Thursday round-up: Unveiling Seahawks all-time underrated, overrated players

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Thursday, July 11, about your Seattle Seahawks:

NFL.com’s Zach Schwartz unveils his list of all-time underrated and overrated players in Seahawks franchise history. Former quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, guard Steve Hutchinson, wide receiver Joey Galloway, kick returner Leon Washington and current strong safety Kam Chancellor make up his all-time underrated list.

We’re about two weeks away from the start of Seahawks training camp, and Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has started a 15 days, 15 questions feature – counting down one question each day until the start of camp. In his first entry, Condotta clarifies 2012 first-round draft pick Bruce Irvin’s reported position switch from defensive end to strongside linebacker with comments from head coach Pete Carroll.

In the podcast below, Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” chat with Seahawks 2013 second-round draft pick running back Christine Michael about his draft process and acclimation to life in the NFL:

Tom Pelissero of USA Today outlines the NFL’s new padding requirements, which mandates all players wear thigh and knee pads. Several wide receivers, cornerbacks and more have chosen not to wear these pads in the past, but choosing to do so this season will not only result in a fine for the player, but NFL referees could also pull that player from the game.

The Seahawks have advanced to Round 3 in NFL.com personality Dave Dameshek’s bracket to determine the greatest uniform in League history. You can cast your vote for the Seahawks’ current digs here, as they square off against the current unis of the New Orleans Saints. Voting for Round 3 ends on Sunday, July 14 at 3 p.m. PT.

ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando has his daily look around the NFC West and will hold a SportsNation chat at 10 a.m. PT.

Sando also notes that quarterback Russell Wilson landed at No. 12 (there’s that number again…) on ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski’s rankings of the League’s 32 signal callers.

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth delves into the connection between new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and his hand-picked defensive line coach Travis Jones.

Running back Marshawn Lynch’s Bay Area charity weekend kicks off today.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin joined KPUG AM 1170 to talk about the 12 Tour Belingham in the podcast below:

Andy Prest of Vancouver, B.C.’s North Shore News also talks with Baldwin, as he previews his 12 Tour visit with our neighbors to the north. Baldwin lands in B.C. with defensive end Red Bryant and cornerback Richard Sherman on Saturday, July 13 for a full weekend of Seahawks-themed activities.

And Australia’s Queensland Maroons rugby squad recently hosted Seahawks 2013 fifth-round draft pick defensive tackle Jesse Williams – an Australia native – at a team scrimmage.


On this date: Seahawks trade up to draft Cortez Kennedy

Cortez Kennedy

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 22:

1990: The Seahawks trade up to the third spot in the first round of the NFL Draft and select defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy. He would be voted to eight Pro Bowls and named NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1992) during his career, and last year the most-decorated defensive player in franchise history was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 2006, had his No. 96 retired last season and was voted the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team.

1995: Joey Galloway is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Galloway would lead the Seahawks in receptions for three consecutive seasons (1996-98) and catch 37 touchdown passes before being traded to the Cowboys for a pair of first-round draft choices in 2000.

2008: Shaun Alexander, the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, is released. After being named league MVP and leading the NFL in rushing with 1,880 yards in 2005, injuries limited Alexander to fewer than 1,000 rushing yards in 2006 and 2007.

2010: Russell Okung and Earl Thomas are selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Okung, a left tackle and the sixth pick overall, started 15 games in 2012 and was voted to the Pro Bowl. Thomas, a free safety and the 14th pick overall, was voted Al-Pro last season and has played in the Pro Bowl the past two seasons.

John Schneider, Earl Thomas, Russell Okung, Pete Carroll


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On this date: Joey Galloway traded for two first-round draft choices

Joey Galloway

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 12:

2000: Joey Galloway is traded to the Cowboys for first-round draft choices in 2000 and 2001, picks the Seahawks use to select Shaun Alexander and Koren Robinson.

2003: John Marshall is hired as linebackers coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff.

2006: Matt Hasselbeck completes 10 of 17 passes for 85 yards as the NFC wins the Pro Bowl 23-17 in a defense-dominated game that features 10 turnovers and seven sacks. Lofa Tatupu has a team-high six tackles, as well as two more on special teams, while Walter Jones, Steve Hutchinson, Mack Strong and Robbie Tobeck help the NFC convert eight of 18 third-down situations and control the ball for 32 minutes.


On this date: Doornink runs Seahawks past Raiders

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 22:

Dan Doornink

1984: Dan Doornink carries the ball 29 times for 126 yards as the Seahawks rush for 205 yards in handing the defending Super Bowl champion Raiders a 13-7 loss in a wild-card playoff game at the Kingdome. Dave Krieg, who completes only 4 of 10 passes, throws 26 yards to Daryl Turner for the Seahawks’ only touchdown. The defense shuts out the Raiders until midway through the fourth quarter as it sacks Jim Plunkett six times, including 2.5 by Jacob Green, and intercepts him twice.

1991: The Seahawks win their final game under coach Chuck Knox, 29-9, over the Rams in the season finale at the Kingdome as James Jones runs for two touchdowns. Knox would return to the Rams as their coach in 1992.

1996: Michael McCrary registers four sacks, Lamar Smith runs for two touchdowns and Joey Galloway catches a 32-yard TD pass from Gino Torretta as the Seahawks rally for a 28-21 victory over the Raiders in Oakland. The sack barrage in the season finale allows McCray to finish with an AFC-leading 13½.

2002: Shaun Alexander runs for two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck passes for 303 yards, Rian Lindell kicks three field goals, Reggie Tongue intercepts two passes and Anthony Simmons has 11 tackles and an interception in a 30-10 victory over the Rams in Seattle.


On this date: Moon shots sink playoff-bound 49ers

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 21:

James McKnight, Warren Moon

Wide receiver James McKnight (82) catches a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Warren Moon in the second quarter of their game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997, in Seattle (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson).

1980: The Seahawks score twice in the fourth quarter, but the rally in their season finale falls short as they lose to the Broncos 25-17 at the Kingdome to cap a nine-game losing streak.

1997: Warren Moon passes for four touchdowns as the Seahawks finish 8-8 by slapping the playoff-bound 49ers with a 38-9 loss in the season finale at the Kingdome. Joey Galloway catches six passes for 101 yards and two scores, while Mike Pritchard has six receptions for 90 yards and a TD. The linebacking crew of Mike Barber, Chad Brown and Dean Wells leads the defensive effort by combining for 25 tackles.

2003: Shaun Alexander runs for 135 yards and two touchdowns, including a 44-yarder, and the defense sacks Cardinals QB Josh McCown eight times in a 28-10 victory in Seattle.

2008: The Seahawks send Mike Holmgren out a winner in his final home game as coach with a 13-3 victory over the Jets on a snowy afternoon in Seattle. Maurice Morris runs for 116 yards and Seneca Wallace passes to John Carlson for the game’s only touchdown, while Josh Wilson intercepts Brett Favre twice.


On this date: Seahawks ruin Raiders, twice

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 17:

Michael Sinclair

1978: Al Hunter runs for 133 yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yarder, and Jim Zorn passes 57 yards to Steve Largent for another score as the Seahawks close their third season with a 23-19 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome.

1989: John L. Williams catches 12 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown and Norm Johnson kicks three field goals in a 23-17 victory over the Raiders at the Kingdome.

1995: Chris Warren rushes for 105 yards and three touchdowns, Joey Galloway catches five passes for 108 yards, including a 43-yard TD, and Michael Sinclair leads the defensive effort with two sacks in a 44-10 victory over the Raiders at the Kingdome.


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On this date: Krieg outduels Fouts

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 14:

Dave Krieg

1986: Dave Krieg passes for four touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, in outdueling Dan Fouts during a 34-24 victory over the Chargers in San Diego that is part of a five-game winning streak to close the season. Krieg completes 15 of 21 passes for 305 yards and his TD passes went to Steve Largent (two), Darryl Turner (72 yards) and Ray Butler.

1997: Todd Peterson kicks a 49-yard field goal with 2:20 remaining in a 22-21 victory over the Raiders in Oakland. Peterson’s kick caps a 19-point second half for the Seahawks, who trailed 21-3 at halftime. In his first NFL start, Jon Kitna completes 23 of 37 passes – to 10 receivers – for 283 yards and throws an 8-yard TD pass to Joey Galloway.

2003: Shaun Alexander runs for 126 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown, but the Rams hang on for a 27-22 victory in St. Louis.

2006: Frank Gore runs for 144 yards and Alex Smith passes for two touchdowns as the 49ers beat the Seahawks in a Thursday night game in Seattle that is preceded by heavy rain and followed by high winds, a combination that causes power outages throughout the region.

2008:  Olindo Mare kicks a 27-yard field goal as time expires to give the Seahawks a 23-20 victory over the Rams in St. Louis. Mare also kicks 50- and 28-yarders, while Jordan Babineaux returns a fumble 24 yards for a TD.


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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: Jet lag from ’98 lingers

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 6:

FABINI TESTAVERDE BELLAMY KENNED

1981: Dave Krieg passes for two touchdowns and runs for a third in a 27-23 victory over the Jets at the Kingdome. Krieg’s third TD pass, a 57-yarder to Steve Largent, comes with 6:39 left in the game. Largent finishes with seven catches for 169 yards.

1987: Frank Pollard scores on an 11-yard run with four seconds to play, giving the Steelers a 13-9 victory over the Seahawks in Pittsburgh.

1992: The Steelers score 10 points in the final 2½ minutes to pull out a 20-14 victory over the Seahawks in Pittsburgh. Eugene Robinson intercepts three passes for the Seahawks, while Stan Gelbaugh throws TD passes to Tommy Kane and John L. Williams.

1998: In the infamous Vinny-Testaverde’s-white-helmet-looks-like-a-brown-football game, the Jets’ QB is awarded a phantom touchdown with 20 seconds to play and the Jets take a 32-31 victory over the Seahawks in the Meadowlands. Joey Galloway has two catches for 127 yards, including a 70-yarder TD.

2004: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 414 yards and three touchdowns, but the Cowboys score two TDs in the final 1:45 in pulling out a wild 43-39 victory on “Monday Night Football” in Seattle.

2009: Olindo Mare kicks a 30-yard field goal as time expires and Matt Hasselbeck passes for two touchdowns in a 20-17 victory over the 49ers in Seattle.


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On this date: Peterson kicks Seahawks past Oilers

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 29:

Todd Peterson

The Seahawks crowd around kicker Todd Peterson after his 48-yard field goal with one second remaining tops the Tennessee Oilers in 1998 at the Kingdome.

1981: The Seahawks take a 24-3 lead at the Kingdome, but the Raiders storm back to score 29 unanswered points in the second half and escape with a 32-31 victory. The Seahawks also lose QB Jim Zorn to a broken ankle in the fourth quarter, which sidelines him for the final three games.

1998: Todd Peterson kicks a 48-yard field goal with one second remaining in a 20-18 victory over the Oilers at the Kingdome. Jon Kitna throws touchdown passes to Joey Galloway and James McKnight and Ricky Watters has 126 yards rushing and receiving.

2009: Justin Forsett runs for two touchdowns and Josh Wilson returns an interception 65 yards for a score in a 27-17 victory over the Rams, which runs the Seahawks’ winning streak in St. Louis to five in a row.


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