On this date: Krieg returns to lead victory

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Oct. 20:

Dave Krieg

1991: Dave Krieg returns after missing six games with an injury and leads a 27-7 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh by completing 25 of 31 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Tommy Kane catches six passes for 102 yards, but the TD throws go to Mike Tice and Jeff Chadwick.

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On this date: Seahawks trade up to draft Warner

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 26:

1983: Curt Warner is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft to provide the legs for new coach Chuck Knox’s “Ground Chuck” offense. The Seahawks trade their first-, second- and third-round picks to the Oilers to move into the third spot so they could select the Penn State running back. Warner rushed for 1,449 yards and 13 touchdowns as a rookie and finished his seven-season stay in Seattle with 6,705 rushing yards, 55 rushing TDs and three Pro Bowl berths.

2003: Marcus Trufant is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, thanks to an assist from former Seahawks tight end and then-Vikings coach Mike Tice. When the Vikings let their time elapse before making a selection at No. 9, the Seahawks jumped in and grabbed the former Washington State cornerback with the 11th pick overall. Trufant has started 123 games, was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2007 and named the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.

2008: Lawrence Jackson is selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, which also delivered tight end John Carlson (second round) and defensive lineman Red Bryant (fourth round). Jackson, a defensive end from USC, started 24 games in two seasons before being traded to the Lions.

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Nice for Tice

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Seahawks tight end Mike Tice has been a lot of things since his playing career ended.

From 1996-2005, he was with the Vikings as their tight ends coach (1996), offensive line coach (1997-2001), interim head coach (2001) and head coach (2002-05). Tice then spent 2006-08 as the assistant head coach/tight ends coach with the Jaguars. In 2009, he moved to the Bears in 2009 to coach the offensive line.

Now, Tice has added offensive coordinator to his coaching resume – replacing Mike Martz on Lovie Smith’s staff with the Bears.

“When you finish the season, I always look at what I think we need to do to take another step,” Smith said this morning at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I thought this was what we needed to do – making a change at that position.

“As far as why I went with Mike Tice, in the last couple years I’ve had a chance to see Mike in a lot of different roles – just what he was able to do with the offensive line. I just thought what Mike believes in and what I really believe in to be a good fit for us and for our football team. I had a chance to go through the interview process with Mike and I like everything he did with it. That’s why I made the move as quick as I did.”

Tice went to training camp with the Seahawks in 1981 as a rookie quarterback. After a few passes, the former University of Maryland QB was switched to tight end and started 83 games in two stints with the team (1981-88 and 1990-91). A solid blocker in Chuck Knox’s offense, Tice was selected to the Seahawks’ 25th Anniversary team.

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