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Top 10: Seahawks Beat Broncos! - Field GullsIf you remember when MTV actually played music videos, or when Eddie Murphy still made good movies, you probably have a life-long hatred of the Denver Broncos. Sure, this was somewhat based on the fact that they were our divisional rivals through the 2001 season, but mostly it was because for about a decade and a half, John Elway TORMENTED all of us. Elway won more games, threw more TDs, and passed for more yards against Seattle than any other NFL team.

No single enemy player broke our hearts more often than Mr. Ed. He's our equivalent of how Red Sox fans loathe Derek Jeter, or how Cavs fans detest Michael Jordan.  Even though that horse-faced goon is long gone, Bronco-hatred still flows freely through my veins, and this Sunday is more than just another regular season game, at least to me.  You know what our all-time record is against these Rocky Mountain Oysters? 18-33. That's a .353 winning percentage, WORSE THAN THE 2010 MARINERS! But whether they were festooned in orange like a prison work detail, or wearing nike unis with huge sweat stains... every once in a while Seattle would rise up and take a piece out of these jokers. A while back on my home blog I wrote up a top-10 list of Bronco beatdowns... here's a shiny, fresh, updated list: 

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Fuzzy Seahawk Memories: November 30, 1992 (Seahawks 16, Broncos 13 OT)1992 Sucked. Not only was the team awful; it was also BORING. Tom Flores coached as if he was still employed by the Raiders, and Seattle's offense scored barely EIGHT POINTS PER GAME. In one six-week stretch, the Hawks could only manage a lone, pathetic touchdown.

I Hate Every Bronco I See, from Champ Bailey to Norris Weese - Field GullsI've hated the Denver Broncos for a quarter century. Aside from my family, I've never had any sort of connection to another person for that long, and frankly, I know the Broncos better than I know most of my relatives. I hated their barf-orange old unis, and I hate their "modern" nike clothes. I hated John Elway in the 80s and 90s, and I hate Champ Bailey today. I hated Mike Shanahan's smug ratface. I hated Dan Reeve's suits. I hated every player who ever suited up for the Orange Crush. Hell, I still hate the soda Orange Crush.  But... I also (grudgingly) respect them. Why? 

Does a club need to use a first-round pick on a quarterback? | National Football PostWith four quarterbacks being taken in the first round of April’s NFL Draft, many believe that in order to get a good quarterback he has to be taken in the first round. I went back and looked at every draft from 2000 through 2010 to see how many first-round quarterbacks have had productive careers and how many have busted. By "bust" we mean "has not played to the level expected by where he was drafted." It was an interesting exercise which I will share with you. In 2000 only one quarterback was drafted in the first round and that was Chad Pennington. He didn’t have a great career but he was successful and turned out to be a good pick. The best quarterback taken in that draft was Tom Brady, who New England took in the sixth round and I don’t need to bore you with what he has done.

Sneaking a peek at Week 1 opponents - NFC West Blog - ESPNSeattle Seahawks: A year ago, the Seahawks were the team with the new coaching staff. They seemed to surprise the 49ers in the regular-season opener at Seattle. There should be fewer surprises when the teams face one another in the 2011 opener even though the 49ers do have a new staff. For one, the 49ers' key personnel is largely the same from last season. Two, Carroll coached against Harbaugh extensively while at the college level. He'll have a better feel than most for the way Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman like to call a game. He'll have a better feel than most for the way Harbaugh might want to use his personnel. The 49ers will surely have some surprises for Seattle, but the Seahawks should be well prepared under the circumstances.

Jackson knows Seahawks offense needs to be better - seattlepi.comDarrell Bevell looked back at the tape of Seattle's preseason loss to Minnesota and it jumped out how difficult a night it was for new quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. And perhaps how much Bevell was taking Jackson's knowledge of the playbook for granted, even if the rest of Seattle's offense is still learning Bevell's system.

Analyst Bucky Brooks likes Seahawks to win NFC West - Blog - MyNorthwest.comSeahawks fans fretting over the team's offensive struggles in the preseason can turn to analyst Bucky Brooks for some reassurance. Brooks, a former NFL player who later worked as a scout in the Seahawks' front office, joined the "Kevin Calabro Show" on Friday and said it's only a matter of time before Seattle's offense, with a new system and several new players, gets going. "They just still need time to get it together," he said. "I just think they're really talented on offense and their offense is going to be enough to really carry them to a division title."

Seahawks Blog | Seahawk Brandon Browner: Talented import | Seattle Times NewspaperMike Riley had the same thought many people do when they see Brandon Browner. That guy's too big to play cornerback. But when Riley watched Browner play the position, he saw someone too skilled to play anywhere else. "A cornerback is just too valuable and too hard to find," said Riley, who coached Browner at Oregon State.

Seahawks vs. Broncos: 10 Themes To Watch as 'Hawks Hit the Road Preseason Week 3 | Bleacher ReportThe Seahawks are going into their third preseason game with one simple goal: to improve in all phases and eliminate the penalties and sloppy play that plagued them in Week 2. This week has been the most intense week of preparation thus far; game plans were handed out, film study was a part of the preparation, practices were more scripted and players are simply becoming more accustomed as to how to compete during the week. 

McIntyre: A closer look at Hawks’ contracts | Seahawks InsiderThe first unrestricted free agent the Seahawks added was quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract that immediately drew comparisons to Charlie Whitehurst’s deal from last March. While Whitehurst’s contract was technically a one-year, $6.8 million extension – Whitehurst had signed a one-year restricted free agent tender worth $1.176 million before the trade – the structures of the deals for the two quarterbacks are nearly identical.

Random Roster Ramblings… | The Blue Bird HerdGiven the 2012 draft stuff I’m working on at the moment, there wasn’t a ton of time this week to go back and write up a PS week 2 review.  I can summarize a few things here and try to keep it brief….try is the key word.  Let’s see how I do. As for last Saturday’s game against Minnesota, a few things to note…

Why being an NFL quarterback is not easy | Smart FootballBecause you have to do things like this, even though this guy (some guy named Manning) makes it look pretty simple: news: Jackson knows Seahawks' offense must improve quickly: Darrell Bevell looked back at the tape of Seattle's preseason loss to Minnesota and it jumped out how difficult a night it was for new quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. And perhaps how much Bevell was taking Jackson's knowledge of the playbook for granted, even if the rest of Seattle's offense is still learning Bevell's system. "There were some hard plays for him in that game. We changed a little bit when Charlie (Whitehurst) went in there, gave him a little different stuff," Seattle's new offensive coordinator said Thursday. "... You kind of take it for granted (Jackson) knows the playbook so well, you kind of asked him to do some different things and we kind of simplified it after that. Maybe we could have helped him out there, or maybe I could have."

Wide Receiver Grades Preseason Game 2011-2Part 5 of 8 of the Seahawks player grades from the Chargers game. Quarterbacks, Offensive Linemen, Running Backs and Tight Ends have already been posted. This is a series that will go position by position, player by player evaluating the single game performance of the players on the Seahawks roster. We saw the return of Mike Williams and the Seahawks debut of Sidney Rice and Kris Durham. Ben Obomanu remains out but should make his debut this week in Denver.

Brock and Salk - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.comSeahawks General Manager John Schneider joins the show to talk about Russell Okung's injury, Aaron Curry's contract situation, the possibility of re-signing Lofa Tatupu, and the Hawks' new philosophy of adding big, young talent. Don't miss it!

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