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On this date: Mike Holmgren commits to Trent Dilfer, who then re-signs

Trent Dilfer

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on March 5:

1997: The team announces it is returning to Eastern Washington University for training camp. The Seahawks had summered in Cheney from 1976-85 before holding training camp at their Kirkland facility for 11 years.

2002: Trent Dilfer is re-signed, but only after coach Mike Holmgren commits to the veteran quarterback has his starter. That lasts only until midseason, when Dilfer ruptures an Achilles against the Cowboys in Dallas and Matt Hasselbeck steps back in as the starter.


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On this date: Jordan Babineaux turns in ‘the play’

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 6:

Jordan Babineaux

1992: Tom Flores, who had been the team’s president and general manager, is named president and head coach to replace Chuck Knox. Flores would go 14-34 in three seasons before being replaced by Dennis Erickson.

2002: Trent Dilfer, starting for an injured Matt Hasselbeck, throws two touchdown passes to Darrell Jackson as the Seahawks close their 2001 season with a 21-18 victory over the Chiefs at Husky Stadium. Shaun Alexander also scores on a 44-yard run in the third quarter, as Dilfer runs his record as the starter in ’01 to 4-0 and extends his consecutive victory streak to 15 after quarterbacking the Ravens to a Super Bowl in the 2000 season.

2007: Jordan Babineaux turns in the play that readers of Seahawks.com would vote the play of the decade as he pulls down Tony Romo short of the goal line and a first down after the Cowboys’ holder/QB drops the snap on a game-winning field-goal attempt with 1:14 left in the Seahawks’ 21-20 victory in a Wild Card playoff game in Seattle. Matt Hasselbeck’s second TD pass to Jerramy Stevens with 4½ minutes left in the game gives the Seahawks their one-point lead.


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On this date: Running Watters ends KC drought

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

Ricky Watters

Ricky Watters

1976: Sherman Smith scores on a pair of 1-yard runs and Steve Largent catches six passes for 101 yards and a TD, but it’s not enough as the expansion Seahawks fall to the Saints 51-27 at the Kingdome.

1982: In their first game after the eight-week NFL players’ strike, and with Mike McCormack taking over as interim coach for Jack Patera, Steve Largent catches a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jim Zorn with 49 seconds left in a 17-10 victory over the Broncos in Denver.

1999: Ricky Watters scores three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, as he compiles 174 combined yards in a 31-19 victory in Kansas City, where the Seahawks had lost their previous eight games against the Chiefs.

2004: Michael Boulware intercepts a pass and returns it 63 yards for the touchdown with 56 seconds to play in a 24-17 victory over the Dolphins in Seattle. Trent Dilfer also throws a 21-yard TD pass to Jerry Rice.

2010: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 366 yards, with Mike Williams catching six passes for 109 yards, and David Hawthorne has 12 tackles and an interception. But the defending Super Bowl champion Saints prevail 34-19 in New Orleans. The game is a prelude to the team’s rematch in a wild-card playoff game in Seattle that season.


On this date: Monday night magic

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 29:

1979: After trailing 14-0, the Seahawks post a 31-28 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta in the team’s first appearance on “Monday Night Football.” Dan Doornink carries the ball 21 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

1984: The Seahawks post their second shutout of the season, this one a 24-0 victory over the Chargers in San Diego on “Monday Night Football.” Kenny Easley sets a franchise record by intercepting three passes, while Steve Largent catches three touchdown passes.

1989: Brian Blades catches a 21-yard touchdown pass from Dave Krieg with 40 seconds to play, giving the Seahawks a 10-7 victory over the Chargers – and their 100th regular-season win. Blades finishes with 10 receptions for 117 yards in the game.

2002: Trent Dilfer is placed on injured reserve after rupturing an Achilles tendon in a 17-14 win over the Cowboys in Dallas two days earlier. Matt Hasselbeck steps back in as the starter and Jeff George is signed to fill Dilfer’s roster spot.


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On this date: Dilfer injured in first game at new stadium

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Aug. 10:

2002: The Seahawks play their first game in their new stadium, losing 28-10 to the Colts in a preseason matchup. The bigger loss, however, is Trent Dilfer spraining a knee ligament after completing each of his five passes for 59 yards on a game-opening, 66-yard drive that ends with his 20-yard touchdown pass to James Williams. Dilfer, who had been named the starter over Matt Hasselbeck during the offseason, is injured on the third series and does not return until the second week of the regular season.


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On this date: Zorn joins Ring of Honor

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Aug. 3:

1991: Jim Zorn, the team’s original quarterback, becomes the second player inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

2001: Trent Dilfer, who had led the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory in January, signs to a one-year contact to serve as the backup to QB Matt Hasselbeck.

2002: The team christens its new home field – then Seahawks Stadium – with an intra-squad scrimmage.


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Pick six: Highlights from Seahawks’ schedule

HOME GAMES

Green Bay Packers, Sept. 24: Call this one Packers starter versus former backup, Part II. Following in the spiral wake that were those memorable matchups between Brett Favre and Matt Hasselbeck is Aaron Rodgers against Matt Flynn, as the NFL’s reigning MVP visits CenturyLink Field for the Seahawks’ only “Monday Night Football” game. Flynn still has to win the starting job after being signed by the Seahawks in free agency, but this matchup has “marquee” written all over it even without the obvious QB connection.

New England Patriots, Oct. 14: A Seahawks’ secondary that features three Pro Bowl players – safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor and cornerback Brandon Browner – and can “glove you,” as former QB Trent Dilfer recently put it, draws the ultimate coverage challenge with Tom Brady throwing to Wes Welker, and Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez, and Deion Branch. So this game also would be a good time to unleash the Seahawks’ improved pass rush.

San Francisco 49ers, Dec. 23: The road to the NFC West title that belonged to the Seahawks from 2004-07 now runs through the Bay Area, as the 49ers not only went 13-3 in their first season under Jim Harbaugh but advanced to the NFC Championship game. The Seahawks played the Niners tough last season, as they lost by two points at CenturyLink in December and trailed by two points late the fourth quarter of the season-opening loss in San Francisco.

ROAD GAMES

At Arizona Cardinals, Sept. 9: The Seahawks’ 2012 season begins where the 2011 season ended – with a loss in the desert that prevented them from finishing 8-8. But they didn’t go down without a fight, falling 23-20 in overtime and making Larry Fitzgerald pay for each of his nine catches for 149 yards. The Cardinals also snapped Marshawn Lynch’s franchise-record run of scoring a touchdown at 11 consecutive games. So payback will be on everyone’s mind, and on multiple levels.

 At Carolina Panthers, Oct. 7: The Seahawks play four games with 10 a.m. kickoffs, West Coast time, this season. This one has a late start, and also is the only long trip that features Cam Newton, who took the league by storm as a rookie last season while running for 14 touchdowns and passing for 21. The elusive and laser-armed QB will test a Seahawks defense that ranked ninth in the league last season – from the pass rush supplied by Chris Clemons to the deep coverage skills of Earl Thomas.

At Chicago Bears, Dec. 2: The Seahawks are facing the Bears for the eighth time in the past seven seasons – with five of the previous seven games in this stretch at Soldier Field, including one last season and two in 2010. The Bears hold a 4-3 edge, and ended the Seahawks’ 2006 and 2010 seasons by handing them playoff losses in Chicago. But the Seahawks have beaten the Bears twice in the regular season – and in Chicago – under Pete Carroll.


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Monday cyber surfing: Launching Ben’s Fund

Good morning. Here’s what’s out about the Seahawks for today, April 16:

Steve Kelly at the Seattle Times has the story of Ben Schneider, the 10-year-old son of Seahawks GM John Schneider and his wife, Traci: “Ben was diagnosed with autism, a disease that affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. ‘Once you get the diagnosis, it really kind of rocks your world,’ John said. ‘I didn’t know much about the disease. I thought it was like ‘Rain Man.’ But we had to kind of gather ourselves and figure out how to fix it.’ Thursday, at El Gaucho Bellevue, the Schneiders will be hosting ‘Prime Time,’ a celebrity waiter event that will raise seed money to launch Ben’s Fund, which in partnership with Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington will provide grants to families to help them cover the cost of medical bills and therapies.”

Also at the Times, Danny O’Neil looks at the Seahawks’ sudden infusion of linebackers: “Of the 10 linebackers currently on Seattle’s roster, four of those are entering their eighth year in the league. Of the six linebackers entering either their second or third season, only K.J. Wright has experience as a starter. I expect Seattle to look to the draft for young legs to improve the speed of the defense. The presence of (Leroy) Hill and (Barrett) Ruud provides veteran insurance so to speak. Seattle doesn’t head into the draft feeling the pressure to draft a player ready to step in as a starter right away, but the fact that Ruud, (Matt) McCoy and Hill are all on one-year deals shows that Seattle isn’t beholden to the idea that they will be long-term starters.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has the word on ex-Seahawks QB and current ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer tabbing his former team as one of the possible surprises in the NFC this season and links to the video: “Dilfer, Chris Mortensen and Mel Kiper Jr. focused on several other potential surprise teams in the ‘On the clock’ video above. Dilfer explained his thinking on the Seahawks later in the segment. He likes Matt Flynn’s addition and Seattle’s ability to play pass coverage.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our draft series with a look at the running backs – and their diminishing value in the league: “The position has become “devalued,” as Bucky Brooks puts it. Brooks, the former NFL wide receiver and scout for the Seahawks, is an analyst for NFL.com. Part of the he’s-not-worthy predicament is the increase in passing around the league, but it also has to do with the short shelf life for backs. Just how many 300-carry seasons does one back have? Last season, there were two 300-carry backs in the league, and each led his conference in rushing – Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars (343 carries for 1,606 yards) and Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons (301 for 1,340). That’s down from seven 300-carry backs in 2010, which was down from 10 in 2005 – when the Seahawks’ Shaun Alexander led the NFL in carries (370) and rushing yards (1,880).”

There’s also a closer look at this year’s prospects, as well as a Q&A with Oregon’s LaMichael James.

Speaking of the draft, in general, and running  backs, in particular, Peter King touches on Trent Richardson in his “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com: “Jeff Fisher loves Trent Richardson, and the impact of the Rams ending up with the Alabama running back would be huge. First, the Rams would presumably either trade or release Steve Jackson if this happens. I don’t see them paying Jackson $7 million in 2012 to share the job with a player certain to eclipse him soon. And that big number takes some logical teams (Steelers, Giants) out of the running for Jackson. Now, I view this scenario as unlikely anyway, because the Rams simply have to get receiver help for Sam Bradford. But if Justin Blackmon is gone here and Richardson’s still there, he’s logical for the Rams. Of course, Cleveland likes Richardson a lot, and rookie Tampa coach Greg Schiano does too, so I don’t see Richardson making it to six.”

In this week’s issue of SI, there’s a profile on Leigh Steinberg and the former superagent’s recovery from alcoholism: “When Steinberg appears in front of his new Irvine offices on a sun-drenched afternoon, he grins and spreads his arms wide, joking, ‘Welcome to our luxurious digs!’ Self-deprecation is his preferred approach to his station — he’s standing by a Dumpster in a parking lot — but it lasts only so long. Wearing white sneakers, jeans and a long-sleeve polo shirt that, on inspection, is inside out, Steinberg walks down a dim hall and reminisces about how his old memorabilia-laden practice, on Newport Beach’s Fashion Island, doubled as ‘a museum where people would just come and stare.’ Today, if those same people could locate Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, they would stare for a different reason. SSE is currently just a DBA (‘doing business as’), not yet an official company. Steinberg occupies a small office with Tom Van Voorst, a fellow recovering alcoholic and lawyer who is also his roommate. The two met at a Sober Living facility in 2010 and now share an apartment in Laguna Niguel. Van Voorst runs errands in Steinberg’s maroon Mercury Mountaineer and fields phone calls. ‘I don’t pay him,’ Steinberg says, ‘but he gets use of the car, which you’d be totally screwed in Southern California without. And he does the cooking!’ “


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Monday cyber surfing: Seahawks on the ‘plus’ side

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 2:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com passes out free-agency grades for the teams in the NFC West and gives the Seahawks a B-plus. Says Sando: “The Seahawks knew for months that (Peyton) Manning would probably hit the market and still could not secure a meeting with him. Their pursuit included a flight by coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider to Denver in a desperation move that failed to impress Manning. That was a rare disappointment for Seattle in free agency. Re-signing Marshawn Lynch before the signing period took off much of the pressure. Re-signing Red Bryant without using the franchise tag rewarded the Seahawks for a disciplined approach to the market. That approach paid off again when the Seahawks landed (Matt) Flynn without rushing into an imprudent contract. Flynn spent five days on the market before signing with Seattle. The Seahawks got him for about half as much per season as Kolb cost a year ago, without even promising him the starting job. That was impressive.”

Also at ESPN.com, Trent Dilfer, Mel Kiper Jr. and Chris Mortensen discuss the Seahawks’ acquisition of Flynn in this video report. Says Mortensen: “The Seahawks stole him.”

Alex Marvez at FoxSports.com examines the NFL’s new offseason, which was a result of the CBA that ended last year’s lockout: “The NFL Players Association successfully pushed for rules that would prohibit some of the heavy demands — spoken or inferred — being placed upon its members during “voluntary” workouts. The charge was led by legitimate concerns that the offseason was becoming anything but off. Coaches annually pushed players in classrooms, conditioning and on-field sessions for nearly four months before training camps opened in late July. That grind is over. For teams with returning head coaches or 2011 interim replacements who were later named to the position such as Kansas City’s Romeo Crennel, the workouts and Xs-and-Os sessions that would have normally begun by now can’t start until April 16. First-year head coaches can begin working with their players on Monday. Both sets of coaches face greater restrictions than in the past and stern NFL fines if they don’t comply. Programs can no longer be run more than four days a week or on weekends. Players also must be eased into on-field work. For the first two weeks, only strength and conditioning coaches are allowed to work with players on the field. Quarterbacks can throw to their wide receivers, but defensive backs aren’t allowed to cover them. These restrictions continue for the next three weeks until after the NFL draft when coaches are allowed to conduct limited football workouts. Any type of offense vs. defense drill is banned. The final four weeks that fall under the CBA’s phase three heading are more customary but still curtailed compared to previous offseason work. Teams can hold one minicamp and 10 organized team practice activity sessions. One-on-one drills between offensive and defensive players are not permitted, although special teams can be practiced provided there is no contact. Helmets are allowed but shoulder pads remain outlawed.”

NFL.com has completed its quest to determine the greatest NFL team of all-time, and the winner is … the 1976 Raiders: “While the 1976 Raiders rampaged to a 13-1 regular-season finish and ransacked the Vikings in Super Bowl XI, glory for the Silver and Black through a 64-team tournament of the greatest teams in NFL history came at the slightest of margins. A total of 5.2 million votes were cast by fans on NFL.com throughout the tournament, and in the final the 1976 Raiders edged the 2000 Ravens by the slimmest of margins – winning 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent.” The ’76 season also was the first for the expansion Seahawks, but then didn’t play the Raiders because they spent their inaugural season in the NFC West before switching to the NFC West until realignment put the Seahawks back in the NFC West in 2002.


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On this date: A return to Cheney

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on March 5:

1997: The team announces it is returning to Eastern Washington University for training camp. The Seahawks had summered in Cheney from 1976-85 before holding training camp at its Kirkland facility for 11 years.

2002: Trent Dilfer is re-signed, but only after coach Mike Holmgren commits to the veteran quarterback has his starter. That only lasts until midseason, when Dilfer ruptures an Achilles and Matt Hasselbeck steps back in as the starter.


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