On this date: Ricky Watters, John Randle and T.J. Houshmandzadeh signed

Ricky Watters

Seahawks running back Ricky Watters

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on March 3:

1998: Ricky Watters signs with the Seahawks in free agency. The ex-49ers and Eagles running back averages 1,230 rushing yards, 52 receptions and eight touchdowns over the next three seasons.

2001: John Randle signs with the Seahawks in free agency after playing the first 11 seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the Vikings. Randle leads the Seahawks in sacks in 2001 and 2002 and is voted to the Pro Bowl in ’01.

2009: T.J. Houshmandzadeh signs with the Seahawks in free agency, after a whirlwind weekend that also takes the former Bengals wide receiver to Minnesota to meet with the Vikings. Houshmandzadeh leads the Seahawks in receiving in 2009 with 79 receptions.


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On this date: Seahawks lose, but win division title anyway

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 2:

1983: Dave Krieg passes to Roger Carr for a 19-yard touchdown with 47 seconds to play, as the Seahawks conclude the strike-shortened 1982 season with a 13-11 victory over the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Krieg’s game-winning TD pass caps a 10-play, 87-yard drive. Kenny Easley leads the defensive effort with seven solo tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery, while linebackers Shelton Robinson and Bruce Scholtz combine for 27 tackles.

1994: The Seahawks close their 1993 season by rallying from a 24-3 deficit but fall to the Chiefs 34-24 at Arrowhead Stadium. John L. Williams rushes for 102 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown. Rick Mirer becomes the first rookie QB to start all his team’s games since 1973 and sets then-rookie records for attempts (486), completions (274) and passing yards (2,833).

2000: The Seahawks wrap up the AFC West title, despite losing 19-9 in their 1999 regular-season finale to the Jets in the Meadowlands, because the Raiders also beat the Chiefs. The Seahawks finish 9-7 after starting 8-2, but it’s still their best record since 1990. Also, Cortez Kennedy is voted to his then-club record eighth Pro Bowl.

2002: Walter Jones and John Randle are named to the Pro Bowl.

2004: The Seahawks clinch the NFC West title for the first time in their 2004 regular-season finale as they stop a two-point PAT attempt on the final play of a 28-26 victory over the Falcons in Seattle. Matt Hasselbeck passes for two touchdowns and runs for a third, which gives the Seahawks a 28-20 lead with 4½ minutes to play. Matt Schaub throws a TD pass on the final play, but Warrick Dunn’s run for the tying PAT is stopped.

2011: The Seahawks capture the 2010 NFC West title with a 16-6 victory over the Rams in the regular-season finale in Seattle on Sunday night. Charlie Whitehurst starts for an injured Matt Hasselbeck and passes to Mike Williams for the Seahawks’ only touchdown, as Olindo Mare kicks three field goals. Raheem Brock leads the defensive effort with 2.5 sacks.


On this date: Hasselbeck sets record for passing yards

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

Matt Hasselbeck

1984: Steve Largent catches six passes for 128 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown, and John Harris intercepts two passes but the Seahawks are eliminated from the playoffs in a 31-10 loss to the Dolphins at the Orange Bowl as Dan Marino throws three TD passes.

1994: Tom Flores is relieved of his duties as general manager and head coach five days after a season-ending 35-9 loss to the Browns in Cleveland. Flores leaves with a three-season coaching record of 16-32.

2002: Matt Hasselbeck passes for a franchise-record 449 yards and two touchdowns in leading a 31-28 overtime victory against the Chargers in San Diego. Hasselbeck’s 1-yard TD run ties the score with 1 second left in regulation and Rian Lindell kicks a 24-yard field goal five minutes into OT to win it. Koren Robinson catches nine passes for 103 yards and Itula Mili seven for 119, and John Randle collects three sacks, as the Seahawks close the season with their third consecutive victory.


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On this date: Largent, Tez play final games

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 23:

Steve Largent, Sue Stewart

Seahawks receiver Steve Largent receives a hug from his mother Sue Stewart during a special ceremony in the Kingdome in Seattle prior to the start of the final NFL game of his 14-year career, against the Washington Redskins, Dec. 23, 1989. (AP Photo/Duncan Livingston)

1989: In Steve Largent’s final game, the Seahawks are shut out 29-0 by the Redskins on a Saturday afternoon at the Kingdome as former Washington State University QB Mark Rypien completes 22 of 31 passes for 290 yards and a TD. Largent catches two passes for 41 yards and Eugene Robinson has 12 tackles and an interception, but the Redskins control the ball for 41 minutes.

1990: Derrick Fenner scores on a 1-yard run on the first play of the third quarter and the Seahawks hold on for a 17-12 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome. Eugene Robinson and Melvin Jenkins intercept John Elway passes and Jacob Green gets to the Broncos’ QB for 1.5 sacks.

2000: The Bills roll up 579 yards on a rain-swept Saturday night at Husky Stadium in taking a 42-23 victory in Cortez Kennedy’s final game. Doug Flutie passes for three touchdowns and 366 yards, while Antowain Smith runs for 147 yards and three scores.

2001: Shaun Alexander scores on a 29-yard run and with a 16-yard pass and John Randle recovered a fumble in the end zone to stake the Seahawks to a 24-17 lead, but Kerry Collins throws a 7-yard touchdown pass to Ike Hilliard with 20 seconds left to give the Giants a 27-24 victory over the Seahawks at Giants Stadium.

2007: Matt Hasselbeck throws touchdown passes to Shaun Alexander and Nate Burleson, and Leroy Hill returns a fumble for a score in a 27-6 victory over the Ravens in Seattle that runs the Seahawks record to 10-5.


Thursday cyber surfing: Banks, of course, but also so much more

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 14:

Brian Banks returned to the Seahawks on Wednesday to begin his two-day tryout, and so did the national media. But there were other stories from the second day of the team’s three-day minicamp.

Eric Williams checks in with Sidney Rice, the wide receiver whose first season with the team was cut short because of a shoulder injury: “ ‘They thought it was just a little tear in the back when they read the first MRI, but once Dr. (James) Andrews got in there, he (saw) that it was an actual, 360 degree tear,’ he said. Rice had the torn labrum in his left shoulder repaired a month and a half later. ‘A lot of slipping out and popping out of place,’ Rice said. ‘Right now, they’re supposed to be brand new shoulders, and we’ll take it from here. Right now I’ve got to regain my strength in my shoulders and get ready for the season.’ Rice has gained 11 pounds of muscle, upping his weight to 209 pounds. Rice said he’d like to arrive at training camp at 215 pounds in order to better handle the pounding of a 16-game season.”

 
Williams also has the word on Banks’ return to a practice field: “ ‘The first day was amazing,’ Banks said. ‘This is just an amazing environment as well, to work out in this kind of weather, right off this water right here, with these coaches and these players. I’m just honored to be our here giving it my all.’ And Banks won over Seattle linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. ‘He made a great first impression,’ Norton said. ‘He’s really bright, really smart. He’s well spoken. And he has a great memory. He remembers everything you tell him. And that’s all a plus at this point.’ ”

 
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times also looks at Rice’s offseason of recovery: “Sidney Rice’s offseason sounds more like an anatomy lesson. Start with the right shoulder, where he had 11 anchors surgically installed to stabilize the joint. A month and a half later, he underwent a similar procedure on his left shoulder, another 11 anchors installed. Now, after an offseason of rehabilitation, the player signed to be Seattle’s top receiving threat is ready to start reaching for those heights once again. ‘They’re supposed to be brand-new shoulders,’ Rice said.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com looks at what’s at stake for Chris Clemons, who is not attending this week’s mandatory minicamp: “Seattle’s current leadership hasn’t gone through a similar situation since taking over before the 2010 season. The rest of the team will be watching to see how the Seahawks respond. Coach Pete Carroll has made it clear through his public comments that the team values Clemons’ contributions. These situations are usually personal from the player’s perspective. It’s easier to reach a solution when the team takes the high road.”

Jason LaCanfora at CBSSports.com takes a bigger-picture look at Banks’ quest: “Bruce and Ryan Tollner had pretty much seen it all, spending their entire lives around football, running an agency with over 65 years of combined experience guiding careers and placing players with NFL teams. But nothing could truly prepare them for the events of the past three weeks. They’re facing one of the more daunting and unprecedented challenges of their careers — unquestionably one of their more rewarding endeavors — and enjoying every minute of the task. You see, the Tollners have been charged with directing the football career of Brian Banks, an extraordinary young man who is jetting around the country for tryouts having recently been exonerated of a false rape charge. The story has international appeal, and the response to Banks — a once-promising college football prospect who was away from the game for nearly 10 years due to this tragedy of justice — from the NFL community has been overwhelming. The demands for media (Banks, 26, has appeared on The Jay Leno Show, among others) and the difficulty of juggling so many requests from NFL teams has kept the Tollners, who are cousins, quite busy during what is normally a mostly dormant time in the NFL business calendar.”

Tim Booth at the Associated Press has the details on Banks’ first day: “The tryout candidate wearing No. 43 in white got yelled at when he screwed up, praised when he did something correct and treated just like the rest of the 80 or so Seahawks players on the field Wednesday. Being exactly like the peers around him never felt so rewarding to Brian Banks. ‘’It was more overwhelming than I thought,’’ Banks said. ‘’I had high hopes and dreams of being out here today and just to finally be out here, to have this helmet on, to have this name on the back of this jersey, to be a part of this team for a day, it’s more than I could ever imagine.’ ”

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times also was on hand to see the first day of Banks’ tryout: “Brian Banks is living a childhood dream (and probably a Hollywood screenplay), but he faces long odds of garnering an invitation to training camp from the Seattle Seahawks. Banks, the former Long Beach Poly linebacker who spent five years in jail after being falsely accused of rape, participated in Seahawks minicamp Wednesday and plans to do so Thursday. If the team doesn’t sign him to a deal that assures him of a spot in training camp, he will fly to Minnesota later Thursday to work out for the Vikings. Already, he has made trips to San Diego and Kansas City to audition for those teams.”

Bob and Groz at 710 ESPN also have been impressed by the way Banks has handled himself – on and off the field – as you can hear in this report at mynorthwest.com.

Adam Rank at NFL.com selects his 1992 Dream Team, and of course Hall of Fame-bound Cortez Kennedy is featured in the photo gallery that also includes Reggie White, Jerome Brown and John Randle on the D-line: “Kennedy, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, had perhaps his finest season in 1992, when he recorded 14 sacks. Kennedy and Randle would clog the middle.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the Seahawks’ unusual-looking defense through the eyes of tackle Alan Branch: “ ‘The coaches definitely knew what they were doing when they put this defense together,’ Branch said Wednesday, after the second practice in the team’s three-day minicamp. ‘When they put us all together they had a good thought of what can happen, and they kind of got a glimpse of that last season.’ Did they ever. In addition to that No. 9 ranking – only the sixth time in franchise history that the Seahawks have fielded a Top 10 unit – the defense also ranked No. 7 in average points allowed. (Earl) Thomas was voted to the Pro Bowl and (Brandon) Brandon and (Kam) Chancellor joined him as injury-replacement alternates. Browner (two) and (Red) Bryant returned interceptions for touchdowns; while Browner (six), (Richard) Sherman (four) and Chancellor (four) combined for 14 of the team’s 22 picks. After years of talking about playing more aggressively, the Seahawks actually went out and did it.”

We also take a look at Wednesday’s practice in our Hawkville report, including one exchange between Flynn and Thomas that the free safety won: “Flynn got a taste of just how much closing speed Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas processes. It happened on a deep throw to wide receiver Deon Butler that instead ended up in the hands of Thomas. ‘I got first-hand experience to see how fast Earl was today,’ Flynn said. ‘I get a two-minute situation and I’ve Deon streaking down and I throw it. I’m thinking, ‘That might be a touchdown.’ Then all of a sudden I see this flash like come across. I don’t think I’ve had a DB back there, especially at safety, with that kind of speed.’ ”

There’s also Tony Ventrella’s video recap, as well as video of the Q&A sessions with Flynn and Banks.


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On this date: Watters, Randle signed

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on March 3:

1998: Ricky Watters signs with the Seahawks in free agency. The ex-49ers and Eagles running back averages 1,230 rushing yards, 52 receptions and eight touchdowns over the next three seasons.

2001: John Randle signs with the Seahawks in free agency after playing his first 11 seasons with the Vikings. Randle leads the Seahawks in sacks in 2001 and 2002 and is voted to the Pro Bowl in ’01.

2009: T.J. Houshmandzadeh signs with the Seahawks in free agency, after a whirlwind weekend that also takes the former Bengals wide receiver to the Minnesota to meet with the Vikings. Houshmandzadeh leads the Seahawks in receiving in 2009 with 79 receptions.


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A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 2:

1983: Dave Krieg passes to Roger Carr for a 19-yard touchdown with 47 seconds to play, as the Seahawks wrap up the strike-shortened 1982 season with a 13-11 victory over the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Krieg’s game-winning TD pass caps a 10-play, 87-yard drive. Kenny Easley leads the defensive effort with seven solo tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery, while linebackers Shelton Robinson and Bruce Scholtz combine for 27 tackles.

1994: The Seahawks close their 1993 season by rallying from a 24-3 deficit but fall to the Chiefs 34-24 at Arrowhead Stadium. John L. Williams rushes for 102 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown. Rick Mirer becomes the first rookie QB to start all his team’s games since 1973 and sets then-rookie records for attempts (486), completions (274) and passing yards (2,833).

2000: The Seahawks wrap up the AFC West title, despite losing 19-9 in their 1999 regular-season finale to the Jets in the Meadowlands, because the Raiders also beat the Chiefs. The Seahawks finish 9-7 after starting 8-2, but it’s still their best record since 1990. Also, Cortez Kennedy is voted to his then-club record eighth Pro Bowl.

2002: Walter Jones and John Randle are named to the Pro Bowl.

2005: The Seahawks clinch the NFC West title for the first time in their 2004 regular-season finale as they stop a two-point PAT attempt on the final play of a 28-26 victory over the Falcons in Seattle. Matt Hasselbeck passes for two touchdowns and runs for a third, which gives the Seahawks a 28-20 lead with 4½ minutes to play. Matt Schaub throws a TD pass on the final play, but Warrick Dunn’s run for the tying PAT is stopped by Chad Brown and Rocky Bernard.

2011: The Seahawks capture the 2010 NFC West title with a 16-6 victory over the Rams in the regular-season finale in Seattle on Sunday night. Charlie Whitehurst starts for an injured Matt Hasselbeck and passes to Mike Williams for the Seahawks’ only touchdown, as Olindo Mare kicks three field goals. Raheem Brock leads the defensive effort with 2½ sacks.


On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 29:

1984: Steve Largent catches six passes for 128 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown, and John Harris intercepts two passes but the Seahawks are eliminated from the playoffs in a 31-10 loss to the Dolphins at the Orange Bowl as Dan Marino throws three TD passes.

1994: Tom Flores is relieved of his duties as general manager and head coach five days after a season-ending 35-9 loss to the Browns in Cleveland. Flores leaves with a three-season coaching record of 16-32.

2002: Matt Hasselbeck passes for a franchise-record 449 yards and two touchdowns in leading a 31-28 overtime victory against the Chargers in San Diego. Hasselbeck’s 1-yard TD run ties the score with 1 second left in regulation and Rian Lindell kicks a 24-yard field goal five minutes into OT to win it. Koren Robinson catches nine passes for 103 yards and Itula Mili seven for 119, and John Randle collects three sacks, as the Seahawks close the season with their third consecutive victory.


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A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 23:

1989: In Steve Largent’s final game, the Seahawks are shut out 29-0 by the Redskins on a Saturday afternoon at the Kingdome as former Washington State QB Mark Rypien completes 22 of 31 passes for 290 yards and a TD. Largent catches two passes for 41 yards and Eugene Robinson has 12 tackles and an interception, but the Redskins control the ball for 41 minutes.

1990: Derrick Fenner scores on a 1-yard run on the first play of the third quarter and the Seahawks hold on for a 17-12 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome. Eugene Robinson and Melvin Jenkins intercept John Elway passes and Jacob Green gets to the Broncos’ QB for 1½ sacks.

2000: The Bills roll up 579 yards on a rain-swept Saturday night at Husky Stadium in taking a 42-23 victory in Cortez Kennedy’s final game. Doug Flutie passes for three touchdowns and 366 yards, while Antowain Smith runs for 147 yards and three scores.

2001: Shaun Alexander scores on a 29-yard run and with a 16-yard pass and John Randle recovered a fumble in the end zone to stake the Seahawks to a 24-17 lead, but Kerry Collins throws a 7-yard touchdown pass to Ike Hilliard with 20 seconds left to give the Giants a 27-24 victory over the Seahawks at Giants Stadium.

2007: Matt Hasselbeck throws touchdown passes to Shaun Alexander and Nate Burleson and Leroy Hill returns a fumble for a score in a 27-6 victory over the Ravens in Seattle that runs the Seahawks record to 10-5.


Better than Brown?

After the Seahawks signed linebacker Chad Brown as a free agent in 1997, then-vice president of football operations Randy Mueller allowed himself a congratulatory moment.

“There’s no question this is the best signing we’ve ever had,” Mueller said.

Mueller should know, because he’d been with the team since 1983. Plan B free agency didn’t begin until 1989 and the current system started in 1993.

And Brown did nothing to let Mueller and the team down. He led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons, was voted to the Pro Bowl twice and put up numbers during his eight-season stay in Seattle that rank among the Top 5 all-time in tackles (fourth, 744), sacks (fifth, 48), fumble recoveries (third, 13) and fumble returns for a touchdown (first, 3).

But that watershed signing of Brown happened 15 year ago. Has the club added a free agent since that would make Mueller alter his assessment? (You tell us below…)

Here, in chronological order, are a dozen candidates – including Brown, of course:

LB Chad Brown (1997) – see above.

QB Warren Moon (1997) – He started 24 games in two seasons, posting an 11-13 record. In ’97, he passed for 3,678 yards (third-highest in club history) and 25 touchdowns, including a club record-tying five in a 409-yard passing performance against the Raiders – three weeks shy of his 41st birthday.

RB Ricky Watters (1998) – He led the team in rushing for three consecutive seasons (1998-2000) and his 4,009 yards rank No. 5 on the team’s all-time list. He also scored 22 rushing touchdowns, which also ranks No. 5, and averaged 51 receptions from ’98-2000.

OL Chris Gray (1998) – Signed to add depth to the offensive line, he started 145 games in 11 seasons – at three different positions (center, right guard and left guard). Including in his unexpected run were a club-record 121 consecutive starts from 1999-2006.

P Jeff Feagles (1998) – He was one of the best directional punters in the league during his five-year stint with the Seahawks. He ranks second on the club’s all-time list in career punts (385) and third in career average (42.1 yards). He averaged 44.1 yards in 1998 and had 34 punts downed inside the 20 in 1999.

C Robbie Tobeck (2000) – Like Brown, Tobeck was voted to the 35th Anniversary team. He started 88 games from 2000-06 and was the QB of the line during the team’s run of winning the division title four consecutive seasons (2004-07) and advancing to the playoffs five years in a row (2003-07).

WR Bobby Engram (2001) – He holds the club record for receptions in a season (94 in 2007) and was the leading receiver on the 2005 Super Bowl team. Engram, who was voted to the 35th Anniversary team as the third wide-out, ranks fifth in career receptions (399) and fourth in receiving yards (4,859).

DT John Randle (2001) – He played the final two seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the Seahawks, and made the most of them. Randle led the team in sacks in 2001 (11), when he was voted to the Pro Bowl; as well as in 2002 (7).

WR-KR Nate Burleson (2006) – Voted to the 35th Anniversary team as the punt returner, Burleson also finished second on the team in receptions in 2009 (63) and 2007 (50). He is the club record-holder in career punt returns (125) and return yardage (1,288), and had scoring returns of 94 and 90 yards.

LB Julian Peterson (2006) – He was voted to the Pro Bowl in each of this three seasons with the Seahawks (2006-08) and had 19½ sacks in his first two seasons, including team-leading 10 in 2006. He also averaged 83 tackles.

DE Patrick Kerney (2007) – He led the NFC with 14½ sacks in 2007, when he also was voted to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro. Injuries limited him to 16 starts combined in the next two seasons, but he still led the team in sacks in 2009 (five). He’s also the reason Grant Wistrom, Bryce Fisher and Chike Okeafor didn’t make this list.

K Olindo Mare (2008) – He has been the team’s leading scorer in each of his first three seasons with the Seahawks, and holds the franchise record for consecutive field goals made (30 in 2009-10). His mark is the sixth-longest in NFL history, and 14 more than the second-best streak in club history.

The other 11 are definitely worth considering. But better than Brown? You make the call.