-1

UP NEXT

“Turnover Thursday” gives way to “No Repeat Friday” as the players will hold their final full practice before the team flies to Chicago for Sunday’s game.

YOU DON’T SAY

“If you just look at the turnover ratio and how important it is each game, you can see why we put so much of an emphasis on it. That’s just who we are. That’s the core. That’s our DNA. In the sense that you’re talking about defensive football, I just feel like it’s not a good defensive game unless we can take the ball away. We do practice it. We preach it. And guys are seeing the results of what it can do.” – Bears coach Lovie Smith on his team being plus-13 in turnover differential because they have a league-high 33 takeaways


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Photoblog: From Prime Time to the Playoffs

The Seahawks returned home to the rowdy support of the 12thMan at Qwest Field as they faced the St. Louis Rams in a Week 17, winner-take-all contest to see which team would claim the NFC West title and a trip to the playoffs.

Seahawks quarterback and team captain Matt Hasselbeck took center stage in the locker room before the game.

Starting safety Lawyer Milloy is a study in concentration in the dark of the tunnel before being the last player introduced to a roaring crowd and national television audience.

Seattle's offense started fast, with a wide-open Ruvell Martin making a 61-yard catch from Charlie Whitehurst in front of the St. Louis sideline to set up a first quarter touchdown.

Charlie Whitehurst made his second career NFL start matter, leading the Seahawks efficiently and without turnovers.

Wide receiver Mike Williams was wide open on the left side of the end zone and scored Seattle's only touchdown on a pass from Charlie Whitehurst.

Williams then saluted the 12thMan as an NBC camera beamed his pose to the rest of the country.

Head coach Pete Carroll congratulates Williams after the touchdown.

Matt McCoy gets pumped after one of his four tackles on special teams against the Rams.

Raheem Brock played his best game as a Seahawk, leveling St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford for a sack on this play with teammate Chris Clemons.

Chris Clemons celebrates after the sack.

Clemons again brought pressure on Bradford, this time forcing an incomplete pass as the Rams tried to score after a Seattle turnover.

Head coach Pete Carroll praised all three aspects of his team's play -- offense, defense and special teams. Free safety Earl Thomas made a diving tackle on Rams return specialist Danny Amendola, flipping him through the air.

Linebacker Will Herring made the game's biggest defensive play, intercepting a pass by St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford in the fourth quarter which set the stage for Seattle's final scoring drive.

Seattle's Marshawn Lynch was key in the fourth quarter as he carried the ball ten times on a 13-play drive to help seal the victory.

Seattle kicker Olindo Mare kicked three second half field goals including a final 34-yard effort with 1:41 left in the game to cement the win.

Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and fellow assistants celebrate Mare's field goal with gave the Seahawks a 16-6 lead.

Quarterbacks Charlie Whitehurst and Matt Hasselbeck share a laugh on the sideline near the end of the game.

Head coach Pete Carroll lets out a holler along with assistants Gus Bradley (left) and Dan Quinn (right) as the game clock ticks down to 00:00.

Defensive tackle Craig Terrill, wearing a hat proclaiming the Seahawks as NFC West Champions, runs over to the stands to give his wife Rachel a kiss before heading to the locker room.

Center Chris Spencer presented the game ball to head coach Pete Carroll, who returned the Seahawks to the top of the NFC West and back to the playoffs in his first season with the team.

Carroll pauses to collect his thoughts as the team gathered around him in the locker room following the emotional victory.

Carroll congratulated his players, coaches and staff on the win, then reminded them that a bigger challenge awaited as a rematch with the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints was less than a week away.

General manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, who made 275 personnel moves since taking over, congratulate each other in the locker room after winning the division title.