It was the “It’s Now Time” 2000 season that turned out to be Mike Holmgren’s “Clueless in Seattle” transitional year, according to Sport Magazine. Slowly, Holmgren was filtering out Dennis Erickson’s players and adding his own. For marketing purposes, Holmgren got on the air and proclaimed the Seattle Seahawks “a championship caliber team.” As it turned out, Seattle finished 4th in the AFC West division at 6 and 10.
The flashback venue? Husky Stadium. The visiting team? The Indianapolis Colts on October 15, 2000, coached by none other than Jim Mora, Sr. Brock Huard, now of KIRO 710 and ESPN fame, had taken the reins from another local favorite, Jon Kitna.
That day, however, belonged to Edgerrin James who introduced himself to Seattle by scoring on a 26 yard touchdown run and remained virtually unstoppable throughout the rest of the game. James added two more rushing TDs and racked up an astonishing (agonizing?) 219 rushing yards on 38 attempts.
To put his productivity into perspective, Brock was 19 of 26 for 226 yards and 3 TDs, arguably one of the best passing days of his career. Edge accomplished almost as much on the ground that day as Huard leveraged in the air.
Huard and James would eventually play on the same Colts team together.
Today’s Edgerrin James no longer has that third gear to break away for a 26 yarder, but we know that he is not finished making a big impression in Seattle.