On this date: Johnson kicks Oilers, twice

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

Norm Johnson

1979: The Seahawks run for three touchdowns and Steve Largent catches nine passes for 120 yards, but it’s a too-little-too-late effort as the Chiefs take a 37-7 lead and hold on for a 37-21 victory at Arrowhead Stadium.

1984: The Seahawks cap an eight-game winning streak with a 38-17 victory over the Lions at the Kingdome as Dave Krieg passes for a club-record five touchdowns, including two each to Steve Largent and Daryl Turner.

1990: Norm Johnson kicks a 39-yard field goal to tie the game and then a 42-yarder in overtime to win it as the Seahawks grab a 13-10 victory over the Oilers at the Kingdome. Dave Wyman recovered a Tony Woods-forced fumble at the Oilers’ 27-yard line to set up Johnson’s game-winner.

2007: Lofa Tatupu intercepts three passes and has 11 tackles, while Maurice Morris scores on a 45-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give the Seahawks a 28-24 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia.


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On this date: A rare loss for 2005 Seahawks

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 2:

2005: The Seahawks fall to 2-2 by losing to the Redskins 20-17 in overtime, after Josh Brown’s 47-yard field goal attempt hits the left upright as time expired in regulation. It is the last loss before the Seahawks go on a franchise-record 11-game winning streak en route to posting an NFC-best and club-record 13-3 record. Matt Hasselbeck passes for 242 yards and a touchdown while completing 26 of 38 passes; Bobby Engram catches nine passes for 106 yards; Shaun Alexander runs for 98 yards and a TD; and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu has 10 tackles and a sack.


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Thursday cyber surfing: Seahawks hold keys to Seattle’s next sports superstar?

Good morning, here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 12.

At the Seattle Times, Jerry Brewer tells us Seattle is in dire need of a new sports superstar. Brewer points to years 1990-2010 as a time when Seattle experienced an unforgettable – and remarkable – run of sports superstars: Ken Griffey Jr., Ichiro, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Steve Emtman, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Walter Jones, Lou Piniella, George Karl and Mike Holmgren. As Seattle continues to search for it’s new sports identity, Brewer offered that the Seahawks have the potential to shape that mold, “With quality talent evaluators such as Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik and Seahawks GM John Schneider in town, you can already see the potential for a new generation of superstars. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has a chance to be, at least, the best safety in the NFL. If [Marshawn] Lynch goes off, there’s a possibility he could be elite. [Felix] Hernandez is just 26, and with some help, it’s easy to see him taking that final step to becoming a superstar. Matt Flynn, who is expected to be the Seahawks’ starting quarterback this season, could become a star, but if rookie Russell Wilson eventually wins the job and performs at a star level, a small, 5-foot-11 quarterback would have a better chance of captivating a national audience.”

Also at the Seattle Times, Danny O’Neil continues to take a close look at the Seahawks wide receiver position, this time turning his attention to fourth-year pro Deon Butler. O’Neil admits that he has questioned whether or not Butler would land on the team’s 53-man rosters the past two seasons, as he notes Butler’s small stature in a system that favors bigger wide receivers, and points to a leg injury that landed Butler on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start the 2011 season . In 2012, O’Neil still finds himself questioning Butler’s status among the wide receiver group, but if history is any indication for Butler, O’Neil gives him a good shot at making the squad, “Go ahead, crunch the numbers, but come Sept. 1, I think it would be very hard for Seattle to pick its 53 best players for the roster and not have Butler among that group. That’s not to say it’s impossible. He’s not a special-teams mainstay like veteran Ben Obomanu has been, and he hasn’t shown that uncanny knack as a slot receiver like [Doug] Baldwin did. He doesn’t have the height of [Sidney] Rice, [Kris] Durham or Mike Williams — all of whom stand 6-4 or taller. But Butler is in the conversation for the fastest receiver on the roster, and he has shown a professionalism and ability to bounce back from both adversity and injury. And the past two years have shown that for all the questions of whether he’ll be back, the guy listed as the smallest player on Seattle’s roster has some staying power”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth continues with his 2012 positional breakdown, as he takes a look at the Seahawks linebacking corps heading into the new season. Farnsworth speaks to the group’s healthy mix of youth and experience, “On a team that has been in a constant change since coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over 30 months ago, the linebacking crew has undergone one of the most major transformations under [Seahawks linebackers coach Ken] Norton. The last linebacker standing from the team’s glory days of winning the NFC Championship in 2005 is [Leroy] Hill, who continues to be the starter on the weakside. David Hawthorne took over in the middle for Lofa Tatupu in 2010, but with the team’s leading tackler the past three seasons now with the New Orleans Saints, Hawthorne will be replaced by either the youthful enthusiasm of [Bobby] Wagner or the productive experience of [Barrett] Ruud. On the strong side, [K.J.] Wright played so well as a rookie last season that the club traded former first-round draft choice Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders. … This seemingly mismatched collection of linebackers creates an interesting blend of skills and talents that should allow Carroll and coordinator Gus Bradley to play the way they want to, and need to – fast, physical, aggressive and smart – in matching the efforts of the Pro Bowl-laced secondary and line.”


Tuesday cyber surfing: Sacks, symposiums and super first seasons

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 26:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com breaks down the sacks total for NFC West teams last season – by down: “The Seahawks ranked 18th in sacks on first and second downs, collecting 21 of them. That was only two fewer than the 49ers, a bit of a surprise. … Seattle ranked 25th in first-down sacks (eight) and seventh in second-down sacks (13). The Seahawks might count on free-agent addition Jason Jones to pump up the totals on early downs. But with a No. 21 ranking in third-down sacks (12), the Seahawks need help across the board. The team added Jones and first-round pick Bruce Irvin to remedy the problem.”

Adam Jones spoke to players at the NFL Rookie Symposium and Jeff Darlington at NFL.com has the details, including the impact of Jones’ advice on Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner: “When Jones finished his speech Monday, Seahawks rookie Bobby Wagner waited for the room to empty before jumping onto the stage to speak privately for a few extra minutes with Jones. He’d never met him before, but something during his speech triggered a desire to seek advice. ‘He was going through something that I was going through, so I asked him personally what he did so I can try to apply it to my life,’ said Wagner, who said the matter was too private to discuss during the interview. ‘It helps knowing that somebody went through what you went through. You can take what you need from it and apply it to your life. A lot of players in here are going through some of the same things, whether its baby mamas or trying to pick a financial advisor to an issue with an agent. We can learn from this. We can learn from him.’ “

Speaking of Wagner, the rookie said he has been studying video of former Seahawks middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu during an appearance on the John Clayton show on 710 ESPN on Saturday. Brady Henderson has the details at mynorthwest.com: “ ‘In watching him, I’ve kind of taken some of his style, the way he runs the defense, the way he was able to run around and make plays. He was definitely a heck of a player while he was here,’ Wagner said. ‘He knew the defense inside and out. He ran it for so long. You could just tell, as soon as the tight end motioned or somebody moved he was making the checks.’ “

How good was Brandon Browner’s first season with the Seahawks? Doug Farrar at Shutdown Corner lists it among the best first-season efforts in NFL history in this feature at YahooSports.com – and Warren Moon’s 1984 season with the Oilers also made the list.

Farrar on Browner: “Last time anybody in the NFL saw Browner before 2011, he was a Denver Broncos undrafted guy in 2005. Before he could even get started, a fractured forearm cost Browner the 2005 season and a 2006 roster spot. He spent (four) years in the CFL before Pete Carroll and John Schneider took a shot on him. Browner rewarded the Seahawks with an impressive and altogether unlikely season. Of the ten players on our list, only Browner and Warren Moon started all 16 games in their first seasons. Browner picked off six passes, returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and helped his first official NFL team establish the man coverage concepts it didn’t have the personnel to do before he arrived.”

Farrar on Moon, who later played for the Seahawks and is now the team’s radio analyst: “Moon is a bit of an oddity, of course. He ripped it up at Washington, and would have been selected within the first few picks a generation later, when the NFL wasn’t quite so stupid about black quarterbacks. Moon had to blow up the CFL for a few years before the Oilers brought him on in 1984. He went on to a Hall of Fame career and a well-deserved reputation as an important part of NFL history. After his early success, anyone who claimed that quarterbacks of his ‘type’ couldn’t succeed would look as dumb as they actually were.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we check in with Cordarro Law, the rookie free-agent defensive end who has surprised his teammates: “After a recent workout, wide receiver Sidney Rice and some of the Seahawks’ other “skill-position” players were shooting hoops at the basket along one sideline in the indoor practice facility. Then Cordarro Law approached the group. He was greeted by glances that shouted, ‘And what does this guy think he’s doing?’ Law is, after all, a defensive end – and a rookie free agent defensive end, at that. Then, Law started draining nothing-but-net jumpers. Then, the 6-foot-1, 254-pound Law went up and … dunked the basketball. ‘He actually surprised me,’ Rice said. ‘He can shoot it. (Rookie wide receiver Phil) Bates, terrible jump-shooter. (Cornerback Byron) Maxwell, terrible jump-shooter. (First-round draft choice) Bruce Irvin, terrible jump-shooter. But Law actually impressed me.’ And the dunk? ‘Yeah,’ Rice said, ‘he can dunk.’ But wait, there’s more. Unable to workout at Virginia Mason Athletic Center together because of the new guidelines in the CBA that ended last year’s 136-day lockout, some of the receivers and quarterbacks went to the University of Washington last week to run routes, catch passes and all of that. Law was there, too. ‘Law ran like every route with us,’ Rice said. ‘And he only dropped two passes the whole day. So that’s pretty impressive.’ ”


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Wednesday cyber surfing: Seahawks, past and present, preach achieving your goals

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 20:

Members of the Seahawks, past and present, visited schools on the Kitsap Peninsula on Monday to promote a partnership with the South Kitsap School District to help students achieve their goals. Katie Scaff at the Kitsap Sun has the details: “ ‘There’s no such thing as overnight success. I was 5-foot and 104 pounds when I entered high school, and I made it to the NFL. I just kept trying and trying,’ said Paul Johns, a wide receiver from 1981 to 1984. Johns visited an end-of-year assembly at John Sedgwick Junior High School with current wide receiver Ricardo Lockette in the afternoon while four other former members and (author) Debbie Macomber visited assemblies at Marcus Whitman and Cedar Heights junior high schools.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times takes at look at what some of the top pass-rushers in the NFL make as the Seahawks and Chris Clemons continue to discuss an extension: “Clemons is one of seven players in the league to total double-digit sacks in each of the past two seasons, and he’s on a significantly smaller deal as he enters the final year of a five-year contract that totaled $18.5 million.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com tackles the Seahawks’ QB situation while answering questions from his mailbag: “Seattle’s quarterback competition could not be settled without exhibition games. There was never an expectation one candidate would jump to a huge lead before training camp. The fact that no one has seized the job does not necessarily mean the team has no quarterbacks worthy of starting. Coach Pete Carroll was going to promote competition through the offseason and into training camp. That was the plan in the absence of exhibition games. I covered the Seahawks’ final minicamp practice last week and didn’t even think to report on whether one of the quarterbacks had won the job. Yet, it’s unusual to divide reps three ways. That isn’t sustainable. At some point, the Seahawks will have to decide whether they’re comfortable enough with (Matt) Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson to consider moving past 2011 starter Tarvaris Jackson or adjusting his $4 million salary.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the national media’s obsession with the three-QB competition for the starting job: “OK, obsession is a bit strong, considering the amount of national attention the team generates. But most of the mention the Seahawks have gotten this offseason stems from Carroll’s decision that incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson will vie for the job with free-agent addition Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson. It happened Monday – again, and understandably – when Lindsay Rhodes of the NFL Network caught up with Carroll at a Play 60 event in Southern California. Three of her six on-camera questions – and the first three, at that – involved the QB situation.”

Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com offers his overrated/underrated tandems for each team in the league, including the Seahawks: “Overrated: WR Sidney Rice. They paid him like a No. 1 receiver and he didn’t stay on the field. Even healthy, is he really that? Underrated: DE Red Bryant. He isn’t a pass rusher, so he doesn’t get a lot of attention, but he is a good run player and a big part of Seattle’s improving defense.”

Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com reports from the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp, which included Seahawks, past and present: “The players range from active (Nate Burleson,  Michael Robinson, Joel Dreesen) to retired (Chad Brown, Jenkins) to free agents (Melvin Bullitt and Patrick Crayton). Producers give honest feedback about what players can improve after their segment is done. No one is coddled. ‘Say what you have to say to me,’ Brown said. ‘I’ve played for Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. I’m used to being criticized. It doesn’t bother me one bit.’ “

Michael Martinez at FoxSports.com looks at Brian Banks’ tryout tour, which included a stop at the Seahawks, and wonders if the exonerated linebacker can get a contract: “Banks, who was away from the game for 10 years and only resumed working out after his case was cleared, will begin working with noted trainer Travelle Gaines this week. He also has done MMA-style training with FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer, who works with several NFL players at his Las Vegas gym. If the additional training helps Banks get closer to football shape, his chances of receiving an invitation will improve, (Seahawks coach) Carroll said. ‘We’re going to give him the next six weeks to get in shape and show us what he can do with a really good conditioning program behind him,’ Carroll said. ‘Then we’ll make a decision whether or not he gets to come to the big camp. He’s tried out for a couple of other teams, and he’s going to continue to do that. It’s a real long shot, of course, but he’s such a strong-minded kid, he’s got a chance.’ “

Speaking of linebackers, John Manasso at FoxSports.com checks in with Lofa Tatupu, the former Seahawk who is trying to restart his NFL career with the Falcons: “Last year, Lofa Tatupu was only 28 years old and four years removed from an All-Pro season as a middle linebacker. Yet, after undergoing surgery on the lateral meniscus in both knees following the 2010 season, he ended up having no takers when Seattle cut him a few days into training camp. He received a couple of invitations to work out. One, he said, appeared simply to be a ploy by a team to pressure its own player into signing. (It worked.) Tatupu said he was a victim of circumstance. Not only did the lockout hurt him, but when he received offers, they were at outside linebacker, which he had never played. He wasn’t sure he could do it. As a result, he sat out the entire season and contemplated retirement. ‘I thought it was over,’ he said. ‘I was ready to send those (retirement) papers in.’ “


Thursday cyber surfing: Secondary to none

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 7:

Vinnie Iyer at SportingNews.com ranks the safeties in the league and puts Earl Thomas as No. 3 and Kam Chancellor at No. 7: “In just two years at free safety, Thomas has delivered on his promise to be the heir apparent to (Ed) Reed’s ballhawking throne. He’s already racked up 174 tackles and seven interceptions through two seasons and earned his first Pro Bowl appearance last year. The Seahawks have allowed him to roam free in Pete Carroll’s defense, and Thomas has responded by displaying exceptional range. … Chancellor joined Thomas in representing the Seahawks in Hawaii, and he’s the ideal complement at strong safety. Although he had four interceptions in 2011, his strength is in smacking around ball carriers as an intimidating presence. Because of size at 6-3, 232 pounds and style, he’s like having an extra powerful linebacker in the back seven.”

Also from Iyer, the best cornerbacks in the league, with Brandon Browner at No. 9: “What a find for Pete Carroll, whose Pac-10 knowledge paid off in turning this Oregon State product from a Calgary Stampeder to a Pro Bowl Seahawk. It’s unusual for a corner with Browner’s size (6-4, 221) to be so fluid in coverage. In starting every game last season, he racked up a league-leading 23 passes defended and six interceptions (including two returned for touchdowns). If he comes through with another big year in Carroll’s scheme, he will shoot up this list.”

For those scoring at home, the Seahawks were the only team to have two players selected at one spot, as well as the only team to have three players ranked overall – one more than the Chiefs and 49ers.

Pete Carroll made the radio rounds yesterday to discuss, among other things, the team’s final two OTA practices being cancelled by the league. Mike Sando at ESPN.com has the highlights: “ ‘There was a little pushing thing that happened on the practice field a week ago, there was an article written about it, that did draw their attention and that is what came up,’ Carroll said. ‘They said, ‘We’re going to come up and check you out.’ They did. The guy who came out, he loved what we did, he said it was the best OTA he has ever seen. We thought we were on track, but then when they went back and looked at some other stuff (on video), they thought we were getting after it too much.’ ”

Sando also expands his item on the backup QBs in the NFC West from yesterday to include the entire league.

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the lessons learned by rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane during the team’s OTA practices: “As Deon Butler exploded off the line on his way to chasing down a deep pass from Russell Wilson, rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane matched the speedy receiver step for step and was there to go up and make the interception. Later, Lane was there to tip away a pass that was intended for Phil Bates in the end zone. Lane then completed his trifecta of impressive plays by shielding 6-foot-6 receiver Kris Durham from a catchable pass that sailed incomplete. All of this happened on Tuesday, just before Seahawks coach Pete Carroll informed his players that the final two OTA practices were being cancelled after the league determined the team had violated the rules on contact during one its sessions. In the wake of that news, it’s nice to know that the work the players already had done is paying off. Say what? Allow Lane to explain. ‘In college, I was kind of bad at it,’ he said when asked about his ability to make plays on the ball when it’s in the air. ‘But since I’ve been here, we do a lot of ball drills. So it’s helped me out a lot.’ ”

We’ve also got coach Pete Carroll talking about Brian Banks’ tryout today in words and video: “ ‘He’s a young man that has an opportunity to get a second chance at his dream,’ Carroll said. ‘I just think he deserves it and we’re going to give him a really good look and a serious look, and if he does well and we like him we’re going to try to get him to come to minicamp (next week).’ Banks, 26, served 62 months of his six-year sentence. A judge in Long Beach, Calif., threw out his kidnapping and rape conviction last month after looking at a videotape of his accuser admitting she lied.”

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a look at Lofa Tatupu’s return to the NFL with the Falcons: “Tatupu, a Pro Bowl selection his first three seasons in the NFL, did not play last season after the Seahawks released him following a six-year career. He started all 16 games in 2010 after playing only five games in 2009 with pectoral and hamstring injuries. While there was much speculation that the effects of concussions and other injuries caused Tatupu to miss last season, he insists he was healthy. The phone simply did not ring. ‘It wasn’t my choice,’ Tatupu said. ‘I think that’s kind of what happened to veterans across the league. … But it wasn’t anything to do with concussions or lingering injuries. I was ready to play last season. I got released, like a lot of people did, and I just didn’t catch on with anybody.’ ”


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Friday cyber surfing: It’s all about the rookies

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

The Seahawks’ rookies have reported and will practice today for the first of three times in their weekend minicamp. Eric Williams at the News Tribune takes a look at how coach Pete Carroll relishes this look at the rookies: “ ‘It’s going to be really cool to see these guys come together,’ Carroll said. ‘There are so many highlight players in this group of kids. We can’t wait to get them on the field with us.’ Most eyes will be on (Bruce) Irvin, a speed pass rusher, and quarterback (Russell) Wilson, two players who were considered surprise selections by national NFL observers – particularly where they were taken in the draft. For Irvin, the focus will be on how long it takes for him to develop into a consistent pass rusher and an every-down player in order to live up to his draft status. In Wilson’s case, his 5-foot-11 stature and ability to deliver accurate passes from inside the pocket will be a constant measuring stick of his success in the NFL.”

Chris Burke at SI.com takes a look at the undrafted free agents who could turn into finds for the teams that signed them, including the Seahawks: “Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington. We’re kind of on a run of guys catching on with their local teams. Seattle fans ought to be well-aware of Kearse after a strong career at Washington. He has good size and will go over the middle — valuable traits for a team searching for WR help. Others to watch: Rishaw Johnson, G, California (Pa.); DeShawn Shead, DE, Portland State”

During a chat at ESPN.com, NFC West blogger Mike Sando fielded a question about the Seahawks’ creativity in player acquisition: “The 49ers converted Bruce Miller from college defensive end to fullback and got good play from him last season. Miller had not played offense since high school. (J.R.) Sweezy, like Miller, was a later-round pick. Teams have greater freedom to experiment with later-round choices. The key is to be creative without over-thinking things. More broadly, the concern in building around specialized or somewhat unique players – think Red Bryant for Seattle – is that specialized players can be tough to replace if injured. However, that is where staff flexibility can make up the difference. The Seahawks seem to have a good defensive staff and approach. Another potential concern relative to Sweezy is what the move represents: a clear push by an assistant coach to get a player he liked. Tom Cable also drove the selection of James Carpenter a year ago. Drafting players to fit the staff is important, but we should also watch to see if assistants have too much sway.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the selection of linebacker Bobby Wagner in the second round, which follows a productive trend for the team: “There’s not just a precedent, it’s a productive precedent. In 2005, Lofa Tatupu – who played for Carroll at USC – was the Seahawks’ second-round draft choice. He not only started as a rookie, he was the leading tackler on the franchise’s first Super Bowl team – the first of a club-record four consecutive seasons that the too-small, too-slow Tatupu would lead the Seahawks in tackles. In 1977, Terry Beeson was a second-round draft choice, and he also led the team in tackles as a rookie – the first of three consecutive seasons Beeson would do it, including a still-franchise record 153 tackles in 1978. In 1978, Keith Butler was selected in the second round of the draft, and he became the franchise’s all-time leading tackler by the time he left after the 1987 season (a total since surpassed by Eugene Robinson). In 1987, Dave Wyman was the team’s second-round draft choice, and he finished second on the team in tackles in 1988 and 1989. In 1990, Terry Wooden was selected in the second round, and he led the team in tackles in 1991 and 1995 and finished second in 1993 and 1994 – although it was as an outside ’backer. But you get the picture; second-round linebackers have been very, very good for the Seahawks.”

We’ve also got an item on how coach Pete Carroll surprised the veterans on Thursday, as well as birthday wishes for Jim Zorn that includes a must-see NFL Films video.

Remember free agency? It’s still going on, and Jason La Canfora at NFL.com has a look at the best remaining players, and where they might fit best.


And the best second-round pick is …

Sherman Smith. Terry Beeson. Keith Butler. Brian Blades. Terry Wooden. Kevin Mawae. Lofa Tatupu. John Carlson.

Each was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Seahawks. Each delivered results befitting a first-round pick. But which player was the best second-round pick in franchise history?

Smith, a quarterback at Miami of Ohio, was a member of the team’s initial draft class in 1976. After switching to running back in his rookie training camp, all he did was lead the team in rushing five times, including the Seahawks’ first four seasons. Beeson, a middle linebacker, came in the second draft in 1977 and led the team in tackles in each of his first three seasons – including a still franchise-record 153 in 1978. The following year delivered Butler, another linebacker who was the team’s all-time leading tackler when he left after the 1987 season.

In 1988, Blades was the team’s top draft choice because the Seahawks had used their first-round pick to select linebacker Brian Bosworth in the 1987 supplemental draft. But Blades led the team in receiving five times, remains No. 2 on the team’s all-time list in receptions (581) and receiving yards (7,620) behind Hall of Famer Steve Largent, was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1989 and elected to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.

Wooden, an outside linebacker, was part of the 1990 draft that was headlined by the trade to acquire Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy with the third pick overall and also included running back Chris Warren and strong safety Robert Blackmon – aka “The Rookie Club.” Wooden started 87 games in seven seasons, led the team in tackles in 1991 and 1995 and also finished second twice. Mawae started at guard as a rookie in 1994 and also 1995 before moving to center in 1996 and 1997.

Carlson, a tight end who arrived in 2008, holds the franchise single-season records for the position receptions (55 in ’08), receiving yards (627 in ’08) and TD catches (seven in 2009).

But the best-of pick has to be Tatupu, who arrived in 2005 – just in time to help lead the Seahawks’ run to the Super Bowl. The middle linebacker is the only player in franchise history to lead the team in tackles four consecutive seasons (2005-08) and also was voted to three Pro Bowls.

Tatupu was released last year, Carlson spent the season on injured reserve and each is with a new team – the Falcons and Vikings, respectively. But their impact is undeniable, as each was voted to the 35th Anniversary team.

And Steve Raible definitely deserves honorable mention. A second-round pick in 1976, an injury ended Raible’s career after only six seasons, but he has remained with the Seahawks as first the analyst and now play-by-play man for team’s radio broadcasts.


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Friday cyber surfing: Hill returns, once again

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 13:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the significance of Leroy Hill agreeing to re-sign with the team on Thursday: “Leroy Hill is back with the Seahawks. Then again, he has never actually left, which is nothing short of shocking considering all that has happened the past four years. He has been injured, he has been arrested and he has entered the open market as an unrestricted free agent in three of the previous four offseasons and returned to the Seahawks every time.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com says even with Hill and Matt McCoy agreeing to one-year contracts on Thursday, the Seahawks still need to address linebacker in the NFL Draft: “Veteran Barrett Ruud, signed from Tennessee in free agency last week, provides insurance at middle linebacker after starter David Hawthorne left for New Orleans. It’s an upset, however, if the Seahawks do not seek a starting linebacker at some point in the draft.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune and John Boyle at the Everett Herald also weigh-in on Hill’s return.

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at how Hill’s continuing presence on the roster is somewhat of a surprise to him: “For Leroy Hill, the 2010 NFL season was a mix of second chances and double takes.The Seahawks’ veteran linebacker did not re-sign with the team that selected him in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft until July 29 and he then watched in amazement – and amusement – as middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu was released two days later and fellow outside linebacker Aaron Curry was traded in October. ‘It’s crazy. It’s unreal,’ Hill said at the time, with a smile and then a laugh, as he tried to figure out how he was still around while Tatupu and Curry were gone. ‘But it is what it is. It’s a crazy business – and I think me still being here and Lofa being gone proves it.’ ”

Also at Seahawks.com, we continue our draft series with a look at the quarterbacks, through the eyes of Jon Gruden: “Gruden is now in his fourth year as an analyst for ESPN, and doing his “Gruden’s QB Camp” where he sits down annually with the top passers in the draft class. So, who better to discuss the position as teams prepare for the April 26-28 NFL Draft? And that’s exactly what Gruden did during a conference-call interview on Wednesday. ‘There are criteria, I think, that most general managers, most head coaches, most quarterback coaches have always looked for,’ Gruden said. ‘Winning is No. 1. At No. 2, you look at durability. No. 3 is playing experience. Those are very important things to study, and you want a quarterback that has won, that’s been durable and productive. Those are the things everybody is looking for. … This class of quarterbacks, every one of these young men has unique traits.”

There’s also a closer look at the position, as well as a Q&A with Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson.

One thing the Seahawks have not addressed in free agency is coach Pete Carroll’s desire for a pass-rusher. Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com has his risers and fallers in the draft class at CBSSports.com and lists USC defensive end Nick Perry among the risers: “After Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram, the next pass rusher off the board is anyone’s guess, but a name to keep an eye on in the top-20 is Southern Cal’s Nick Perry. His wasn’t a name usually found in most first round mock drafts after he declared early for the 2012 NFL Draft, but he has been rising in draft circles since the Combine. In Indianapolis Perry turned heads with 4.58 40-yard dash, 38.5″ vertical, 10’4″ broad jump and 35 reps of 225-pounds. He is a tad tightly wound, but has an excellent blend of speed and strength to beat blockers and disrupt the pocket off the edge. Perry, who led the Pac-12 in sacks last season with 9.5, was recruited to play for the Trojans by Pete Carroll and it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Seahawks take him as high as the 12th overall selection.”

The do-over draft series at NFL.com has reached 2010, and Bucky Brooks gives the Seahawks center Maurkice Pouncey with the No. 6 pick rather than tackle Russell Okung: “Interior blockers are not traditionally selected within the top 10, but Pouncey has emerged as a top talent at the position (with the Steelers). He is a unique athlete with exceptional strength, quickness and movement skills, and his ability to control the middle sets the tone for the offense. While the Seahawks would love to have a premier blocker on the edge, Pete Carroll would embrace an elite talent at the pivot.”

Also at NFL.com, Jason La Canfora continues to track the activity in free agency.

Joe Vitt, an assistant coach with the Seahawks from 1982-91, will take over for suspended Saints coach Sean Payton. The Associated Press has the story: “ ‘It is important that we keep Sean Payton’s philosophy front and center during this season,’ Saints GM Mickey Loomis said Thursday. ‘Sean has been the driving force behind the tremendous success our team has enjoyed during the past six years, his leadership will be missed. But we need to set a course of action that gives us the best chance to win this season without our head coach. … We considered a number of great options to handle Payton’s duties both internally and externally, but believe this will provide the most seamless transition for our players and our coaching staff, allowing our offensive and defensive staffs to remain intact with the fewest changes.’ ” Loomis worked in the Seahawks’ front office before going to the Saints.


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On this date: Tatupu extended

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on March 21:

2008: Pro Bowl middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu is signed to a multiyear extension. Tatupu becomes the only player in franchise history to lead the team in tackles four consecutive seasons (2005-08).


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