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Morning links: Hawks’ slide brings back memories of ’92 team

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 6, 2008 at 11:15 am with 16 Comments »
November 6, 2008 11:15 am

We take a trip down memory lane this morning with TNT’s Dave Boling, who has covering the Seahawks for several years. Boling compares this year’s team to probably the worst team in franchise history, the 1992 team that finished 2-14. If you remember, that defense was pretty good, with Cortez Kennedy earning league defensive MVP honors, even though the Seahawks were horrible.

Boling covered the Seahawks back then, and looks back at everything that went wrong that season. If you think this season is bad, it’s a walk in a park compared to the 1992 campaign. Here’s an excerpt:

The 2008 problems are that a banged-up offense can’t generate enough points or possession time to help out the defense. Ha, they’ve got nothing on the 1992 bunch.

The three quarterbacks who started games that season – Dan McGwire, Kelly Stouffer and Stan Gelbaugh – combined for a passer rating of 48.9. At one point, McGwire was "shooting his age" with a rating of 24.

They were sacked a total of 67 times as rookie left tackle Ray Roberts struggled so much that opposing defenders were reputed to argue over who got to line up over him.

In a six-game stretch in the middle of the season, the Hawks scored 22 points.

Seattle Seahawks

Matt Hasselback told KIRO-AM radio during he weekly show that he’ll see back specialist Dr. Stan Herring in Seattle tonight to see if he’ll be cleared to start practice.

"I guess this is his way of putting the pressure on," Hasselbeck told KIRO, when asked if he would play against Arizona on Nov. 16. "If there’s any question about him still pushing, still grinding, still being very fired up about this season, he is.

"And that’s his style. And it’s probably going to work. I’ll probably be out there tomorrow, and hopefully that will bode well for next week."

Hasselbeck also said he’s still in pretty good shape, and has been keeping up with his cardio by swimming.

Listen to the full interview here.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter has a league-high 11 ½ sacks this season, but he was back doing what he does best on Wednesday, talking trash and stirring the pot.

Coach Mike Holmgren and several Seahawks had some interesting thoughts on Barack Obama winning the presidential election on Tuesday.

Good news on Patrick Kerney, who should return this season.

Josh Wilson is emerging as a solid contributor in his second season as a starting cornerback for the Seahawks, writes Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald.

Albert Breer of the Sporting News says backup Quarterback should be considered the second-most important position on a team because they back up the most important position, the starting quarterback. He rates the backup quarterbacks who have played so far this season. Seneca Wallace is seventh.

Pro football Weekly offers a midseason report on every team in the NFL, and ranks Seattle 26th.

John Clayton grades the NFC West.

The Miami Dolphins relatively unknown receiving corps are starting to get noticed, reports Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald.

Miami head coach Tony Sparano is looking to improve the play of his offensive line and add depth, reports Edgar Thompson of the Palm Beach Post.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Dolphins blog has a good resource of audio and video if you’re looking for information on the Dolphins.

San Francisco 49ers

If anything, new 49ers coach Mike Singletary has put San Francisco back on the map nationally for the first time in awhile.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat columnist Lowell Cohn posts the full transcript of his conversation with 49ers executive Jed York.

The 49ers would like to get rookie offensive lineman Chilo Rachal some game reps this season, Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider has some suggestions to bring San Francisco back to prominence. They include signing former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Republic columnist Paola Boivin writes about the special relationship between Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could become the second rookie in two weeks to get a starting job, replacing starter Eric Green. Rookie running back Tim Hightower replaced Edgerrin James last week.

Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle, who returned an interception 40 yards for at touchdown against St. Louis last week, earned NFC Player of the Week honors. Rolle twice won the award last season.

St. Louis Rams

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that cornerback Tye Hill’s knee is giving him problems and he will miss Sunday’s game against the Jets.

Little-used running back Kenneth Darby could start because of injuries to Stephen Jackson and the rest of the Rams running backs. Darby is playing with a heavy heart. His father, Steve Woods, passed away due to cancer in November of 2006, Darby’s senior season at Alabama.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Jeff Gordon says the Rams have run out of options at running back.

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  1. I remember ’92 but I’d rather block it out (and most of the ’90s).

    Why can’t we talk about ’83 or ’84? That was much more fun.

    I guess we’re all “Doom and Gloom.”

  2. Fredline says:

    I can remember having 6 FREE tickets to a Hawks game against the Bucs in like ’94. I couldn’t even GIVE away the other 4 tickets.

  3. OutSydeDog says:

    The whole time Berhing owned the team, it was horrible. Of course, he wanted to move to CA, so he wrecked the team, and tried to kill the fan base. I’ve been a Seahawk fan long enough that 2-14 was okay, as long as both wins were against the Raiders :) Mike McCormmick was absolutely the best GM we’ve had. Berhing canned him and Knox soon after. BTW, thank you again PA, for saving our Seahawks.

    GO HAWKS!!!

  4. CowboysP says:

    I went to many of the games in the early 90’s in a suite at the Dome.

    It was definitely cool. Great food. Great deserts. Easy parking. And not many people, even in the suites. And you got to know everyone that worked there. Plus it was always 70 deegrees, and dry.

    Normally, near the end of the game, all the fans had left, and you could go right down near the front row on the 100 level, and watch the end of the game at field level. It was very cool.

  5. Well Even if we go to spoiler Im all in got my Arizonia tickets in hand.

  6. halnelson says:

    Where is the story about Holmgren’s thoughts on the election that is referred to?

  7. OutSydeDog says:

    Talk about empty….did anybody notice how few people were at the Seahawk/SF game? Looked 1/2 full at best, with a lot of Seattle fans there.

    GO HAWKS!!!

  8. I didn’t expect the ’92 team to go to the Super Bowl. When they sucked, I wasn’t too crushed.

    I expected this years team to make a serious run at winning it all. This season is worse, even if they finish with more wins, because the expectations were much higer.

  9. Haha, I remember that year, I was 11, my dad took me to a game and we went to by tix from a scalper, it was only $20 for both. We got to sit on 40 yard line. It was a great experience. Hot dogs were were 1.50, my dad’s beer was $2. I think the worst was when the Hawks played at Husky Stadium.

  10. CowboysP says:

    “I expected this years team to make a serious run at winning it all.”

    BobbyK – It was called unrealistic expectations. Holmgren should have NEVER gotten everyone’s hopes so high, with the “we’re going to finish this right” BS that he was touting before the season started.

    Just because it was his last year, that never meant that the Hawks had SB talent.

  11. Norseman says:

    I remember that season and time well. It may have cost CK a spot in the hall of fame.

    Yeah well hey, maybe this will thin the band wagon herd some, and free up some tickets!


  12. Dukeshire says:

    Ah yes, the Dark Ages. Boling is right, as bad as it is now, it doesn’t compare to ’92. (or most of the 90s to be honest) I remember once seeing Ken Behring at the Seattle Yacht Club having dinner and telling him he was an embarrassment to the city and “my Seahawks”. This was prior to the ’92 season and my mom was horrified. I think my dad was proud of me but he could never let on. My god, those teams were inept.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    CowboysP, you can blame Holmgren for many things, but hanging expectations we had on him for saying he wanted to finish this thing off is absurd.

  14. IDHawkman says:

    Thank goodness I was not even in the country in 92. I’ve been a fan since the 70’s but when you are reading the box scores on monday for what happened the day before, it somehow doesn’t hurt as bad.

  15. wabubba68 says:

    In a strange sort of way that ’92 team was fun to watch:

    The defense was the best in the NFL and lead by a young NFL MVP…that alone made it compelling. Conversely, the offense was SO inept that you couldn’t take your eyes off of it (kind of like driving by a car wreck)…I remember rooting for Stan Gelbaugh to succeed each game because it was so obvious that he wasn’t an NFL caliber quarterback (it seemed like he could have been pulled in off of the streets). Overall, I remember that team more fondly than most of the others.

  16. kurtisballard says:

    yeah, in 92 there was also a pretty good basketball team playing down the street to distract from the god awful football team.

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