The voters of Field Gulls just created the Seahawks’ all-time 53-man roster (with a practice squad!), and it’s an absolutely outstanding dream team of great Seahawks players from the past and present.
Now let’s get to the other side of the coin. These are Seahawks you loathe for whatever reason, even if they weren’t necessarily terrible. This is inspired by a fun Twitter discussion concerning the least favorite players in (your favorite NBA team’s) history.
I have an answer already but let me just go through some of my runners-up.
Herndon was atrocious pretty much all the time but I never forgave him for this game. Many of you know which one I’m talking about.
It’s not as if Jennings was constantly five yards behind the wide receiver, but he was just not good. Way too often he would unsuccessfully resort to face guarding, which either drew a penalty or ended up with a completion anyway. There was nothing he did to justify his first-round selection. He refused to look for the ball and finished his entire six-year career with as many interceptions (2) as Red Bryant.
The Seahawks’ quest for a good long snapper after releasing the great J.P. Darche was a rough one. Derek Rackley replaced Darche (who had a season-ending injury) in 2006, and then was cut early in 2007. In stepped former Falcons long snapper Boone Stutz, who was also let go midseason. Unbelievably, there’s an entire Wikipedia paragraph attributing Atlanta’s collapse that year to “The Curse of Boone Stutz.”
Whatever curse Boone Stutz supposedly put on the Falcons, he also put on the Seahawks. In a nationally televised Sunday night game against the New Orleans Saints, this was Stutz’s first snap.
New Orleans won 28-17 and it is one of only two times the Seahawks have ever lost a Sunday night game at Qwest-turned-CenturyLink Field. Stutz was mercifully released in December, but not before another awful snap led to a botched extra point attempt against the Cardinals.
In addition to being a terrible person, he was a massive liability on the football field. I know that Super Bowl XL has been looked upon as a game the referees stole from the Seahawks, but Stevens also had multiple back-breaking drops. He did score Seattle’s only touchdown of the game, which bugs the hell out of me. I remember watching Tyler Brayton knee him in the balls in 2006 and not being the slightest bit upset that it happened.
By the way, does anyone remember that touchdown he dropped in that same game? Here’s a refresher.
Seattle has been extremely fortunate to follow the dreadful Stevens era by having John Carlson (2008-2010), Zach Miller (2011-2014), and Jimmy Graham (2015-Pres) back-to-back-to-back at the TE spot.
While Herndon, Jennings, Stutz, and Stevens have drawn my ire over the years, my least favorite Seahawk of all-time will forever be...
The #25 jersey that is now worn by Richard Sherman previously belonged to Brian Russell, who is probably the worst signing and one of the defining failures of the Tim Ruskell era. Russell was brought on board on a five-year, $13.5 million contract in the 2007 offseason, as Seattle revamped its secondary after the departures of Ken Hamlin and Michael Boulware.
For reasons I do not understand, Russell somehow managed nine interceptions in 2003 while he was with the Minnesota Vikings. He also was partially responsible for this play knocking the Vikings out of playoff contention that same season.
Russell was an unmitigated disaster. Be thankful this team has Earl Thomas at free safety now, because Russell is otherwise the most recent multi-season starter at that position. He moved in slow motion while everyone else was working in real-time. Russell constantly took poor angles, whiffed on tackles, and memorably screened out Marcus Trufant on a touchdown to Ted Ginn Jr. He was the living embodiment of the “gritty, hard-working, but functionally incapable” stereotype we’ve come to know and love.
Here’s a collection of some of his worst moments...
In fairness to B-Russ, who was cut before the 2009 trainwreck of season began, there was one time where I actually liked him. Okay, he was wearing a Jaguars jersey, but you get the point.
Russell’s propensity to be shitty was the stuff of legend back in the day, and I’m glad those days are behind us.
I’ve said my part, now it’s your turn. Your reasons can also be drastically different from mine. I’m sure that unlike myself, there will be a few of you who have Aaron Curry as your #1 response, and others who followed the team in the 1990s won’t be short of quarterbacks to choose from.