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.
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.
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.
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 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.