Friday, August 8, 2008

NFL Preview Show Extravaganza: Seattle Seahawks

We finish out the NFC West today with our look at the defending division champs, the Seattle Seahawks.

The 2008 season will in fact be the final one for Mike Holmgren as the Seahawks head coach. Holmgren has spent nearly 10 years as apart of the Seahawks organization.

Fresh off his success with the Green Bay Packers, which included a win in Super Bowl XXXI, Holmgren left to join the Seahawks for the '99 season. Holmgren took over a team that hadn't made the playoffs in a decade.

With young quarterback Jon Kitna at the helm, Holmgren led the Seahawks to a first place tie in the AFC West and their first playoff berth since the 1988 season. The Seahawks would lose to the Miami Dolphins in the wild card round.

After joining the NFC for the 2002 season, the Seahawks would make the playoffs the very next season. Once again, the Seahawks would lose in the wild card round, this time to the Packers. Of course, not before this great moment in playoff history.

The 2004 season would be the first of four straight NFC West titles. In 2005, Holmgren would lead the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl in franchise history. The Seahawks would lose that game to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Last season, the Seahawks lost to the Packers in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

Earlier this year, Holmgren announced that this season would be his final as the Seahawks head coach. Jim Mora Jr. is slated to take over the team after Holmgren is done.

Whether this is the final stop for Holmgren or not, you can't deny the fact that he's been one of the best coaches in the 90s and in this decade. He's made Brett Favre and Matt Hasselbeck into superstar quarterbacks. He's also worked with Joe Montana and Steve Young. Holmgren has worked with some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and he has left his mark on the league.

The Seahawks open up the season, going cross-country as they face the Buffalo Bills. At home, the Seahawks will face Green Bay, Washington and New England. On the road, the Seahawks will face Tampa Bay, Miami and New York (Giants).

Time for those burnin' question (yearbook style):
  • Will Matt Hasselbeck ever grow hair: No

  • Best option for Hasselbeck's head: Wig

  • Hasselbeck and his wig will throw for: 3400 yards

  • Leading rusher for Seahawks: Whoever stays healthy

  • Deion Branch will: Catch 100 balls (Yes, I said balls)

  • Olindo Mare field goal misses: 9

  • If Holmgren's moustache had a name, it would be: Steve

  • Coolest names (Top 3): Lofa Tatupu, Ryan Plackemeier, Jordan Babineaux

  • 80s song to best describe the team: Always on my mind- Pet Shop Boys

  • In 2008, the Seahawks will: Win the division, go 11-5
Enjoy the weekend (and the Olympics)

Oh No Romo

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