The Past Reveals The Future

In the history of the Seahawks, success has been predicated by the strength of the lines...both offensive and defensive. Don Christensen details the past and how it builds a bridge to the now.

For every year that the Seahawks have made an entrance onto the main stage of respectability (relatively few, indeed), they have boasted one common denominator.

In a word, “line.”

During the first two 9 and 7 seasons (1978-79), an impressive start for a new struggling franchise, Zorn had learned to scramble half the time, and get set in the pocket the other half. He did both very well once the line was solidified by years 2 and 3. Later in his career, as the line began to falter (80-82) --so did Zorn.

During a notable 10 and 6 season ending with a 5 game winning streak (1986), Dave Krieg was able to set up in the pocket like never before. He earned the title, “Mudbone” when his line was a hurtin’ unit in the preceding years. And Curt Warner? He obviously had one of the best rushing seasons of his career. Many of us are still smarting from that near miss of playoffs by a nose that year. So is Warner after some besetting injuries.

Fast forward a decade or two and imagine how well Jon Kitna (1999) might have performed with the best of the Seahawks offensive lines? OK – so we won’t get started on that.

Defense?

Again, in a word, “line.”

Green, Nash and Bryant. Not household names, but guys who posted a solid threat at a time when speed was more important than size. A time with defensive backfields had a ball-hawking heyday back in that glorious 1984 season.

That same year Dave Brown, Kenny Easley, Paul Moyer and John Harris led the league in interceptions, but always gave credit to the pass rush to get their job done.

Will we hear that again from the 2004 backfield? Ask Tubbs, Wystrom and “the rotation.”

The basic principle here, and one that we come back to over and over, is almost too fundamental to mention. Because it has been a source of frustration for too many years, we will be talking about repeatedly this year, but very likely in a positive light.

The defensive front 7 would be a more precise way of describing this pressure. There are concerns about the middle linebacker, to be sure. On the offensive front, there are concerns about Walter’s future as always.

The reason to bring it up here is that whereas the lines (front 7s) have been a breaking point throughout the Holmgren era, they will become the clincher this year, with or without Walter Jones. Oh, and Jones will show up by the end of camp.

He always does. Why?

The past reveals the future.

The “Swami” says that the Seahawks will get the NFC championship and lose. I call that a replay of the ’84 cycle, and why not?

The past reveals the future.

Holmgren knows how to turn average teams into champions.

The p ………........... future.

Don Christensen is a regular contributor to Seahawks.NET. Feel free to contact him at audioeffects@yahoo.com.


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