A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 16:
1997: After getting a come-check-this-out phone call from just-signed free agent and former Steelers teammate Chad Brown, Willie Williams also signs with the Seahawks and starts 75 games at cornerback over the next seven seasons.
2005: After being named the franchise player for three consecutive years, Walter Jones signs a multi-year contract that makes him a Seahawks for the remainder of his 13-season career.
2006: Linebackers coach John Marshall is elevated to defensive coordinator on Mike Holmgren’s staff as health issues force Ray Rhodes to take a position as a special projects/defense assistant.
1997: On Valentine’s Day, Chad Brown receives a sweetheart of a free-agent deal from the Seahawks. The former Pro Bowl linebacker from the Steelers would be voted to two more Pro Bowls and lead the Seahawks in tackles for three consecutive seasons during his eight-season stint with the Seahawks.
1999: Sean Dawkins is signed in free agency. He would catch 58 passes in ’99 to finish second on the team and then grab 63 in 2000 to share the team lead with Ricky Watters.
A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 7:
1988: Kenny Easley and Fredd Young provide half the AFC’s four interceptions, as well as eight and seven tackles, in 15-6 victory in the Pro Bowl. Steve Largent (one reception) and Jacob Green (two tackles) also were on the AFC squad.
1993: Cortez Kennedy and Eugene Robinson combine for nine tackles to help the AFC win the Pro Bowl 23-20 in overtime.
1999: Cortez Kennedy and the “strong side, left side” trio of Michael Sinclair, Chad Brown and Shawn Springs combine for five tackles and three passes defensed to help the AFC claim a 23-10 Pro Bowl victory in what is John Elway’s final game.
2003: Teryl Austin is named defensive backs coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff.
A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb 6:
1983: In his first Pro Bowl, Kenny Easley has nine tackles as the Seahawks’ lone representative in a game won by the NFC 20-19 as Danny White throws a TD pass to John Jefferson with 35 seconds remaining.
1994: Eugene Robinson intercepts a pass and Chris Warren leads the AFC with 64 rushing yards, but the NFC wins the Pro Bowl 17-3. Cortez Kennedy also represents the Seahawks in the game and contributes two tackles.
1998: Pete Rodriguez agrees to become special teams coach on Dennis Erickson’s staff.
2000: Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy (three tackles) and Chad Brown (two special teams tackles) represent the Seahawks in the Pro Bowl, but the NFC wins 51-31.
2008: It is announced that assistant head coach/defensive backs Jim Mora will become head coach after the season, which is the last of Mike Holmgren’s 10 seasons as head coach.
A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 21:
1980: The Seahawks score twice in the fourth quarter, but the rally in their season finale falls short as they fall to the Broncos 25-17 at the Kingdome to cap a nine-game losing streak.
1997: Warren Moon passes for four touchdowns as the Seahawks finish 8-8 by slapping the playoff-bound 49ers with a 38-9 loss in the season finale at the Kingdome. Joey Galloway catches six passes for 101 yards and two scores, while Mike Pritchard has six receptions for 90 yards and a TD. The linebacking crew of Michael Barber, Chad Brown and Dean Wells leads the defensive effort by combining for 25 tackles.
2003: Shaun Alexander runs for 135 yards and two touchdowns, including a 44-yarder, and the defense sacks Cardinals QB Josh McCown eight times in a 28-10 victory in Seattle.
2008: The Seahawks send Mike Holmgren out a winner in his final home game as coach with a 13-3 victory over the Jets on a snowy afternoon in Seattle. Maurice Morris runs for 116 yards and Seneca Wallace passes to John Carlson for the game’s only touchdown, while Josh Wilson interceptions Brett Favre twice.
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 7:
The P-word. While the Seahawks were going 3-1 to open the second half of their season, the Bears and Falcons split their first four games, the Lions went 1-3 and the Giants 0-4.
The sum of those records is that the Seahawks, even at 5-7, could make a playoff run – if they continue to win; the 6-6 Giants and 7-5 Lions continue to struggle; and the 7-5 Bears and 7-5 Falcons slip.
Farfetched, of course, but not so much so that coach Pete Carroll didn’t have to field a question about the possibility after Tuesday’s bonus practice in a week when the Seahawks are preparing to face the Rams at CenturyLink Field on Monday night.
“That kind of question is good,” Carroll said. “It’s good those questions are out there. That means there are some possibilities and things like that.”
Just don’t expect Carroll to breakout a spreadsheet and dissect just how it is that a team that started 2-6 can even be remotely including in the playoff patter in December.
“It just reemphasizes to us how important it is to go to work this week,” he said. “None of that matters unless you do something this week and you set yourself what that opportunity at hand.
“It’s a long ways away right now.”
A trip that, after Monday night’s game against the 2-10 Rams, will take the Seahawks to Chicago to face the Bears on Dec. 18; back to CenturyLink Field to host the NFC West champion 49ers on Christmas Eve; and then to Arizona to close the regular season on Jan. 1 against the 5-7 Cardinals.
“HEATER” IN SELECT COMPANY
Fredd Young. Brian Bosworth. Rufus Porter. Chad Brown. Lofa Tatupu. And now David Hawthorne.
What does Hawthorne have in common with some of the most famous – and one of the most infamous – linebackers in franchise history? He joined their ranks today when Hawthorne was selected NFC Defensive Player of the Week after the Seahawks’ middle linebacker returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown and shared the team lead with six tackles in a 31-14 victory over the Eagles last Thursday night.
Young (Week 2) and Bosworth (Week 15) were honored in 1987; Porter (Week 13) in 1991; Brown in 1997 (Week 3) and 2003 (Week 17); and Tatupu (Week 13) in 2007.
This is the first time Hawthorne has been honored, but he is the second Seahawks defensive player to be selected in the past three weeks as defensive end Chris Clemons was the pick after his three-sack, two-forced fumble outing against the Rams in Week 11.
Making Hawthorne’s efforts against the Eagles even more impressive is the fact that it was not decided whether he would be able to play until just before the game because of a knee injury that limited him in practice during the week and left him listed as questionable for the game.
“We didn’t know until the last minute when we had to put in who was going to be up and down,” Carroll said after the game. “He said, ‘Don’t hug me, I’m full of DMSO and I have stuff all over me.’ He was really trying to work it like crazy to get out there, and he shows up with a 77-yard run.
“How cool is that?”
Very cool for the player his teammates call “Heater.”
Hawthorne, a third-year starter, leads the Seahawks with 78 tackles and is seeking to become the sixth player in franchise history to lead the team for three consecutive seasons – a group that includes Terry Beeson (1977-79), Michael Jackson (1980-82), Young (1985-87), Brown (1997-99) and Tatupu (2005-08).
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a nominee for Offensive Player of the Week after running for 148 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles, but the choice was Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton. Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner also was a nominee for Defensive Player of the Week. He had two interceptions against the Eagles.
HELP LYNCH MAKE A RUN
Lynch, the Seahawks’ Skittles-munching running back, has been nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his 148-yard, two-touchdown performance in last Thursday night’s 31-14 victory over the Eagles. Both marks were season highs.
But Lynch faces stiff competition in the voting at NFL.com from the Titans’ Chris Johnson, who rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns; and the Ravens’ Ray Rice, who ran for 204 yards and a touchdown.
So help Lynch out and vote for him here.
STAT DU JOUR
With their 3-1 surge to start the second half of the season, the Seahawks have tied for the second best third-quarter record in franchise history and have a chance to match the second best five-game mark with a win over the Rams on Monday night. Here’s how the 2011 Seahawks stack up in both categories:
First four games of second half
First five games of the second half
The players return from Tuesday’s bonus “off” day on Wednesday to begin another mismatched week as they prepare for Monday night’s game. Thursday will be like a normal Wednesday; Friday like Thursday; and Saturday like Friday. They will practice each day.
Tickets are available for the Rams game and can be purchased here.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Leroy has really been solid. He’s a real tough-minded guy and an aggressive guy that brings good attitude. He’s been very settling to the changes and so many young guys playing on the defensive side. He’s always stood for the classic tough-guy mentality that we love and he’s had really, really good season.” – Carroll on linebacker Leroy Hill, whose story in featured here
A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 7:
1980: Steve Largent catches eight passes for 139 yards and a touchdown, but Billy Taylor scores on a 30-yard run to cap a 14-point fourth quarter as the Giants post a 27-21 victory at the Kingdome.
1997: Jermaine Lewis returns punts 89 and 66 yards for touchdowns and adds a 29-yard TD catch as the Ravens score the final 14 points in taking a 31-24 victory over the Seahawks at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Chad Brown returns a fumble 42 yards for a TD, but gets a concussion that sidelines him for the next game.
2003: Randy Moss scores on touchdown passes of 47 and 45 yards from Daunte Culpepper in the Vikings’ 34-7 victory at the Metrodome. Shaun Alexander runs 1 yard for the Seahawks’ only score.
2008: Seneca Wallace throws three touchdown passes and also leads the Seahawks with 47 rushing yards, but Sammy Morris scores on a 1-yard run with 2:44 left to play to give the Matt Cassel-led Patriots a 24-21 victory in Seattle.
A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 16:
1981: Jim Zorn passes for two touchdowns, Theotis Brown runs for two more and Dan Doornink has a rushing and a receiving TD in a 44-23 victory over the Chargers at the Kingdome, despite a 151-yard, two-TD performance by San Diego’s Chuck Muncie. Linebackers Michael Jackson (15) and Joe Norman (13) combine for 28 tackles.
1997: Doug Brien kicks a 48-yard field goal in overtime as the Saints pull out a 20-17 victory at the Superdome. Darryl Williams leads the Seahawks’ defensive effort by returning an interception 44 yards for a touchdown, while Sam Adams has two sacks and Chad Brown recovers two fumbles.
2003: Bobby Engram returns a punt 83 yards for one touchdown and catches a 34-yard pass for another in a 34-14 win over the Lions in Seattle. Koren Robinson also recovers a fumble in the end zone for a TD, while Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck run for scores.
2008: T.J. Duckett runs for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but it’s not enough in a 26-20 loss to the Cardinals in Seattle as the Seahawks run for 43 yards and Matt Hasselbeck throws three interceptions. Josh Wilson has 10 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in the loss.
A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 15:
1987: The Seahawks force five turnovers and the defense shuts out the Packers in the second half of a 24-13 victory at the Kingdome. Curt Warner runs for 123 yards.
1992: The defense holds the Raiders to 188 yards, but the offense generates only a 43-yard field goal by John Kasay late in the fourth quarter of a 20-3 loss in Los Angeles.
1998: Joey Galloway returns a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and Chad Brown has two sacks in his 10-tackle effort, but Greg Davis kicks a 38-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining to give the Raiders a 20-17 victory in Oakland.
2009: Matt Hasselbeck throws 52 passes in 315-yard performance, T.J. Houshmandzadeh catches nine passes for 165 yards and Justin Forsett runs for 123 yards and a touchdown, but the Cardinals score 14 points in the fourth quarter to take a 31-20 victory 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.