A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 14:
1986: Dave Krieg passes for four touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, in a 34-24 victory over the Chargers in San Diego that is part of a five-game winning streak to close the season.
1997: Todd Peterson kicks a 49-yard field goal with 2:20 remaining in a 22-21 victory over the Raiders in Oakland. Peterson’s kick caps a 19-point second half for the Seahawks, who trailed 21-3 at halftime.
2003: Shaun Alexander runs for 126 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown, but the Rams hang on for a 27-22 victory in St. Louis.
2006: Frank Gore runs for 144 yards and Alex Smith passes for two touchdowns as the 49ers beat the Seahawks in a Thursday night game in Seattle that is preceded by heavy rain and followed by high winds, a combination that causes power outages throughout the region.
2008: Olindo Mare kicks a 27-yard field goal as time expires to give the Seahawks a 23-20 victory over the Rams in St. Louis. Mare also kicks 50- and 28-yarders, while Jordan Babineaux returns a fumble 24 yards for a TD.
A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 6:
1981: Dave Krieg passes for two touchdowns and runs for a third in a 27-23 victory over the Jets at the Kingdome. Krieg’s third TD pass, a 57-yarder to Steve Largent, comes with 6:39 left in the game. Largent finishes with seven catches for 169 yards.
1987: Frank Pollard scores on an 11-yard run with four seconds to play, giving the Steelers a 13-9 victory over the Seahawks in Pittsburgh.
1992: The Steelers score 10 points in the final 2½ minutes to pull out a 20-14 victory over the Seahawks in Pittsburgh.
1998: In the infamous Vinny-Testaverde’s-white-helmet-looks-like-a-brown-football game, the Jets’ QB is awarded a phantom touchdown with 20 seconds to play and the Jets take a 32-31 victory over the Seahawks in the Meadowlands. Joey Galloway has two catches for 127 yards, including a 70-yard TD.
2004: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 414 yards and three touchdowns, but the Cowboys score two TDs in the final 1:45 in pulling out a wild 43-39 victory on “Monday Night Football” in Seattle.
2009: Olindo Mare kicks a 30-yard field goal as time expires and Matt Hasselbeck passes for two touchdowns in a 20-17 victory over the 49ers in Seattle.
A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 14:
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.
A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 8:
1981: The Seahawks hold the Steelers scoreless in the second half while rallying for a 24-21 victory at the Kingdome as Theotis Brown scores on a pair of 1-yard runs in the fourth quarter. The defensive effort is led by safety John Harris and end Mike White, who have 11 tackles each.
1992: Chris Warren runs for 103 yards, but it’s not enough to prevent the Redskins from posting a 16-3 victory over the Seahawks at the Kingdome – loss No. 6 in an eight-game losing streak during Seattle’s 2-14 season.
1998: Ricky Watters runs for 105 yards and two touchdowns in 24-12 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome. Linebacker Darrin Smith also returns one of the Seahawks’ three interceptions 26 yards for a TD, while linebacker Chad Brown also intercepts a pass and has two sacks among his nine tackles.
2009: Olindo Mare kicks four field goals and Josh Wilson returns one of the Seahawks’ five interceptions 61 yards for a touchdown in a 32-20 victory over the Lions in Seattle. Linebacker David Hawthorne has two interceptions and nine tackles.
The race to replace veteran kicker Olindo Mare just became a two-legged affair.
Brandon Coutu, a seventh-round draft choice by the Seahawks in 2008, has been signed to challenge rookie free agent Wes Byrum for the job that opened this week when Mare signed with the Carolina Panthers.
Coutu was seven of seven on field goals during his rookie preseason and made the 53-man roster, but he was inactive for every regular-season game as the team went with Mare’s experience and stronger leg. Coutu was released prior to the 2009 season and has been out of the league since then.
The Seahawks have lost kicker Olindo Mare and versatile linebacker Will Herring in free agency, according to reports.
Mare, who hit a club-record 30 consecutive field goals in 2009-10, has agreed to sign with the Carolina Panthers. The veteran kicker will receive a reported four-year, $12 million deal, and the move also allows him to play closer to his home in Florida.
Mare is expected to replace John Kasay, who kicked for the Seahawks from 1991-94 before joining the Panthers. Kasay is the last remaining player from the Panthers’ inaugural season in 1995.
Herring, a fifth-round draft choice in 2007, has agreed to sign with the New Orleans. This move also allows Herring to play closer to his home in Alabama, and gives him the opportunity to challenge for the starting job.
He started only eight games for the Seahawks, but Herring was a valuable special teams player and also had the versatility to play any of the three linebacking positions. The New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting that Herring will sign a three-year contract.
So what does a punter do during his first day back on the job following the NFL’s 136-day lockout?
Punt, of course.
That’s exactly what Jon Ryan did Tuesday, after he and other players returned to Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the first time since the lockout began on March 11. By midday, Ryan was launching punts toward the ceiling of the team’s indoor practice facility, with his distinctive “thump” serving as a metronome.
“I’m looking to just improve a little bit in consistency,” Ryan said. “If you asked 30 punters, all 30 would say the same thing. I think I made good strides last year in my pooch punting. Now, just keep building on that and helping this team win.”
Consistency has been Ryan’s calling card since the Seahawks signed him a few days after the season opener in 2008. In fact, the Canadian-born punter has been one of the team’s most consistent performers in three seasons that have seen the Seahawks post records of 4-12, 5-11 and 7-9.
His averages in those three seasons have been 45.6, 46.2 and 41.7 yards, with net averages of 37.9, 38.7 and 37.3. The averages in his first two seasons rank 1-2 on the club’s all-time list, while is net of 38.7 yards in 2009 tied Rick Tuten’s single-season record from 1992.
Ryan also is the holder for field goals and PATs, and he excels in that role, as well. Kicker Olindo Mare had a club-record streak of 30 consecutive field goals in 2009-10 – 14 more than the previous record. And Mare always points to Ryan’s contributions as part of his success.
Ryan had a one-word answered when asked how it felt to have the lockout settled: Relieved.
“Everything was up in the air for so long, and we didn’t know what was going to happen,” he added. “Now we know we’re back. We know we have a CBA in place for 10 years. It’s a relief to know that’s all behind us.”
Now Ryan can concentrate on his punting.
Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 22:
The big news, of course, is that the owners approved a new CBA proposal on Thursday night. But the players still need to ratify it. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen talked with representatives of the players’ group, and he offers: “A vote among its 32 player representatives appears likely Friday after the group received the ‘finishing points’ of the agreement NFL owners approved Thursday. The NFLPA did not receive those details until after a two-hour conference call with player reps came to a conclusion without a vote Thursday night. ‘All in all, despite the games that were played by the NFL, things look much more optimistic,’ a players’ leadership source said.”
Eric Williams of the New Tribune takes a look at Thursday’s actions – and non-actions – from the Seahawks’ viewpoint. He talked to soon-to-be free-agent defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, who said: “I have mixed feelings about it. I’m anxious to get it resolved, but you also have to get it right. It’s like when you buy a car, you have to read over the papers so if you get into a lease agreement, you know what you’re signing. But as far as my personal situation, it’s a blessing. I really would like to know where I stand as a free agent and what’s going to happen.”
Williams also has a comprehensive look at the Seahawks who will become free agents once the lockout ends. On his “staying” list: CB Kelly Jennings, K Olindo Mare and Mebane. On his “go” or “likely to go” list: QB Matt Hasselbeck, OT Sean Locklear, C Chris Spencer, SS Lawyer Milloy and DB Jordan Babineaux.
The Seahawks are scheduled to play the NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals twice in 2011 – Sept. 25 at CenturyLink Field and in their Jan. 1 regular-season finale in the desert. Sporting News Today has this look at the Cardinals from beat writer and correspondent Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. Says Somers: “The Cardinals are coming off their worst season since 2006, and it’s hard to imagine many other teams with as many weaknesses to address. The most glaring is at quarterback. They need more than competence at that spot; Arizona must have someone who can make plays. (Coach Ken) Whisenhunt, however, has proven his ability as a coach, and playing in a weak division gives the Cardinals some hope.”
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com takes a look at the “ideal” and “bad” fits for some of the players who will become unrestricted free agents. Brooks, a former NFL scout (including a stint with the Seahawks), includes Hasselbeck in his roundup. His “ideal” fit: The Titans. Says Brooks: “Hasselbeck wants to remain a starter, and the situation in Tennessee provides him with the perfect opportunity to be a first-stringer for another year or so. He would step into a lineup with a strong runner in place (Chris Johnson) and an intriguing No. 1 receiver in Kenny Britt. With the support of a front office that is aware of Hasselbeck’s strengths, weaknesses and character (Titans vice president Mike Reinfeldt was a part of the Seahawks’ front office prior to coming to Tennessee), he would have the opportunity to extend his career as a mentor to Jake Locker.”
His “bad” fit: The Seahawks. Says Brooks: “Hasselbeck has repeatedly stated his desire to return to Seattle, but the team is poised to transition at the position. The Seahawks paid a hefty sum to acquire Charlie Whitehurst a season ago, and they need to see if he has the goods to become a franchise quarterback. Also, the team’s reluctance to get a deal done prior to the lockout suggests the front office isn’t completely sold on Hasselbeck as their starter in 2011. Without a strong commitment from the team to remain on board, Hasselbeck would be better served to look for greener pastures.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles on the team’s first 35 seasons with a look at 1979 – when the Seahawks went 9-7 for the second consecutive season by winning five of their final six games and Steve Largent averaged a career-best 18.7 yards on 66 catches.
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.
A little news from today and a few leftovers from departure day:
Ben Obomanu. Somewhat lost in the excitement leading up to Sunday’s playoff game against the Bears in Chicago and the disappointment of losing that game was the three-year contract extension the fifth-year wide receiver signed on Friday.
Obomanu could be the poster player for coach Pete Carroll’s “Always Compete” approach.
Seventh-round draft choice 2006. Perennial “bubble” player when the final roster cuts are made. No. 5 wide-out this season until an injury to Deon Butler gave him a chance to actually start.
“There’s a little bit of personal satisfaction, knowing that for one of the first times in a long time you feel wanted a little bit,” Obomanu said Monday as he was cleaning out his cubicle in the locker room. “Instead of having to prove yourself and that you deserve to be around.
“Now you get to prove why you were chosen to be around.”