On this date: Patrick Kerney retires

Patrick Kerney

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on April 13:

2010: Patrick Kerney announces his retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL and three with the Seahawks. The defensive end from the Falcons was the team’s big free-agency addition in 2007, and Kerney led the NFC with 14.5 sacks and was voted to the Pro Bowl that season. He also led the Seahawks in sacks (five) in 2009.


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On this date: Kerney retires

2010: Patrick Kerney announces his retirement after three seasons with the Seahawks and 11 seasons in the NFL. The defensive end from the Falcons was the Seahawks’ big free-agency addition in 2007, and Kerney led the NFC with 14.5 sacks and was voted to the Pro Bowl that season. He also led the team in sacks (five) in 2009.


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Cyber surfing: Wednesday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 23:

Eric Williams at the News Tribune is talking … playoffs? Riding a two-game winning streak and looking at a stretch of three consecutive home games against teams with losing records, the players are using the P-word: “Believe it or not, the Seattle Seahawks still think they have enough gas in the tank to make a run at the postseason. … And one reason for Seattle’s confidence in completing the arduous task ahead is because the Seahawks already accomplished the unexpected last season, becoming the first 7-9 team in league history to advance to the playoffs. ‘To do it in the fashion that we did it, getting smacked up all year long,’ Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch said. ‘Anybody else in that position I think would have been like, ‘You know what man, this ain’t for us.’ But we kept fighting and kept clawing.’ ”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times takes a look at the are-we-there-yet aspect of the Pete Carroll/John Schneider building project with six games to play: “So how about it, coach Pete Carroll? Your Seahawks have won two in a row for the first time this season and have the next three games at home, all against losing teams. Where do things stand in the great renovation of Seattle’s pro-football enterprise? ‘We’re coming around,’ he said. ‘We’ve got to do something with this week. Two weeks doesn’t mean much to me, but it is two weeks better than we were.’ “

John Boyle at the Everett Herald offers the glass-half-empty viewpoint: “So, is it crazy to be talking about the Seahawks’ playoff chances at 4-6? Well, quite frankly, yes, it absolutely is. In the now-famous words of former Colts coach Jim Mora, ‘Playoffs? Don’t talk about playoffs. You’re kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game.’ “

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his weekly “Risers and Fallers” in the NFC West, and an obvious choice among the “risers”: “A three-sack performance against the Rams left Chris Clemons with eight sacks for the season. He forced two fumbles, giving him three for the season, a career single-season high. Clemons became the first Seahawks player since 2007 to collect three sacks in one game (Patrick Kerney did it three times in a four-game stretch that season). Clemons is an impact player in all areas and arguably the best player on the team. He has recorded seven of his eight sacks on the road this season. A three-game home stand against losing teams should let Clemons reach double-digit sacks for the second consecutive season.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got a Thanksgiving Eve smorgasbord, with the main course being a look back at Sunday’s victory against the Rams through the lens of Rod Mar and the sideline/locker room view of Ben Malcolmson: “After the Rams’ first two drives tallied 50 yards and a 7-0 lead, the Seattle defense didn’t allow another point and only 155 yards the rest of the game. St. Louis never reached the red zone and crossed midfield just twice for the remainder of the afternoon. The Seahawks offense, meanwhile, gathered itself and wound up scoring 24 points, its third-best output this season. ‘The best thing is, we had adversity, on the road, and you didn’t back down one bit,’ Carroll said in his postgame speech.”

As side dishes, there’s Tony Ventrella’s video report on players passing out turkey dinners on Tuesday; a look at how the Seahawks’ run defense is altering the way opponents attack them; a look at linebacker Leroy Hill as part of “Tuesday in Hawkville”; and a look at the Washington Redskins in “Up Next.”


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 18:

1979: Jim Zorn throws fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Steve Largent and Brian Peets as part of his 384-yard, four-TD passing performance in a 38-24 victory over the Saints at the Kingdome. Largent accounts for 146 of those yards and two of the TDs on nine receptions.

1984: Kenny Easley and Dave Brown intercept passes and the Seahawks also recover three fumbles in a 26-6 victory over the Bengals in Cincinnati.

2001: Rian Lindell kicks a pair of fourth-quarter field goals, including a 51-yarder, as the Seahawks hold on for a 23-20 victory over the Bills in Orchard Park.

2007: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns, D.J. Hackett catches nine passes for 136 yards and TD, Patrick Kerney has three sacks and Josh Brown kicks three field goals – including two in the fourth quarter – in a 30-23 victory over the Bears in Seattle.


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Better than Brown?

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.


On this date: Zorn passes Seahawks past Saints

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 18:

1979: Jim Zorn throws fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Steve Largent and Brian Peets as part of his 384-yard, four-TD passing performance in a 38-24 victory over the Saints at the Kingdome. Largent accounts for 146 of those yards and two of the TDs on nine receptions.

1984: Kenny Easley and Dave Brown intercept passes and the Seahawks also recover three fumbles in a 26-6 victory over the Bengals in Cincinnati.

2001: Rian Lindell kicks a pair of fourth-quarter field goals, including a 51-yarder, as the Seahawks hold on for a 23-20 victory over the Bills in Orchard Park.

2007: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns, D.J. Hackett catches nine passes for 136 yards and TD, Patrick Kerney has three sacks and Josh Brown kicks three field goals – including two in the fourth quarter – in a 30-23 victory over the Bears in Seattle.


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