On this date: Krieg-to-Skansi ends Arrowhead drought

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 11:

Paul Skansi vs Kansas City

Paul Skansi vs Kansas City

1979: Sherman Smith runs for three touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter, as the Seahawks pull out a 29-24 victory over the Browns in Cleveland.

1990: Dave Krieg throws a 25-yard touchdown pass to Paul Skansi as time expires, after whirling from what appears to be an eighth sack by Derrick Thomas, as the Seahawks beat the Chiefs 17-16 in Kansas City. It is the Seahawks’ first win at Arrowhead Stadium since 1980; as well as the 159th of coach Chuck Knox’s career, moving him into seventh place on the NFL’s all-time list.

2001: Shaun Alexander runs for a franchise-record 266 yards and three touchdowns, including an 88-yarder, in a 34-27 victory over the Raiders at Husky Stadium.


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On this date: Krieg passes Seahawks to victory

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

1985: Dave Krieg passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-26 win over the Falcons at the Kingdome. His final TD pass – a 12-yarder to Paul Skansi in the fourth quarter – caps a 16-play, 86-yard drive. It is the Seahawks’ second consecutive victory in an 8-8 season where they would win two, lose two, win two, etc.


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Cyber surfing: Monday

Good morning. Here’s what was “out there” about the Seahawks over the weekend and if for today, Dec. 5:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com brightens your Monday morning after a Seahawk-less Sunday by offering a look at how the team can make the playoffs: “The scenarios I put together show Dallas winning the NFC East at 8-8. The Giants, Bears and Falcons would miss the playoffs at 8-8. Arizona or Seattle would emerge as the fifth seed, with 9-7 Detroit as the sixth seed.

Sando also takes a look at Tarvaris Jackson’s resurgent performance from Thursday night’s 31-14 victory over the Eagles: “Jackson completed 13 of 16 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown. He posted the second-highest passer rating (137.0) of his career as a starter. His Total QBR score (76.9) beat the previous season high he set against Atlanta in Week 4 (68.2).”

Jerry Brewer at the Seattle Times says the Seahawks can measure their progress with a solid second half, and they’re already off to a 3-1 start: “Pete Carroll is the stubborn male driver who won’t stop to ask for directions. Scream all you want that he’s going the wrong way. He’s not listening. He believes too much in his way. And unlike the typical stubborn male driver, Carroll might actually arrive at his destination in a timely manner. Despite causing some early season consternation, the Seahawks coach and executive vice president now has his team in position to maximize this rebuilding season. The Seahawks, who have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, have won three of their last four games to rise from among the league’s worst to among its most promising. At 5-7, they have four games remaining, starting Dec. 12 against St. Louis, and if they can finish well, it would mark an encouraging turnaround and perhaps signal the end of the most painful part of this transition.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune profiles Brandon Mebane, the Seahawks’ hard-to-overlook nose tackle: “ ‘Brandon was born to be a prototypical NFL defensive lineman,” said Crenshaw football coach Robert Garrett, who coached Mebane in high school. “God put him on earth to do that. He’s fulfilling God’s will. We all have a purpose in life. And I appreciate that.’ ”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks are forging an identity, and it starts with running the ball: “With this season now three quarters over, two things have become clear during the past month. One, the Seahawks are not going back to the playoffs this season. And two — something perhaps more important for the long-term future of this team — Seattle just might have found its identity. ‘This is what we’ve been talking about since the day I got here and I’m thrilled,’ Pete Carroll said of Seattle’s Thursday win over Philadelphia, his team’s third victory in four games. ‘I’m thrilled to see the format coming together because we’re just getting started with it too.’ “

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the Seahawks’ “Killer B’s,” most noticeably Red Bryant, Brandon Browner, Doug Baldwin and Alan Branch: “One already has broken the club single-season record for blocked field goals, while another is a yard shy of the mark for return yards off interceptions. One joined the team this season as a rookie free agent, but is the club’s leading receiver. Another was added in free agency, and has been a key reason for the team’s ability to stop the run. Individually, they are – in order – Red Bryant, Brandon Browner, Doug Baldwin and Alan Branch. Collectively, they are the “Killer B’s” who have helped spark a second-half resurgence that has seen the Seahawks win three of their past four games.”

We’re also got “Catching Up With” profiles on Paul Skansi and Rufus Porter, as well as a look at how the win over the Eagles came by using a blueprint that coach Pete Carroll has been talking about since he walked in the door: “Thirty-three rushing attempts for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Only 16 pass attempts, but 13 completions and another touchdown. Four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown and two others that setup touchdowns. A solid game from the special teams. Five penalties for 30 yards. Pete Carroll the coach morphed into Pete Carroll the architect on Friday, and even allowed himself a moment to appreciate just how closely the Seahawks’ 31-14 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night followed his plan for how he wants his team to play. ‘We’ve been trying to throw this game for some time now,’ Carroll said. ‘We’ve thrown it out there for a month now. It’s been a month solid of playing in the same style. This was cleaner than the other games, and maybe that’s a step forward for us.’ ”

For a look at the rest of the league in Week 13, there John Clayton’s “Last Call” at ESPN.com; Clark Judge’s “Judgements” at CBSSports.com; and Don Banks’ “Snap Judgments” at SI.com.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 11:

1979: Sherman Smith runs for three touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter, as the Seahawks pull out a 29-24 victory over the Browns in Cleveland.

1990: Dave Krieg throws a 25-yard touchdown pass to Paul Skansi as time expires, after whirling from what appears to be an eighth sack by Derrick Thomas, as the Seahawks beat the Chiefs 17-16 in Kansas City. It is the Seahawks’ first win at Arrowhead Stadium since 1980; as well as the 159th of coach Chuck Knox’s career, moving him into seventh place on the NFL’s all-time list.

2001: Shaun Alexander runs for a franchise-record 266 yards and three touchdowns, including an 88-yarder, in a 34-27 victory over the Raiders at Husky Stadium.


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On this date

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

1985: Dave Krieg passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-26 win over the Falcons at the Kingdome. His final TD pass – a 12-yarder to Paul Skansi with 35 seconds left – caps a 16-play, 86-yard drive.


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Tuesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center:

FOCUS ON

Steelers. Past, not present. Yes, the Seahawks play the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday. But this is a look at the ex-Steelers who have been very, very good to the Seahawks.

The list of former Steelers who have gone on to play for the Seahawks includes two members of the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team, a receiver who made one of the most memorable catches in team history and last year’s choice for the Steve Largent Award and Man of the Year.

Here’s a close look at the Steelers who would be Seahawks:

Dave Brown – A first-round draft choice by the Steelers in 1975, Brown came to the expansion Seahawks in the 1976 veteran allocation draft. All he did was become the franchise’s all-time leader in interceptions (50) and he also ranks No. 6 in games started (159) and No. 7 in tackles (684). He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1984, inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 1992 and voted to the 35th Anniversary team last year. Brown died of a heart attack in 2006.

Paul Skansi – A fifth-round draft choice by the Steelers in 1983, Skansi joined the Seahawks in 1984 and played eight seasons. His most memorable play came in 1990, when he caught a 25-yard TD pass from Dave Krieg on the final play of the game in a 17-16 victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City. His best season came in 1989, when he caught 39 passes for 488 yards and five TDs.

Chad Brown – A second-round draft choice by the Steelers in 1993, Brown was the Seahawks’ big free-agent signing in 1997. Over the next eight seasons, Brown led the team in tackles three times and was voted to the Pro Bowl twice. He ranks No. 4 in career tackles (744) and No. 5 in sacks (48). He was voted to the 35th Anniversary team as an outside linebacker.

Willie Williams – Once Brown signed, he helped recruit Williams to do the same. The durable cornerback had been a sixth-round draft choice by the Steelers in 1993. In seven seasons with the Seahawks, Williams started 75 games.

Roy Lewis – He joined the Steelers as a rookie free agent in 2008, but signed with the Seahawks in 2009. Last season, he was voted the special teams captain and then won the Steve Largent Award and was named Man of the Year. He is currently on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from the knee injury that ended his season in December.

ROSTER MOVES

The club made moves involving its 53-man roster and practice squad today.

Because Michael Robinson, the only fullback on the roster, is out indefinitely after spraining an ankle in Sunday’s opener against the 49ers, fullback Eddie Williams was signed off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad.

To clear a spot on the 53-man roster for Williams, tight end Dominique Byrd was released.

To address the fact that there are now only two tight ends on the 53-man roster – Zach Miller and Anthony McCoy – tight end Fendi Onobun was signed to the practice squad. To clear a spot, guard Brent Osborne was released.

The 6-foot-1, 242-pound Williams was a seventh-round draft choice by the Washington Redskins in 2009. He spent time on the active roster as well as the practice squad as a rookie, but was released in March of 2010. He then spent time with the Chicago Bears in 2010 and 2011 and was with the Browns in training camp this summer before being released and signed to the practice squad.

Williams played tight end at Idaho, where he was named team MVP as a senior after catching 54 passes for 687 yards and six touchdowns.

Onobun (6-6, 249) caught two passes in three games last season for the St. Louis Rams, who had drafted him in the sixth round. After playing basketball for four years at Arizona, Onobun played football at Houston in 2009.

STAT DU JOUR

The Seahawks (minus-3) and Steelers (minus-7) rank 31st and 32nd in the league in turnover ratio. Neither team forced a turnover its opener, while the Steelers tuned the ball over seven times (four fumbles and three interceptions) and the Seahawks three times (two fumbles and one interception).

UP NEXT

The players return from their off day on Wednesday to start a practice schedule intended to get them ready for Sunday’s 10 a.m. kickoff, PDT, in Pittsburgh. They will have a walk-thru at 10:15 a.m. and practice at 11:45.

YOU DON’T SAY

“What jumped out was the safety play. Earl (Thomas) and Kam (Chancellor) were really active and very effective and they cleaned up some of the miscues on the run and made really big-time tackles and hits and things that showed up in the run packing.” – Carroll on the play of his safeties in Sunday’s opener, when they combined for 17 tackles


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Cyber surfing: Friday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Sept. 9 – or “Back to Football Friday”:

The Everett Herald continues its 1-2 punch of coverage, with John Boyle providing the third in his preview series for the 2011 season – this one on the special teams; and Scott Johnson profiling the man who made what is probably the most-memorable catch in franchise history in his “Game of My Life” series. Boyle on the special teams: “Last season, Leon Washington set a franchise record with a 101-yard kickoff return. To add to his impressive career total of seven kickoff return touchdowns, Washington may well have to break that record.” Johnson on Paul Skansi’s game-winner against the Chiefs: “Paul Skansi, the most improbable of heroes, will always have a place in the hearts of Seahawks fans who remember the big catch.”

Dave Boling at the News Tribune checks in with Breno Giacomini, who just might start at right tackle in Sunday’s season opener against the 49ers. Says Boling, with an assist from defensive end Raheem Brock: “For a scouting report on Giacomini’s attributes, a solid source is defensive end Raheem Brock, who faces the towering 6-foot-7, 318-pound Giacomini in practice. ‘He’s strong and a pretty good pass blocker, as well; he’s definitely improving,’ Brock said. And his attitude? ‘Yeah, he definitely irritates me,’ Brock said, adding: ‘That’s a good thing.’ ”

Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams profiles something the Seahawks haven’t had in a while – a receiver like Sidney Rice. Says Williams: “Rice’s natural talent can’t be overlooked – and there’s plenty of it packed in his 6-foot-4, 202-pound frame. The former South Carolina player has the speed to run by defenders and the springs to jump over them to go get the ball. His rare combination of size, speed, strength and smarts is something not often seen around these parts since the franchise’s beginnings in 1976.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times checks in with QB Tarvaris Jackson. Offers O’Neil: “For 10 years everything started with the quarterback in Seattle. That’s the way Mike Holmgren saw this game, and the way he built his team. If you didn’t have your guy at quarterback, you needed to find him. Like right now. Now, there is a question where there once was a cornerstone. The Seahawks have moved on from Matt Hasselbeck, moved in Tarvaris Jackson and now face uncertainty under center for the first time in years.”

Christian Caple at PI.com looks at how both Jackson and the 49ers’ Alex Smith have something to prove this season, starting with their opening-day matchup. Says Caple: “But what we do know? Jackson and Smith, the respective quarterbacks of each team, are entering seasons that could be career-defining. Each has been given a chance before. Each has been an easy target for disgruntled fans. Each feels the need to prove themselves worthy of being a starting quarterback in the NFL.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a closer look at his teammates electing Jackson as the offensive captain, even though he’s only been around for six week. Says running back Justin Forsett: “Tarvaris showed some leadership ability, especially with this offense and just being able to talk to everybody and tell them where to go and what to do if we’re lost or anything. He’s that type of guy, and we need that kind of encouragement in the huddle. At first, Tarvaris started off as kind of a quiet guy. But he started to show some leadership characteristics. So he was my vote.”

We’ve also got Thursday’s practice covered in words, photos and video. But that’s not all. There’s also the story on punter Jon Ryan cutting his locks – of love. That barber looks vaguely familiar, doesn’t he?

Mike Sando at ESPN.com examines why so many undrafted rookies made NFL rosters. The Seahawks have four, which tied for second most in the league. Says Sando: “The Seahawks found four roster spots for undrafted rookie free agents heading into Week 1. The 49ers set aside three spots for them. The trend has been less pronounced through most of the league, but the overall numbers – 58 undrafted rookies on rosters at present – have defied expectations.”


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