Selecting the best of the best

Published on August 3, 2010 by     

The retirement of Walter Jones in April touched off the obvious debate: Who is the best player in Seahawks history?

Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent, who was the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches when he retired after the 1989 season? Or Jones, a nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle and slam dunk to join Largent in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Good luck with that one.

As the franchise heads into its 35th season, Seahawks.com is dealing with other best-of issues – and the readers of the website will help settle them.

In the coming weeks, fans will be asked to vote for the 35th Anniversary team. Stories on candidates at each position will accompany the ballots – with an emphasis on players from the Seahawks’ earlier years. The top vote-getters will comprise the team and be featured in catching-up-with articles during the season.

Largent and Jones are locks to land berths on the team, just as they were in 2000 when the Seattle Post-Intelligencer selected the 25th Anniversary team.

But there should be some close calls at other positions.

At quarterback, do you go with Jim Zorn, the team’s original QB? Or Dave Krieg, the man who broke all Zorn’s passing records? Or Matt Hasselbeck, the current QB who surpassed Krieg’s marks for career completions and passing yards last season?

And how about the wide receiver opposite Largent? Is it Brian Blades, who caught 80 and 81 passes in back-to-back seasons and ranks No. 2 behind Largent in career receptions and receiving yards? Or is it Darrell Jackson, who caught 87 passes in 2004 and is second to Largent in career TD catches? Or could it be Bobby Engram, who caught a franchise-record 94 passes in 2007? Tight end presents a different-era/vastly different-roles choice between the blocking of Mike Tice and the receiving skills of John Carlson.

And who joins Jones on the O-line? Robbie Tobeck or Blair Bush at center? At guard, is it Steve Hutchinson and Bryan Millard? But what about Chris Gray and Edwin Bailey? Who should be the “other” tackle? Mike Wilson? Steve August? Andy Heck? Sean Locklear?

The selections on defense could be equally agonizing, in part because the club has used 4-3 and 3-4 fronts in the past 34 seasons. So nose tackles will be pitted against 4-3 tackles, and middle linebackers against inside linebackers.

At end, is it Jacob Green and Jeff Bryant? Or Michael Sinclair? At tackle, Cortez Kennedy’s dominance and productivity should provide shoo-in status. But is the other tackle Joe Nash? Or Sam Adams? Or John Randle?

The same scenarios come into play at linebacker, even though we’re allowing two selections each at outside and inside/middle. Outside, there’s Keith Butler, Rufus Porter, Terry Wooden, Chad Brown and Julian Peterson, as well as a half dozen others. But which are the two best? Inside, or in the middle, there’s Lofa Tatupu, but also Terry Beeson and Fredd Young.

It would seem that two of the spots in the secondary are reserved for strong safety Kenny Easley and cornerback Dave Brown. But who joins them? Eugene Robinson and Marcus Trufant? Or John Harris and Shawn Springs? Or Darryl Williams and Willie Williams?

There will be no respite on special teams, where the choices include Norm Johnson or Josh Brown at kicker, Rick Tuten or Jeff Feagles at punter and pick-em situations among the kickoff and punt returners, as well as somehow selecting just one coverage player as the best in franchise history.

Give it some thought, and get ready to cast your votes for the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.

via Selecting the best of the best.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

141124wagner660

Bobby Wagner goes from not playing for five games to playing all but one play vs Cardinals

After missing five games with a toe injury, Bobby Wagner was back at middle linebacker for Sunday’s win ...
141125-nfcwest-660

Know Your Enemy: NFC West Update on 49ers, Rams, Cardinals

Seattle's Week 12 win over the Arizona Cardinals should make for a more interesting stretch-run in the hyper-competitive ...
141124mmm660

Russell Wilson’s impromptu plays paved way for important victory

This one, as it turned, also was on Russell Wilson. After a week in which the Seahawks’ third-year quarterback ...
141123wagner660a

Seahawks cut Cardinals’ lead in NFC West to two games

In a game they had to have, the Seahawks regained their swagger and recaptured their dominating ways in ...
140904glance660

Seahawks play like the champs, roll Packers, 36-16

So this is what defending a Super Bowl championship looks like. Actually, it looked plenty like how the Seahawks ...
140902britt600

The Avril affect has played into Justin Britt’s development

If Pete Carroll has said it once, the Seahawks’ coach has said it just about every time he ...
140828walters600

Seahawks re-sign WR Bryan Walters, waive WR Phil Bates

Bryan Walters’ weekend was a lot like his performance in the Seahawks’ preseason finale on Thursday night. It ...
20140901upnext600

Up next: Green Bay Packers

As Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks will host the NFL regular-season opener at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night. ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz