My countdown continues with the 2004-2005 season. In case you were wondering, that picture to the right is no mistake. Jerry Rice did in fact play in one season for the Seattle Seahawks. In 2004 Rice requested a mid-season trade from the Raiders and ended up on a Seahawks squad that was looking for a veteren presence in their recieving corps. While he did not have a huge impact, it was fun to have him in Seattle for a season.
Hopefully, 2004 will one day be bounced out of the top 10, but until it is, this is what we have. 2004 was a bitter sweet year for the Seahawks. They won the NFC West for the second time under Mike Holmgren, earning the title on the last game of the season with a dramatic 4th quarter two-point conversion stop against Atlanta.
As fate would have it, Seattle earned the 4th seed in the playoffs with a 9-7 record. St. Louis squeaked in to the playoffs with an 8-8 record good enough for a 5th seed match against the Seahawks. The Minnesota Vikings also finished with an 8-8 record, but St. Louis won the tie breaker with a superior conference record. Earlier in the season, Seattle had lost twice to St. Louis. What looked like a final chance to finish off an inferior yet pesky opponent turned sour from the start. The Rams jumped out to an early lead setting the stage for a Seattle comeback.
The Seahawks did manage to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but gave up a tying field goal, and game winning touchdown to the Marc Bulger-led rams in the 4th quarter. Sadly, not even the 12th Man could give the Seahawks that little boost they needed to finish off the Rams.
Despite the overall disappointment of this season, and the subpar season point differential of -2, this team beat out the ’99 squad because it did not suffer the second half collapse, and it was the first of four straight NFC West titles for the Seahawks. That, and it was the only one of the three remaining candidates that didn’t include Brian Bosworth on the roster.
By The Numbers:
Regular Season Record: 9-7 (AFC West Champion)
Playoff record: 0-1 (4 seed)
Points for: 371
Points against: 373
Turn overs forced: 35
Turn overs allowed: 27
Noteable opponetns and games:
Week 5: St. Louis Rams –The Rams team that included Marc Bulger, Issac Bruce, Torrey Holt, Marshall Faulk, and Steven Jackson simply had Seattle’s number. They won 33-27 in OT week 5, 23-12 in week 10, and 27-20 in the Wild Card Round. Shaun Alexander averaged over 132 yards per game against the Rams that season, but the Seahawks couldn’t find the end zone enough to match Marc Bulger’s passing attack.
Week 6: Tom Brady – New England QB The Seahawks lost to the eventual Super Bowl champions 20-30. Tom Brady completed passes to 8 different receivers and UW’s Correy Dillon ran for 105 yards.
Week 7: Emmit Smith – Arizona RB Emmit Smith recorded his final 100-yard rushing game with 106 yards against the Seahawks in a 25-17 Cardinals victory including the final touchdown of the game.
Week 11: Wes Welker – Miami Special Teams In 2004, Welker played for three different teams and didn’t catch a pass. In the game against Seattle, Welker returned 4 kicks and 3 punts for a total of 124 yards. The Seahawks won the game 24-17.
Week 12: Drew Bledsoe Buffalo – QB and ex-WSU Cougar Bledsoe threw for 275 yards, a TD and 3 INT’s. Willis McGahee ran for 116 yards and 4 TD’s on route to a 38-9 romp by the Bills.
Week 13: Shootout against the Cowboys The Seahawks lost a high octane Monday Night Football game 43-39 against the Dallas cowboys. Julius Jones of the Cowboys ran for 198 and 3 TDs yards. Jerry Rice of the Seahawks caught 8 passes for 145 yards and 1 TD, proving that he was still a solid contributer even in his later years as a player.
Week 14: Randy Moss – Minnesota WR The Seahawks survived a 4-catch, 104-yard, 1 TD performance by Randy Moss en route to a 27-23 victory. Behind Matt Hasselbeck’s 334 yards, and two second half field goals by Josh Brown the Seahawks secured the win.
Week 17: Michael Vick – Atlanta QB This was the season that Michael Vick took the Falcons to the NFC Championship game. Allthough Vick rested for most of the game, he would then go on to lead the Falcons to a win against the St. Louis Rams in the NFC divisional round. It was perhaps the only time that a large number of Seahawks fans have ever rooted for Michael Vick.
Offensive Standout: Shaun Alexander – 1,866 total yards, 20 total TD’s
Defensive Standout: Ken Lucas – 63 solo tackles, 8 assists, 6 INT, 1 pic 6, 1 forced fumbles.
Team Stat of the year: +8 turn over differential
Notable Draft Picks: Sean Locklear OT
That Year’s Super Bowl: XXIX New England Patriots 20 Philadelphia Eagles 17
Six Seattle Seahawks are headed to the Pro Bowl this year. The big question that everyone is asking is, “Does anybody care?” Last year’s players were accused of not competing, not playing hard enough, and basically playing a boring game. It resulted in a 59 to 41 AFC victory. Earlier this season, when asked about his Prow Bowl snub, Seattle’s own Richard Sherman seemed indifferent. He stated only that he wanted to be listed on the all-pro team.
In fact, criticism of the NFL’s all star game has grown so strong that there has been speculation that Roger Goodell may cancel future Pro Bowls if this year’s game is a flop. If he did, it would be a shame for the NFL’s youngest fans, the kids, who really believe that watching their heroes in an all star game is an exciting event.
My strongest memory of the Prow Bowl was in 1995. That year, Seahawks’ running back Chris Warren broke the Prow Bowl record for yards in a game at 127. Soon after that, his own AFC teammate, Marshall Faulk (then of the Indianapolis Colts) broke Warrens record by gaining 180 yards. Yes, the same record went down twice in one game by players from the same team.
I was young that year, and knew more about NCAA football than I did about NFL football. Maybe that was why I was so excited to see a Seattle player take a record in a bowl game. Then, when Marshall Faulk topped Warren’s record, I felt like I would feel years later when Shaun Alexander lost his share of the single season TD title to LaDainian Tomlinson the next season.
On Sunday, Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, and Leon Washington all have chances to put their names in the record books. All though, for Russell Wilson to get in the record books, he would have to put up impressive individual numbers. Peyton Manning owns most quarterback career marks. Perhaps playing behind his linemen Max Unger and Russell Okung will work to Wilson’s advantage.
It is true that some fans may be turned away from the Pro Bowl by the lack of hard hits, the no-blitz-allowed rule, mandatory 4-3 defense, Maddenesque scoring, and overall lack of competitiveness. There is still potential for some good performances by the best players that the NFL had to offer this season; at least the players not playing in the Super Bowl. In a way, the next two weeks are like a curtain call. The supporting cast coming out to take their bow first, and the biggest stars coming out to play one more game for the title.
In addition to the game itself, the event has always been a nice event for the city of Honolulu, and the State of Hawaii. If Seattle fans feel isolated having their team playing in the northwest, imagine how Hawaian fans feel being so far removed from the rest of the country as to not have a team.
Not only is the Pro Bowl a good chance to involve Hawaii in the world of professional football, this year, the league is reaching out across the pacific. The NFL is using the Pro Bowl weekend to help promote American football in Japan. To help strengthen the bond between American Football and Japanese American Football, the Pro Bowl squads will feature practices at Pearl Harbor, and coaching exchanges with Japanese coaches.
Believe it or not, football is actually played in Japanese high schools, colleges, and they have a semi-pro league that features a mix of Japanese and international players. Their championship is now called the X-bowl, and dates back to 1987. For the big picture of the growth of American football, building this international connection can only be seen as a positive.
While the Ichiro of football still may be a few generations away, this weekends prow bowl is dominated by American players. At the end of the day, the bloated statistics, and fanfare in Hawaii may not be as exciting as the Harbaugh brothers playing chess in between rounds of million dollar commercials. However, it is still football, and I’m going to watch it. Let’s hope that the players put on a good show, and that our Seattle Seahawks players give us something to cheer for.
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It’s time to move on to the next division in our “March Madness” voting for the Greatest Seahawk Ever. This time, it’s the offensive skill position players. Our goal here is to narrow the field down to the top 4, so vote for your top 4 in this … [visit site to read more]
Re-signing Marshawn Lynch is definitely a priority for the Seahawks this off-season. Lynch was the centerpiece of the offense, and a vital cog of this entire team. Losing him to free agency would definitely set this team back. The Seahawks need to re-sign him. He knows it. Everyone knows it. Lynch is going to get paid.
But how much is too much? Lynch is a powerful back, but his lack of speed means he isn’t the explosive playmaker that Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson are. He’s also not the threat in the passing game the way Steven Jackson is. Though he isn’t those things, he is perhaps the best at what he does. He is called “beast mode” for a reason.
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The past few days have been pretty busy around Seattle; Seafair weekend offered plenty of activities that kept everyone mostly entertained.
It was not a perfect weekend, however.
The weather wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. Overcast skies and occasional rain showers aren’t exactly ideal for outdoor activities in the summer.
Along with the weather, Seattle-area residents were reminded of Super Bowl XL. Rain in August suddenly didn’t seem so bad.
Nearly five years ago, the Seattle Seahawks played the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL. It was the first Super Bowl appearance ever for Seattle and an optimistic fan base had never been more excited about professional football. According to the Pacific Northwest and before XL, the Seattle Seahawks were the best team in the National Football League that season.
Seattle scored 452 points during the 2005 regular season, more than any other offense. Matt Hasselbeck completed 65.5% of his passes and Shaun Alexander scored a then-NFL record 28 touchdowns. The offense was fueled by four Pro Bowl blockers, including Mack Strong, Robbie Tobeck, Steve Hutchinson, and Walter Jones.
After defeating the Carolina Panthers 34-14 at Qwest Field, there was no reason not to feel confident. The Seahawks, featuring an explosive offense and an opportunistic defense, were the team to beat.
And then the worst possible scenario occurred: not only did the Seattle Seahawks lose Super Bowl XL, they lost a game marred by several questionable calls. That devastating loss brought the city of Seattle from the highest high to the lowest low.
Seahawks fans aren’t whiners. They aren’t unsportsmanlike or sore losers. Seattle is a championship-deprived city that felt robbed following Super Bowl XL.
I think everyone understands that good teams will play through bad penalties. Unfortunately, the Seattle Seahawks were not a good team on February 5, 2006. Bad calls may have left a bad taste in the mouths of Seahawks fans, but there is no guarantee the Steelers wouldn’t have won even with better officiating.
But the pain still lingers. Super Bowl XL is like an open wound that never really heals. The questionable calls will forever leave Seattle fans asking, “What if?”
What if Darrell Jackson wasn’t flagged for pass interference? What if Ben Roethlisberger was called down short of the goal line? What if Sean Locklear wasn’t called for holding?
Unfortunately, there’s an endless amount of questions that could be asked.
When Bill Leavy admitted fault last week, it didn’t heal any wounds. As a fan, I did not feel vindicated or any better about the loss.
I didn’t need Bill Leavy to tell me he screwed up. It may justify any lingering bitterness, but it also opens wounds suffered over four years ago.
I try to forget. But I can’t stop asking, “What if?”
At least now we aren’t only whining; Bill Leavy admitted he screwed up:
It was a tough thing for me. I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game, and as an official you never want to do that. It left me with a lot of sleepless nights, and I think about it constantly. I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better.
The only true vindication will come when the Seahawks bring a Lombardi trophy back to Seattle. Until then, it will be hard to forget or forgive what happened in Super Bowl XL.
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For about a half-decade, the Seahawks did not need to worry about finding someone capable of running the football. Between 2001 and 2005, Shaun Alexander averaged 1,770 total yards of offense and nearly 20 touchdowns per season.
Regardless of how you feel about Shaun Alexander, you can’t deny his production.
Unfortunately, the Seahawks have not had a consistent threat at running back since Shaun Alexander’s demise. Maurice Morris, Julius Jones, T.J. Duckett, and several others have been unable to excite fans or intimidate opposing defenses.
The Seattle Seahawks never found a replacement for Alexander. Until now.
Justin Forsett could be the next big thing in Seattle. Maybe not an MVP-caliber back, but definitely productive and dynamic.
According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, Forsett is one of ten players who could be primed for a breakout season in the NFL:
Forsett, in his third season out of Cal, is everything LenDale White wasn’t — undersized, dedicated, productive, and an instant Pete Carroll favorite.
The Seahawks had the league’s 26th-ranked running game last season, but they might have been much more effective had they put the ball in Forsett’s hands. The 5-foot-8, 194-pound back averaged 5.4 yards in 114 carries with four touchdowns, and caught 41 balls out of the backfield. He was far more explosive than Julius Jones, who was limited to fewer than 50 yards in more than half of his starts last season.
Forsett was impressive in limited action last season, and several fans were disappointed he wasn’t given more of an opportunity. With a crowded backfield heading into training camp, however, Forsett could be stuck in a limited role again this season.
But if Farmer is accurate in his assessment and Forsett has become an “instant Pete Carroll favorite,” is it possible he could shoot up the depth chart and receive a majority of carries in Seattle?
Of course, the additional workload would be warranted. Not only was Forsett impressive last season, according to ProFootballFocus.com, he was the most “elusive” back in the National Football League. Ahead of backs like Jonathan Stewart, Pierre Thomas, Ray Rice, and Adrian Peterson, Forsett was by far the most elusive:
The toughest back to bring down in 2009 by our study was Forsett… Forsett was noticeably shifty and tough as a runner and receiver, and it will be interesting to see where he fits in 2010, with Seattle having added LenDale White and Leon Washington in the offseason.
I’m not sure Forsett is a prototypical workhorse, but he could become Seattle’s first option at running back. If Forsett earns the majority of touches in Seattle, he could experience a breakout season.
Farmer’s assessment has me even more excited for training camp.
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