Seahawks History: Will This Year's Team Be Better Than the 2005 Version?
If you ask real Seahawks fans, they will tell you that 2005 was by far the best season in Seahawks history. One main reason was their trip to SB XL.
Now unlike the Arizona Cardinals this season, the Seahawks earned a spot in the Super Bowl. The Seahawks were great on both sides of the football, having a very explosive offense and a stone-wall defense.
Now if you watched the first four games of the Seahawks' 05 season, you would have thought that they were definitely not going to be in the Super Bowl or make the playoffs.
But after that they took off, winning their next 11 straight games, and as one former Seahawk put it, "we have developed a fear of losing." Well, let's look at how the Seahawks won 11 straight games.
Week 5 vs. St Louis (37-31): Hasselbeck had 316 yards passing and two touchdown passes with zero interceptions. Bulger had 336 yards passing, two touchdown passes and one interception.
The difference in this shot out was the running game. The Seahawks and 2005 MVP Shaun Alexander was the better running back over Steven Jackson. Alexander ran for 116 yards at two touchdowns. Jackson ran for 77 yards and only one touchdown. So in 2005, the Seahawks had a balanced offensive attack.
Week 6 vs. Houston (42-10): Week 6 was completely different than the previous week: it was the Shaun Alexander show. Matt Hasselbeck only had 168 yards passing and one touchdown and one interception. David Carr, on the other hand actually did better than Hasselbeck, throwing for 179 yards and one touchdown, but he didn't throw an interception.
However, where the Seahawks got the majority of their points was via the great one himself, Shaun Alexander. He ran for 141 yards and four touchdowns. Not too shabby but that's exactly why Alexander won the NFL MVP.
Week 7 vs. Dallas (13-10): This was the least amount of points scored in one game for the Seahawks in 2005 with 13. Drew Bledsoe and Matt Hasselbeck both had one touchdown pass and two interceptions. However, Hasselbeck did have more yards passing with 224 yards, Bledsoe only had 136 yards.
But the most important thing in the game for the Seahawks was when Hasselbeck converted on his only touchdown pass to TE Ryan Hannam to seal the victory for the Seahawks, they also had a field goal that allowed them to get 10 points in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys only had a lone field goal, which wasn't enough to get the win.
Week 9 at Arizona (33-19): Coming off their bye week, it was going to be interesting if the Seahawks would keep it up, and they completely did. Kurt Warner completely outthrew Matt Hasselbeck. Warner passed for 334 yards and had one touchdown, the big thing was that Warner had three interceptions. Compared to Hasselbeck who threw for 162 yards and one touchdown, but Hasselbeck didn't throw any interceptions.
Once again, "The Great One" led the Hawks to another victory. Alexander ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns compared to the trio of Cardinals running backs (J.J. Arrington, Marcel Shipp, Larry Fitzgerald (end around) and Obafemi Ayanbadejo) combine could not get over 100 yards. They got 71 yards rushing combined.
Week 10 vs St. Louis (31-16): Once again, the opposing QB outthrew Matt Hasselbeck. In this case it was Marc Bulger. Bulger threw for 304 yards and had one touchdown pass and one interception. Hasselbeck had a below-par outcome, throwing for 243 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
So once again, the Seahawks relied on RB Shaun Alexander, and once again, he came through. Alexander ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns. Alexander was the Seahawks main source on offense.
Week 11 at San Francisco (27-25): For the third straight week, the opposing quarterback outthrew Matt Hasselbeck, but this time it wasn't as bad. Ken Dorsey threw for 249 yards and one touchdown and zero interceptions. Hasselbeck had 233 yards passing, one touchdown and zero interceptions, almost the same as Dorsey with just a tad bit less yards.
So now I ask you, who is going to lead this team to another win? Shaun Alexander. Alexander rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns, compared to the 49ers running back Maurice Hicks, who had 83 yards and one touchdown. So yet again, Alexander wins it for the Seahawks.
Week 12 vs New York Giants (24-21): For the fourth straight week, Matt Hasselbeck was outthrown by the opposing QB. This time it was Eli Manning, who threw for 344 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Hasselbeck, on the other hand, threw for 249 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. So they had the same TD and INT amount but Manning threw for way more yards.
For once this season, the opposing running back rushed for more yards than Alexander, and that RB was Tiki Barber. However, Alexander had one touchdown and Barber did not record a touchdown. So this time, Hasselbeck and the Seahawks defense led them to a win.
Week 13 at Philadelphia (42-0): Coming into this Monday night game, a lot of people thought it would be a great, high-scoring game but that the Eagles would win. That was clearly not the case. The Seahawks offense scored 35 points in the first quarter. Matt Hasselbeck and the Seahawks offense didn't have to do anything because the defense led by Lofa Tatupu recorded four interceptions. That's all they needed.
Week 14 vs. San Francisco (41-3): For the second straight week, Matt Hasselbeck and the Seahawks defense led them to 11-2 record at the time. Matt threw for 226 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. But the Seahawks defense, for the second straight week came up big allowing only eight first downs to the Seahawks 31.
Week 15 at Tennessee (28-24): Matt Hasselbeck really stepped up, throwing for 285 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Opposing QB Steve McNair threw for 310 yards but only two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
So once again, it was up to SA to earn the MVP award, and he did by rushing for 172 yards and one lone touchdown. That's all that was needed for the Seahawks to get their 10th straight win.
Week 16 vs. Indianapolis (28-13): In what really was a Payton Manning-less game Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander led the Seahawks. Matt threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Alexander added 139 yards rushing and two touchdowns. That's all that was needed to win their 11th straight game.
The Seahawks lost 23-17 in week 17 to the Green Bay Packers which snapped their 11-game winning streak.
Let's look at the tail of the two Seahawks teams. The 2005 Super Bowl team and the 2009 fired up and aiming for a Super Bowl team.
In 2005 the Seahawks had QB Matt Hasselbeck (still here in 2009), RB Shaun Alexander (now replaced by Julius Jones), WR's Joe Jurevicius and Darryl Jackson and TE Jeremy Stevens on offence. They scored 452 points in 2005.
For 2009 the Seahawks will have QB Matt Hasselbeck, RB Julius Jones (OC Greg Knapp will make him great), WR's T.J Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch and Nate Burleson and TE John Carlson.
Comparing the two offences, it looks like the 2009 offence should be better. Mostly because they have a lot better WR's and a great TE in John Carlson. And who knows maybe offensive coordinator Greg Knapp will make Julius Jones the next Shaun Alexander, I think we all would love that.
In 2005 the Seahawks had DE Grant Winstrom, Lofa Tatupu, Leroy Hill, Marcus Trufant, Andre Dyson and Michael Boulware as the key players on defense.
For 2009 the Seahawks will have DE Patrick Kerney, Tatupu, Hill, Curry, Trufant, Lucas, Grant and possibly Mebane.
Comparing the two defenses, if the trio of LB's in Hill, Curry and Tatupu all do great and the defense stays completely healthy, then I think that the 2009 defense will be better. But its more of a "can they stay healthy."
In 2005, the Seahawks head coach was future HOF Mike Holmgren who was more of a dictator and a "bend but not break" team. While in 2009 the Seahawks head coach is Jim Mora, who has learned from Holmgren the past two season. Mora is more of a players coach and a aggressive type of coach.
I have to much respect for Mike Holmgren to say that Mora is the better coach. Sense this is his first season as the head coach, the Seahawks will have to prove that they can play Mora's style of play.
I think they will but Mora has some big shoes to fill from Holmgren, who spent 10 seasons in Seattle and led them to their only Super Bowl. I think Mora has the chance if everything goes right to lead Seattle to their second Super Bowl this season.
But they are going to have to earn it.
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