On this date: Robinson comes up huge

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

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

1976: Jim Zorn passes for two touchdowns and runs for a third, but it isn’t enough as Fran Tarkenton throws a 5-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to rally the Vikings to a 27-21 victory over the Seahawks in Minneapolis.

1982: The Seahawks’ game at St. Louis is cancelled, the last before the players’ strike ends.

1993: Eugene Robinson has 11 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in a 22-5 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome. The defense forces seven turnovers as Robert Blackmon scores on a 5-yard fumble return and Antonio Edwards registers a safety.

1999: Jon Kitna throws a 20-yard touchdown pass to Sean Dawkins midway through the fourth quarter as the Seahawks pull out a 20-17 victory over the Broncos at the Kingdome to run their record to 7-2.

2010: Olindo Mare kicks five field goals to tie the club record, Matt Hasselbeck passes for 333 yards – the 18th of his club-record 19 300-yard performances – and Mike Williams catches 11 passes for a career-high 145 yards in a 36-18 victory over the Cardinals in Arizona.


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On this date: Seahawks ‘own’ Jacksonville

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

Joey Galloway

Joey Galloway

1984: Kenny Easley intercepts two passes and Dave Krieg throws two touchdown passes in a 17-14 victory over the Raiders at the Kingdome on “Monday Night Football.”

1995: Joey Galloway rolls up 237 all-purpose yards in a 47-30 victory over the Jaguars in Jacksonville. Galloway’s all-purpose day includes an 86-yard run for the touchdown and TD catches of 38 and 23 yards as part of his five-catch, 114-yard effort.

2000: Jon Kitna earns AFC offensive player of the week honors as he completes 22 of 33 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-21 win over the Jaguars in Jacksonville. Ricky Watters also scores twice.

2006: Josh Brown kicks a 38-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining to give the Seahawks a 24-22 victory over the Rams in Seattle. It is Brown’s third game-winning kick of the season.

2007: The defense sacks 49ers quarterback Alex Smith three times and hits him seven other times in a 24-0 victory on “Monday Night Football” in Seattle. D.J. Hackett leads the offense with eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.


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On this date: Smith carries Seahawks to first victory at home

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 7:

Sherman Smith

Sherman Smith

1976: The expansion Seahawks capture their first regular-season victory at home with a 30-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons at the Kingdome as Sherman Smith becomes the first Seahawk to post a 100-yard rushing performance (124 yards on 14 carries).

1999: Jon Kitna passes for three touchdowns, Ricky Watters scores twice as part of a 133-yard rushing effort and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy intercepts a pass in a 37-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at the Kingdome.

2004: Shaun Alexander rushes for 160 yards and two touchdowns; Matt Hasselbeck passes for three TDs, including two to Darrell Jackson, who has five catches for 114 yards; and linebacker Anthony Simmons returns an interception for a score in a 42-27 victory over the 49ers in San Francisco.


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On this date: Galloway goes for 89 yards

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 5:

Joey Galloway

Joey Galloway

1995: Joey Galloway returns a punt a club-record 89 yards for a touchdown to spark a 30-28 victory over the New York Giants at the Kingdome. Brian Blades also catches two first-quarter TD passes from Rick Mirer, as the Seahawks snapped a four-game losing streak – and began a stretch where they win six times in seven games.

2000: Rian Lindell kicks a 48-yard field goal as time expires to give the Seahawks a 17-15 victory over the San Diego Chargers at Husky Stadium. The Seahawks generate just 128 yards of total offense, but Jon Kitna throws TD passes Sean Dawkins and Christian Fauria.


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On this date: Happy ‘homecoming’ for Holmgren

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 1:

Cortez Kennedy

1999: Mike Holmgren returns to Lambeau Field and the former Packers coach gets a 27-7 victory over his old team on “Monday Night Football.” The list of Seahawks who chip in on Holmgren’s happy homecoming is a long one as cornerback Shawn Springs intercepts two passes and blocks a field goal; Cortez Kennedy registers three sacks of Brett Favre; Ricky Watters runs for 125 yards; Jon Kitna passes for two touchdowns; and linebacker Chad Brown has 12 tackles.

1987: The Seahawks push their record to 5-2 during the strike-interrupted season by posting a 28-17 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at the Kingdome as Dave Krieg passes for three touchdowns in the team’s third consecutive win.


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On this date: Largent injured in final season

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks’ history that occurred on Sept. 10:

1989 – The Seahawks lose their opener 31-7 in Philadelphia, and Steve Largent for six weeks with a broken elbow. In the final season of his Hall of Fame career, Largent would return to catch 28 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns before retiring as the NFL’s all-time leader in all three categories (819 for 13,089 and 100).

2000 – The Seahawks play the first of what will be two seasons’ worth of home game at Husky Stadium and lose 37-34 to the Rams on a 27-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining. A 34-yard touchdown pass from Jon Kitna to Darrell Jackson with 2:05 to play ties the score at 34-34. Jay Bellamy also returns an interception 84 yards for a TD and has 11 tackles. The Seahawks are playing at the University of Washington because the Kingdome had been demolished so their new stadium can be built on the same site.


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Monday cyber surfing: Kitna comes home

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

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times checks in with Jon Kitna, the former Seahawks quarterback who has retired from the NFL after 16 seasons and is coaching and teaching at his alma mater, Lincoln High School in Tacoma: “You might have heard Kitna retired. Well, that’s not true. He’s just not playing football anymore. The NFL career he never expected is over, and he’s now in his first year teaching math and coaching football, which is exactly what he hoped to do when he left college in 1996. ‘The NFL wasn’t supposed to happen,’ says Kitna, 39. Quarterbacks from Central Washington University don’t usually move on to the NFL. Not even the really good ones, and as great as Kitna was, he graduated with a degree in math education and had every expectation his next gig would be in a classroom and not under center. He applied for his first teaching job before he signed with an NFL team. How did a man who played 16 years of professional football and made millions of dollars wind up – voluntarily – in a classroom at the most impoverished high school in Pierce County? It’s a tough question. One that Kitna himself can’t really answer, not even with one of those equations he throws at his students.”

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post looks at how the 2012 NFL Draft would have been altered if Russell Wilson and Kellen Moore were taller in this piece at YahooSports.com: “They deal with their height deficiencies in different ways. Wilson relies more on his athleticism; Moore relies more on his mind. ‘He is the closest player I’ve done to Drew Brees and Jeff Garcia in terms of sliding, finding lanes and creating for himself,’ Seattle general manager John Schneider said of Wilson. ‘He can slide and he has quick eyes. From an accuracy, anticipation standpoint, he is the closest to Drew Brees.’ ”

Brady Henderson at mynorthwest.com passes along highlights from Doug Baldwin’s interview on the Kevin Calabro show at 710 ESPN, including one game that still sticks out in Baldwin’s rookie season: “ ‘One of the games that really stood out to me which we actually lost – and I actually played pretty decently assignment-wise but there was just something about the defense and the player that I was going against and I just didn’t have a good game statistically – it was against the Cleveland Browns and Dimitri Patterson. I’ll never forget it because I didn’t have a catch that game, and I’ll remember Dimitri Patterson for the rest of my life because of the fact that he held me to zero catches.’ ”

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of profiles on the draft choices with a look at Greg Scruggs, the defensive end from Louisville who was the last of the team’s 10 selections: “The Seahawks thought enough of Greg Scruggs’ length and versatility that they dispatched defensive line coach Todd Wash to check out the Louisville lineman. It was on the Tuesday of draft week. ‘I worked him out at his high school (St. Xavier in Cincinnati), and he had a real good workout,’ Wash said Friday, as the players and coaches concluded Phase 2 of the offseason program. The trip proved to be well worth it, as the Seahawks made the 6-foot-3, 284-pound Scruggs the last of their 10 draft choices. In fact, shortly after the conclusion of the three-day NFL Draft, general manager John Schneider was asked whether any of the team’s picks seemed like a bargain at a certain spot. ‘Quite honestly, I would have to say Scruggs,’ he said. ‘When we were taking (safety Winston) Guy, Scruggs was one of our considerations.’ And Guy was selected in the sixth round – 51 picks before the Seahawks eventually drafted Scruggs with the 232nd pick overall.”

We’ve also got a look at how coach Pete Carroll concluded the final practice in Phase 2 of the offseason program: “Near the end of (the) 45-minute, on-field session, rather than going with special teams drills, the Seahawks’ third-year coach had the offensive and defensive linemen square off in a pass-catching competition. It was similar to the drill that is used for receivers at the NFL Scouting Combine, as each player ran the width of the field while trying to catch seven passes. The first lineman up was John Moffitt. And the second-year guard not only caught each of his passes, he one-handed the final throw – as his fellow offensive players partied like it was 1999, all over again. ‘You like that one-hander?’ Moffitt said after him impressive run – and catch. ‘(The passers) were kind of faking us a little, so I had to pedal back a little and go a little extra. But this was fun. This was a good one to end this part of the offseason program with.’ ”

For a look around the rest of the league – and the world, in this installment – there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com: “Love the British papers. Saturday’s edition of The Times featured a long dispatch from Australia focusing on the Southern hairy-nosed wombat being endangered because of the potato weed, a noxious plant that damages the wombats’ livers. Not many other papers covering the decline of the Southern hairy-nosed wombat.”


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Tuesday cyber surfing: The other side of Thomas

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Jan. 31:

Jared Ainsworth of the Beaumont Enterprise has a really nice story on how Earl Thomas’ success in the NFL has allowed his mother, Debbie, to retire: “Debbie Thomas’ final day as a receptionist for Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district was Jan 20. The family celebrated the end of Debbie’s 28-year career in education that evening at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Beaumont, with about 20 of her coworkers. ‘As soon as they called my name in the draft, I knew this day was going to come,’ said Earl, a 22-year-old second-year defensive back for the Seahawks. ‘We didn’t have much and my mom and dad made it work. They’ve been changing my diapers, taking care of me all my life.’ ”

Former Seahawks and current Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck analyzes the Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and Giants for the Tennessean. His pick: Patriots 24-21. Says Hasselbeck: “It is really hard to bet against Tom Brady for me. I have a lot of respect for his game. I think he is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. I have respect for Eli (Manning), and for guys on both sides, but to me, Brady is going to be really tough to stop unless he is on his back the whole game.”

Speaking of former Seahawks QBs, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram catches up with Jon Kitna, who last week was named football coach at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School, his alma mater: “ ‘It’s incredible. The right door opened,’ Kitna said between services Sunday morning at Fielder Road Baptist Church, where he preached and gave a personal testimony. It was his first public appearance since informing the Cowboys of his decision to retire two weeks ago. ‘I am beyond excited,’ Kitna said. ‘It was the perfect opportunity. The coach wanted to move into the athletic director’s role and called and asked me if I was interested.’ ”

Here at Seahawks.com, the Tez in 2012 campaign continues as the clock is ticking toward the selection process on Saturday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Cortez Kennedy is a finalist for the fourth consecutive year and we weigh in with a weighty profile on the most-decorated defensive player in franchise history: “ ‘I wouldn’t trade places with anybody for anything,’ Kennedy said. ‘I played for the Seahawks, and played my heart out for them. I love the Seahawks. I love the organization. I love the people there, and especially the fans. If I ever get in the Hall of Fame, it’s for all of us.’ ”

Back to the Super Bowl, there is no shortage of coverage leading up to Sunday’s game. Here’s a sampling:

The Associated Press, via Heraldnet.com, looks at the overlooked Deion Branch, the wide receiver who played for the Patriots, then was traded to the Seahawks and now is back with the Patriots: “He’s been overlooked a bit this season, with Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez grabbing most of (Tom) Brady’s passes and the headlines. ‘That’s cool,’ said Branch, who has that MVP trophy stored safely in a glass case at his home. ‘I just do my job. I can’t worry about who’s controlling it and who’s saying A, B, C, D. I just do my job I’m not here to be the one that (says), ‘Hey I need all the attention.’ That’s not me.’ ”

Don Banks’ Q&A with London Fletcher at SI.com. The Redskins’ linebacker who is no stranger to the Giants or the Patriots, having played both teams this season. Q: Having played both of these teams recently, how do they match up today, knowing that New York beat New England at Gillette Stadium in Week 9? A: “I think it’s going to be a great matchup, because you think about the Giants and their pass rush being healthy now, and then you know all about the offense of the Patriots and those tight ends and their passing game. It’s going to be a great matchup between those two teams, and the thing is, both defenses are playing great right now. I think New England’s defense is playing its best ball of the year right now, and so are the Giants.”

Les Carpenter’s story at YahooSports.com about BenJarvis Green-Ellis, the Patriots’ back whose name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue but who also never lets the ball roll from his grasp: “And now, with the world preparing to watch Super Bowl XLVI Sunday, (LSU running backs coach Frank) Wilson has an Exhibit A in the Patriots’ running back. Wilson’s former back at the University of Mississippi has never fumbled in four NFL seasons. That is a streak of 536 catches and carries, an NFL record for the start of a career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.”

Michael Lombardi’s 46 things he loved about the NFL this season at NFL.com, where No. 39 is … Marshawn Lynch’s angry running style. Says Lombardi: “The Seahawks running back runs harder than any player in the league.”


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Tuesday cyber surfing: Chancellor, Browner to the Pro Bowl

Pete Carroll watches practice at the Senior Bowl (Photo by Ed "Spider" Cahill)

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Jan. 24:

Kam Chancellor and Brandon Browner were added to the NFC Pro Bowl team on Monday night, and we’ve got the word on that here at Seahawks.com: “Chancellor is replacing Dashon Goldson, while Browner is taking over for Carlos Rogers. Each of the 49ers’ players has decided not to play in Sunday’s Pro Bowl because of an injury, and Chancellor and Browner were the first alternates for the team at their positions in balloting of players, coaches and fans.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times, via a report from KING-TV’s Chris Egan, says that former Seahawks QB Jon Kitna will become the football coach at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School, his alma mater: “Kitna, 39, attended Lincoln before going on to play at Central Washington. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 1996 and spent the season on Seattle’s practice squad. He played for the Barcelona Dragons of the World League in 1997 before making the Seahawks team in 1997. He played four seasons for the Seahawks, appearing in 39 games. He also went on to play for Cincinnati and Detroit before spending the past three seasons with Dallas.”

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has some early impressions of the activity at the Senior Bowl, which is where you’ll find Seahawks GM John Schneider, coach Pete Carroll and their staffs this week: “It might seem silly to think that lasting impressions can be made on scouts when athletes strut on stage for the weigh-ins prior to various all-star games but talent evaluators can take a lot from the height, weight, hand size, arm length, and general build of the athletes.”

Quarterback is one of the positions on the Seahawks’ to-get list and Mike Mayock at NFL.com gives you a look – literally – at his Top 10 prospects in this photo gallery.

For another look at a conference championship weekend that deserves a second look, there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, which includes this we-already-knew-that item on the NFC West rival 49ers: “Justin Smith. Ray McDonald. NaVorro Bowman. Patrick Willis. They’re just too good to be going home. “What a defense,” Eli Manning told me at his locker. “They create so many problems on every snap.”


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Tuesday in Hawkville

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Jan. 3:

FOCUS ON

The future. That was the focus of Pete Carroll’s season-wrap news conference today, as the Seahawks’ second-year coach did not – and could not – hide his enthusiasm about just how good this team can be next season. And the season after that. And the season after that.

Carroll began as he should have, by acknowledging the disappointment that came with this season’s 7-9 record – which saw the Seahawks start 2-6 and then finish with back-to-back losses to the division rival 49ers and Cardinals by two and three points, respectively.

But in between, this team won five of six games – including victories over the playoff-bound Giants and Ravens – and did it the way Carroll wants to play. By running the ball, playing tough defense and getting solid efforts from the special teams.

“The rest of the story to me is so positive and so encouraging that we look forward to this offseason with tremendous hopes of adding to a very, very young football team and building from where we are now,” he said. “I think our foundation for the future is fairly solid, in that we know where were going and we know our style of play.

“We’ve become a very aggressive, tough football team – playing good defense with highlight aspects of our special teams; we’ve run the football with a commitment. Those are the things I came in a couple of years ago trying to create. It just took us longer than I wanted. But that fact that it’s emerged here in the second half of the season is crucial for us moving forward.”

INJURY UPDATES

Wide receiver Sidney Rice, who spent the last five games on injured reserve after receiving a concussion, is scheduled to have surgery this week to repair the damaged labrum that he played with most of the season.

Rookie cornerback Richard Sherman also is scheduled to have an arthroscopic procedure on a knee, Carroll said. He added that a decision on whether quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will need surgery to repair the torn pectoral he played with the last 10 games has not been made.

SEVEN SIGNED

The club has signed seven players to future contracts: defensive end Pierre Allen, linebacker Allen Bradford, cornerbacks Coye Francies and Jesse Hoffman, defensive end John Graves, tight end John Nalbone and guard Brent Osborne. All spent time with the team at some point this season.

Last year’s future-contract group included cornerback Brandon Browner, who started at cornerback and was a first alternate to the Pro Bowl; and lineman Paul McQuistan, who started 10 games at three different positions.

STAT DU JOUR

With his 222-yard passing performance against the Cardinals on Sunday, Jackson became the sixth quarterback in franchise history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. Here’s a look at the company Jackson joined:

Quarterback                             3,000-yard seasons

Matt Hasselbeck                      7 (2002-05, 2007, 2009-10)

Dave Krieg                                 4 (1984-85, 1989-90)

Jim Zorn                                     3 (1978-80)

Warren Moon                           1 (1997)

Jon Kitna                                    1 (1999)

Tarvaris Jackson                        1 (2011)

And here’s a look at how those 3,000-yard seasons rank:

 

Quarterback (season)             Yards

Matt Hasselbeck (2007)          3,966

Matt Hasselbeck (2003)          3,841

Warren Moon (1997)               3,678

Dave Krieg (1984)                     3,671

Jim Zorn (1979)                         3,661

Dave Krieg (1985)                     3,602

Matt Hasselbeck (2005)          3,459

Matt Hasselbeck (2004)          3,382

Jim Zorn (1980)                         3,346

Jon Kitna (1999)                        3,346

Dave Krieg (1989)                     3,309

Jim Zorn (1978)                         3,283

Dave Krieg (1990)                     3,194

Tarvaris Jackson (2011)           3,091

Matt Hasselbeck (2002)          3,075

Matt Hasselbeck (2009)          3,029

Matt Hasselbeck (2010)          3,001

UP NEXT

The offseason. Unlike last year, there will be an offseason. Until previous years, it will be different because of the new CBA that was reached to end the 136-day lockout in July. The offseason conditioning program that typically has begun in March will now start April 16.

YOU DON’T SAY

“We’re going to try and make it as hard as we can possibly make it for the guys on team to stay on this team, because they’d better battle to keep their spots.” – Carroll with an eye toward free agency and the NFL Draft


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