The Seattle Seahawks joined the NFL in 1976. They enjoyed occasional periods of moderate success over their first 28 years before finally breaking through with a trip to the Super Bowl in 2005, that was regarded by man as the best Seahawks team ever at the time. Two more Super Bowls followed, including a win in 2014.
Whether at the top or the bottom of the standings, the Seahawks have always boasted some outstanding individual players. Check out my 2016 season predictions to see if I think this year’s team has anyone with the potential to land on this list. Here is a list of the top 10 greatest Seattle Seahawks of all time:
1. Walter Jones (OT)
In 180 career NFL games – all with the Seahawks – Jones allowed an amazingly low 23 sacks and was called for holding only nine times. His dominance resulted in nine Pro Bowl selections and a spot on the 2000s All-Decade team. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2014. He’s also the best draft pick we have ever had.
2. Steve Largent (WR)
Largent played 14 NFL seasons, all with the Seahawks. Upon his retirement, he held every major NFL receiving record, including receptions (819), yards(13,089) and touchdowns (100). A seven-time Pro-Bowl selection, he was named to the 1980s All-Decade team. In 1994, Largent – known affectionately as “Mr Seahawk” – was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
3. Cortez Kennedy (DT)
Like Jones and Largent, Kennedy played his entire career with the Seahawks. Over his 11 seasons, he was selected to eight Pro Bowls and was widely considered one of the best defensive tackles in the league. He was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and earned a spot on the 1990s All-Decade team. In 2012, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his fifth year on the ballot.
4. Kenny Easley (SS)
Easley starred seven seasons for the Seahawks in the early-and-mid ’80s before his career was cut short because of kidney disease. He earned five Pro Bowl selections, was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 and was named to the 1980s All-Decade team. Easley accomplished a great deal in a relatively short career.
5. Earl Thomas (FS)
In six NFL seasons, Thomas has already been to five Pro Bowls and has established himself as one of the premier defensive players in the league. Still just 27 years old, he has the opportunity to one day advance higher on this list if he can avoid injury and if he plays all or the majority of his career with the Seahawks.
6. Richard Sherman (CB)
Like Thomas, Sherman is both highly decorated and still young. He has been to three Pro Bowls in five seasons and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. He is one of the most feared cornerbacks in the league and was an integral part of the 2014 Seahawks team that won the Super Bowl.
7. Steve Hutchinson (OG)
Hutchinson spent the first five seasons of his 11-year career in Seattle. Three of his seven Pro Bowl appearances came with the Seahawks, a time when he teamed with Walter Jones to create one of the most dominant offensive line duos in the NFL. Hutchinson was also named to the 2000s All-Decade team and is a strong candidate for future inclusion in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
8. Marshawn Lynch (RB)
The recently retired “Beast Mode” earned four of his five Pro Bowls with the Seahawks. During his time in Seattle, he endeared himself to fans with his quirky personality and relentless running style. Lynch rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns during his career and helped lead Seattle to two Super Bowls, including a win in 2014.
9. Shaun Alexander (RB)
Alexander won the NFL’s MVP award in 2005 when he rushed for 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns. He played eight of his nine seasons with the Seahawks, earned three trips to the Pro Bowl and was named to the 2000s All-Decade team.
10. Jacob Green (DE)
Green played 12 of his 13 NFL seasons with the Seahawks. He’s still the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks with an official count of 97.5. Sacks didn’t become an official statistic until 1982, which makes Green’s unofficial count an even more impressive 116. He ended his career as a two-time Pro Bowler and number three on the NFL’s all-time career sack list.
The Seattle Seahawks have enjoyed several prominent seasons in the NFL. Their players have contributed to several outstanding seasons for the franchise. They have recently won a Super Bowl in 2014 when they beat the Denver Broncos and made other post-season appearances. Several important draft picks would change the future for the Seattle Seahawks. Look back at some of the best and worst draft selections from the franchise.
Best Picks #5 – CB Richard Sherman
Sherman hailed from Stanford and played well against Pac-10 offenses. He was selected during the 2011 draft, chosen by the Seahawks. Seattle would draft Richard Sherman with their fifth round pick. Since then, he has transformed the secondary of the team. Expect tight coverage against wide receivers whenever Richard Sherman is on the field and he’s a big reason the 2016 Seahawks are a strong playoff contender.
Best Picks #4 – RB Shaun Alexander
Seattle landed RB Shaun Alexander with the 19th overall pick of the first round in 2000. He proved to be well worth that slot during his first year. Shaun Alexander immediately had an impact for their offense. The RB would score 14 rushing touchdowns during the 2001 NFL season for Seattle. He would also set an NFL record in 2005, scoring 27 rushing touchdowns that season. During his career, he made the Pro-Bowl three times.
Best Picks #3 – WR Joey Galloway
The team had a high profile choice to make in 1995 in the first round. With the 8th overall pick, the would snag WR Joey Galloway. In five years for Seattle, he would score 37 times on the field. Joey Galloway would also catch 287 passes for 4,457 yards while with Seattle. In 2005, Galloway would end up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He enjoyed a 16 year career with the NFL and left a lasting impression for fans.
Best Picks #2 – G Steve Hutchison
In 2001, Seattle would be faced with an important draft choice. They secured G Steve Hutchison with the 17th overall pick. That would improve their offensive line going in to the next season. Steve Hutchison would spend five years with Seattle on the offensive line. He would be selected All Pro twice during that time frame. His performance would also help Seattle make its first Superbowl appearance.
Best Picks #1 – OT Walter Jones
After a standout college career with Florida State, Walter Jones was highly valued. The Seahawks selected Walter Jones with the 6th overall pick in the first round of 1997. His 12 year career would result in 4 All-Pro selections as well. Seattle has retired his #12 jersey and he will be inducted in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2016. One of our best players of all-time.
Worst Picks #5 – CB Walter Thurmond
He played well in college for Oregon, stifling offenses with his coverage. The Seahawks selected Thurmond during the 4th round of the 2011 NFL draft. He played well across 14 games of his rookie season for Seattle. But he has been limited by a string of injuries on the field. That has sidelined CB Walter Thurmond and kept him from performing his best on defense.
Worst Picks #4 – DT Marcus Tubbs
Seattle would place another important first round pick in 2004. They selected DT Marcus Tubbs with the 23rd overall pick. He started 11 games during his first season for the franchise. Unfortunately, knee injuries would sideline the defensive player for much of his career. He sat out most of 2006 and all of 2007 with the Seahawks.
Worst Picks #3 – QB Dan McGwire
In 1991, Seattle opted to pick QB Dan McGwire with the 16th overall selection of the first round. He was Mark McGwire’s brother and stood 6’4″ with a body weight of 240 pounds. Unfortunately, he would only start 5 games over 4 seasons with Seattle. Dan would leave the NFL by the 1996 season.
Worst Picks #2 – QB Rick Mirer
The Seahawks have had mixed results with the QB selections. They would draft QB Rick Mirer with the 2nd overall pick, first round of the 1993 draft. He secured the starting quarterback role in his rookie season. But his statistics would drop over the next three years. He would finally be traded from Seattle to Chicago years later.
Worst Picks #1 – LB Brian Bosworth
Seattle drafted LB Brian Bosworth with the first overall pick in 1987. He was dubbed “The Boz” while in college with Oklahoma. But he would only play three seasons for the Seahawks. A series of shoulder injuries would force him out of the NFL in 1989.
Super Bowl XLVIII was the championship football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. In this game, the Seahawks would represent the National Football Conference as its champion while the Denver Broncos would represent the American Football Conference. Both teams were coming off great seasons where they were among the most dominant teams in the league.
With this matchup, the Seattle Seahawks were a very strong defensive team while the Broncos were known for their high scoring offense. The two teams were lead by all pro quarterbacks Russell Wilson of the Seahawks and Peyton Manning of the Broncos. Despite this being a very appealing matchup, with the Denver Broncos favored by 2 points, the game was a blowout as the Seattle Seahawks easily won the game by a score of 43-8. Can they do it again this year? In my 2016 season preview I think there is a chance.
The game was played at Metlife Stadium in the first cold weather city in Super Bowl history. According to weather experts, a snowstorm was expected to hit the area during the game which caused some controversy. However, the snowstorm never occurred and both teams were able to play the game in nearly perfect conditions. This game was broadcast worldwide on the FOX station with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.
In the first quarter, the Seattle Seahawks would establish their dominance of the game with their defense. The Seahawks scored on a fumble recovery in the Broncos endzone which resulted in a safety to give Seattle a 2—0 lead. After getting a couple of defensive stops, the Seahawks would then score six more points on two field goals to jump out to an 8-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Seahawks would have a couple of decent scoring drives in the first quarter but were unable to score a touchdown. Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos were unable to make any progress in scoring points due to Seattle’s stifling defense.
The second quarter would be very similar to the first with Seattle shutting down the Broncos with their defense and scoring more points to increase their lead. The Seahawks would score a touchdown on a 1 yard running play by their halfback Marshawh Lynch. Then the Seahawks would score another touchdown on an interception return of 69 yards. After these two scoring plays, the Seahawks were leading 22-0 and in firm control of the game. Denver was still unable to get anything going on offense and by halftime, it looked like Seattle was going to easily win this game.
At the beginning of the third quarter, the Seahawks would score another touchdown on a kickoff return. Kick returner Harvin would run back the second half kickoff 87 yards to extend Seattle’s lead of 29-0. Then at the end of the third quarter, Russel Wilson would throw a touchdown pass of 23 yards to give the Seahawks a lead of 36-0. However, the Denver Broncos were finally able to get on the scoreboard as Peyton Manning threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Denarius Thomas and a two point conversion pass to receiver Wes Welker to make the score 36-8 at the end of the third quarter.
It is that time again. Time to break out the comfy pants and get ready for football. The year promises to be a good year for many teams. With all of the player moves and player retirements, teams would feel the same as they were last year. One such notable team are the Seattle Seahawks.
Lead by one of the better Quarterbacks in the league, Russell Wilson, they promises to be another pigskin powerhouse this year. Known for a fierce defense, fans can expect a high level of defensive play. With superstars like Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, and Cliff Avril, opposing teams should be ready for a hardcore battle.
The offense is shaping up to be pretty solid as well. Last year Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kerse, Luke Willson, and Tyler Lockett gave Russell Wilson some dangerous weapons in the passing game. The biggest difference for the Seahawks this year is going to be the loss of Marshawn Lynch. Christine Michael will have some big, powerful shoes to fill this year as he steps into the spotlight where Lynch once stood.
Regardless, I feel that it will be another solid year for the Seahawks as they coast into the playoffs. So far, the preseason has given Seattle Seahawk fans a lot to look forward to. And let’s not forget that Seattle’s home field advantage is one of the best in the NFL. Now, on to predictions.
As the season kicks off, the Seahawks fill find themselves pitted against the Miami Dolphins. I can’t think of a better team to allow the Seahawks to get their feet wet in the regular season. I see Seattle emerging victorious in this contest. This will be a good game for the running back, Christine Michael, to strut his stuff. The Dolphins aren’t really known for a good run defense and I predict the Seahawks taking full advantage of this.
The next three weeks should be equally easy wins for Russell Wilson and team. It isn’t until week 7 where they find themselves up against a team that could pose a problem. Week 7 has the Seahawks against the Cardinals, and if last year is any indication of how they will play this year, this could very well be the first Seahawk loss of the season.
Then going into week 8 will prove another difficult game as they face off against the Saints. Saints are a solid team if they fire on all cylinders. I predict this is going to a narrow victory for the Seahawks.
Week 9 will be a reprise from tough teams and the Seahawks should win easily against the Bills.
Week 10 had them facing the dreaded Patriots, I do not see things going well for Seattle in this game and will probably be loss number three.
After Brady and Pats, the Seahawks should coast through week 11 and 12 until they come up against another solid team in the Panther’s. I am calling loss number four here and another loss against Aaron Rodgers and company in week 14.
They should win out the rest of the season putting them with a final record of 11 – 5.
This should be a good enough record to get to the playoffs. Depending on how the brackets end up being laid out, the Seahawks could have a chance of returning to the Superbowl this year. Fans should take comfort in the fact that the Seahawks will be a force to be reckoned with this year.