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A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 13:

2009: Jim Mora is formally announced as head coach of the Seahawks to replace Mike Holmgren. Mora had been the team’s defensive backs coach in 2007-2008 on Holmgren’s staff.


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A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 12:

1995: Dennis Erickson, who grew up in Everett, is named head coach of the Seahawks. It is first NFL job, and Erickson comes to his hometown team after compiling a 63-9 record in six seasons at the University of Miami. Erickson also brings six members of the Hurricanes staff with him: Gregg Smith, assistant head coach/tight ends; Greg McMackin, defensive coordinator; Dave Arnold, special teams; Dana LeDuc, strength and condition coach; Rich Olson, quarterbacks; and Willy Robinson, defensive backs.

2000: Steve Sidwell is named defensive coordinator on Mike Holmgren’s staff – replacing Jim Lind, who stepped in for the 1999 season after longtime Holmgren assistant Fritz Shurmur died of cancer.

2008: The Seahawks jump to a 14-0 lead in their divisional playoff game against the Packers at Lambeau Field, as Ryan Grant fumbles twice in Green Bay’s first three plays to set up a touchdown run by Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck’s TD pass to Bobby Engram. But then the Packers, and the snow, bury the Seahawks in a 42-20 loss in what is Brett Favre’s final victory with Green Bay. Grant bounces back to run for 201 yards and three TDs, while Favre completes 18 of 23 passes and throws for three TDs.

2009: Gus Bradley is named defensive coordinator on Jim Mora’s staff.


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A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 8:

1984: The Seahawks take the field at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for the AFC Championship Game against the Raiders to the Pointer Sisters singing the national anthem and a crowd of 88,734 shaking silver-and-black Mylar pom-poms. But this one is over before it’s over, as Dave Krieg (three) and Jim Zorn (two) combine to throw five interceptions and Marcus Allen carries 25 times for 154 yards and also catches seven passes for 62 yards in the Raiders’ 30-14 victory.

1992: Larry Kennan is named offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on the staff of Tom Flores, who replaces Chuck Knox as head coach. Kennan had been selected coach of the year in the World League of American Football after guiding the London Monarchs to the league title and an 11-1 record.

1999: Mike Holmgren is named executive vice president of football operations/general manager and head coach. Holmgren, who had guided the Packers to two Super Bowls, replaces Dennis Erickson. The Seahawks give up a second-round draft choice to the Packers as compensation for signing Holmgren.

2005: Matt Hasselbeck’s pass on fourth-and-four from the 5-yard line with 27 seconds to play goes off the hands of Bobby Engram in the end zone and the Rams escape with a 27-20 victory in a wild-card playoff game in Seattle. Hasselbeck passes for 341 yards, joining Dan Fouts and the Rams’ Marc Bulger as the only quarterbacks to pass for 300-plus yards in his first two playoff games. Darrell Jackson catches 12 passes for 128 yards and a TD as the Seahawks roll up 413 yards.

2010: Jim Mora is relieved of his duties as head coach after just one season, and a 5-11 record.

2011: The Seahawks stun the defending Super Bowl Champion Saints 41-36 in a very-wild wild-card playoff game in Seattle, as Matt Hasselbeck passes for four touchdowns and Marshawn Lynch ices the victory with an electrifying 67-yard touchdown with 3½ remaining where he breaks eight tackles and the celebration of his effort triggers seismic activity near the stadium.


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Cyber surfing: Sunday

Good morning: Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Dec. 11:

Jerry Brewer at the Seattle Times says the Seahawks truly are almost ready for primetime on the eve of their first appearance on “Monday Night Football” since 2007, even if the Seahawks are 5-7 and hosting the 2-10 Rams: “But despite the inevitable groaning about this game, the Seahawks are a different kind of bad. They’re a rising young team that made a ton of major changes during a lockout-shortened preseason, which contributed to their 2-6 start. Since then, they’re 3-1, with a victory over the Baltimore Ravens included. Their lone loss during this span came after they blew a 10-point lead against Washington in the fourth quarter. So the perception of the Seahawks — an inept team struggling to get off the ground with a former college coach guiding them — doesn’t match the reality. On Monday night, they have another opportunity to change their image.”

Danny O’Neil at the Times looks at an increasingly hot topic as Marshawn Lynch continues to pile up 100-yard rushing efforts and touchdowns: Should the Seahawks pay to keep the running back they’ve finally found? Says O’Neil: “Lynch is a free agent at the end of this season, ready to cash in on more than just a two year’s supply of Skittles the candy company offered him. He’s making a compelling case for a big payday. If Baltimore’s Ray Rice and Chicago’s Matt Forte receive the franchise tag — as many expect — Lynch will be the best running back on open market. Should the Seahawks pay what it takes to keep him? It’s one of the biggest questions facing this franchise going forward. One in which Seattle must consider the shelf life of running backs while acknowledging the reality that DeAngelo Williams’ five-year, $43 million contract with Carolina stands as a landmark in negotiations. There’s a compelling case to be made that Lynch has been more productive with this looking like it will be his third 1,000-yard rushing year in his five NFL seasons.”

Dave Boling at the News Tribune stays with the free-agent pondering, and also includes Red Bryant: “The humble Bryant would never raise the topic, but he’s turned into an enormous bargain for the Seahawks. He’s in the final year of his rookie contract, playing for a base salary of $600,000 — lower than the base for special teams player Heath Farwell and backup lineman Paul McQuistan. Bryant would be worth that for his blocked field goals, alone. But when you look at the salaries of top defensive ends, the big money goes to those with high sack figures. That’s not Bryant’s style. It’s likely, then, that his value to the Seahawks is higher than it would be to other teams in the market for ends. Bryant is an example of the fiduciary benefits of drafting and developing your own studs rather than buying somebody else’s.”

Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams has the word on David Hawthorne practicing on Saturday, a good sign that the Seahawks’ middle linebacker and leading tackler will play Monday night: “Hawthorne appeared to move OK during team drills. He’s listed as questionable on Seattle’s injury report. However, coach Pete Carroll expects his starting middle linebacker to play Monday against St. Louis. ‘We think he’s going to be all right,’ Carroll said. ‘He looked OK today. I think it was a good effort to rest him, to get him strong for the week.’ ”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at how while Earl Thomas’ interceptions are down but his overall play at free safety is way up: “Despite the fact that last year’s leader in interceptions has only one entering Monday night’s nationally televised game against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field, the second-year free safety has improved his game from his rookie season. ‘I know Earl hasn’t had the picks, but he is playing better,’ defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. ‘He’s playing more disciplined football for us.’ Coach Pete Carroll was stressing that aspect of Thomas’ ample game even while he was tying the franchise record for interceptions by a rookie last season. While the coaches loved his ability to roam and make plays as a centerfielder, they would like it even better if Thomas did a better job of playing within the defense. That definitely has been the case this season, as Thomas is second on the team in tackles (76, two behind Hawthorne; and five more than Thomas had all of last season) and almost always is one of the first names mentioned when discussing the improvement in the overall play of the defense.”

We’ve also got a rare “Saturday in Hawkville,” as well as Tony Venrella’s video recap.

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has “Five Things to Watch” on Monday night, including this one: “ ‘Beast Mode,’ times two. Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch has popularized the term by smashing through defenses like a wrecking ball. His two most memorable runs – against New Orleans in the playoffs last season, followed by his disappearing act against Philadelphia last week – played out before national audiences. Expect more of the same from Lynch against the Rams, but don’t forget about that other ‘Beast Mode’ runner. Steve Jackson can still put the hurt on opponents. Buckle up when Jackson and Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor collide. Chancellor goes 6-foot-3 and 230-plus pounds, and he’s one reason Jackson will have a hard time reaching 100 yards against Seattle for the first time in his career.”

Sando also offers his thoughts on former Seahawks coach Jim Mora taking the head coaching job at UCLA: “I’ve long thought Mora might be well suited for the college game, but I never envisioned him coaching for one of Washington’s conference rivals. Mora played for the Huskies. He was blindsided when the Seahawks fired him to hire Pete Carroll. Now, he’ll be coaching for UCLA against his alma mater – and against Carroll’s former right-hand man at USC, Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian. Weird.”

For a look at the rest of the league in Week 14, there’s Adam Schefter’s “Ten Spot” at ESPN.com and John Czarnecki’s “Countdown to Kickoff” at FoxSports.com.


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Friday in Hawkville

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 25:

FOCUS ON

Tarvaris Jackson. The Seahawks’ sore-shouldered quarterback not only practiced today, he threw the ball – a lot, and well.

That is significant, of course, because this was only the second time this month that Jackson has participated fully in a Friday practice because of the pectoral he strained in the Week 5 game against the Giants.

“That was a surprise,” coach Pete Carroll said after the one hour, 40 minute practice that was held outdoors for the first time this week. “Tarvaris felt a little bit better, so he got full-go today. That’s good news.”

It’s a definite plus heading into Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins at CenturyLink Field, because Jackson’s has been so limited in practice in recent weeks.

“He needs the work,” Carroll said. “He was a little bit rusty this week sometimes. It only stands to reason. He’s had so few days on the practice field. So the fact that he got out there today and got a whole boatload of plays and looks at stuff in the red zone that he didn’t get last week, it should help him.”

PLAYER WATCH

Clinton McDonald. With Alan Branch listed as questionable after not practicing all week because of a sprained ankle, McDonald could start at defensive tackle against the Redskins – or at least get additional snaps even if Branch is able to go.

The 6-foot-2, 297-pound McDonald replaced Branch in practice all week.

“Mac’s done a really good job,” Carroll said. “He’s been able to jump in here and play a couple of positions and help in the nickel. He’s a very tough guy. A really good effort guy. Always where he’s supposed to be. If feel like we can really count on him. He’ll do things right.”

McDonald’s teammates agree.

“Clinton reminds me of ‘Bang’ a little bit,” defensive end Chris Clemons said, comparing McDonald to nose tackle Brandon Mebane – and using Mebane’s nickname.

“He’s real strong, real explosive. You can just see him getting better each and every week. He’s making plays in the backfield. He’s great with his hands. And he’s a smart player. He’s developing that same intelligence that ‘Bang’ has.”

Carroll said Branch’s status will be a game-day decision after he injured his ankle in last week’s victory over the Rams in St. Louis.

“We still don’t know on him,” Carroll said. “The ankle didn’t respond well enough for him to practice today. We thought he would, but he couldn’t make it.”

INJURY REPORT

Wide receiver Sidney Rice returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday to rest a sore knee.

“Sidney did very well today,” Carroll said. “He’s ready to go.”

Cornerback Byron Maxwell missed practice for the third consecutive day and is listed as questionable.

The official end-of-the-week status report:

Questionable

DT Alan Branch (ankle)

CB Byron Maxwell (ankle)

Probable

S Atari Bigby (hamstring)

DE Anthony Hargrove (hamstring)

QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral)

WR Ben Obomanu (knee/ankle)

WR Sidney Rice (knee)

For the Redskins

Questionable

WR Niles Paul (toe)

WR Donte Stallworth (foot)

Probable

LB London Fletcher (ankle)

OT Jammal Brown (groin)

S DeJon Gomes (knee)

OG Maurice Hurt (knee)

OT Sean Locklear (ankle)

OT Trent Williams (knee)

CB Josh Wilson (hamstring)

LB Keyaron Fox (infection)

S LaRon Landry (Achilles)

WR Santana Moss (hand)

MORA, MORA

Former Seahawks coach Jim Mora watched practice from the sideline with general manager John Schneider. Mora is the analyst for the telecast of Sunday’s game on FOX.

It is, however, not the same team he left after the 2009 season. Only 11 players remain from that club: defensive end Red Bryant, wide receiver Deon Butler, running back Justin Forsett, linebackers David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill, cornerback Roy Lewis, tight end Cameron Morrah, wide receiver Ben Obomanu, punter Jon Ryan, center Max Unger and Mebane.

STAT DU JOUR

The 49ers lost to the Ravens on Thursday night, but they still have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. The Seahawks have not allowed a rushing TD in their past six games and have given up five in 10 games, which ties them for third in the league – one in Week 1 by the 49ers (QB Alex Smith); two in Week 2 against the Steelers (Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman); and two in Week 4 against the Falcons (both by Michael Turner). Here’s how they stack up in the league:

Team                  TDs

49ers                     0

Dolphins               3

Seahawks             5

Titans                    5

Broncos                5

UP NEXT

The players will have a walk-through on Saturday morning, their final on-field session before Sunday’s game.

The team then faces a very short week because of the Thursday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field.

Tickets are available for both games and can be purchased here.

Fans attending Sunday’s game are reminded that the express lanes on I-90 will be closed from 7:15-11 a.m. because of the Seattle Marathon.

YOU DON’T SAY

“They have really really good stuff that they do on both sides of the ball and in (special) teams. That means that they have designs that can beat you if you’re not on the mark on your stuff. So we have tremendous respect for what they’re doing. … So we’re taking this like it’s a huge matchup for us and it’s a very difficult game.” – Carroll, looking at the Redskins’ potential rather than their 3-7 record


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Cyber surfing: Sunday

Good morning from Cleveland. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Oct. 23:

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times looks at today’s game between the Seahawks and Browns as two teams trying to find their quarterbacks. Offers O’Neil: “The question in Seattle is a little bit more muddled. (Charlie) Whitehurst is in the second season of a two-year contract, and for now, remains a backup. Some fans are convinced he’s better than (Tarvaris) Jackson. Others think the two starts last season for a player in his fifth year was enough to know exactly what the ceiling is. The reality is that the gap between Whitehurst and Jackson might not be as great as anyone thinks.”

Also at the Times, Steve Kelley visits with Mike Holmgren, the former Seahawks coach who is now president of the Browns. Say Kelley: “But he still watches the game like a coach, still grades the game tapes and reviews his notes with Shurmur every Tuesday. ‘The same coaching frustrations crop up,’ Holmgren said. ‘I’ve had to learn to deal with it. I have to. It’s one of my jobs now to be supportive of Pat (Shurmur, the Browns coach) and help him be the best coach he can be. And that does not include banging on the table in frustration.’ ”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune also examines the Seahawks’ QB situation, with Whitehurst expected to get the start today. Says leading receiver Doug Baldwin: “You just go out there and play. We can’t control who’s at quarterback at the time. Obviously, you get reps with them in practice. But since you can’t control things that are out of your control, all you can do is make sure you’re running the route the way you’ve been taught, and making sure you’re there at the proper time, and it’s the quarterback’s job to do the rest.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald looks at the oddity that is having the past three coaches for the Seahawks all in the same stadium at the same time – Pete Carroll on the Seahawks’ sideline; Jim Mora in the TV booth as a Fox analyst; and Holmgren in his box as the Browns’ president. Says Boyle: “Besides, as Mora points out, this game doesn’t have much to do with him. Sure, he happened to have coached the Seahawks after Holmgren and before Carroll, but whatever feelings he has towards the Seahawks won’t change the way the game goes down. ‘Pete has something to do with the game. Mike has something to do with the game because he’s the president. I have nothing to do with the game,’ Mora said. ‘I just comment on the game. I’m the one guy that doesn’t matter.’ “

Boyle also has his “Game Day” look at the matchups on the field, including the one between former Texas teammates Earl Thomas and Colt McCoy.

Christian Caple at PI.com has “Five Things to Watch” in today’s game. Checking in at No. 5 is “stuff the run,” which could lead to: “If the Seahawks can do the same thing Cleveland’s last two opponents have – jump them early, snuff out the running game and force Colt McCoy to throw the Browns back into it – they should have a decent shot at winning two consecutive East Coast road games.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the success the Seahawks have had running their no-huddle offense in recent games. As Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora put it after the Seahawks’ upset victory two weeks ago: “We knew it was coming, we prepared for it but we just didn’t have an answer for them. We practiced for that all week. We knew it was coming. We just weren’t able to stop them.”

We’ve also a matchup box with keys to the game, as well as Tony Ventrella’s video preview that includes stops at not just one (Pro Football) but two (Rock and Roll) Hall of Fames.

For a look at the rest of the league, Albert Breer at NFL.com has his picks for Week 7, including a certain team from you-know-where losing a close game at you-know-where; and John Czarnecki at FoxSports.com looks at the games on Fox, including the Seahawks vs. the Browns: “The Seahawks have gone 26 games without a 100-yard rusher, but they will need Marshawn Lynch to give them a big day, considering Charlie Whitehurst is making only his third start at quarterback. Lynch has touchdowns in his last two games.”


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A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 13:

1987 – The players’ strike begins, forcing the cancellation of one game and teams to play with replacement players in three others.

2009 – The Seahawks win their first game under coach Jim Mora, 28-0 over the Rams at Qwest Field (now CenturyLink Field).


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Cyber surfing: Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 21:

The NFL owners are in Atlanta, and that includes a rare appearance Paul Allen. The Seahawks owner usually delegates these matters, according to Mike Sando of ESPN.com. But with a possible vote on a new CBA in the works, Allen has joined his fellow owners.  

Eric Williams of the News Tribune takes a closer look at Richard Sherman, the cornerback from Stanford who the Seahawks selected in the fifth round of the April NFL Draft. Says Williams: “Sherman fits that mold of a late-round prospect with a big, athletic frame that appears to be a good fit in Seattle’s press corner scheme. However, I think he’s still a work in progress and will be in a dog fight for a spot on the final, 53-man roster, particularly without the benefit of an offseason program learning the tricks of the trade from veterans like Marcus Trufant. But he could be a solid contributor on special teams for Seattle as a gunner on punt and punt returns.”

No one can crunch salary-cap numbers like John Clayton, which he does in his latest offering for ESPN.com. The story actually deals with players who could become cap casualties once the lockout ends and NFL year begins, and no Seahawks are listed. But the hidden nugget is the chart that shows the salary cap status for each team. According to Clayton’s calculations, the Seahawks have more cap space than the other teams in the NFC West.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times continues his four-part preview series on the NFC West with a look at the St. Louis Rams through the words of Jim Thomas, the beat writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Says Thomas: “With the NFC West title and a playoff berth on the line in the 2010 season finale in Seattle, the Rams could muster only six points and 184 yards offense against a less-than-stellar Seahawks defense. If you polled Rams fans in the aftermath of that game, they almost certainly would’ve voted that offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur must go. Shurmur went all right – to Cleveland as the Browns’ new head coach. In fairness, Shurmur’s play calling was limited by personnel issues, and the overall conservative offensive philosophy of head coach Steve Spagnuolo. Which brings us to Josh McDaniels. The one-time “boy wonder” of Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, McDaniels crashed and burned as a head coach in Denver. But he has a bright offensive mind and a good reputation as a play caller. It was a bold move for the Rams, because McDaniels likes to take chances and throw the ball downfield – something that didn’t happen too often last season in St. Louis. If the line can hold up and the receiving corps stays healthy and develops, Bradford could be the big beneficiary. With no minicamps and OTAs during the lockout, it has been impossible to get a read on how McDaniels will put his stamp on the St. Louis offense. That’s about to change.”

For the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, surprise, surprise – the widely reported news of the players ratifying a new CBA on Wednesday didn’t happen. Jason La Canfora at NFL.com has the details. The owners, meanwhile, are meeting in Atlanta today. Offers La Canfora: “NFL owners are meeting in Atlanta, where in 2008 they voted to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement with the players. And it’s in Atlanta where, maybe as soon as Thursday, owners could vote to agree to a new CBA that will end the lockout.”

NFL.com, meanwhile, has this roundup/update on the labor situation, including a video report with Falcons owner Arthur Blank saying, “I’m optimistic that we’ll get a call for a vote today, and I’m optimistic that the ownership will approve a deal today. Whether or not the players will have approved it before we vote, I’m not sure.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles on the first 35 seasons in franchise history with a look at 2009 – Jim Mora’s first, and last, season as coach of his hometown NFL team.


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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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Camp Mora: Day Two (morning)

A recap of the Saturday morning practice at Seahawks training camp:

PLAYER OF THE DAY

Ken Lucas. An offseason priority for the Seahawks was to get bigger at the cornerback spot opposite Marcus Trufant.

Enter the 6-foot, 205-pound Lucas. Or, to be precise, re-enter Lucas. The Seahawks’ second-round draft choice in 2001, Lucas was re-signed in April after playing the past four seasons for the Carolina Panthers.

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