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The Pete Carroll era Seahawks touchdown leaderboard

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We’re two days away from a brand new season of Seattle Seahawks football, and indeed the eighth under head coach Pete Carroll. At the start of the decade, the Seahawks underwent a massive roster overhaul and were one of the worst teams to ever qualify for the playoffs. Now, they’re a perennial contender and are favored by many to at least make the Super Bowl for the third time in five years.

Out of my own curiosity, I wanted to know how many Seahawks have scored touchdowns in the Carroll era, so through unnecessary hard work (I’ll explain later), I created several tables breaking down touchdowns by receiving, rushing, special teams, defense, and then the big one is the all-time leaderboard.

All statistics here include the playoffs, and when I mean a touchdown, I mean the player has to literally be in the end zone, so quarterback touchdown passes are not included here.

We start things off with TD receptions...

Receiving touchdowns (Total: 188 from 37 players)

Players Total Touchdowns
Players Total Touchdowns
Doug Baldwin 42
Jermaine Kearse 17
Golden Tate 16
Sidney Rice 12
Jimmy Graham 9
Zach Miller 9
Tyler Lockett 8
Marshawn Lynch 8
Luke Willson 8
Ben Obomanu 6
Mike Williams 6
Deon Butler 4
Ricardo Lockette 4
Michael Robinson 4
John Carlson 3
Anthony McCoy 3
Paul Richardson 3
Derrick Coleman 2
Cooper Helfet 2
Fred Jackson 2
Brandon Stokley 2
Tanner McEvoy 2
Robert Turbin 2
Deion Branch 1
Chris Baker 1
Kellen Davis 1
Chase Coffman 1
Braylon Edwards 1
Garry Gilliam 1
Ruvell Martin 1
Chris Matthews 1
Christine Michael 1
Tony Moeaki 1
Thomas Rawls 1
CJ Spiller 1
Will Tukuafu 1
Russell Wilson 1

Yes, believe it or not, Jermaine Kearse has the 2nd most touchdown catches of any Seahawks receiver in the Carroll era. A half-dozen of his 17 TDs came in the playoffs, which is incredible. Baldwin is in a league of his own and is the longest-tenured Seahawks player on the offense.

You’ve seen the numbers on touchdowns through the air, but what about on the ground?

Rushing touchdowns (Total: 113 from 15 players)

Player Total Touchdowns
Player Total Touchdowns
Marshawn Lynch 66
Russell Wilson 15
Thomas Rawls 8
Christine Michael 6
Justin Forsett 3
Leon Washington 3
Matt Hasselbeck 3
Tarvaris Jackson 2
Percy Harvin 1
Tyler Lockett 1
Alex Collins 1
C.J. Prosise 1
Bryce Brown 1
Will Tukuafu 1
Charlie Whitehurst 1

This number will obviously continue to decrease as the season progresses, but Marshawn Lynch is responsible for almost 60% of all Seahawks rushing touchdowns since 2010. Christine Michael didn’t even last all of 2016 and he’s already 4th! The only players listed here who are on the 2017 roster are Wilson, Rawls, Prosise, and Lockett.

Now to the defensive side of the ball. Seattle hasn’t managed a pick-6 since the 2014 season, but surely the drought can’t extend another year can it?

Interception return touchdowns (Total: 15 from 11 players)

Player Total touchdowns
Player Total touchdowns
Malcolm Smith 2
Richard Sherman 2
Brandon Browner 2
Bruce Irvin 2
Marcus Trufant 1
Lofa Tatupu 1
Red Bryant 1
David Hawthorne 1
Earl Thomas 1
Walter Thurmond III 1
Kam Chancellor 1

Red Bryant’s rumble is still one of my favorite plays.

Onward to fumbles. Seattle’s only non-offensive touchdown of 2016 was a scoop and score by Earl Thomas.

Defensive fumble return touchdowns (Total: 5 from 4 players)

Player Total Touchdowns
Player Total Touchdowns
Michael Bennett 1
Cary Williams 1
Earl Thomas 1
Bobby Wagner 2

The touchdowns by Wagner and Williams happened in 2015, while Bennett’s was on Monday night against the Saints in 2013. Somehow the Seahawks lost the other four times they returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Finally, we go to special teams. This encompasses kickoff returns, punt returns, blocked field goals or punts, and muffed punts.

Special teams touchdowns (Total: 13 from 9 players)

Player Total Touchdowns
Player Total Touchdowns
Percy Harvin 1
Malcolm Smith 1
Jeron Johnson 1
Mike Morgan 1
Michael Robinson 1
Richard Sherman 1
Earl Thomas 1
Tyler Lockett 2
Leon Washington 4

The only touchdowns of Thomas’ career have come in three different ways: pick-6, fumble return, and blocked punt return.

And for the grand finale, here’s a comprehensive table of every Seahawk who has ever scored a touchdown for a Pete Carroll team.

Total touchdowns (334 from 62 players - 2010-2016, playoffs included)

Players Total touchdowns Season of first TD Season of last TD
Players Total touchdowns Season of first TD Season of last TD
Marshawn Lynch 74 2010 2015
Doug Baldwin 42 2011 2016
Jermaine Kearse 17 2013 2016
Golden Tate 16 2011 2013
Russell Wilson 16 2012 2016
Sidney Rice 12 2011 2013
Tyler Lockett 11 2015 2016
Jimmy Graham 9 2015 2016
Zach Miller 9 2012 2013
Thomas Rawls 9 2015 2016
Luke Willson 8 2013 2016
Christine Michael 7 2016 2016
Leon Washington 7 2010 2012
Ben Obomanu 6 2010 2011
Mike Williams 6 2010 2011
Michael Robinson 5 2011 2012
Deon Butler 4 2010 2010
Ricardo Lockette 4 2011 2015
John Carlson 3 2010 2010
Justin Forsett 3 2010 2011
Matt Hasselbeck 3 2010 2010
Anthony McCoy 3 2012 2012
Earl Thomas 3 2012 2016
Paul Richardson 3 2014 2016
Richard Sherman 3 2012 2013
Malcolm Smith 3 2012 2013
Brandon Browner 2 2011 2011
Derrick Coleman 2 2013 2014
Percy Harvin 2 2013 2014
Cooper Helfet 2 2014 2014
Bruce Irvin 2 2014 2014
Fred Jackson 2 2015 2015
Tarvaris Jackson 2 2011 2013
Tanner McEvoy 2 2016 2016
Brandon Stokley 2 2010 2010
Will Tukuafu 2 2015 2015
Robert Turbin 2 2014 2014
Bobby Wagner 2 2015 2015
Chris Baker 1 2010 2010
Michael Bennett 1 2013 2013
Deion Branch 1 2010 2010
Bryce Brown 1 2015 2015
Red Bryant 1 2011 2011
Kam Chancellor 1 2014 2014
Chase Coffman 1 2015 2015
Alex Collins 1 2016 2016
Kellen Davis 1 2013 2013
Braylon Edwards 1 2012 2012
Garry Gilliam 1 2014 2014
David Hawthorne 1 2011 2011
Jeron Johnson 1 2012 2012
Ruvell Martin 1 2010 2010
Chris Matthews 1 2014 2014
Tony Moeaki 1 2014 2014
Mike Morgan 1 2014 2014
C.J. Prosise 1 2016 2016
C.J. Spiller 1 2016 2016
Lofa Tatupu 1 2010 2010
Walter Thurmond 1 2013 2013
Marcus Trufant 1 2010 2010
Charlie Whitehurst 1 2010 2010
Cary Williams 1 2015 2015

A funny story here. The only table I did without just copying-and-pasting from Pro Football Reference was the total touchdowns, and that’s because I’m an idiot and didn’t even think about actually using their tables, thus saving me lots of time. It was only after the fact that I double-checked all my work through their system for 100% accuracy. There is, however, an error in PFR’s database, as Kennard Cox is erroneously credited with the blocked punt return TD that otherwise should belong to Earl Thomas. Cox actually blocked the punt, then Thomas picked it up and ran it in for six points.

We’ve seen 62 Seahawks get into the end zone since 2010, but how many more players will add themselves to this list? Eddie Lacy and Chris Carson figure to be the two favorites, with #5 WR Amara Darboh a distant third. What about on defense? K.J. Wright feels long overdue, and we mustn’t count out the possibility of either Cliff Avril or Frank Clark turning a strip-sack into points.

All the more reason to look forward to what could be another super season for Seattle.