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Remembering Chuck Knox

KnoxA few days ago, when talking about his goal to revive Seattle’s running game this year, Pete Carroll made a reference to another legendary Seahawk coach when he said, “It isn’t like three yards and a cloud of dust. It ain’t Ground Chuck.”

As it turned out, it was a timely reference to Chuck Knox, who died today at age 86. Knox was an old-school football man who used the running game to become the first coach to lead the Seahawks to the playoffs.

Knox immediately turned the Hawks into contenders when he arrived in 1983, took them to the playoffs four times in nine seasons and ranks second in wins (80) behind Mike Holmgren (86) and just ahead of Carroll (79). Knox, who also coached the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams, ranks 10th in wins (186) among coaches in NFL history.

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Seahawks aren’t nearly as naïve about weight as they once were

Logo -- Free agencyThe two hefty takeaways from the Seahawks’ signing of Eddie Lacy were: (1) They want him to pound the ball; (2) they want him to drop some pounds first.

To that end, the team instituted $385,000 in weight clauses for the running back — giving him specific targets from May through the season.

As Pete Carroll said, “We have a real plan for this or we wouldn’t have done it.”

Weight clauses are nothing new in the NFL, but the way they are handled certainly has changed — for teams like Seattle anyway.

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Easley poised to join rest of NFL’s all-1980s team in Hall of Fame

Easley“It blows me away that Kenny Easley is not in the Hall of Fame.”

Paul Moyer, Easley’s teammate for five years in the 1980s, expressed his dismay while talking about the legendary Seahawk in our 2008 book, “Then Zorn Said to Largent.”

Well, Paul, it looks like you won’t have to wait much longer. Easley has been nominated by the seniors committee, meaning he has a great chance to make it next February.

You could call it an 86 percent chance. And if not this time, then maybe in a few years.

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A tale of two 10-win Seattle teams

1986 Krieg and Largent
Dave Krieg & Steve Largent during a 1986 game (Seahawks.com)

As stunning as it still is to consider, this is the best all-around team in the history of the Seattle Seahawks. That’s odd to say about a 10-win team — and it would be odder yet if this team had not made the playoffs.

Thirty years ago, it wouldn’t have. Thirty years ago, in fact, a red-hot 10-6 Seahawks team did not make the postseason.

These Seahawks, who have won six of seven and have averaged 32 points over the past eight games, are the team no one wants to play in the playoffs (even if Arizona GM Steve Keim says he does).

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Take a walk through Hawk history

40 yearsIn case you hadn’t heard, the Seahawks are celebrating their 40th anniversary. They have put together a website to look back at every season and are unveiling them a few at a time.

The Seahawks had fans vote for their favorite 40 players this summer, and 32 of them were honored in person at halftime of the home opener on Sunday. We’re guessing the eight others are still playing — either with the Seahawks or with other teams (e.g., Matt Hasselbeck of the Colts).

It was great to see former stars Sam Adams, Shaun Alexander, Jordan Babineaux, Brian Blades, Chad Brown, the late Dave Brown (via wife Rhonda), Jeff Bryant, Dan Doornink, Kenny Easley, Jacob Green, Darrell Jackson, Norm Johnson, Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy, Dave Krieg, Steve Largent, Warren Moon, Paul Moyer, Joe Nash, Rufus Porter, Steve Raible, Shawn Springs, Mack Strong, Robbie Tobeck, Marcus Trufant, Manu Tuiasosopo, Curt Warner, Chris Warren, Ricky Watters, John L. Williams, Dave Wyman and Jim Zorn.

Jackson, the top receiver on Mike Holmgren’s teams, raised the flag for the home opener. He said the Super Bowl XL loss still bugs him.

If you want some great stories from Wyman and Moyer on the teams of the 1980s and 1990s, you will love our book, “Then Zorn Said to Largent.”