What are the best moments for each NFL franchise? Yahoo Sports provides our opinion, which you are free to disagree with (and we’re sure you will).
5. Hiring of Tom Flores as head coach
As good a hire as Pete Carroll has been, Tom Flores was just as bad. It didn’t help that he followed Chuck Knox, who had enjoyed a successful nine-year stint, highlighted by a trip to the 1984 AFC championship game. Flores, who took over in 1992, lacked conviction, he wasn’t a leader and worst of all, the players didn’t play for him. In three seasons, he won just 14 games before finally getting canned.
4. Hasselbeck’s interception in Lambeau
Matt Hasselbeck did a lot of good things in his career in Seattle, including leading the Seahawks to their first ever Super Bowl. This, however, was not one of those good things. After gutting it out for 60 minutes at Lambeau Field against a peak Brett Favre in the 2004 wild card game, Hasselbeck and the Hawks were going to overtime. Remember, this was during the “first team to score wins” OT rules. “We want the ball and we’re going score,” Hasselbeck declared after winning the toss. The drive started off well, as Hasselbeck had his team on its own 45-yard line when he telegraphed a poorly thrown comeback pattern to backup receiver Alex Bannister. Cornerback Al Harris jumped the route, picked the ball off and ran it in for the score. 33-27 Packers. Season over.
3. Drafting quarterback Dan McGwire
An oft-overlooked draft choice in franchise history, Dan McGwire was an utter disaster. Selected 16th overall in the first round, McGwire played four seasons with the Seahawks, started just five games, threw for a grand total of two touchdowns vs. six interceptions and had a disastrous 52.7 quarterback rating. McGwire’s ineptitude is made that much worse by the fact that a little-known gunslinger by the name of Brett Favre was still available when Seattle chose him. (Then-head coach Chuck Knox insisted he wanted Favre, but was overruled.) And, on top of that, with McGwire struggling the Seahawks decided to cut bait and select another quarterback with the second overall pick in the 1993 draft: Rick Mirer, who threw more interceptions than touchdowns in four forgettable seasons in Seattle.
2. Officiating of Super Bowl XL
Any Seahawk fan will argue if not for the officials, Seattle would have won this game. One call in particular stands out: a holding penalty in the fourth quarter of a 14-10 game negated a pass play that would have put Seattle at the Steelers 1-yard line, on the verge of a potential go-ahead touchdown. Here’s the problem, at least as Seahawks’ fans see it: Sean Locklear was whistled for (questionably) holding Clark Haggans who was offsides on the play. So instead of first-and-goal from the one, or first-and-five from the 14, it was first-and-20 from the 29. Two plays later, Matt Hasselbeck was intercepted and then was whistled for a questionable illegal block on the return. Less than two minutes later the Steelers scored a game-clinching touchdown.
Years later, lead official Bill Leavy admitted that he did not do a good enough job.
“I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game, and as an official you never want to do that,” he said. “It left me with a lot of sleepless nights, and I think about it constantly. “I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better.”
1. Russell Wilson’s interception in Super Bowl XLIX
You don’t have to think too hard on this one. Trailing by four points in the waning moments of Super Bowl XLIX, Seattle found itself at the New England foot-line. On second down, Wilson gunned a slant to receiver Ricardo Lockette on a broken pick play, only to have it picked off by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. The game was over, and so too was the hope of a Seahawks dynasty.
Still, questions remain: Did Wilson change the play? Was the call originally a run to Marshawn Lynch? Why throw in the first place?
Whichever it was, Seattle lost a chance at back-to-back titles and have been shrouded in drama since, leaving Seahawks fans to wonder: What if they had simply run the ball?