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.
A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 7:
1976: The expansion Seahawks capture their first regular-season victory at the Kingdome with a 30-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons as Sherman Smith becomes the first Seahawk to post a 100-yard rushing performance (124 yards on 14 carries).
1999: Jon Kitna passes for three touchdowns, Ricky Watters scores twice as part of a 133-yard rushing effort and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy intercepts a pass in a 37-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at the Kingdome.
2004: Shaun Alexander rushes for 160 yards and two touchdowns; Matt Hasselbeck passes for three TDs, including two to Darrell Jackson, who had five catches for 114 yards; and linebacker Anthony Simmons returns an interception for a score in a 42-27 victory over the 49ers in San Francisco.
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.
The most-successful season in franchise history? Easy, it was 2005. The Seahawks won a best-ever 13 games, including a club record 11 in a row; won the only conference championship in the team’s first 35 seasons; and played in the Super Bowl for the first time.
But the best individual season in franchise history? Just as easy? The obvious choice is what Shaun Alexander did in ’05, when he became the only Seahawk ever voted league MVP while scoring a then-NFL record 28 touchdowns and rushing for a league-leading and club-record 1,880 yards.
But was it really the best single-season effort in the team’s first 35 seasons? Here are 10 others to ponder, in chronological order:
Kenny Easley in 1984 – The Pro Bowl and All-Pro strong safety was voted NFL defensive player of the year, as he intercepted an AFC-leading 10 passes and returned two for touchdowns. He also volunteered to return punts and averaged 12.1 yards.
Steve Largent in 1984 – It was difficult to select a single season for the Hall of Fame wide receiver. He did, after all, lead the team in receiving for 12 consecutive seasons (1976-87). But in ’84, when he was voted All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl, Largent had 74 receptions for 1,164 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He had seasons with more receptions (79 in 1985; 75 in 1981; and 74 in 1984). He had seasons with more yards (a club-record 1,287 in ’85; 1,237 in 1979; and 1,224 in 1981). But the 12 TD catches in ’84 were a career-high, and the reception and yardage totals in the team’s 12-4 season were close enough. Others also had more receptions (94 by Bobby Engram in 2007; 87 by Darrell Jackson in 2004; and 81 and 80 by Brian Blades in 1994 and 1993). But they didn’t have the yardage and TD totals to match Largent’s ’84 season.
Fredd Young in 1985 – This was the crossroads season in his four-year stay with the club, as Young the linebacker led the team in tackles (the first of three seasons in a row) and Young the coverage man was voted to the Pro Bowl as a special teams player (for the second consecutive season).
Cortez Kennedy in 1992 – On a team that went 2-14, Kennedy was the NFL defensive player of the year. In addition to producing a career-high and team-leading 14 sacks, the Pro Bowl and All-Pro defensive tackle also had a career-high 93 tackles – and many of them had to be seen to be believed.
Eugene Robinson in 1993 – The Pro Bowl and All-Pro free safety led the team in tackles (111) and interceptions (nine). He also did it in 1992 (94 and seven), but not with the totals he put up in ’93.
Joey Galloway in 1998 – In his final full season with the Seahawks, Galloway used his speed and explosiveness to lead the team in receptions (65 for a 16.1-yard average and 10 TDs) and also averaged 10.0 yards returning punts with two more scores.
Ricky Watters in 2000 – While he never came close to rushing for the numbers Alexander compiled in 2005, Watters led the team in rushing (1,242 yards) in 2000 and also shared the lead in receptions (63, the fourth-highest total by a running back in club history). Fullback John L. Williams also led the team in rushing (once) and receiving (three times), but never in the same season.
Josh Brown in 2004 – The clutch-kicking Brown was almost perfect in 2004, when he made each of his 40 PATs and 23 of 25 field-goal attempts, including 16 in a row to tie the then-club record. Olindo Mare in 2009, when he was 28-of-28 and 24-of-26 and also began a consecutive field-goal streak that would reach 30 games in 2010? Brown got the nod on points scored, 109-100.
Walter Jones in 2006 — It’s just so diffucult to find stats that describe just how dominant the All-Pro and Pro Bowl left tackle was. But in ’06, The Sportings News ranked Jones not as the best blocker in the NFL but the best player. Period. Here’s what they had to say: “Walter Jones may not be the most exciting player in the NFL — he’s an offensive tackle, for cryin’ out loud — but he is the most efficient. Instead of making big plays, he prevents them. Over and over and over, with the consistency of a fine timepiece. The Seahawks’ left tackle makes domination so routine, he barely is noticed. But we are not taking Jones for granted. On our list of the 101 best players in the NFL, he’s No. 1.”
Matt Hasselbeck in 2007 – It was the last time he started 16 games, and Hasselbeck made the most of it by setting club records for completions (352) and passing yards (3,966) and also throwing a career-high 28 TD passes. Dave Krieg had a club-record 32 TD passes and 3,671 yards in 1984, but he threw 24 interceptions – compared to 12 for Hasselbeck in ’07.
So whose season was the best season? You make the call.
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.