Joined the NFL as an AFC expansion franchise in 1976. Moved to the NFC in 2001 and has never relocated.
League Championships: None
Conference Championships: 1 – 2005 (NFC)
Division Championships: 4 – 1988 (AFC West), 1999 (AFC West), 2004 (NFC West), 2005 (NFC West)
Playoff Appearances: 8 – 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
2005 Finish: 13-3, 1 st Place NFC West, NFC Champion, Super Bowl Runner-up
2004: 9-7 2005: 13-3 2006: 9-7 2007: 10-6 2008: 4-12 2009: 5-11 2010: 7-9
2011 Draft Grade
Seattle Seahawks (F-)
25: James Carpenter (43, 40 = 42) -17
75: John Moffitt (84, 86 = 85) -10
99: K.J. Wright (125, 85 = 105) -6
107: Kris Durham (221, 254 = 238) -131
154: Richard Sherman (255, 255 = 255) -101
156: Mark Legree (208, 255 = 232) -76
173: Byron Maxwell (255, 255 = 255) -82
205: Lazarius Levingston (255, 255 = 255) -50
242: Malcom Smith (255, 255 = 255) -13
Reach, reach, small reach, huge reach, huge reach, big reach, big reach, reach, must have dirt on Pete Carol reach with the last pick. I actually like the picks of Carpenter and John Moffit (the first will be a starting OT for this team, and the 2nd will probably start at OG – this team had the worst offensive line in football) and K.J. Wright and Richard Sherman are, at least, a little intriguing with their elite physical gifts – but one would almost have to try to not pick a single value player in the draft. If it helps the draft get any worse for the Hawks, I think their trade that gave up a 2nd round pick was terrible for them. A team with needs at a lot of spots might have gotten 2 starters from this draft. Gross. Pete Carroll’s second draft didn’t go nearly as well as the first. This was nearly -500 on the value-meter. No other team got even close to Seattle in that regard. There draft was damn near two F’s and a D.
Draft Pick Total: 1236– Player Rankings Total: 1722 —- TOTAL RANKING: -486
2011 Mock Draft
Seattle Seahawks 7-9 – Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College: If the Hawks can pull this off, it would truly be a grand theft situation. The Hawks need offensive line push as bad as any team in the league. I know Marshawn Lynch doesn’t have Chris Johnson’s burst, but just so, think how hard it must be for him to run when he’s stuck making people miss as soon as Hasselbeck hands him the ball. He had more impressive 1-yard runs after he got traded to the Seahawks than any back I watched last season. Castonzo would be a great addition to the Hawks group, and while passing up on local folk hero and quarterback prospect Jake Locker wouldn’t be a hit with the fans in the Northwest, it’s probably the right thing to do. I’m rooting for Jake to do great things and become a great player in the NFL, but it’s hard for me to see that when I watch the Ferndale product play quarterback in college. I know his receivers didn’t help him out too often, but it’s normal for him to miss open throws, and I don’t think great quarterbacks can do that. The Hawks need help on the line, and if they can get a top 4 OT in Round 1, that’s just too tough to pass up.
2008 NFL DRAFT GRADES
Seattle Seahawks: B+
I really like what Lawrence Jackson brings to the table. I think solid all around defensive ends don’t get as much love as they used to, and Jackson is one of those guys. He’s not super flashy like the pass rushing ends in today’s NFL, but this kid can really do it all. He had 30+ sacks at USC and helps stuff the run. He’ll be a nice player for this team – maybe not a full time guy this year, but he’ll start soon.
John Carlson wasn’t my favorite TE, and I didn’t like how he fumbled around with the ball so much – but he does get the job done, and he does it blocking and receiving. I think that’s a nice option to have, he’s a good blocker and can get down the field and make a play, that way defenses can’t load up on him one way or the other.
Red Bryant is a beast of a man that is meant to eat up blockers. It seems like the Hawks always have trouble keeping their defensive lineman healthy and they need force up the middle to keep their linebackers free. I like Bryant’s strength and his speed is underrated.
Owen Schmitt is a kid that has more passion than most. He’s willing to step in front of a train for his team, and could become a nice full back option for a team that really lost a great one when Mack Strong retired. He’s an absolute beast that slightly resembles the Hulk.
Tyler Schmitt (no relation to Owen) is a special teams guy. That’s it. In the 6th round, the Hawks went ahead and locked up a guaranteed stud at long snapper, making sure they get the ball back accurately and on time. He’s not a bad special teams tackler and the Hawks will get use out of him from Day 1.
Justin Forsett could give the Hawks a little quickness in the backfield that they just don’t have. Forsett didn’t run as fast as many expected, but his lateral quickness and playmaking ability is obvious. He could help Seattle’s grouping of big backs.
Brandon Coutu was seen by many as the best kicker in the draft. He’ll be competing with Olindo Mare, so he’ll probably win the job – lets be honest.
2007 Seattle Seahawks
Seattle, though very reluctantly as it seemed, made it back to the playoffs in 2006, sneaking by the Cowboys in the Wild Card Round, and losing in overtime to the Bears in Round 2. The regular season, and playoffs, seemed almost painful for the Hawks. Nothing moved smoothly during the season, as everything seemed pressed, and injuries put their mark on the team. But throughout everything, Seattle remained an NFC power, taking the weak NFC West and coming up 15 yards short from attempting a game winning field goal against the Bears. Hasselbeck was injured and out for much of the season, and seemed only a fraction of himself after coming back from his injury late in the season. ’05 MVP, Shaun Alexander, struggled through the Madden Curse, coming up short of 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns for the first time since 2000. Shaun finished with 896 yards and 7 scores, playing in 10 games. The receiving corps headed by Darrell Jackson and Deion Branch didn’t make the Hawks as potent through the air as Seattle Brass had intended, but unless one of the two is moved, it looks like Seattle will give the duo another shot in ’07. With a healthy Matt, I think Seattle’s passing game will come together nicely.
2007 Off-Season Plans:
The Hawks have looked like a team shopping many players this off-season, but haven’t pulled the trigger on anything huge yet. They tried to pull Chris Dielman away from San Deigo, but the Charger took less money to remain LT’s main blocker. And Darrell Jackson has been talked about moving teams as well. The loss of Steve Hutchinson is starting to look like the Curse of the Babe in Boston, but there’s still 90 more years or so before that’s even a possibility. I know the Hawk brass wishes they just made Hutch rich last season. On the defensive side of the ball, the Hawks stepped up and signed Jaguar safety, Deon Grant to a big deal, they replaced Grant Wistrom with Patrick Kerney, and Marcus Pollard took team idiot, Jeremy Stevens spot at tight end. Stevens definitely has more talent than Pollard, but dropped passes aren’t something Marcus has, neither is drunk driving, marijuana use, or girlfriend abuse. Sounds like a good deal to me. Cleveland’s safety, Brian Russell also signed with Seattle, giving the Hawks a new look in the secondary. Bobby Engram is also back with the team. As for the Hawk draft, expect them to pick someone everyone doesn’t think much of with their picks, then expect them to play above expectations, and help the team in many areas. They don’t have a 1st pick, so they don’t register on my Mock, but a player like Ben Grubbs would help the Hawks O-Line, and his great feet make him an ideal fit for the Hawks pulling system. That athleticism has been missed since Steve left for Minnesota.