On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 1:

1987: The Seahawks push their record to 5-2 during the strike-interrupted season by posting a 28-17 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at the Kingdome as Dave Krieg passes for three touchdowns in the team’s third consecutive win.

1999: Mike Holmgren, in his first season with the Seahawks, returns to Lambeau Field and the former Packers coach gets a 27-7 victory over his old team on “Monday Night Football.” The list of Seahawks who chip in on Holmgren’s happy homecoming is a long one as cornerback Shawn Springs intercepts two passes and blocks a field goal; Cortez Kennedy registers three sacks of Brett Favre; Ricky Watters runs for 125 yards; Jon Kitna passes for two touchdowns; and linebacker Chad Brown has 12 tackles.


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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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Polling data

We’ve asked you to “make the call” on a quartet of topics recently, so it’s time to check-in on how you’ve voted.

Asked to name the best single-season performance in Seahawks history, 346 of the 692 votes cast went to the obvious choice: Shaun Alexander’s efforts in 2005, when he became the only player in franchise history to be voted league MVP after leading the NFL in rushing and scoring a then-league record 28 touchdowns. Walter Jones’ continued dominance from his left tackle position in 2006 is a distant second with 106 votes.

Next up was the best game by a quarterback in club history. Warren Moon’s 409-yard, five-touchdown performance against the Raiders at the Kingdome in 1997 prompted the poll. But Moon is way behind Matt Hasselbeck’s four-TD showing in January’s stunning upset of the New Orleans Saints in a wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field. Hasselbeck has 239 of the 475 votes, compared to 75 for Moon.

A story on linebacker Chad Brown being voted to the 35th Anniversary team led to a poll to determine the best free-agent signing in franchise history. Brown is close, but trails wide receiver Bobby Engram by four, 206-202. Center Robbie Tobeck is third, with 120 of the 891 votes.

Today, the poll asked which of the eight “classes” that produced multiple members on the 35th Anniversary team was the best. Only 75 votes have been cast so far, with 29 going to the 1997 trio of Jones, Brown and Shawn Springs – one more than that 2001 “class” of Hasselbeck, Steve Hutchinson and Engram.


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Class reunions

Our recap of the Seahawks’ 1997 season focused on the arrivals that changed the course of the franchise – starting with owner Paul Allen, but also including free-agent addition Chad Brown and draft choices Walter Jones and Shawn Springs.

All three players were voted to the 35th Anniversary team, making ’97 one of eight years when more than one member of the reader-selected team joined the Seahawks.

But which “class” is the class of the 35th Anniversary team? Check out their credentials and then vote for your favorite:

1976 – Steve Largent and Dave Brown. These two were there at the start. Largent arrived in an Aug. 26 trade with the Houston Oilers and went on to set franchise records – and, at the time he retired after the 1989 season, NFL records – for receptions (819), receiving yards (13,089) and TD catches (100). Brown was obtained in the March 30 veteran allocation draft and became the club’s all-time leader in interceptions (50) and interception returns for touchdowns (five).

1982 – Joe Nash and Norm Johnson. Each arrived after the NFL draft, as a rookie free agent. Each performed like a first-round draft choice. In 15 seasons, Nash played in more games than anyone in franchise history (218). He also shares the all-time lead in blocked field goals (eight), ranks third in tackles (779) and sixth in sacks (47½). Johnson holds the club record for points scored (810), field goals (159) and PATs (333).

1984 – Bryan Millard and Fredd Young. Millard came to the Seahawks after playing two seasons in the old USFL, while Young was a third-round draft choice and went to the Pro Bowl twice as a linebacker and twice as a special teams performer. Millard started 99 games and was the best lineman in franchise history until Jones was selected in the first-round of the 1997 draft. Young led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1985-87).

1988 – Brian Blades and Rufus Porter. Blades was the team’s top choice, selected in the second round. Porter was a free-agent addition, and a late one at that. Blades ranks second to Largent in receptions (581) and receiving yards (7,620), and he’s No. 5 in TD catches (34). He caught 80 and 81 passes in 1993 and ’94, the most productive two-season stretch in franchise history. Porter is the only player voted to two spots on the 35th Anniversary team – linebacker and special teams player. He ranks No. 7 in sacks (37½), including a club-leading 10 in 1991; and led the team in special teams tackles in back-to-back seasons (1988-89).

1991 – Michael Sinclair and Rick Tuten. Sinclair was a sixth-round draft choice, while Tuten was signed on Oct. 9 – the third punter used by the Seahawks that season. Sinclair ranks second on the club’s all-time list in sacks (73½), including a league-leading 16½ in 1998. He also led the team in sacks three other times. Tuten, who punted a league-high 108 times in 1992, is the club’s all-time leader in punts (554), yards (24,266) and punts inside the 20 (147).

1997 – Chad Brown, Shawn Springs and Walter Jones. Brown was the team’s big free-agent addition, while Springs and Jones were acquired with the third and sixth picks in the draft. Brown led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1997-99). He ranks No. 3 in fumble recoveries (13), No. 4 in tackles (744) and No. 5 in sacks (48).  Springs is tied for fifth in interceptions (20), and returned two for touchdowns. Jones was voted to a franchise-high nine Pro Bowls and ranks second to Largent (197) in games started (180).

2000 – Robbie Tobeck and Shaun Alexander. Tobeck was signed in free agency, after playing his first six NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Alexander was selected in the first round of the draft. From his center position, Tobeck anchored the line that helped Alexander become the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing yards (9,429) and touchdowns (100). Their best season came in 2005, when Alexander was voted the league MVP after leading the NFL in rushing and scoring a then-NFL record 28 TDs; and Tobeck was voted to the only Pro Bowl of his career.

2001 – Matt Hasselbeck, Steve Hutchinson and Bobby Engram. Hasselbeck was acquired in a March trade with the Green Bay Packers. Hutchinson was a first-round pick in the April draft. Engram was signed in September, after being released by the Chicago Bears. The Seahawks never would have made it to the Super Bowl in 2005 without these three – as Hasselbeck passed for 3,459 yards and 24 TDs; Hutchinson joined Jones to form the most formidable side of any line in football; and Engram led the team with 67 receptions. Hasselbeck has become the franchise leader in career completions (2,572) and passing yards (29,579) and ranks second in TD passes (176). Hutchinson was voted to three consecutive Pro Bowls (2003-05). Engram also set a franchise record with 94 receptions in 2007.

Impressive stuff. But which “class” was the most impressive? You make the call …


Tackling trios

The Seahawks have had three or more players collect at least 100 tackles in the same season seven times in their first 35 years.

But it has happened only once since the 1996 season that we examined in the eighth installment of our series of seasonal recaps. That was in 2001, when the linebacking trio of Anthony Simmons (123), Chad Brown (106) and Levon Kirkland (101) turned the trick.

Since then, the only time the Seahawks have had two players do it in the same season was in 2009 – when linebacker David Hawthorne (116) and safety Jordan Babineaux (106) each did it for the first time in their careers.

Here’s a look at the other triple-digit tackling trios in franchise history, as well as the two seasons when five players each produced at least 100 tackles:

1976: Free safety Dave Brown (111), linebacker Mike Curtis (107), middle linebacker Ed Bradley (101).

1978: Middle linebacker Terry Beeson (club-record 153), linebacker Keith Butler (122), linebacker Sammy Green (115), cornerback Cornell Webster (113), free safety John Harris (113).

1980: Linebacker Michael Jackson (136), Harris (119), strong safety Keith Simpson (110), defensive tackle Robert Hardy (103), Beeson (101).

1981: Jackson (141), strong safety Kenny Easley (107), Butler (100).

1993: Free safety Eugene Robinson (111), linebacker Terry Wooden (106), middle linebacker Rod Stephens (105).

1996: Middle linebacker Dean Wells (107), linebacker Winston Moss (106), strong safety Robert Blackmon (102).

2001: Simmons, Brown, Kirkland.

And, speaking of tackles and trios, five players have led the Seahawks in tackles for at least three consecutive seasons: Beeson (1977-79), Jackson (1980-82), Fredd Young (1985-87), Chad Brown (1997-99) and Lofa Tatupu (2005-08).

Robinson also did it four times, but not consecutively (1988-89, 1992-93); while Simmons did it three times, but not in a row (2000-01, 2003).


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Cyber surfing: Friday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks on May 20:

Mike Sando of ESPN.com had readers vote for “Flash Point” franchise-turning events for each of the four teams in the NFC West, and the obvious – and overwhelming – choice for the Seahawks was Paul Allen buying the team in 1997. As one voter put it, “It is hard to point to any one of those (other) moments as the one point where it all changed. They were part of a long, ugly slide. Allen buying the team, though, was the one point in time where you can look and say, ‘It all changed right there.’ ”

In the wake of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s comments about being “ignored” by the Lakers because he doesn’t have a statute outside the team’s arena, Vic Carucci at NFL.com weighs in on which NFL players are deserving of the honor. His obvious pick for the Seahawks: Steve Largent.

We’ll go that nine better. In addition to the Hall of Fame wide receiver, Qwest Field needs statutes of all 10 members of the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor – which also would include Jim Zorn, Dave Brown, Pete Gross, Curt Warner, Jacob Green, Kenny Easley, Dave Krieg, Chuck Knox and Cortez Kennedy. The St. Louis Cardinals have such a display outside Busch Stadium, and walking through the statutes is a stroll down memory lane. But if it can be only one for the Seahawks, Largent definitely is the one.

Also from NFL.com, Adam Rank, well, ranks the NFL’s sixth toughest names. At No. 3 is former Seahawks fullback Mack Strong. Says Rank, “Conjures up the image of a mack truck and of course, there is strong in the name. Only rivaled by Homer Simpsons’ “Max Power” name on The Simpsons. But No. 3? Whose name could be tougher than Mack Strong? Find out here.

The funeral for Ron Springs, the late father of former Seahawks cornerback Shawn, was held Thursday and Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com has the details. The elder Springs, who died of a heart attack last week after a long illness, was remembered as a fun and friendly guy. As Shawn said, “You really don’t have any choice but being a friend with my dad. He would talk to everybody.” Including reporters along the sideline when he attended practices while his son was playing for the Seahawks.

At Seahawks.com, we continue our recaps of the team’s first 35 seasons with a look at 1984, a season that started with Curt Warner going down and out in the opener but concluded with a 12-4 record that remained a franchise best until 2005.

We also offer a poll to determine if you think there has been a better free-agent signing than Chad Brown – an unrestricted or restricted free agent. With 325 votes cast, wide receiver Bobby Engram (78) leads Brown (68). Note to those who are atwitter with your tweets: Mack Strong is not on the list because he joined the club as a college free agent – like Dave Krieg, Joe Nash, Eugene Robinson and Rufus Porter. Neither is Mike Williams, because he was a street free agent when signed last year.


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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.


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It’s all about winning

All Chad Brown ever wanted to do with the Seahawks – and any team he ever played for – was win.

Forget that jaw-dropping signing bonus the free-agent linebacker got from the Seahawks in 1997. And the pair of Pro Bowls he went to during his eight-season stay in Seattle. And the team MVP award he got in 1998 (the last player to win the since-discontinued honor). And all those tackles (744, No. 4 all-time) and sacks (48, No. 5 all-time).

Brown measured success in only one statistic: Victories.

“Winning is what comes first. Winning is why you play the game,” he said. “You don’t play the game to make the Pro Bowl. You play the game to win a Super Bowl. You don’t want to watch from the Pro Bowl; you want a ring from the Super Bowl.”

So imagine his frustration after the 2005 season.

“The year I left, I had an opportunity to sign back with Seattle, sign with Pittsburgh, sign with New England and Denver was interested,” Brown said. “So I chose New England, and who plays in the Super Bowl? The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks.

“I can laugh at it now. But watching that Super Bowl, I was not laughing.”

Brown, however, did enough during his pre-Super Bowl stay with the Seahawks to be voted to the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team. His story is the 14th in a series of articles profiling the players on the reader-selected team.


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