On this date: Mike Solari joins Holmgren’s staff

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 25:

2008: Mike Solari is named offensive line coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff, for Holmgren’s final season as coach. Solari stays with the Seahawks for only two seasons and now has the same job with the Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers.


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On this date: Seahawks win NFC title

Paul Allen

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

1992: Bob Bratkowski is named quarterbacks coach on Tom Flores’ staff. Bratkowski had been the offensive coordinator at the University of Miami, a position he would later hold with the Seahawks on Dennis Erickson’s staff.

2006: The Seahawks not only play in their first NFC Championship Game, they host the game and win it 34-14 over the Panthers as Shaun Alexander rushes for 132 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck throws for two scores and the defense intercepts three passes. The decisive victory sends the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL. The game, and everything surrounding it, was named the top moment in the first 10 seasons at the team’s state-of-the-art stadium that opened in 2002.

2007: Bruce DeHaven is named special teams coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff.

2009: Tim Lewis, the brother of Seahawks’ director of pro personnel Will Lewis, is named defensive backs coach on Jim Mora’s staff.


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On this date: Jim Mora joins Seahawks

Jim Mora

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

1992: Hudson Houck (offensive line) and Clarence Shelmon (running backs) are named to Tom Flores’ staff.

2007: Jim Mora is named assistant head coach/defensive backs on Mike Holmgren’s staff. Mora would replace Holmgren as head coach for the 2009 season.


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On this date: Seahawks end playoff-victory drought

Mike Holmgren, Paul Allen

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

1999: New head coach Mike Holmgren hires eight assistants from his staff with the Packers to join him with Seahawks: Mike Sherman, offensive coordinator/tight ends; Fritz Shurmur, defensive coordinator; Tom Lovat, offensive line; Larry Brooks, defensive line; Nolan Cromwell, wide receivers; Jim Lind, linebackers; Ken Flajole, defensive backs; and Kent Johnson, strength and conditioning.

2005: Bob Whitsitt is relieved of his duties as president of football operations.

2006: The Seahawks win their first playoff game since 1984 with a 20-10 victory over the Redskins in a Wild Card game in Seattle. Darrell Jackson catches nine passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, while Matt Hasselbeck also runs for TD.

2007: Robbie Gould kicks a 41-yard field goal to tie the game with 4½ minutes remaining in regulation and then hits a 49-yarder in overtime to give the Bears a 27-24 victory over the Seahawks in a divisional playoff game at Soldier Field. Shaun Alexander runs for 108 yards and two touchdowns, but is stopped for a 2-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 play from the Bears’ 44-yard line with two minutes left in regulation.


On this date: Gus Bradley joins Seahawks

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

Gus Bradley

1995: Dennis Erickson, who grew up in Everett, is named head coach of the Seahawks. It is his first NFL job, and Erickson comes to his hometown team after compiling a 63-9 record in six seasons at the University of Miami. Erickson also brings six members of the Hurricanes staff with him: Gregg Smith, assistant head coach/tight ends; Greg McMackin, defensive coordinator; Dave Arnold, special teams; Dana LeDuc, strength and conditioning coach; Rich Olson, quarterbacks; and Willy Robinson, defensive backs.

2000: Steve Sidwell is named defensive coordinator on Mike Holmgren’s staff – replacing Jim Lind, who stepped in for the 1999 season after longtime Holmgren assistant Fritz Shurmur died of cancer.

2008: The Seahawks jump to a 14-0 lead in their divisional playoff game against the Packers at Lambeau Field, as Ryan Grant fumbles twice in Green Bay’s first three plays to set up a touchdown run by Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck’s TD pass to Bobby Engram. But then the Packers, and the snow, bury the Seahawks in a 42-20 loss during what is Brett Favre’s final victory with Green Bay. Grant bounces back to run for 201 yards and three TDs, while Favre completes 18 of 23 passes and throws for three TDs.

2009: Gus Bradley is named defensive coordinator on Jim Mora’s staff. Bradley’s unit has ranked among the Top 10 in the league the past two seasons, after the Seahawks accomplished that five times in their first 35 seasons.


On this date: Seahawks stun defending Super Bowl champion Saints

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 8:

1984: The Seahawks take the field at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for the AFC Championship Game against the Raiders to the Pointer Sisters singing the national anthem and a crowd of 88,734 shaking silver-and-black Mylar pom-poms. But this one is over before it’s over, as Dave Krieg (three) and Jim Zorn (two) combine to throw five interceptions and Marcus Allen carries 25 times for 154 yards and also catches seven passes for 62 yards in the Raiders’ 30-14 victory.

1992: Larry Kennan is named offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on the staff of Tom Flores, who replaces Chuck Knox as head coach. Kennan had been selected coach of the year in the World League of American Football after guiding the London Monarchs to the league title and an 11-1 record.

1999: Mike Holmgren is named executive vice president of football operations/general manager and head coach. Holmgren, who had guided the Packers to two Super Bowls, replaces Dennis Erickson. The Seahawks give up a second-round draft choice to the Packers as compensation for signing Holmgren.

2005: Matt Hasselbeck’s pass on fourth-and-four from the 5-yard line with 27 seconds to play goes off the hands of Bobby Engram in the end zone and the Rams escape with a 27-20 victory in a wild-card playoff game in Seattle. Hasselbeck passes for 341 yards, joining Dan Fouts and the Rams’ Marc Bulger as the only quarterbacks to pass for 300-plus yards in his first two playoff games. Darrell Jackson catches 12 passes for 128 yards and a TD as the Seahawks roll up 413 yards.

2010: Jim Mora is relieved of his duties as head coach after just one season, and a 5-11 record.

2011: The Seahawks stun the defending Super Bowl Champion Saints 41-36 in a very-wild Wild Card playoff game in Seattle, as Matt Hasselbeck passes for four touchdowns and Marshawn Lynch ices the victory with an electrifying 67-yard touchdown with 3½ remaining as he breaks eight tackles, tosses Tracy Porter five-yards with a stiff-arm, and the celebration of his effort triggers seismic activity near the stadium.


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On this date: Shaun Alexander runs for record 28th TD

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 1:

Shaun Alexander

2005: Shaun Alexander scores his NFL-record 28th touchdown and coach Mike Holmgren then rests the remainder of his starters as the playoff-bound Seahawks fall to the Packers 23-17 at Lambeau Field in their regular-season finale.  The loss snaps a club-record 11-game winning streak.


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On this date: Seahawks post only road playoff victory

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 31:

Chuck Knox

1983: The Seahawks drive 66 yards in five plays to a touchdown run by Curt Warner in the fourth quarter and Norm Johnson adds a 37-yard field goal as they upset the Dolphins 27-20 in an AFC divisional playoff game at the Orange Bowl – a victory that sends the Seahawks to the AFC Championship game in their first season under Chuck Knox. Warner runs for 113 yards and another TD, while Dave Krieg passes 16 yards to Steve Largent on third-and-2 and then hits him for a 40-yarder to the Dolphins’ 2-yard line on the drive to Warner’s game-winner.

1988: After capturing their first division title, the Seahawks fall to the Bengals 21-13 in a divisional playoff game at Riverfront Stadium. Dave Krieg rallies them from a 21-0 deficit by throwing for one touchdown and running for another in the fourth quarter, while John L. Williams catches 11 passes for 137 yards.

2002: In order to retain his job as head coach, Mike Holmgren relinquishes his role as general manager and fires his defensive coaching staff in the wake of a 7-9 season.

2006: The playoff-bound Seahawks push their regular-season record to 9-7 with a 23-7 victory over the Buccaneers in Tampa as Shaun Alexander runs for 92 yards and a touchdown and Josh Brown kicks three field goals.


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On this date: Erickson, Holmgren coach final games for Seahawks

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 28:

Mike Holmgren

1998: Dennis Erickson is relieved of his coaching duties the day after a season-ending 28-21 loss to the Broncos in Denver. Erickson leaves with a four-season record of 31-33.

2008: The Seahawks cap a 4-12 season, in Mike Holmgren’s final season as coach, with a 34-21 loss to the Cardinals in Arizona. Deion Branch catches two touchdown passes, but the Cardinals’ Kurt Warner passes for four TDs and Larry Fitzgerald catches five passes for 130 yards and two scores.


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On this date: Kitna leads key ’99 victory

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 26:

Jon Kitna

1982: Kenny Easley has 12 tackles, a sack and an interception, but it’s not enough as the Bengals hand the Seahawks a 24-10 loss in Cincinnati as Pete Johnson runs for two touchdowns.

1993: Rick Mirer passes to Paul Green for the game’s only touchdown and John Kasay kicks three field goals in a 16-6 victory over the Steelers at the Kingdome. Jon Vaughn also runs for 131 yards for the Seahawks.

1999: Jon Kitna passes for two touchdowns and the defense intercepts Elvis Grbac three times in a 23-14 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome. It is the Seahawks’ only win in their final six games and proves pivotal as the Seahawks capture the AFC West title over the Chiefs on the final weekend of the season, and in Mike Holmgren’s first season as coach.

2004: Shaun Alexander runs for 154 yards and three touchdowns, Darrell Jackson catches six passes for 101 yards and Chike Okeafor registers two sacks in a 24-21 victory over the Cardinals in Seattle.

2010: The Seahawks travel to Tampa on Christmas Day, and then drop a 38-15 decision to the Buccaneers as Matt Hasselbeck is injured during the game. Josh Freeman throws five touchdown passes and LeGarrette Blount runs for 164 yards for the Bucs.


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