A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 6:
1992: Tom Flores, who had been the team’s president and general manager, is named president and head coach to replace Chuck Knox.
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.
A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 21:
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 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.
A look at the 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. Matt Hasselbeck steps back in as the starter and Jeff George is signed to fill Dilfer’s roster spot.
A look back at some memorable August moments in franchise history:
Aug. 1, 1976: The Seahawks play their first game, and lose to the 49ers 27-20 in the preseason opener as QB Jim Zorn is tackled at the 2-yard line as time expired.
Aug. 3, 1991: Jim Zorn, the team’s original quarterback, becomes the second player inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.
Aug. 3, 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.
Aug. 3, 2002: The team christens its new home field – then Seahawks Stadium – with an intra-squad scrimmage.
Aug. 4, 2008: The first wave of employees move into the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, the team’s new headquarters on the shores of Lake Washington in Renton.
Aug. 10, 2002: The Seahawks play their first game in their new stadium, losing 28-10 to the Colts in a preseason matchup.
Aug. 12, 1995: Steve Largent’s No. 80 is officially retired after the team’s all-time leading receiver was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Aug. 12, 2005: The Seahawks beat the Saints in a preseason game in New Orleans, two weeks before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.
Aug. 13, 1994: The Seahawks play their first home game outdoors at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium, beating the Buccaneers 29-6, because the Kingdome was closed for repairs after ceiling tiles fell in July.
Aug. 18, 2008: The team practices at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the first time.
Aug. 19, 1997: Football Northwest is approved as the new owners of the Seahawks.
Aug. 22, 1992: Cornerback Dave Brown becomes the third player inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.
Aug. 23, 1975: Season-ticket sales for the Seahawks’ inaugural season in 1976 close – after less than a month – because the target of 59,000 is reached.
Aug. 29, 1976: The Seahawks win their first game, 17-16 over the Chargers, as tight end Ron Howard catches a 3-yard TD pass from Jim Zorn with 13 seconds left in the preseason matchup.
Aug. 30, 1988: Ken Behring and minority partner Ken Hofmann complete their purchase of the team.
Aug. 30, 1999: Fritz Shurmur dies of liver cancer before ever coaching a game as the Seahawks defensive coordinator.
Aug. 31, 1997: The Seahawks drop their regular-season opener to the Jets, 41-3, and QB John Friesz breaks his right thumb – an injured that will sideline him for nine weeks.
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com selects his overrated and underrated players for each NFL team. His picks for the Seahawks: Mike Williams and Brandon Mebane. Prisco on Williams: “OK, so he was a nice story. But he doesn’t run well enough to truly be a No. 1 receiver. You watch.” Prisco on Mebane: “Playing in the Northwest, he doesn’t get a lot of love. But he’s a heck of a player who could become a free agent. He’s about to get paid.”
It wouldn’t be an official cyber surfing offering without some conjecture about the future of QB Matt Hasselbeck, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the league calendar finally begins. In this blog item from CBSSports.com, what’s been “out there” about Hasselbeck this week is served up. The latest speculation has Hasselbeck going to the Titans, where he could start and also tutor former UW QB Jake Locker, the team’s first-round draft choice.
Speaking of conjecture, the name of free-agent guard Robert Gallery has been linked to the Seahawks on more than one occasion during the lockout because, well, he plays left guard – a need area for the team – and he also played for new line coach Tom Cable in Oakland. Pat Kirwan of NFL.com takes a look at what the cost of signing Gallery might be – for any team; or for any potential free-agent guard, for that matter. Says Kirwan: “Veteran Robert Gallery turned down a deal to stay with the Oakland Raiders before the lockout to take his chances in free agency. It was probably a good business decision, but things will change quickly if players with four and five years of experience are declared free agents pending the outcome of the new CBA.”
NFL.com weighs in with its selections for the best backup quarterback in the league, and former Seahawks/Central Washington/Lincoln High School of Tacoma QB Jon Kitna gets some love. Pat Kirwan on Kitna: “My favorite backup quarterback who really isn’t a candidate to start anywhere for the rest of his career, but is still good enough to come off the bench on a moment’s notice and win games, is Jon Kitna in Dallas. He led the Cowboys to a 4-5 record last year when Tony Romo went down with injury and threw 16 touchdown passes to 12 interceptions with an 88.9 passer rating.”
In our give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-situation-update we jump into the WABAC (way-back) machine (with Mr. Peabody’s permission, of course) to look at the last work stoppage in the NFL. Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com takes a look at the 1987 players’ strike, which led to the owners fielding teams of replacement players for three weeks. Offers Merrill: “The search for talent went everywhere, in grocery stores, bars and chewed-up semipro fields. One team, the Washington Redskins, picked up a quarterback on work furlough from prison. But most of the replacement players were young men in limbo, somewhere between college and whatever was supposed to come next.”
For a more Seahawk-centric look at the same period, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer did this piece on the 15th anniversary of the first replacement games. Offered Tim Burnham, the left tackle on the Seahawks’ replacement team: “It was a good time, but it wasn’t something I’m necessarily proud of. Personally, I came close to not doing it out of respect for the Players Association, and what they were trying to achieve. But when I look back on it – like a lot of people who have crossed a picket line, for whatever reason – most of them are doing it not to be spiteful, but to simply give themselves an opportunity.”
As for the current labor situation, Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com talked with Patriots owner Robert Kraft about the current discussions between representatives of the owners and players. Said Kraft, one of the owners at those meetings: “I think we’ve been fortunate that we’ve had two rounds of talks, and any time principals are talking in any deal that’s complicated or has potential problems, I think that’s a big plus. I’m happy that we’re talking, principal to principal.”
Trent Dilfer, a former QB for the Seahawks and now an analyst for ESPN, says he doesn’t see the players winning in this situation. Talking to reporters at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Dilfer offered: “I do not see any chance the players win this negotiation outright. I think they can lose to a lesser degree than they may have in March. But no matter how you cut it now, the owners are going to win. We as players in both leagues (also the NBA) have been just destroying the owners in the last couple of collective bargaining agreements.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles about the first 35 seasons in franchise history with a look at 1999 – when an 8-2 start turned into a 9-7 record in Mike Holmgren’s first season as coach. But the team did post a winning record for the first time since 1990, and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1988. The ’99 season also included a victory by a quarterback in the only start he made for the Seahawks. We also ask: Who had the best single-season performance by a wide receiver?
Which Seahawks’ quarterback has the best winning percentage in franchise history?
Dave Krieg? No, but good guess. He’s at .588, with a 70-49 record – not to mention the most victories in club history. Matt Hasselbeck? Nope, not him, either. Hasselbeck is at .527 (69-62), but actually trails John Friesz (.545, 6-5) and Jon Kitna (.545, 18-15).
Trent Dilfer? Wrong again, but you’re getting warmer. Dilfer is at .667, with eight wins and four losses.
No, the all-time leader is Glenn Foley, who won his only start – 14-13 over the Bears in Chicago in a Week 2 game in 1999, when Kitna was sidelined with a toe injury.
One start, one victory. That’s a winning percentage of 1.000.
But that lone victory came with an assist from Kitna, who suggested the first-and-20 play that led to Foley’s 49-yard TD pass to Fabien Bownes midway through the fourth quarter for what proved to be the game-winner.
On Kitna’s recommendation, Bownes faked a slant route before taking off on a go route, because Kitna had noticed that Bears cornerback Walt Harris was jumping the slant. On the game-winner, Harris sunk his body and soul into Bownes’ fake, leaving the recently signed wide receiver to gather in Foley’s pass at the 20 and run it into the end zone. That game is included in our recap of the ’99 season.
“Jon wanted me to give him credit for that, so I’m giving him credit,” coach Mike Holmgren said after the game. “I had him watching and this is exactly what he was supposed to do. If he saw something … that he really thinks has a chance, come and tell me.
“He told me they were biting on the slants. Of course he ran up and said, ‘Who are you going to give credit to?’ ”
Offered Foley, “Jon’s claiming he called the play, so I’ve got to give him credit.”
And here’s Foley’s credit for having the best winning percentage of any starting QB in franchise history:
Quarterback (W-L): percentage
Glenn Foley (1-0): 1.000
Trent Dilfer (8-4): .667
Dave Krieg (70-49): .588
John Friesz (6-5): .545
Jon Kitna (18-15): .545
Matt Hasselbeck (69-62): .527
Charlie Whitehurst (1-1): .500
Bruce Mathison (1-1): .500
Warren Moon (11-13): .458
Jeff Kemp (3-4): .429
Dan McGwire (2-3): .400
Jim Zorn (40-60): .400
Rick Mirer (20-31): .392
Seneca Wallace (5-9): .357
Kelly Stouffer (5-11): .313
Steve Myer (1-3): .250
Stan Gelbaugh (1-8): .111
Gale Gilbert (0-2): .000
Brock Huard (0-4): .000
Charlie Frye (0-1): .000