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On this date: Seahawks trade draft choice that Cowboys used to select Tony Dorsett

Tony Dorsett

Heisman Trophy Winner Tony Dorsett smiles as he waits to be interviewed by a local television station after being selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Draft (AP Photo/MK)

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

1977: The Seahawks trade the second pick in the NFL Draft to the Cowboys, who select running back Tony Dorsett. In exchange, the Seahawks get the Cowboys’ first-round pick, which they used to select offensive lineman Steve August; and three second-round picks – which became offensive lineman Tom Lynch and linebacker Terry Beeson. Beeson would lead the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1977-79), including a still-franchise record 153 in 1978. August started 90 games from 1977-84.

1978: Cornerback Keith Simpson is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, and linebacker Keith Butler is added in the second round. Simpson would start 70 games in eight seasons with the team, retuning three of his 19 interceptions for touchdowns; while Butler was the franchise’s all-time leading tackler by the time he left after the 1987 season with 813 – a mark that would be broken by Eugene Robinson (984).

1979: Manu Tuiasosopo is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The defensive tackle from UCLA would lead the team in sacks (eight) as a rookie and produced a career-high 94 tackles in 1980. He started 64 games in five seasons.


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On this date: Three-time franchise player Walter Jones signs long-term contract

Walter Jones

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 16:

1997: After getting a come-check-this-out phone call from just-signed free agent and former Steelers teammate Chad Brown, Willie Williams also signs with the Seahawks and starts 75 games at cornerback over the next seven seasons. Williams would return three of his 17 interceptions for touchdowns, tying him for second in franchise history with Keith Simpson, Kenny Easley and Josh Wilson behind all-time leader Dave Brown (five).

2005: After being named the franchise player for three consecutive years, Walter Jones signs a multi-year contract that makes him a Seahawk for the remainder of his 13-season career.

2006: Linebackers coach John Marshall is elevated to defensive coordinator on Mike Holmgren’s staff as health issues force Ray Rhodes to take a position as a special projects/defense assistant.


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On this date: Brown kicks Seahawks to victory

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

Josh Brown

1978: David Sims runs for three touchdowns, Steve Largent catches eight passes for 108 yards and a TD and Keith Simpson intercepts a Brian Sipe pass and returns it 40 yards for a score in a 47-24 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome.

1995: Todd Peterson kicks four field goals and Terry Wooden paces the defense with an 11-tackle performance in a 26-14 victory over the Eagles at the Kingdome.

2000: George Koonce returns an interception 27 yards for touchdown to spark a four-sack and two-pick effort by the defense and Rian Lindell kicks three field goals in a 30-10 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta.

2006: Josh Brown kicks a 50-yard field goal with five seconds to play, his third of the game, and Darryl Tapp returns an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in a 23-20 victory over the Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.


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On this date: Brown leads NFL-record effort

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

Dave Brown

Cornerback Dave Brown

1984: The Seahawks set an NFL record by returning four interceptions for touchdowns in a 45-0 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at the Kingdome. Cornerback Dave Brown has two of the scoring returns, while strong safety Kenny Easley and cornerback Keith Simpson each have one.

2007: Nate Burleson returns a punt 94 yards for a touchdown in a 33-30 overtime loss to the Browns in Cleveland, becoming the first player in NFL history with three punts returns of 90-plus yards in his career.


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On this date: Seahawks ‘pass’ on Dorsett

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

1977: The Seahawks trade the second pick in the NFL Draft to the Cowboys, who select running back Tony Dorsett. In exchange, the Seahawks get the Cowboys’ first-round pick (which they used to select offensive lineman Steve August) and three second-round picks (offensive lineman Tom Lynch, linebacker Terry Beeson and wide receiver Duke Ferguson).

1978: Cornerback Keith Simpson is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, and linebacker Keith Butler is added in the second round. Simpson would start 70 games in eight seasons with the team, while Butler would be the franchise’s all-time leading tackler (813) when he left after the 1987 season.

1979: Manu Tuiasosopo is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The defensive tackle from UCLA would lead the team in sacks (eight) as a rookie and start 64 games in five seasons.


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On this date

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

1978: David Sims runs for three touchdowns, Steve Largent catches eight passes for 108 yards and a TD and Keith Simpson intercepts a Brian Sipe pass and returns it 40 yards for a score in a 47-24 victory over the Browns at the Kingdome.

1995: Todd Peterson kicks four field goals and Terry Wooden paces the defense with an 11-tackle performance in a 26-14 victory over the Eagles at the Kingdome.

2000: George Koonce returns an interception 27 yards for touchdown to spark a four-sack and two-pick effort by the defense and Rian Lindell kicks three field goals in a 30-10 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta.

2006: Josh Brown kicks a 50-yard field goal with five seconds to play, his third of the game, and Darryl Tapp returns an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in a 23-20 victory over the Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.


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Cyber surfing: Tuesday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 29:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his “Silver Linings” from the Seahawks’ loss to the Redskins on Sunday, including this one: “Seattle’s offensive line generally played well, helping to limit the Redskins’ Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan to a half-sack between them.”

Sando also wonders if the Seahawks should take a look at No. 3 QB Josh Portis before the end of the season, something several on our game-day online chat also have asked about. Says Sando: “This season was about discovery at the quarterback position and building other positions before drafting a QB in 2012. The Seahawks have seen enough from backup Charlie Whitehurst, who likely will not be back next season. Tarvaris Jackson proved he’s tough and capable enough to serve as a bridge to the team’s next starter. Portis’ talents have intrigued the coaching staff. When else will the team have a chance to give Portis a look in real games?”

Speaking of Jackson, Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times says Jackson’s sore shoulder could put the Seahawks in a bind with the short week to prepare for Thursday night’s game against the Eagles: “His passing yardage has declined in each of the past four games, and his health will be a central issue when the Seahawks play the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. That’s the day Jackson has just begun throwing in practice the past couple of weeks. Forget all the questions concerning Seattle’s quarterback of the future, because there’s a question of how long Jackson can stay in the pocket in the present.”

O’Neil also has “Three Things we Learned” from Sunday’s loss, including this one: “Three yards in a cloud of dust has its risks. The Seahawks have established a formula for winning, which includes a heaping helping of Marshawn Lynch and a gob of defense thick enough to choke out the opponent. Lynch surpassed 100 yards rushing for the third time in four games, but when the Seahawks gave up two touchdowns on third-down plays in the span of 3 minutes, 33 seconds in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks were in a position where they had to throw and they simply couldn’t. Having an offense that is as repetitive and as run-based as Seattle’s has been leaves a team very vulnerable should it fall behind. To repeat: If Seattle is put in a position where it has to throw, it’s in trouble.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald also looks at Jackson’s situation: “At this point, no one can question Tarvaris Jackson toughness, his desire, or his dedication to the team. What Sunday’s loss to Washington showed we can question, however, is if the Seattle Seahawks quarterback should still be playing. That’s not to say Jackson is the primary reason why the Seahawks lost. His receivers let him down by repeatedly dropping passes, the defense gave up some unforgivable big plays, and penalties on both sides of the ball again played a big role. But what was evident watching Jackson play Sunday is the Seahawks quarterback is playing hurt, and that the pectoral injury is affecting his play.”

Also at the Herald, Scott Johnson continues his “The Game of My Life” series with a look at Keith Simpson: “Atop the desk of Keith Simpson’s office at his Houston-area home, a photograph greets him each morning. The black-and-white, unframed photo is a keepsake of a time when young football players were in the prime of their lives, when they felt indestructible. In the picture, four men celebrate arm in arm after their Seattle Seahawks recorded a dominating win and made history in the process. Two of the men, Pro Bowl safety Kenny Easley and defensive backs coach Ralph Hawkins, are beaming with pride. The others, cornerbacks Keith Simpson and Dave Brown, are too tired to even grin. Easley and Simpson hold a football under their arms, signifying the touchdowns they scored that afternoon. Brown, he has a pair of footballs, having made it to the end zone twice. And Hawkins grins like a proud father: These are my guys. Four men, having the time of their lives.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at the Seahawks’ penalty problem, and how it’s not a new problem for coach Pete Carroll: “According to statistics compiled by the Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen, during his time at USC (2004-09), Carroll-led teams were the fourth-most penalized team in the Pacific-10 Conference, averaging seven penalties per game for 61.44 yards. The Trojans led the Pac-10 in penalties in 2007 and 2008, with an average of eight a game. USC finished a combined 23-3 those two seasons largely because the Trojans had more talent than the rest of the Pac-10.”

Here at Seahawks.com, in our “Monday metatarsal musings” we take another look at Red Bryant’s block party on Sunday and exactly what’s going on: “It’s the scheme, of course, as special teams coach Brian Schneider and assistant Jeff Ulbrich have devised ways to allow Bryant to come free for those blocks. It’s also team work, as Raheem Brock, Anthony Hargrove and David Hawthorne have to do their assignments properly to allow Bryant to do his thing. ‘For that entire group, it’s become extremely important to them,’ Ulbrich said on Monday. ‘You look around the league and a lot of defenses take that snap off. But these guys have really approached it like it’s the most important defensive play.’ It’s also Bryant, too. A 6-foot-4, 330-pounder with long arms, he has the ability and agility to wedge his body through the slightest of gaps and a drive that borders on the demented. ‘Obviously Red is very talented,’ Ulbrich said. ‘He has great get-off and then he has great length. That makes a big difference.’ ”

We’ve also got a look at this condensed week in “Monday in Hawkville,” and a look back at Sunday’s game in Tony Ventrella’s video review.


On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 4:

1979: The Seahawks are held to a NFL-record minus-7 total yards in a 24-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at the Kingdome.

1984: The Seahawks set an NFL record by returning four interceptions for touchdowns in a 45-0 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at the Kingdome. Cornerback Dave Brown had two of the scoring returns, while strong safety Kenny Easley and cornerback Keith Simpson each had one.

2007: Nate Burleson returns a punt 94 yards for a touchdown in a 33-30 overtime loss to the Browns in Cleveland, becoming the first player in NFL history with three punts returns of 90-plus yards in his career.


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